Five Sun-Soaked Days in Cancun

posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 8:12:54 AM

Hola from beautiful Mexico! This week we're exploring the Mexican hot-spot of Cancun, for the ultimate Cancun Vacation!

Day 1: You arrive in Cancun, quickly clear customs and are soon on your way to the AAA Five Diamond-rated JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa. Located in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, your room’s private balcony offers a stunning, unobstructed view of the white sand beach below and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. It’s late-afternoon, you’ve just arrived and you simply can’t help yourself as you head back into the elevator, through the lobby and onto the beach to feel the warm ocean water on your feet. After a few minutes, you realize you almost forgot to make a dinner reservation at the resort’s Gustino Italian Grill, which is recognized as one of Cancun’s top restaurants and serves fresh, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Perfetto!

Day 2: You’ve decided to spend your first full day in Mexico exploring Xcaret, which is located an hour south of Cancun in the Riviera Maya. Xcaret is an incredible eco-archaeological park – part nature park and part archaeological zone – and has been an important ceremonial center and Mayan port for more than 1,000 years. A huge variety of eco-attractions are here: aquariums, an aviary, bird breeding areas, a mushroom farm, orchid gardens, a popular lagoon area, natural beaches, warm crystal clear pools, sea turtles, a butterfly pavilion, botanical gardens, a Mayan Village, various archaeological sites, and an underground river that’s nearly a mile long! A spectacular cultural show in the evening is one of the highlights of your visit.

Day 3: The fun continues today with a short ferry ride to Isla Mujeres (Island of Women), which is a casual, laid-back island that’s only five miles long and – in some places – no more than about 100 yards wide! The preferred mode of transportation on the island is golf cart, so you head across the street from the ferry terminal, rent a cart and set off to visit the Tortugranja (or sea turtle farm), which also features a seahorse aquarium, and continue on to Punta Sur for walks around the Sculpture Park and Mayan Temple to Ixchel, followed by an open-air lunch overlooking the ocean below. Then it’s back toward town for a little snorkeling. Once dried off, you browse through some interesting shops, which offer everything from souvenirs to hand-carved limestone and wooden sculptures.

Day 4: Spectacular Chichen Itza holds both mystery and magic. It’s perhaps Mexico’s most important archaeological zone and the ancient capital of the Mayan Empire, as well as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Together, its pyramids, temples, columned arcades and other stone structures reveal much about the Maya and Toltec vision of the universe - which was extremely advanced and closely tied to all that was visible in the dark night skies above the Yucatán Peninsula. The most recognizable structure here is the massive Temple of Kukulkan - also known as El Castillo. This glorious step pyramid features no less than 365 steps - one for every day of the calendar year. Each of the temple’s four sides has 91 steps, with the top platform serving as the 365th.

Day Five: This morning you’ll be visiting the largest zip line circuit in North America, recognized by Travel + Leisure Magazine as “one of the 35 great adventures in the world.” Once your helmet, pulley, harness and gloves are ready, you soar above – and through – the Yucatan jungle. What a rush! Once back at the resort, you spend some quality beach time. One of the more amazing things about the sand here is that it stays cool no matter how warm the sun. It’s been said that since the fine, white sand is primarily composed of shell fragments, it’s more porous than normal sand and doesn’t heat as easily under the sun. Whatever the reason, your feet don’t burn here. So with a nice tan and cool feet, you’re off later to dance the night away at Coco Bongo and celebrate an amazing vacation.

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