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Cancún

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  • Day188

    I've always wanted to go to Cancun, just to see what it's like - and now I know. If you're into American spring break type of partying, or want to come on a family package holiday, or simply just use Cancun as a base for the surrounding Yucatan/ Quintana Roo area, then Cancun is ideal. But, it is not at all representative of Mexican culture - it's a bit of an America bubble really.

    That being said, as a traveller, there are some cool things to do in Cancun which shine through. The first is Isla Mujeres which is a fifteen minute ferry ride from the port. When I arrived in Isla Mujeres, the sun was shining and it was glorious. The beach had the clearest blue sea and white sands. The perfect way to end six months of travelling, right?

    Little did I know that a hurricane was headed towards Yucatan and the next two days would be torrential rain and winds, meaning all chances of last-minute sunbathing or snorkelling with whale sharks was eliminated. Typical.

    I spent the evening watching Netflix before getting the ferry back to Cancun the next day. Although I did get an idea of what Isla Mujeres was like, I definitely did not get to see the best of it due to bad weather. I would definitely like to go back one day in the dry season (and low season because it's insanely busy) and give it another chance.

    The next thing for me which shines through is some of the food in Cancun. When you look past all the American fast-food chains and Western panaderias, you can find some awesome authentic Mexican food. In Parque de las Palmas you can get 3 tacos for 30 pesos (that's the equivalent of £1.25 or something ridiculous).

    I also went on the hunt for souvenirs at Mercado 28, which is great for tacky tourist presents and also a good way to practice Spanish bartering skills. There are some bargains to be had, and I managed to get prices down as much as I could to get presents for the fam and Josh. Top tip - half it, and then walk away. They'll say no at first and then come calling after you.

    My trip ended with drinks at my hostel and a failed attempt to go out. Standard. The next day I caught my flight home from Cancun - back to the motherland - LONDON!
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  • Day382

    Cancún ist dank seines Flughafens mit überregionaler Bedeutung der Ort, an dem die meisten Touristen Yucatán erreichen. Die Stadt selbst ist wirtschaftlich komplett vom Tourismus abhängig. Der konzentriert sich hauptsächlich in der Zona Hotelera, einer idyllischen Lagune, die von endlosen Sandstränden umgeben ist, in der sich ein Hotel, an das nächste reiht.
    Der Tourismus hat auch zur Folge, dass sämtliche Aktivitäten, entgegen des sonst günstigen Mexikos, ziemlich teuer sind. So sparte ich mir dann weitere Tauchgänge und endet im Kino. Wo ich aus Versehen im VIP-Kino landete. Ledersessel mit ausklappbarer Fußlehne und kleiner eigener Leuchte.Read more

  • Day9

    Heute haben wir den Tag am Pool verbracht und sind abends noch mal ins Zentrum und an den Strand gefahren. Im Vergleich zu unseren bisherigen Stopps, ist Cancun ein kleiner Kulturschock. Sehr touristisch,... Hotel an Hotel an Mall an Restaurant. Aber dafür kommt man hier mit Englisch ganz gut zurecht. Das war bisher eher schwierig. Jaime hat uns erklärt, dass in Mexiko die Schulpflicht mit der Grundschule endet. Viele gehen daher nur kurz und auch nur sporadisch zur Schule. Sogar die Polizisten...Read more

  • Day23

    Back to the roots - unsere letzten Tage verbringen wir nochmal in Cancún und buchen uns auch direkt wieder im bereits bekannten Mermaid-Hostel ein - es ist schon fast, wie Nach-Hause-Kommen. ;-)

  • Day10

    Unsere Appartement-Wohnung mit zwei Schlafzimmern und Bädern, kleiner Küche und sogar einer Waschmaschine 😅
    Die Koffer sind wieder gepackt.
    Jetzt geht's weiter nach Chichén Itzta.

  • Day109

    Food, glorious food!

    Getting to Mexico was better than sitting down to a sunday roast after a week on dehydrated rations. I was still recovering from an upset stomach, so I didn't have much of an appetite. That quickly changed when our new found gang of hombres stumbled across an open air food market. Guacamole, burritos, empanadas and tacos had never tasted so good! I think I'm going to like Mexico.

    Mike and Char are in good shape, they've spent the last week or so cruising through the Yucatan from Mexico City. Great to catch up after a good few years!

    Cancun was just how I imagined it. We stayed in a shady hostal in Cancun town, to avoid the extortionate prices of food, drink and accommodation that are found along the huge resorts and hotels which stretch along miles of white sandy beaches comprising the peninsular. All the major American brands are back in play, Starbucks as usual, the biggest culprit.

    We're enjoying spending the Mexican peso. At 16MXN to the AUD, a 10 peso bus ride wasn't enough to deter us from getting to the beach, nor from indulging in the bakery section of the supermarket for another delicious meal. Avocados for $1 per kilo, I'm in heaven!

    Cancun was a short stop. We're headed to Tulum by bus. Glad for a pit stop in civilization, but equally glad to leave it behind as soon as we did. Hasta la vista baby!
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  • Day1

    We are starting our trip around central america. We were flying from Frankfurt to Cancún. For the next five nights we are gonna stay at Dominik's place- a room, which we find at Air bnb. Its located in the oldtown, we have like an appartment and Dominik is also really nice and helpful!

  • Day2

    Two hour wait after landing for my pre booked shuttle and most of that was standing in the heat outside in a tiny space! Chaotic! One poor girl fainted.
    Anyway after checking into my next budget hotel (another great hotel with killer air conditioning) just on the outskirts of the central district set off for some dinner - 5 hour flight left LA 9.30am and arrived 5.30pm so by now its dark and I am exhausted. Not much close by so hotel staff tell me the biggest mall in Cancun is a 10 minute walk.

    I set off. First mistake - I should have gone to bed and had chocolate for dinner. The heat! After 5 minutes I was dripping!
    Next I am basically walking down a freeway! There was a path but then it would turn into large grassed areas with rocks which I had to climb over! They didn't tell me I needed treking shoes and poles!

    Next I am walking next to bush where I hear noises so I walk close to the road - then I see a man with plastic bags walk into the bush. I walk faster.

    Then I see it - superama by Walmart! Don't judge me people I had to eat quickly and get back to the hotel! And the Mall was nowhere in sight and I had been walking 20 minutes. 10 minutes! Maybe if you are an olympian walker!
    So on a full stomach of the worst pizza I bolted to back!

    And that was my day 2!
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  • Day3

    Amazing breakfast included in the hotel stay which I paid for later! Oh well but it was good!

    My plan was to make it to a bank get some peso and then see the sights!

    I made it to the mall after a litre of water and just before I collapsed! As an added bonus my face was bright red and took an hour to return to normal!

    Then I pondered for some time. Do I walk to a bus station wait in the heat and then go to the hotel zone on the beach and walk the strip catching the local minibuses along the way?
    In my backpacking days the answer would have been of course! I agonised as I am meant to be travelling on a budget!
    No the heat is diabolical so I hire a taxi to drive me wait while I take my tourist snaps and head back to air conditioned safety in the mall!

    Cancun is good as a transport hub where you stay and do your day trips or you just want to lay by a pool and party at night.

    The hotel strips had your usual high end shopping, malls and lots of bars and restaurants.

    Got the standard Cancun shot taken by my cheerful taxi driver!

    The internet access has been very hit and miss with my global sim. One night I woke up at 3.30am and it was working so away I went with my travel research for 25 mintues then it was gone!

    Later that day set off for Playa del Carmen where I will be based for 3 days. I opted for a taxi which I got a good price on - the heat the heat!!!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Cancún, Cancun, كانكون, Горад Канкун, Канкун, Κανκούν, کانکون٬ کینتانا رو, קנקון, कान्कुन, Կանկուն, CUN, カンクン, კანკუნი, 캉쿤, Kankunas, Kankuna, ကင်န်ကွန်မြို့, กังกุน, کانکون, 港觀, 坎昆

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