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Visiting Cancun
by Paul

 For this year’s summer vacation, my wife and I along with our children decided to travel to Cancun, Mexico.  We chose Cancun because we heard a great deal about its beautiful beaches and the many special attractions.  

The city of Cancun, part of which is an island, has the warm Caribbean Sea that washes on its eastern shores.  Cancun is located on the northeast tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, in southeastern Mexico on the eastern coast of Quintana Roo state. Originally just a fisherman’s island surrounded by forest and unknown shores, Cancun has grown into a world renowned travel destination.

The flight to Cancun was seven hours long, covering about 4 400 km south-east of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  We flew for four hours from Vancouver International Airport to Dallas, Texas, U.S.A., then a three hour direct flight to Cancun.  Once landing there, we were struck by the wonderful hot and sunny weather.

Cancun is a great place to stay and visit, whether it is for an extended vacation or for just a quick getaway.  The local people are very courteous, and there are many things to do and many attractions to see. The beaches are the main draw in Cancun, beaches with white soft sand and warm Caribbean Sea waters.  One can visit the Cenotes, which are caves through which underground rivers flow.  There are several large natural parks in the area, places where you can view and experience the rich wildlife and plant species native to the area.  You can also visit the many local markets filled with unique Mexican handicrafts.  These are just a few of the many attractions in Cancun.  During our stay, we spent most of our time at the beach - swimming, snorkeling, reading, and sun-tanning.

Mexico’s interesting and unique history and culture is largely based on two ancient tribes – the Aztecs and Mayans.  The local Cancun people were eager to explain their particular Mexican roots and heritage.  For centuries, the Mexican area which now includes Cancun was the heart of the ancient Mayan civilization.  In order to learn more about the Mayans, we took tours of the ancient Mayan ruins, including the famous Mayan Pyramids.  In ancient times, the Mayan people were one of the world’s most densely populated societies with an advanced and vibrant culture.  The Mayan civilization is characterized by its ancient beautiful art, historical superior architecture, and advanced astronomical and mathematical concepts which were far ahead of their time.

Visiting Cancun proved to be a very good choice.  We had a great vacation, enjoyed some of the special attractions, and learned about the local culture.  As a travel destination for a well-rounded vacation, Cancun is a great option.

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(September 18, 2011)

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