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Chichen Itza..................................................................................................................................3 Tulum & Xel Ha All Inclusive Day Tour....................................................................................3 XCaret Tour & XCaret Plus Tour................................................................................................4 Jungle Tour - Wave-Runner........................................................................................................4 Treetop Canopy Zipline Adventure at Selvatica.......................................................................5 Swim with the Dolphins at Delphinius Dreams Cancun........................................................5 Cozumel All Inclusive..................................................................................................................6 Captain Hook’s Dinner Cruise....................................................................................................6 Caribbean Carnival Night Cruise...............................................................................................7 Horseback Riding At Loma Bonita............................................................................................7 History of Cancun........................................................................................................................8

Mexico

Cancun - Tulum

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Top 10 Cancun Activities 1. Chichen Itza Ruins Day Tour Chichen Itza, founded in the year 514 AD, was once the capital of the ancient Mayan civilization and was recently declared one of the “7 Modern Wonders of the World.” The ruins are steeped in a magical history of bloody rituals of human sacrifice, a warrior culture, astrological discovery, and elaborately constructed Maya-Toltec buildings. The ruins are a must see for any visit to Cancun and traveling through the rustic Mayaland Hotel is the most provocative way to explore them. Gray Line offers the “only” tour with exclusive access to the Mayaland Hotel, Conde Nast winner and National Geographic Regional Favorite! Close enough to the archaeological zone to have its own private entrance, you are free to travel in and out of the archaeological zone as many times as you like. A shower and a dip in a cool Mayaland Hotel resort pool after a hot day at the ruins is truly a gift… not to mention a lounge chair to rest your feet and an ice cold drink.

2. Tulum Ruins Tour & All Inclusive Xel-Ha Eco-Waterpark Excursion

Our excursion begins by picking up all passengers between 7:00-8:05am from the lobbies of all major Cancun hotels (Zone 1). Once we have picked up all clients, we will depart directly for Chichen Itza without stopping at any tourist traps along the way. Arriving at the Mayaland Hotel, we will head directly to the archaeological site through the Mayaland Hotel’s private gate. At the site, our certified tour guide will take you on a 1.5 hour tour exploring the secrets of the ancient Mayan Civilization. Your guide will explain the historical significance of all the most important monuments before leaving you to discover the site on your own. Move at your own pace. Admire and take pictures with El Castillo.

The ruins of Tulum are perched high atop a cliff, against the awe inspiring backdrop of the Caribbean Sea. This archaeological site is a one of a kind. Tulum flourished in late Post-classical times with buildings dating back to the 12th century. It was once an important trading port, one of the few Mayan cities still inhabited when the Spaniards arrived. You will take a guided tour of the ruins to learn about the secrets of the Mayans. Your guide will point out important sites, explaining the historical significance of buildings such as the Castle, the Temple of the Masks and the God Chaac. Then we will drive 20 minutes back toward Cancun, to the incredible natural aquatic theme park created by the Mayan gods themselves: Xel-Ha. This special place gathers the best of the Mexican Caribbean all in one place. Enjoy nature through the crystal clear waters of this spectacular natural aquarium. An environment of creeks, lagoons, natural wells and ancient caves is fed by underground rivers flowing out to the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Explore the underwater world by snorkel to come face to face with exotic underwater flora and fauna such as curious rays and French Angel fish. Other activities include cliff diving, rope bridge walking, bicycling, kayaking, swim with the dolphins, snuba, underwater breathing bubble and much more!

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3. XCaret Tour & XCaret Plus Tour Visit an incredible eco-archaeological park, where you can spend a day in paradise relaxing and enjoying nature, snorkeling, activities, shows and more! For more than a millennium, this nature park and archaeological zone has been an important ceremonial center and Mayan port. Xcaret is located 55 kilometers south of Cancun near Playa del Carmen. Xcaret includes a wide range of eco-attractions with your entry ticket: aquarium, aviary, bird breeding area, mushroom farm, orchid garden, inlet lagoon, many natural beaches and warm crystal clear natural pools, sea turtles, butterfly pavilion, botanical garden, Mayan Village, museum, archaeological sites, Mayan river, underground river (you can swim down in a provided life jacket) and a spectacular night show to top off your visit. From Cancun: Our excursion begins by picking up passengers between 7:00-8:05AM from the lobbies of all major Cancun hotels. Once we have picked up all passengers, we will depart directly to Xcaret Eco-Park by 8:15AM. You will have the day at leisure to explore the famous wonders of Xcaret. The tour will return to Cancun after the night show. From Riviera Maya: Hotel pickups are between 7:3011:00am. You will have the day at leisure to explore the famous wonders of Xcaret. We will return to Cancun after the night show.

4. Jungle Adventure Tour We begin our tour at the marina where you will drive a speedboat for 45 minutes from the breathtaking Nichupte lagoon through the twisty mangrove channel, surrounded by the calls of exotic birds. Stop off at one of the best reefs in the Puerto Morelos area for 30 minutes of snorkeling in the cool Caribbean waters, and then make the return journey back through the ocean, mangroves and lagoon. As part of the second largest barrier reef in the World the reef is home to a huge variety and abundance of flora and fauna which few places in the world can better. You will enjoy snacks upon arriving at the marina.

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5. Selvatica Adventure: Ziplining, Cliff Diving and Army Truck Ride Selvatica’s Extreme Adventure Family Tour is recognized by Travel & Leisure magazine as “one of the 35 great adventures in the world!” Your first activity will be our world-class extreme canopy tour (longest zip line circuit in North America), which exceeds all international safety standards and can accommodate guests 3 to 93 years old. Our staff will equip you with a harness, security pulley, helmet and gloves. The circuit includes 12 zip lines! Fly through the air past beautiful birds, plants and animals. Then make your way through the incredible Mayan Jungle on an army truck as you ride to explore a hidden grotto. Along the way you will enjoy great views of the magnificent Mayan Jungle. Then we arrive at the Green Light Cenote (watering hole), an open space where you will find a zip line and a cliff diving platform, both designed to land you right in the refreshing waters of the cenote. It’s a fun way to cool off and finish your journey!

6. Swim With The Dolphins at Delphinius Dreams Cancun

At the end of this refreshing experience we’ll head back to our Palapa (palm tree beach hut) for a light lunch consisting of purified water and a baguette or chicken fajitas (menu items may vary, and can be accommodated to special needs).

You’ve done it in your dreams… now make the dream a reality! The Delphinus Primax dolphin swim is a one of a kind, premium experience that can’t be found anywhere else! Hop in the water with a school of playful dolphins for an incredible “50+ minutes of in-water time” to swim, interact and learn about your new friends and their exciting talents. This isn’t an experience you want to rush. Intimacy is an essential part of your premium Primax swim experience with group size limited to 8 or fewer. Swimmers will learn to signal the dolphins to perform tricks and prepare for them to send you soaring through the water in the thrilling “foot push”! Spend quality time soothingly caressing them along their backs and if you do a good enough job, they might even surprise you by flipping over for a belly rub! One of the most exciting features of the Primax program is the Foot Push activity in which one or two dolphins will place their noses at your feet and propel you through the water with all of their strength as you glide through the water just like trained professionals at theme parks and on TV! Because we don’t want you to miss a thing… swim mere feet from our dolphins as they perform impressive jumps and tricks within arms reach! The Delphinus Dreams Cancun Resort facility is set outdoors in nearly 22,000 square feet of impressive natural surroundings in the Mexican Caribbean. These worldclass facilities are located in the heart of the Cancun Hotel Zone (km 7.5) at Punta Cancun.

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7. All-Inclusive Excursion To Cozumel Island: Snorkeling, Lunch & Boat Cruise Cozumel is an island south of Cancun reachable by ferry via the coastal town of Playa del Carmen. It takes about an hour to get to Playa del Carmen from Cancun. Cozumel is famous as a snorkeling and diving heaven. The perfectly clear turquoise waters surrounding the island are truly amazing. Upon arriving in Cozumel the tour conductor will take you directly on board the glass bottom boat that shows you some of the most incredible coral reefs including: Paraiso Reef, Dzul-Ha Reef and Chankanb Reef. There you will enjoy snorkeling for 1 hour ½ and then back to Cozumel Pier to have lunch. Following lunch you will have free time for shopping.

8. Captain Hook’s Pirate Cruise & Dinner Show Step aboard Captain Hook’s Dinner cruise for a night of fun and excitement! Enjoy a pirate show, endless entertainment, and a complete buffet dinner with lobster & steak. Captain Hook has invited you aboard his vessel! The sound of the cannons announces our departure. Enjoy a night of entertainment and learn of tales of past pirates escapades. Experience a real pirate fight as Captain Hook and his crew take on the enemy. Pirates armed with swords and pistols, jump from the masts landing on the deck where a sword fight ensues between the crew and the other pirates. Will Captain Hook overtake the enemy?

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9. Caribbean Carnaval Party Cruise & Dinner Show Enjoy a sunset cruise to the isle of women, “Isla Mujeres.” Dance to the rhythms of the Caribbean along the way on a 45 minute cruise. You’re invited to enjoy delicious drinks of the tropics such as Margaritas, Tequila Sunrises, Rum Punch, Piña Coladas, Beer and soft drinks. Upon arrival at Pescador Beach in Isla Mujeres, a delicious dinner buffet will be hot and waiting for you including: four main dishes of pork, beef, chicken and fish, rice & pastas, three side dishes, delicious fresh baked bread, a complete salad bar, various desserts and coffee. After dinner our professional Caribbean Carnaval ballet will perform a colorful show, with live music playing a variety of different rhythms to give you a taste of real Caribbean culture. Our show will take you on an imaginary journey through the Caribbean Islands: Cuba’s Rumba, the Dominican Republic’s colorful Merengue, Jamaica’s cadence reggae, and all the way to mysterious Africa, the root of Caribbean rhythms. You will complete your Caribbean journey by choosing the King of the Party from the audience. Then you’ll enjoy great games, contests and limbo dancing! After the show, festive live music will have everyone dancing under the stars. On the night cruise the party continues on board, all the way back to Cancun.

10. Horseback Riding On The Beach Now you can experience this feeling! Start your day out by riding through the jungles of the Riviera Maya before arriving at water’s edge. Once on the beach, you can relax and enjoy a drink and soak up the scenery, gallop your horse along the beach or ride bareback into the ocean (where you can have your photo taken). As pioneers in this activity for more than 25 years, our tradition and experience makes this tour a must! Our friendly and expert staff offers you a dream come true - ride through the jungle, the mangroves - gallop on the beach or wade with your horse in the beautiful Caribbean sea.

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History of Cancun As documented in the earliest colonial sources, the island of Cancún was originally known to its Maya inhabitants as Nizuc (Yucatec Maya [ni? su?uk]) meaning either “promontory” or “point of grass”. In the years after the Conquest, much of the population died off or left as a result of disease, warfare, piracy, and famines, leaving only small settlements on Isla Mujeres and Cozumel Island.[citation needed] The name Cancún, Cancum or Cankun first appears on 18th century maps. The meaning of Cancún is unknown, and it is also unknown whether the name is of Maya origin. If it is of Maya origin, possible translations include “Place/Seat/Throne of the Snake” or “Enchanted Snake”. Snake iconography was prevalent at the pre-Columbian site of Nizuc. When development was started on Jan. 23, 1970, Isla Cancún had only three residents, caretakers of the coconut plantation of Don José de Jesús Lima Gutiérrez, who lived on Isla Mujeres, and there were only 117 people living in nearby Puerto Juarez, a fishing village and military base. “Due to the reluctance of investors to bet on an unknown area, the Mexican government had to finance the first nine hotels.” The first hotel financed was the Hyatt Cancún Caribe, but the first hotel actually built was the Playa Blanca, which later became a Blue Bay hotel, and is now Temptation Resort. At the time it was an elite destination, famous for its virgin white sand beaches. Most ‘Cancúnenses’ are from Yucatán and other Mexican states. A growing number are from the rest of the Americas and Europe. The municipal authorities have struggled to provide public services for the constant influx of people, as well as limiting squatters and irregular developments, which now occupy an estimated ten to fifteen percent of the mainland area on the fringes of the city. In the 21st century, Cancún had largely avoided bloodshed associated with the trade of illegal drugs, but the city is regarded as a popular transshipment point for Colombian cocaine and reportedly known for retail drug sales to tourists and as a center of money laundering. The links with Cancún date from the 1990s and early 2000s, when the area was controlled by the Juárez and Gulf drug cartels. In recent years Los Zetas, a group that broke away from the Gulf Cartel, has taken control of many smuggling routes through the Yucatán, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference was held in Cancún from November 29, 2010 to December 10, 2010.

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Cancun Travel Guide