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All About Little place in mexico(Cancun)


Cancun is an island approximately 16 miles long and a quarter-mile wide. It is situated in the state of Quintana Roo in the south-eastern part of Mexico off the northeast tip of the Yucatan peninsula, on the Caribbean coast. (view map). The island is connected to the Mexican mainland by two bridges.
Cancun has a resident population of over 300,000 persons and is divided into two main parts: El Centro, the central area, is where most of the local residents live, and is home to many smaller hotels, restaurants and shops. The famous Hotel Zone, the principal tourist area, is located on a 8 mile peninsula jutting out into the Caribbean Sea, and is where the luxury hotels and modern shopping malls are to be found.
There are many reasons for Cancun's popularity as a tourist destination including: its gorgeous beaches with clear turquoise waters, excellent resort hotels offering a full range of amenities and modern facilities, gourmet restaurants, vibrant night life, great shops, and nearby Mayan ruins. Further, Cancun has great weather, with an average temperature of 80 degrees F (27 degrees C) and 240 days of sunshine each year, with little rain. The town has a non-stop party atmosphere and attracts numerous categories of visitors including families, seniors, students, couples, budget travelers and the rich and famous.
Some of Cancun's most popular attractions for visitors are described below:
Beaches & Water SportsCancun has some of the best beaches in the world.The beaches are, without question, the biggest draw in Cancun with their soft, white, powdery, sand and crystal clear, warm, turquoise water. There are eleven beaches in Cancun, each of which has its own distinctive personality, and all of which are open to the public. The very best beaches are at the north tip of the island.
The sand of the beaches in Cancun are made of crushed coral rather than silica. The coral remains cool even on very hot days, so you need not be concerned about burning your feet. Beach sandals are not necessary.
Cancun is surrounded by crystal clear water and lies next to the largest coral reef in the Americas. This makes it a haven for snorkellers and scuba divers. The calm waters also offer perfect conditions for water skiing. Other popular water sports here include parasailing and jet skiing. In addition, there is a large modern water park in Cancun with a wave making machine, slides, and a free fall thrill ride. Cancun's surrounding waters also offer some excellent sport fishing and deep sea fishing for sailfish, wahoo, dorada, marlin, grouper and bluefin tuna.
Mayan RuinsThe most famous Mayan cultural site in the world, Chichen Itza, is about a 90 minute drive from Cancun. This site is the location of the famous El Castillo Pyramid. The pyramid has 91 steps to the top on each side and has 52 panels on each side representing the 52 year cycle of the Mayan calendar. At sunrise, on the spring or fall equinox, the nine pyramid levels cast a shadow on the staircase edge producing the image of an undulating snake.
The Mayan ruins at Tulum, are about a one hour drive south of Cancun. The site once served as a major seaport for Mayan traders and was built around 900 A.D. It occupies one of the most beautiful seaside locations in Mexico, and the sight of the Mayan stone walled fortress against the backdrop of the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean ocean is magnificent.
ShoppingCancun is a duty-free zone that has evolved into a shopper's paradise. The Hotel Zone is dotted with large modern air-conditioned malls filled with boutiques selling designer label merchandise and perfumes at bargain prices. The traditional markets in Old Cancun have numerous small shops selling locally made handicrafts, silver jewelry and colorful Yucatan hammocks. Good natured bargaining at these smaller shops is expected.
Dining & NightlifeCancun has an impressive variety of restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets. There are establishments that serve traditional Mexican dishes, Yucantecan entrees, international gourmet cuisine, all-you-can-eat buffets, American style fast food, etc. Dining aboard a boat on one of Cancun's many theme dinner cruises is popular with many visitors.
Cancun is famous for its very active nightlife, which starts late and lasts into the wee hours of the morning. Popular hot spots includeEl Azucar (known for their energetic salsa band), La Boom (which draws a boisterous younger crowd), and Christine's (known for its music videos and spectacular laser light show.

some Offical Tourism office in central America


The following provides links to, brief descriptions of, and contact information for official government tourism offices and similar non-profit agencies in Mexico and Central America. These official tourism sites are a good place to start when planning a trip as most of them provide extensive information on tourism in their respective countries. Upon request, many of these tourism offices and agencies will send you travel literature to help in your trip planning.
Mexico Tourist Board This site offers detailed information on topics related to travel in Mexico, including visitor attractions, destinations, culture and lifestyle.
Contact Information
Phone: 1-800-446-3942
Belize Tourism Board A well designed site providing information on basic Belize facts, a calendar of events and several images of Belize.
Contact Information
Phone: +501-2-31913
Costa Rica National Chamber of Tourism Obtain information on Costa Rica visa requirements, indigenous cultures, National parks, ecotourism and more.
Contact Information
Phone: +506 234-6222
Salvador Tourism Office A Spanish only site providing information on tourist visas, maps and a calendar of events.
Contact Information
Phone: +503 243-7835
Guatemala Tourist Commission Here you will find useful information on such travel related topics as archaeological sites, folklore, adventure tours and the natural environment of Guatemala.
Contact Information
Phone: +502 331-1333
Honduran Institute of Tourism This Spanish only site has information on Hondura's history, archaeological sites, beaches, adventure tour opportunities and colonial cities. There are some nice photos on this site.
Contact Information
Phone: +504 232-5669
Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism This easy to navigate site has general tourism information, a tourist guide, a list of tour operators and hotels, and an events calendar.
Contact Information
Phone: +505 222-3333
Panama Institute of Tourism A Spanish only site providing information on tourist visas, maps and general information for visitors to Panama.
Contact Information
Phone: +507 226-7000

some food you must try when go to mexico


Tortillas, tacos, burritos, enchiladas and more
If you plan to visit Mexico, here is a brief description of the more common and popular foods you will encounter on your trip.
Tortillas: A flat, unleavened bread that has been the staple food of Mexico for hundreds of years. In the north part of the country, tortillas are usually made of wheat flour, whereas in the south, tortillas made from corn are more common.
Tacos: A large tortilla shell usually filled with seasoned beef, shredded lettuce and shredded cheddar cheese, and either fried until crispy or served soft. Tacos are commonly topped with salsa, sour cream or guacamole.
Burritos: A burrito consists of a warm, soft flour tortilla, similar in shape and concept to a Chinese spring roll, and commonly stuffed with minced beef, lettuce, cheese, refried beans, and sour cream.
Enchiladas: These are soft tortillas stuffed with vegetables, beef, chicken or pork, and then covered in a tomato based sauce and baked.
Gorditas: Open-faced corn tortillas that have been deep fried and then topped with chicken, pork or beef, beans, shredded lettuce and onions.
Tamales : Cornmeal paste spread thickly over corn or banana husks, stuffed with meat and vegetables, then rolled up and steamed.
Quesadilla: A flour tortilla that is folded over cheese and/or meat and then grilled.
Torta: A sandwich made from a hard bread roll that has been sliced in half and stuffed with tomatoes, guacamole, roast beef or chicken, cheese and salsa.
Huevos Rancheros: Fried eggs covered with a spicy chili sauce.
Huevos Motulenos: Fried eggs on tortillas, covered with a spicy sauce of tomatoes and chiles, topped with ham and cheese, and often served with refried beans.
Mariscos: Known as mariscos, seafood dishes are common in Mexico. Popular dishes include shrimp grilled in garlic and butter, and ceviche (raw fish marinated in lime juice with onions, garlic, chile and cilantro.
Pozole: A traditional and very filling soup dish made of hominy and either chicken or pork in a spicy tomato based broth and served with onions and vegetables on the side.
Posole: A traditional pork soup with white corn, spices and chili sauce that has been cooked for several hours before serving.
Chiles Rellenos: Large poblano chilies stuffed with meat and cheese, covered in egg batter, and fried.
Mole: A delicious, dark brown sauce made from dozens of spices and other ingredients and served over chicken or pork.
Guacamole: An mixture made from ripened avocados, lime juice, diced onions, tomatoes and cilantro served as a dip or condiment.
Plata de Frutas: A fruit plate consisting of sliced bananas, mangoes, papaya, watermelon and pineapple.
Cochinito Pibil: A delicious traditional Yucatecan specialty consisting of chicken or pork marinated in orange and a combination of spices and then barbecued in banana leaves.

Mexico Travel tips


It is estimated that over 15 million U.S. citizens visit Mexico each year. While the vast majority of visitors experience an enjoyable holiday with no problems, some do suffer difficulties and serious inconveniences. Here are some tips and advice to help you avoid inconveniences and difficulties during your Mexican holiday.
1. Leave a detailed itinerary and the numbers of your passport or other citizenship documents with a friend or relative in the United States.
2. Bring either a U.S. passport or a certified copy of your birth certificate and current, valid photo identification.
3. Carry your photo identification and the name of a person to contact with you in the event of serious illness or other emergency.
4. Keep photocopies of your airline or other tickets and your list of traveler's checks with you in a separate location from the originals and leave copies with someone at home.
5. Leave things like unnecessary credit cards and expensive jewelry at home.
6. Bring a bank ATM card and not large amounts of cash.
7. Use a money belt or concealed pouch for passport, cash and other valuables.
8. Do not bring firearms or ammunition into Mexico without written permission from the Mexican government.
9. A Tourist card is issued to you on the airplane before landing in Mexico. Upon arrival in Mexico, it will be validated by an Immigration Officer, with the number of days you are authorized to stay, usually between 30 and 90 days. You will need your tourist card to leave Mexico, so be careful not to lose it as it can be a real hassle to replace it.
10. Don't drink tap water even if the hotel has a purified water system. Mexican bottled water is very cheap to buy.
11. Be sure to use sunscreen, even on an overcast day.