One of my favorite places in all the world, Cancun! Ahhhh, the beaches and ocean and fishes (I love diving) that I call home away from home. Have even considered relocating to Cancun many times.
This time I got to take my Aunt Mary Ellen, who had only ever been on cruises, never to an all inclusive, and now, she’s a convert to the world of all inclusive vacations.
Cancún (Spanish pronunciation: [kaŋˈkun]) is a coastal city in Mexico‘s easternmost state, Quintana Roo, on the Yucatán Peninsula. As a rapidly growing city with a quickly changing skyline, the estimated population for Cancún is 705,000 in 2010, a 20% increase from the census in 2005. Cancún is located on the Yucatan Channel that separates Mexico from the island of Cuba in the Greater Antilles. The Cancún region is sometimes known as the Mexican Caribbean or the Mayan Riviera.
Cancún is the municipal seat of the Benito Juárez municipality and a world-renowned balneario and tourist resort. The city center is located on the mainland which connects the Nichupté and lagoons to a narrow 7-shaped island where the modern beachfront hotels are located in the tourist centric hotel zone.
RIU Palace Las Americas:
Like being at a Palace 🙂 Just a few from around the resort
This was a personal yacht that was anchored out between Cancun and Isla Mujeres all week. It was really beautiful all lit up at nite.
These were being painted by a finger, yes, a finger, at the resort!
One of the restaurants, during lunch.
Chichen Itza, Mayan Ruins
encounter with the Maya, at Chichén Itzá. About 120 miles…glory days of the Maya, about 600 AD..Cortes. Unlike Chichén Itzá’s flat jungle …
It is generally believed that the Toltecs invaded Chichen Itza and the Yucatan in about the year 1000 AD, conquering the Maya and installing new …
Chichen Itza was a center of pilgrimage for the ancient Maya for over 1,000 years. The Sacred Cenote (a large natural well or limestone sink hole) was holy to the ancient Rain God “Chac”.
About 987 the ruler of the Toltec people of central Mexico came here, and with his Maya allies made Chichen Itza the most powerful city in the Yucatan. The ruler called himself “Kukulcan”, the name of the Mesoamerican Feathered Serpent deity (also known as “Quetzalcoatl”) and Chichen Itza became a center for worship of that god as well. More buildings were built here in a mixture of Maya and Toltec styles.
About 1221 the Maya revolted against the rulers of Chichen Itza. The city was not abandoned, but as political power shifted elsewhere it declined and no major new buildings were constructed. Chichen Itza remained a place of pilgrimage for the Maya until it was conquered by the Spanish Conquistadors in the 16th century.
The structures of Chichen Itza were overgrown with jungle and slowly decayed until major archaeological projects began in the 1920s. Since then, more of the ancient structures have been cleared and restored and more and more tourists come to visit.
IK Kil, Cenote
Close to Chichen Itza the “Sacred Blue Cenote”, is a well-type cenote with waterfalls. The lush jungle like environement of hanging vines and waterfalls make it the perfect place to cool down after experiencing the magic of Chichen Itza.