Things to Do in Yucatan Peninsula
Our Summer holiday destination was Cancun for diving and to explore the history of the Mayas. Travel to Mexico is fairly easy from the US. It only takes a couple of hours of flying to get down to Cancun by plane. We reserved a hotel online in the centre of Cancun, because we did not know any better. It later turned out that the beaches and the cool resorts were all outside of Cancun, so we ended up taking taxis between the beach and the city centre. Cancun center was slightly shady as well, so we had to make sure we were not hanging out there too much, because we stood out from a mile away. On the other hand, the Yucatan Peninsula is an absolute paradise. It is one of my favorite places in the World. There are many things to do in Yucatan, such as scuba-diving, snorkeling, water activities and visiting Maya ruins.
The water is the bluest I have ever seen. The minute we arrived, I was blown away by the color of the water and the color of the sand. The food is amazing in Mexico as well, as long as you can handle spicy food. Mexican food is my absolute favourite food on the planet. The hotels are luxurious and you can stay in a very nice hotel for not much money. There are many things to do in Cancun, Mexico. They offer various water activities on the beach, there are many amazing restaurants in Cancun and you have the option to scuba-dive as well. I finally got scuba certified in Mexico. I was thrilled to be underwater. We dove for about three days, then we wanted to explore a bit of culture and we drove around the Yucatan to visit some of the famous Maya ruins. So if you are wondering what to do in Cancun besides diving, go and explore these beautiful, historical ruins. However, diving and snorkeling is definitely the best things to do in Cancun.
Ruins of Tulum
Mexico is a fascinating, diverse country. There are so many things to do in Mexico. First, we visited the ruins in Tulum. The beaches around the ruins were beautiful. The iguanas were huge. The ruins were fascinating as well. There was so much history behind the Mayan ruins on the Yucatan. There were not too many things to do in Tulum, besides visiting the ruins, so we headed to Coba to see more ruins. Read more about UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Mexico here.
Ruins of Coba
Then we set out to go to Coba to see the tallest and oldest ruins in Mexico in the middle of the jungle. This ruin is 42 meter high and we climbed to the top. These ruins were erected in the 7th century. The ruins were very spread out, so we rented bikes to get around the jungle. It was a very interesting place to visit, although not as pretty as Tulum was. On the way back from Coba to Cancun, we were stopped by the police because we were speeding. The policeman asked for some bribe, but I declined to pay, then he wanted to hold onto my driver’s license. Then, I told him with my limited Spanish that I am going to call the embassy so he asked me for a little less money. I told him he was going to have to call the embassy if he wanted to hold onto any of my documents. In the end we were released without any fine. In these Third World countries, you have to be careful with the police, because they are corrupt and they want to be bribed. I know it because I grew up in a very similar culture in Eastern Europe.
Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is a beautiful part of the World. We really enjoyed our time here. Diving was first class and the Mayan ruins near Cancun were very interesting. We will surely return back here soon.
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