Cancun being a coastal city it is best place for adventure tourists who intend to enjoy beach activities like surfing, diving, sailing and fishing. It is praised as a Caribbean destination with the most modern infrastructure and latest amenities Cancun underwater museum is the best place for spending an evening. Even then its popularity lies in its historical assets and the fact that it was a part of the ancient Mayan civilization best considered as gateway to El Mundo Maya or the Mayan world. Some of the major attractions and places to visit in Cancun are
The Pyramid at Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza the most popular Mayan temple city is among the few monuments declared as world heritage sights. It served as the economic and political center of the Mayan civilization. The pyramid of Kukulkan in Chichen Itza is well known to worldwide tourists. This wonderful monument is the best example of the accuracy of Mayan astronomy. The temple of Kukulkan has 365 steps each dedicated to one day of the year. Other attractions include the Hall of the Thousand Pillars, the Temple of Chac Mool and Playing Field of the Prisoners which illustrate the extra ordinary splendors of the Mayan civilization. These stepped pyramids, columned arcades and temples were considered to be the most sacred things by the Mayans. Due to advanced astronomical skills they were able to predict solar eclipses. There is a sophisticated observatory structure still existing in the region.
Tulum is considered as one of the magical places on Earth as well as one of the most-visited Mayan ruins in Mexico. It is positioned on the edge of a cliff and protruding out as if it is watching the vast turquoise ocean lying underneath. Located at around one hundred thirty km south of Cancun is Zama, meaning City of Dawn. A fort meant for defense is located in this walled city. Tulum was a trading port during Mayan period. El Castilo or the castle is the wonderful creation to be visited which is standing at a beautiful location. The castle as well as temple is adorned with beautiful figures of the Mayan ‘Diving god’ along with ancient murals.
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