PRACTICAL INFORMATION V.1.2
HI GUYS... Here YOU HAVE some Advices and TIPS of CANCUN And The YUCATAN PENINSULA.
First of all, i want to say Welcome to Mexico and Welcome to CANCUN and The Riviera Maya.
Maybe you have a lot of questions about how to get to cancun, weather, public transport; where to eat or where to sleep..and also where have FUN..¡¡
Mexico's Yucatan peninsula has a special atmosphere and an immense variety of attractions, including some of the world's best beaches and diving areas. The modern, glittering resorts of the east cost's Mayan Riviera lie alongside charming old spanish Colonial towns, sleepy Mayan Villages, and the awesome remains of ancient civilizations.
From Cancun´s airport into Cancun city, you have few options; Van-sized "colectivo" or "combi" buses are the most accesible means of public transport into town. They go along the hotel zone and into Cancun city (downtown), dropping each passenger at their hotel, but the full journey can take an hour, another option is individual taxi (the most expensive way but faster); the Cheapest ONE its the PUBLIC BUS called A-D-O.
Domestic flights or Internal flights are offered if you are planning visit another state or city far from Cancun; low-cost or low rates are offered by companies like Volaris (www.volaris.mx), Interjet (www.interjet.com.mx) Viva aerobus (www.vivaerobus.com) and Magnicharters (www.magnicharters.com.mx)or regular prices by Aeromexico (www.eromexico.com).
In Mexico, Buses are the main form of transport for longer trips, unless you rent a car or fly. First-class buses are Air-conditioned and run between main towns with only a few stops in route. Second class buses stop more often but are Cheaper, also you can find 3rd class the cheapest way but it might take long time. Check bus prices and schedules in www.ticketbus.com.mx
Every city has a local bus service. Destination are usually displayed on the windscreen. But in Cancun buses have Route Numbers (Routes R-1 and R-2 run up and down te hotel zone and to Downtown) "Combis", also known as "colectivos", are minibuses that serve the smaller districts.
CURRENCY, ELECTRICITY BANKS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Mexico´s currency is the peso. There are coins for $1, $2, $5 and $10 pesos and notes for $20, $50, $100, $200, $500 and $1000 pesos.
US Dollars, Canadian Dollars and Euro are accepted in Cancun. Mexican banks are happy to change American dollars and, to a lesser extent Canadian dollars, but currencies from another countries can be very problematic and expensive to change. It is therefore best to take credit cards or debit cards and US dollars in cash.
There are Clusters of banks in the center of all main towns, rarely in rural areas. Most banks even in small towns, and Supermarkets now have ATMs, often the most economical way of obtaining cash.
Master Card and VISA are widely accepted for purchases in supermarkets, pharmacies, hotels and restaurants.
Payphones are easy to find in towns and tourist areas. There is always a "caseta" or phone office, where the attendant dials the number for you and you take the call in a BOOTH.
To call outside Mexico, dial 00 followed by the country code. To call to Mexico from another countries the code is 52.
Electricity operates on a 110 volt system, as in the USA and Canada, and with the same American-type flat-pin plugs. If you bring any 220-240 volt equipment, you will need a transformer and plug adaptor.
PRINCIPAL ATTRACTIONS IN THE YUCATAN.
Mexico's biggest resort, has 23 km (14 miles) of dazzling white sand beaches, lavish hotels, every kind of restaurants, and attractions from water parks to giant nightclubs for 24 hour entertainment.
The second worlds largest reef, and the diver´s favorite, with over 20 coral reefs that are enjoyed by first time snorkelers and experienced divers alike. Onshore there are fine beaches and gleaming jewelery stores.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN:
The trendiest spot on the Riviera, with a more small-town scale than Cancun, superb swimming and snorkeling, and an ever-buzzing nightlife.
A laid-back caribbean island with a beachnomber style. It is sorrounded by rich diving reefs and fishing grounds.
There, one of most espectacular Mayan ruins perches on a crag overlooking palm-lined sands and relaxed hotels "cabaña" style and camping areas.
SIAN KA'AN BIOSPHERE RESERVE.
This almost uninhabited expanse of lakes, reefs, lagoon, mangroves, and forest is home to Jaguars, Monkeys, and millions of birds and rare plants.
The most Awe-inspiring of all Mayan cities. Chichen Itza Pyramids loom over huge "plazas", intricately aligned with the movements of the sun and the stars; now is One of the 7 MODERN WONDERS.
Charming squares, shady "patios", white washed facades, and wonderful markets make this one of the most romantic of all Mexico´s historic colonial cities. This city is called "la blanca Merida".
The pyramid, palaces and quadrangles of this dramatic ruined city have an special elegance and beauty, and are regarded by many as the pinnacle of ancient Mayan architecture.
The city is a remarkable survivor from the Spanish Colonial era. It includes an old section ringed by ramparts and bastions, and an astonishing museum of Mayan relics housed in an ancient Fortress.
Well... this only a small part of the thousands options to enjoy, and see.
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Hope this information can help you all..
Ennjoy Mexico, and enjoy Cancun.
Can you point me to some media (online newspapers/blogs) that will have information on events happening locally.
It will be good to know where all the fun spots are and where things will be happening. Last year there were great art and environmental awareness activities that took place at these sort of places.