Samantha Appelhans

Cancun, Mexico

Getting There

Due to national borders and physical geography, going from Denver, Colorado to Cancun, Mexico may be a tad bit more difficult than going from Colorado to most U.S states. But have no worries; there's a solution to even the toughest problems. The easiest (and most conveniet) way to get from Denver to Cancun is to fly on a plane. Flight time will be approximately 4 hours each way on a non-stop flight. However, if you choose to save a few bucks, layover flights are always an option, and often land and depart in Texas. Plane tickets can range anywhere from 500 to 2,500 dollars, depending on how far in advance you book your flight and what class of the plane you stay in. The most effective way to save money is to plan your trip at least two months in advance, and to book seats in the Economy area. There is also an option of booking 'i dont care's, which will get you any left over seats on the plane the day of. You may get stuck in the back, but, hey, at least it's cheaper!

Once you've landed in Cancun and have gone through customs, it is important to find a way out of the airpot and to your hotel. Most hotels offer transportation, such as busses, to the hotel, depending on how far away it is from the hotel. If you book these in advance, these will be available. Rental cars are also an option if you know your way to your hotel. These also give you an advantage on your overall trip, because you wont have to rely on the transportation services to be on time. Prior booking is needed to rent a car as well. However, if you miss the chance to book transportation ahead of time, you can always take a taxi to your hotel or resort.

It is convenient that there are many ways to get to and from your desired destinations, it is just up to you to find the right ways for you and your budget.

Where to Stay

Cancun way designed and created to be a mainly tourist city from the begining, so it's not hard to find a place to stay in this city. There are vast ammounts of hotels and resorts along the beaches and in the city, mostly all of them being modern and beautiful. One of the top rated hotels in Cancun is the Beloved Hotel Playa Mujeres. This 4.5-star hotel is located nine miles away from the hotel, right along the ocean edge. The Beloved Hotel Playa Mujeres is new, modern, family friendly (although it's great for a relaxing getaway), and an overall great place. It comes with a pool, hot tubs, resturants and bars, and spa areas. The multiple interesting fatures make this hotel a great place for any traveler. The only downside is the rooms can get pricey, depending on what rooms you book. To prevent high cost, it helps to plan your entire trip on one site and to check for any packages and/or discounts. With so many hotels and resorts in Cancun, it's not hard to find the one that's just right for you.

Activities

From the start Cancun had been an area destined to become a tourist city. The downside: it's crowded. The upside: there's lots to do! From relaxing on the beach, to snorkeling through an underwater cave, or taking a zipline through the jungle, the Cancun area has got it all. No matter who you are, it's guranteed you will find something you like to do here.

For one, Cancun has many beautiful beaches throughout the area. If you're into people watching, head over to the Playa Delfines beach area. For the more athletic type, Forum Beach is a great place for swimming and water sports. And finally, if you're looking for a less hectic beach, Playa Linda is the place for you!

If you're looking for more than just a lounge on the beach, Cancun also has many great tourist sights further inland. If you're into history and culture, the Mayan ruins in Chichen Itza are perfect for you. Here you'll be able to take a hike through the rainforest to the ancient temples of the Maya. Guided tours are available, and are a great way to learn a bit about the land from the local natives.

Xel Ha (pronounced Shell ha) is another popular tourist attraction in Cancun. Xel Ha is an aquarium park that gives travelers the oportunity to experience the natural wonders of mexico by snorkeling down a large river and hiking through the jungle. There is also small zip lines and rope swings that provide a fun way to swim. Xel Ha is fun, educational, and relatively inexspensive.

The adventure doesnt stop there, though. Cancun also offers many great shoping areas, museums, aquariums, and golf clubs. Cancun is the perfect place for any tourist, and there's many ways to keep any person busy during their stay.

History and Cultures

Cancun is located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, located on the Yucatan Peninsula. Four decades ago, Cancun was a deserted island made of large swamps and sand dunes. The area had once been home to one of the most commonly known indians, the Maya's, but had been deserted centuries ago when the Spaniards conquired their temples. Although Cancun's soil was rich with famous historical and cultural history, the current Cancun area was foreign, and many people didnt even have a proper name for it. Some spelled it's name 'Kancun,' with a K, or 'Can Cun,' like two words. Some perhaps even called it 'that giant pile of sand over there'.

In 1970, the government of Mexico began the 'Cancun project,' which consisted of three main goals; build a tourist city, add an airport, and add a residential zone. Thanks to the efforts of those who helped, Cancun has been one of the nations most dynamic cityies since 1989.

Problems/Solutions

Like any vacation, it is not guaranteed that you can be 100% problem-free no matter what. However, there are many ways to plan ahead to help lower your chances.

When traveling to any foreign country, it is quite important to know before hand about their language and culture as to better understand how to interact with locals. Cancun, being the tourist city it is, gives you the advantage that most guides and people you meet will know English, however it is still a good idea to learn a few phrases in Spanish to better prepare yourself for awkward situations.

One big thing to take into account when traveling is transportation. It ok to plan where you want to go ahead of time, but it doesn't matter if you don't have a way to get there. As I have mentioned before, most hotels provide transportation services to and from the airport and to some popular destinations, but this means you are putting all your trust in the fact that they will be on time. If you don't want to worry about relying on transportation services, you can very easily book a rental car for the duration of you trip, as long as you plan in advance. Of course, if you don't plan on going anywhere out of walking distance from your hotel, transportation wont be a problem for you.

When traveling, it is important that you have enough money to pay for food and extra services, as well as enough for any souvenirs you would like to bring back with you. You should plan to bring an extra hundred or so with you on your trip. While you can put most hotel services and meals on a room tab, any outside food or un-booked destinations may cost you extra cash.

On any vacation, it is important to plan ahead for any possible problems you may encounter, and while no trip is ever completely safe, there are many easy ways to make bad situations more avoidable.

Conclusion/Reflection

Cancun is one of the most popular tourist cities in the world, full of rich history, modern cities, and an amazing scenic view. It is clear to see why it would be a popular destination for any traveler, whether it be a family of four or a couple looking for a getaway. With so many places to see and things to do, as well as being financially bearable, there isn't really a reason not to visit. So log on to your computer, book a flight, and get out there and have some fun!

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