I bet that arriving to Cancun you have no clue that besides the touristic attractions and the Caribbean Sea you can discover much more. Cancun is a mixture of modern buildings and urban sights, luxury lifestyle and underground spots. Mayan history lives here in every house and every street – and with one turn of your head you can jump from all exclusive concept hotels to the urban part of the city – intercultural, welcoming and persistently stunning for everybody who is just ready to see it.
Cancun is one of those rare cases when you come to see a modern resort but can discover a city of art and fashion. Lets stroll down the streets of the city and take a look.
We will start from a small park – Parque del Pintor. Here you can find a lot of murals and graffiti. This cannot be missed – it is one of the faces of the city – modern and artistic that you can find just here.
Charming small parks can be found across the whole city. And the main one, Parque Las Palapas, stays just next to the main avenue Tulum and Parque del Pintor.
From the course of history, you will know Cancun has been established as a city on January 23, 1970. Regardless of 46 years the city stubbornly protects the bits and pieces of its history, preserving its modern charm.
Formerly known as an important tourist destination in Mexico, it is one of the largest resorts in the country and a home to around 700.000 inhabitants. With two versions of the translations of the word “Cancun” as the “nest of snakes” and the “place of the gold snake” , the city shows the prevalent position of the snake at the pre-Columbian era.
Crossing Tulum Avenue, coming closer to Nader street you will notice an unparalleled scenery. Modern houses, narrow alleys, delicate street planning and the whole street of the restaurants and cafes.
The little streets of urban Cancun can make you forget that you are in a touristic place. Equally charming they have one distinct benefit over the popular competitors – the lack of tourists and an opportunity to experience a completely genuine and unchanged local lifestyle with the best tacos and beer.
Big crooked houses are built around spacious courtyards called supermanzanas– are great to explore on the morning or evening walk.
It is not only the city that amazes – the people here will conquer your heart. Always hospitable, they live by the famous Mexican proverb: “Mi casa es tu casa”.
And what is Cancun for you?