Viva La Mexico! Famous for its white sandy beaches, near perfect weather and bright blue waters, Cancun remains unwaveringly within the five most popular world resorts. Everything green is bountiful and grows at a rate of knots with a humid climate working hand in hand to breed a tangled mass of vegetation. Loosely woven Sombrero hats sit splendidly on the heads of local townsfolk who are all very happy to see a keen influx of tourists to their native country. This is nothing short of a gay paradise, painting a very rosy picture for anyone contemplating a visit. Luxurious resorts offer maximum comfort and minimal effort, so you can sit back and sip on your rum-runner under one of the many towering palm trees.
Potter into town for some melodic Latino notes. “Mariachi” style music, which originated in the city of Guadalajara in the nineteenth century, can be heard emanating from most restaurants. Tourists watch in awe as these travelling musicians bring a happy smile wherever they go. Brightly colored maracas are used as percussion instruments, while round backed guitars, flutes and accordions all mélange together to evoke the quintessential Mexican image.
Inland you can seek out a little eco adventure with local Mayan people who will lead you on an excursion through the web of dense jungle. Whilst navigating your way through the forest, most tours offer a chance to stop at one of the three ancient Mayan ruins, which are also active archeological sites. The Mayan temples at Cobra give a glimpse at how different cultures have put Cancun’s geography to work. Slicing through rock faces and venturing into underground wells is all part of the hair-raising excitement. To add a little icing to the cake, Mayan spirit guides usually offer intrepid guests the option to join in the recital of the “Hanal Pixan”; the Mayan ritual of the dead.
Mexican gastronomy has won the hearts of many worldwide and where better to sample it than on home ground. Chicken quesadillas, Chili con Carne, Chimichangas, Tortillas, Fajitas, and the most popular of all believe it or not is chicken fried rice. Sumptuous food delicately spiced and good enough to make you drool is everywhere you look, from street sellers to imposing restaurants. Seafood is also a local staple with waters teeming with strangely shaped exotic fish. “Puerto Madero” is a captivating address with seafood dishes presented in an artistic fashion whilst lanterns loom from the double height ceiling, creating a dreamy atmosphere with a dash of romanticism. Where condiments are concerned, take heed; a microscopic sprinkling of chili is all you will need.
“Coco Bongo” nightclub not only has an enticing name, but there is plenty of cha-cha-cha to be had on the dance floor as partygoers imitate the local Latino rhythm. A central stage hosts what can only be described as some of the best performances and feathered dancers in a high voltage atmosphere. To quote the New York Times, “You have to see it to believe it”. One look at their website will soon convince any doubting Thomas. Memorial weekend heralds the coming of Cancun’s Pride Parade. Like everything else in town this is an unstoppable party with an atmosphere that will make your hair stand on end.
Photos: Mexico Tourism Board