Cancun is an exciting, master-planned resort area on the Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean side of Mexico. Until a relatively short time ago, this land had been largely untouched since the mysterious departure of the great Mayan civilization over 700 years ago. This exotic, tropical wonderland embraces its historic ancestry, yet offers almost unlimited sights and activities for people of all ages. There are archaeological sites on Cancun, but visitors are drawn to ancient Mayan cities at nearby Chichen Itza, Tulum, Coba, and others. This fascinating resort area also claims some of the most spectacular beaches and clear waters in the world. The white, fine powder beaches run into the turquoise- and emerald-colored waters of the Caribbean, providing an unbelievable setting for swimming, surfing, sailing, game fishing, parasailing, jet skiing, biking, golf, tennis, cruising, bullfights, dancing until the sun comes up, or plain lounging beneath the warm Cancun sun.
Uxmal (OOSH-mahl) means "'built three times" in the Mayan language, and though its name is a mystery, its beauty is not. As a World Heritage site, it is one of the best restored and maintained ruins in the Yucatan, and certainly one of the most magnificent. Its architecture, some of the most majestic of the Yucatan ruins, is characterized by low horizontal palaces set around courtyards, decorated with rich sculptural elements and details.
Chichen Itza which means “at the mouth of the well of Itza” is a large pre-Columbian city built by the Mayan people of the Terminal Classic period AD 600 - 900. This city is an archaeological site located in the Yucatan State of Mexico. Towards the end of the Early Classic period, the city of Chichen Itza became a major capital that focused on dominating the political, sociocultural, economical and ideological life of northern Maya. Until the 13th century, according to Maya chronicles, Hunac Ceel, ruler of Mayapan conquered Chichen Itza however the city and its government collapsed. In 1526, the Spanish Conquistadors discovered a local population of Mayans and successfully conquered Chichen Itza. Present-day Chichen Itza was excavated and is under federal protection. It is listed under the New Seven Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Heritage site. Popular tourist destinations include the famed photographed Chicen Itza, El Castillo “The Castle” a cosmological symbol that contains 365 steps, 52, panels, and 18 terraces. Other visited sites include the Temple of Warriors, the Chichen Itza courtyard and the Temple of the Thousand Columns.