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35 Photos That Will Show You the Stunning Sights of Cancun

 Mexico is filled with a plethora of unique cities, towns, and villages that have their own individual spirit and stories. Many parts of this culturally rich country, and even richer food, were once the homes of numerous indigenous groups and pre-Columbian native tribes, the most notable of which was the Mayan Civilization. One such city, well known as a hub for travelers and tourists, is located in the state Quintana Roo and goes by the name Cancun (also sometimes referred to as Cancoon).

Famous for its beaches and cruises off the coast of the Caribbean sea, Cancun is the perfect destination for the photography fan, the hyper hiker and the history enthusiast. It offers numerous fun activities to get your adrenaline pumping, like snorkeling and scuba diving, beautiful locations to take in the sea breeze, and finally, a chance to view several monuments of ancients civilizations. These 35 pictures are sure to get you excited to see Cancun. 

 

1. An aerial view of Cancun 

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, aerial view of cancun

(By dronepicr, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

2. A bird's eye view of one of the many beaches of Cancun

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, view of one of the many beaches of Cancun

(By dronepicr, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

3. Cancun’s Plaza Caracol

Cancun’s Plaza CaracolPhotographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites,

(By Николай Максимович, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

4. Sources of shade found all across the beach

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, Sources of shade, umbrellas found all across the beach

(By Alfonzo Buscemi, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

5. Most resorts grant easy access to the beach

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, beach side resorts 

(By Mauro I. Barea G., Wikimedia Commons)  

 

6. For sports fans, Cancun houses the Andrés Quintana Roo soccer stadium

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, Andrés Quintana Roo Stadium for soccer

(By Mauro I. Barea G, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

7. And the baseball stadium, Estadio de Béisbol Beto Ávila

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, baseball stadium, Estadio de Béisbol Beto Ávila

(By MX1810, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

8. The ferry port in Puerto Juárez which will take you to the ferry to Isla Mujeres

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, ferry port in Puerto Juárez to take the ferry to Isla Mujeres

(By Larry D. Moore, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

9. The Isla Mujeres (Island of Women) lies where the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, The Isla Mujeres (Island of Women) lies where the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico 

(By Šarūnas Burdulis, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

10. This fun-filled island is only 4 miles long

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, Aerial view of Isla Mejeres

(By Kleidy Yomara Cruz Ordoñes, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

11. The island offers scenic views atop a lighthouse and plenty of paths to walk

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, scenic views atop a lighthouse, and plenty of paths to walk

(By Manfredwinslow, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

12. While parts of the coast of this island are rocky, the shores near resorts like Plaza Norte are perfect for sunbathing 

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, beaches of isla mujeres

(By dronepicr, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

13. A central square in Cancun 

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, central square in Cancun

(By Régis Lachaume, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

14. Many hotels in this city have significant Mayan ruins located within their premises, like the El Rey (Las Ruinas del Rey) archeological site in Hotel Zone

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, El Rey (Las Ruinas del Rey) archaeological site, in Hotel Zone

(Wikimedia Commons)  

 

15. Also known as El Rey Zona Arqueologica in Cancun 

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, El Rey Zona Arqueologica in Cancun

(By Xe3osc, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

16. The El Meco Archeological site is located approximately 5 miles away from downtown Cancun 

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, El Meco Archaeological site

(By Mauro I. Barea G., Wikimedia Commons)  

 

17. The Castle (El Castillo), in the El Meca Archeological site (Zona Arquológica El Meco)

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, Castle (El Castillo), in the El Meca Archaeological site (Zona Arquológica El Meco)

(By HJPD, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

18. Tulum is a site located in the Riviera Maya tourist district just south of Cancun 

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, Tulum, a site located in the Riviera Maya tourist district

(By Popo le Chien, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

19. The Archeological Zone of Yamil Lu’um (Zona Arqueológica Yamil Lu'um), also known as the Temple of Scorpions (templo del Alacrán)

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, The Archaeological Zone of Yamil Lu’um (Zona Arqueológica Yamil Lu'um), also known as the Temple of Scorpions (templo del Alacrán) 

(By Mauro I. Barea G., Wikimedia Commons)  

 

20. The shopping complex in La Isla, Cancun, comes complete with an artificial body of water flowing through the village

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, The shopping complex in La Isla, Cancun, comes complete with an artificial water body through the village

(By Eduardo P, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

21. In the neighboring state of Yucatan, you can also find the Mayan archeological zone, Chichén Itzá, home to numerous temples and other historical treasures

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, Mayan archaeological zone, Chichén Itzá, home to numerous temples and other historical treasures

(By Pavel Vorobiev, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

22. Which is where the Temple of the Warriors and the Thousand Columns near the Chac Mool is located

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, Temple of the Warriors» and the Thousand Columns near the Chac Mool, Chichen itza

(By Noyolcont, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

23. Right opposite the Castle (El Castillo) of Chichén Itzá

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, the Castle (El Castillo) of Chichén Itzá

(By Claude Belair, Wikimedia Commons)

 

24. And nearby El Caracol (The Snail of Chichén Itzá)

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, El Caracol (The Snail of Chichén Itzá) 

(By Noyolcont, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

25. The most famous and absolutely must-see destination is the Pyramid, better known as The Temple of Kukulkan in the archeological zone of Chichén Itzá

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, the Pyramid, better known as The Temple of Kukulkan in the archeological zone of Chichén Itzá

(By Cocojorgefalcon, Wikimedia Commons)

 

26. You can even see the grounds on which the Mayans played their ball game

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, grounds on which the Mayans played their ball game 

(By Diego Delso, Wikimedia Commons)

 

27. And the famous Skulls of Chichén Itzá (Calaveras de Chichen Itzá)

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, famous Skulls of Chichén Itzá (Calaveras de Chichen Itzá)

(By Coconoflavor, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

28. Nearby Cancun, you can also find the ancient Mayan city of Coba, on which a painting complex (Muuch'il Boonilo ob) like this still stands

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, ancient Mayan city of Coba, on which a painting complex (Muuch'il Boonilo ob)

(By O.Mustafin, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

29. Along with the remains of the Pyramid Structure known as La Iglesia

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, Pyramid Structure known as La Iglesia

(By Gautier Poupeau, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

30. Similar pyramid-like structures are also found in the nearby archeological site of Muyil

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, archeological site of Muyil 

(By Pierre-Selim Huard, Wikimedia Commons)  

 

31. Xcaret is another site home to many ancient Mayan structures

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, Xcaret, home to mayan structures

(By jc_castaneda, Wikimedia Commons

 

32. It is also the grounds for the privately-owned theme park, Xcaret Park, which holds many ruins and entertaining shows

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, privately owned theme park, Xcaret Park, which holds many ruins and entertaining shows

(By Linjye, Wikimedia Commons

 

33. Kohunlich is a 21-acre archeological zone filled with numerous paths amongst the massive ruins

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, gorgeous temple pyramids of Chacchoben

(By Victorgrigas, Wikimedia Commons)

 

34. And finally, you absolutely must visit the gorgeous temple-pyramids of Chacchoben

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, gorgeous temple pyramids of Chacchoben

(By Oliver Echeverría​, Flickr

 

35. So get ready for eye-opening discoveries and fantastic photographs in the beautiful city of Cancun! 

Photographs from Cancun, Mexico near the Caribbean Sea, filled with beaches and historic Mayan Civilization archaeological sites, aerial shot of cancun

(By Dronepicr, Wikimedia Commons

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