Cancun is a city located in southeast Mexico on the northeast coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. It’s a beautiful place, colored by soft coral sand and deeply imprinted by Mayan culture. Visiting Cancun is an experience of a lifetime. Watching the blue shaded water come into view while sipping on a margarita in a restaurant next to the sea? Priceless.

Going to the beach and relaxing for the day is always a good option if you’re travelling to Cancun, but it sure isn’t the only one you’ve got. Cancun is a city that, regardless of commonly held assumptions, has a lot of culture to offer as well as a wide biodiversity spectrum. The underground rivers and ruins are a must when visiting the Yucatán peninsula and its surroundings. These rivers are said to be the world longest network of underground rivers in the world. Imagine that! Heads up, the water is freezing! ​

Jungle tour. Drive your own speed boat through the mangrove jungle of Cancún and spot some interesting species in the area. The jungle tour is a perfect tour since it won’t take all day! This excursion consists of 45 minutes driving a speedboat, 30 minutes snorkeling before heading back to the shore. An amazing experience. You won’t regret it.

For all the inner globetrotters, who are dying to enjoy my city’s beauty, imagine yourselves waking up into some fresh and soft bed sheets with the sight of the sea right on the other side of your window. There is nothing to worry about, except for the breakfast buffet that has everything you want from a toast with butter to eggs with bacon and breakfast sausages. Breakfast is done, time to go and have little swim in the pool where a guy named Jesus will serve you a margarita while you enjoy some quality time with your friends and family. Three o’clock rolls around and a van is waiting for you in the lobby. Jungle tour time! After this, you are exhausted, you lead yourself to your shower and come out as a baked potato. Put on some fancy clothes and go to have dinner at an Asian restaurant.

Cancun has many activities that can’t be done elsewhere in the world as seen previously; but let´s not forget the food. Cochinita Pibil (pork cooked underground for six to eight hours around plantain leaves), ceviche, fried fish, and more can be found on the small island of Cancun. All these mouth-watering dishes are, with no doubt, one of the most relevant reasons why I live here. Here are some famous restaurants in the city:

Los de pescado: Fresh fried fish in a corn tortilla for a dollar and fifty cents? Los de pescado is a restaurant well known by locals for its delicious flavor and accessible prices. Just like a McDonalds dollar menu– but better!

Hanaichi: The very best. Real Japanese cuisine. Located in the hotel zone, Hanaichi will always be the best choice when having Japanese whim. With a not so cheap price, this restaurant will cost you around $30-50 per person, but trust me, it’s worth every penny.