Chichen Izta, spectacular coral reefs and the infamous Coco Bongos – Cancun has lots to shout about already. And there’s even more reason to visit in 2017. Here’s what you can get up to…
Spot never-before-seen wildlife species
In 2016, loads of new animal species were discovered in Mexico, including an earth snake, a desert tortoise and two new types of beetle. So, if you’re a bit of an Attenborough-enthusiast, you can search for some little-known species only a few people in the world have seen. And that’s not all – Cancun is the perfect place to see flamingos, howler monkeys, toucans, dolphins and sea turtles, too.
Visit a new underwater exhibition
The Cancun Underwater Museum is a truly unique snorkelling spot where you can explore marine concrete exhibits and unique coral formations among the fish. There are over 500 sculptures already, and a new fossil-themed exhibit has opened for 2017 called ‘Vestigos’. It’s by resident artist Elier Amado Gil and kind of looks like a buried man – you’ll have to swim down and see it for yourself.
Try cocktails and tequila
You can’t holiday in Cancun without tasting the local beverages which are, of course, tequila and Margarita cocktails. It’s the 80th anniversary of the Margarita this year, in case you need an excuse to sample a few, and the famous drink is made with tequila, triple sec, lime juice and salt. There’s also ‘sniff and slurp’ Tequila museum if you fancy learning about the origins of the famous spirit. You’ll discover the complex process of how the tequila is produced, and be shown how to drink it properly with some generous samples.
Taste the best Mexican food
The sixth annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival will take place from the 16th to the 19th of March, and it’s the biggest culinary event of the city, located conveniently near our Riviera Maya hotels. Focusing on the flavours of Mexico and Spain, there’s wine tastings, five-course gourmet dinners, a two day gourmet tasting village and a Star Chefs dinner where the dishes from 20 of the best Mexican chefs will be showcased.
Celebrate Chichen Itza’s special anniversary
Chichen Itza was elected as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, so this is its 10-year anniversary. What better reason to tick the historic site off the list? The iconic stone pyramid is 30-metres tall and the main site covers five square kilometres, so you’ll need lots of time to explore. There are even Mayan ruins dotted along the hotel zone in the Riviera Maya, so you won’t need to go far to get your culture fix.
Join in Spring Break
Forget Coco Bongos, it’s the five-year anniversary of Inception Music Festival – the biggest festival during Spring Break. It runs for the whole of March and past performers have included Avicii, The Chainsmokers and Snoop Dogg. This year they’ve already lined up Fedde Le Grand and DJ Snake who will be DJ-ing across the city’s coolest clubs including Palazzo and Mandala.