The Hotel Zone (Zona Hotelera)
Cancún's ancient Mayan remains, major shopping centres and Centro de Convenciones (convention centre) are all located in the Hotel Zone, where the hotels and other buildings are lined up in the shape of a 7. If you decide to tour the Hotel Zone on foot, bear in mind that the distances are considerable; bring along some change so that you can hop on a bus whenever you feel like it.
Paseo Kukulcán, Km 9.5; tel.998-883-0305
The Museo INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History) is a museum devoted to Mayan history and the archaeology of Quintana Roo. It displays over 1,000 interesting Mayan relics, such as decorated terra cotta vases, jade jewellery as well as a bust of the king for whom the city "Ruinas del Rey" was named.
Ruinas del Rey
Right across the Paseo Kukulcán lie the Ruinas Del Rey, the most extensive Mayan archaeological site in Cancún. It is essentially made up of two large squares surrounded by palaces, temples and pyramids dating from the 14th and 15th centuries.
The El Meco archaeological site lies between Puerto Juárez and Punta Sam, north of Cancún. Built between AD 1200 and AD 1500, this large city probably began as a fishing village. It includes a main temple known as El Castillo, a number of stone buildings and various sculptures. The main pyramid is the region's highest structure.
Hacienda de Mundaca
about 4km south of the city along Avenida Rueda Medina
The century-old Hacienda de Mundaca is located near Playa Lancheros. According to legend, this house was built in the 19th century by slave-trader Fermín Antonio Mundaca to win the heart of a young island girl, Triguena ("the brunette").
Carretera Sac Bajo, Km 5, tel.998-877-0595
The Tortugranja turtle farm is run by the Eco Caribe environmental organization. Every year the farm raises and protects thousands of baby turtles until they grow large enough to be safely released into the ocean.