If you have ever heard of Cancun, the first thoughts that come to you are probably of white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and incredibly designed five-star hotels. But Cancun has so much more to offer than that. The city is also known as a haven for Mexican art and culture and; fortunately, there are many places to explore. So if you want to see something different, come and get to know interesting native art in Cancun.
Cancun’s Rich History and Culture
If you want to learn about the history and culture of Cancun (and of the Yucatan Peninsula), then you must visit and explore its archaeological sites that still exists in the area. The closest Mayan ruins that you will find in Cancun are Las Ruinas del Rey. These significant historical ruins are located in the famous hotel zone near many impressive hotels and just a walking distance from the Hilton Club at Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 19. The ruins of Coba (which was built around two lagoons) is another historical site of great importance since it contains several large temple pyramids. The most famous pyramid of the ruins is the Ancient Pyramid where people can climb its 120 steps. In the recent years, the local and international tourism in Coba has been increasing more and more.
Native Mayan Art
If you want to see some reproductions of Mayan artworks, you can always get great souvenirs which are widely available at those popular arts and crafts stores where every visitors goes. In these places, you can find wooden sculptures that are usually created completely by hand while using the original, ancient techniques and methods of the Mayans. However, if you want to see the best selection of artworks, you can go around Cancun’s Plaza Kukulkan, in which more formal art galleries sell their best pieces. In this large shopping area, there are also plenty of examples of modern art as well. Moreover, many people visit the art galleries in the zone near Plaza Caracol Mall, where traditional pieces of native Mayan art are easy to find, among the large variety of shops.
Cancun Underwater Museum (MUSA)
This type of museum is perfect for those who enjoy underwater sports such as snorkeling and scuba diving. You may believe that these kinds of water sport cannot coincide with a cultural tour but they do. Scuba divers can explore the Cancun Underwater Museum (MUSA) which was created by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. He had the idea to build eco-friendly statues which will turn into a reef in the future years. The museum has various salons which depict different scenes such as The Banker, Silent Evolution, The Dream Collector, The Man on Fire, Anthropocene and many more. Jason and other local artists have built over 460 statues. If you have not dive before, you do not have to worry; this place is for both professional and amateur divers.
All in all, Cancun is not all about beaches, water and luxurious hotels but it also shows a different side that not many people think it has. So, come to discover these cultural attractions in Cancun and enjoy a spectacular vacation!
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