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GENERAL
INFO

COUNTRY
Mexico
STATE
Quintana Roo
MUNICIPALY
Benito Juarez
FOUNDED
April 20, 1970
GOVERNMENT
Remberto Estrada
HIGHEST ELEVATION
10m (33ft)
LOWEST ELEVATION
0m (0ft)
TIME ZONE
CST (UTC-5)
WEBSITE
www.cancun.gob.mx

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Cancun is a city located in southeastern Mexico in the state of Quintana Roo, whose boundary is the beautiful Caribbean Sea, making it a destination that receives visitors from all over the world. The meaning of its name comes from the Maya language (Kaan-kun), meaning "snake" and "cradle or nest" relatively, so it can be interpreted as a nest of snakes, if you observe the island of cancun from a aerial view, is shaped like a serpent twisting, possibly for that reason the Mayas named this site as well. Nowadays it is a city with a great infrastructure conformed by hotels, squares restaurants, cinemas, theaters, restaurants and many entertainment sites like bars and discos, the city of cancun has the capacity to accommodate the thousands of tourists who arrive every year coming from all over the world, due to the natural beauty of its beaches and the warmth of treatment provided by the locals. Cancun is considered as the main tourist destination in all of Mexico.

Cancun belongs to the state of Quintana Roo, its origins date back to the time of Mayan culture, when the people of the Itza were forced to expand their dominions, building a great civilization from an impressive culture, adapting in this beautiful territory. That is why today can be observed throughout the area, great archaeological remains such as the ruins of the king and the ruins of Meco in the city of Cancun or the fortress of Tulum, Coba and Kohunlich in the entire state of Quintana Roo, these sites are a clear example of the great rise reached by the first settlers.

Tourism development began in 1970 with the construction of the basic services of today's Cancun city, and five years later continued development of the hotel zone, where initially the government had to finance the construction of the first stage of the Hotel Zone, being the Mayan Palace and Club Med of the first buildings of the tourist destination. Today Cancun has about half a million inhabitants, this impressive resort is visited by more than 3 million tourists a year. We can also say that its territory is divided into three main areas:

The urban area, which is the downtown area, is the residential area of infrastructure, where the people of Cancun reside, they are about 60% of the population.

The ecological reserve, which offers a unique beauty to this area by offering beautiful landscapes, lagoons and mangroves.

The hotel zone, developed into a boulevard of 25 km in length, along which are hundreds of five- star hotels, high class tourism, which together give this island a capacity of more than 28 000 rooms, and a wide variety of restaurants, shops and clubs ready to receive different types of travelers and satisfy even the most demanding visitors.

Cancun has something for everyone: ecological and water parks, as well as jungle tours are perfect activities for the whole family; water activities like diving and surfing, filled with adrenaline sports enthusiasts, the fun never ends in Cancun, at night you can visit the nightclubs that offer all kinds of music for all tastes, all this stunning resort, Cancun makes the number one destination in Mexico and one of the most desirable beaches in the world.

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