Welcome to Cancun, Mexico!
The history of Cancun dates back to 1967 when the Mexican government, recognizing the importance of tourism to the country’s economic future, began a detailed search to pinpoint ideal sites for tourism development. Resting on the northeast corner of the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo (keen-tah-nah-ROW), Cancun was a part of the ancient Mayan civilization and is still considered the gateway to El Mundo Maya (the Mayan World).
Due to its near perfect weather, natural beauty and easy accessibility from North American gateways, Cancun emerged as the government’s top candidate. What was once a remote and tiny fishing village of just 12 families was cultivated into the ideal Mexican vacation spot. The landscape of Cancun encourages the growth of many exotic flowers, such as flamboyances (named for the dazzling orange-red splash they make lining sidewalks and plazas) and fascinating fauna, like the prehistoric-looking iguanas.


Cancun is located on the Yucatan Peninsula on the eastern coast of Mexico. Here, Spanish is the official language. Maya, the language of the ancient Mayan civilization, is also spoken in many small towns and villages. However, English is widely spoken, especially in Cancun’s Hotel Zone. Many resort employees even speak other languages, such as French, German and Portuguese.

Religion and Culture
The Mayan civilization was among the original cultures of the New World and spanned more than 3,000 years. The Mayans lived mainly on the Yucatan Peninsula in the eastern one third of Mesoamerica and at its peak had one of the most densely populated and culturally dynamic societies in the world. Mayan culture is known for its spectacular art, impressive architecture, and sophisticated mathematical and astronomical systems which were all way ahead of their time.
Although today, Catholicism is the main religion practiced. Many hotels offer religious services on weekends. In small towns, ancient practices of the Maya religion are still carried out.
There may be representatives of many other religions such as Moslems, Jews, Buddhists as well as atheists and agnostics.

Taste Cancun
The traditional dishes that you can enjoy when you visit the beautiful beaches of Cancun include Pescado a la Tikin-Xic, fish prepared with annatto, sour orange, peppers, tomatoes, red onions, and spices. This fish is usually grilled over charcoal, wrapped in banana leaf, and bathed in beer and olive oil.

Another delight is the famous Kibis, baked wheat balls stuffed with cheese or meat with chopped onion and habanero chilli or sour orange slices. This particular snack with Arabic influence is offered in glass cases at Playa Delfines (where you can taste your kibis while admiring the turquoise blue sea) or near shopping centres.
After a meal you can enjoy a “Marquesita,” an exquisite and typical dessert from Yucatan, made of pancake-type dough with bits of almond, egg, sugar, and chocolate or lemon zest. This mixture is cooked on a round griddle and rolled to become crispy, and is filled with Dutch Edam cheese and an extra ingredient such as Nutella, blackberry, strawberry, or any other kind of jelly.