Cancun Hotel Zone, Cancun

Cancun is more than just hotels and resorts. The tourist area also offers the chance of viewing several cultural and historical attractions of interest. Visitors may get acquainted with Maya civilization through the Museo del INAH and Yamil Lu'um, or buy local souvenirs at the Mercado Coral Negro. Last but not least, you could even swim with the dolphins.
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Cancun Hotel Zone Map

Guide Name: Cancun Hotel Zone
Guide Location: Mexico » Cancun (See other walking tours in Cancun)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Author: anna
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Interactive Aquarium Cancún

1) Interactive Aquarium Cancún (must see)

Interactive Aquarium Cancun offers you an exciting insight into the underwater world. This aquarium allows you to observe a variety of marine species such as clown fish, seahorses, moray eels, jellyfish and piranha.

There are a total of 13 fish tanks here. All of them are well maintained and care is taken to avoid any water contamination that may place the lives of invertebrates and fishes at risk. A visit to this exciting aquarium will give you an opportunity to see and even touch coral, scorpion fish, dolphin skeleton, clown fish, soles and rays.

Interactive Aquarium Cancun is located close to the La Isla Shopping Center at the heart of the city’s hotel zone. Take your family with you on an exciting trip. Experience the thrill of viewing huge sharks at close quarters. Enjoy a breathtaking view of dolphins and sea turtles.

Here you will find marine life exhibits from the deep ocean to small tidal pools. Some of the rare species you will find here include the bull sharks, tiger and barracudas. Tiger sharks are very dangerous and the thrill of watching them so close is unparalleled. Do not miss an interesting visit to this exciting and spectacular marine world on your trip to Cancun.
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Yamil Lu'um

2) Yamil Lu'um (must see)

Located between the Park Royal Piramides and Westin Laguna Mar, Yamil Lu’umon is a famous archaeological site and a popular tourist attraction in Cancun. Ruins of two small temples can be found at this site. These temples were constructed between 1200 and 1550 AD and the ruins are maintained by Park Royal Piramides.

One of the temples has a scorpion sculpture on its wall and is therefore called the Temple of Scorpion or Templo Del Alacran. There is a handprint in the stucco of the other temple which is called Temple of the Handprint or Templo de la Huella. The scorpion and the handprint are not visible now.

These ruins are located at the highest point of the city above the beach. The fact that these temples were built at such high altitudes indicate that they were used as light houses, watch towers and navigational aids.

First visited by John Lloyd Stephens in 1842, Yamil Lu’um is today open to visitors. This is the smallest of the Cancun ruins that can be accessed by walking through to the site from the Park Royal Piramides or the Westin. Do not miss a visit to this interesting historical site on your trip to Cancun.
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Lorenzillo's

3) Lorenzillo's

If you have planned a visit to Cancun, you must have planned relaxing days at the sun drenched beaches and exciting nights of partying and dancing with a lot of tequila. You must also be looking forward to Cancun’s famous Mexican cuisine that includes delicious seafood paired with a bottle of wine or margarita.

To enjoy a mouthwatering array of Mexican dishes, visit Lorenzillo’s. Ask any previous traveler to Cancun and they will tell you all about this wonderful Lobster House that is located right on Nichupte Lagoon side on Kukulcan Boulevard.

Above the lagoon, you will find a wooden plank which offers access to Lorenzillo’s. Enjoy a drink prior to or after your dinner at the bar to the left of the plank. Lorenzillo’s breathtaking pirate theme is its highlight. The restaurant will take you to the midst of action all with its anchors, spyglass, maps and the wheel of a wooden ship.

The restaurant serves the finest lobsters caught by Isla Mujeres fishermen. Lorenzillo’s lobster farm has a storage capacity of 20,000 live lobsters waiting to be picked. This restaurant is a popular landmark of the city and is frequented by locals and tourists from across the world.

In keeping with traditional customs, it is built with native hardwoods and palm thatch. Do not miss out the roof made of an oversized palapa. Choose from an exciting menu that includes “El Pirata”, sea scallops served with guacamole and tortilla chips, the Caesar salad and delicious dishes made of jumbo shrimp, stone crab, soft shell crab and Chilean sea bass.
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Señor Frog's

4) Señor Frog's

Señor Frog's is one of the most popular vacation sites to visit. Tourists may order international food, as well as some of the most authentic Mexican cuisine you'll ever find. Señor Frog's also offers a water slide that leads to the lagoon. The philosophy of the restaurant is to provide both an enjoyable and entertaining experience.
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Mercado Coral Negro

5) Mercado Coral Negro (must see)

If you are fond of shopping for interesting and unique artifacts, do not miss a visit to the popular Mercado Coral Negro flea market on your trip to Cancun. This market is located close to the popular Sea shopping mall in the hotel zone.

Mercado Coral Negro is an open air market selling a variety of interesting souvenirs, henna tattoos, local arts and crafts, t-shirts and hair braiding. Here you will find several units selling a diverse range of products from across the country such as crystallized sweets and charro hats and suits.

Pick from an attractive range of embroidered garments in coarse cotton. Adorn your hands and feet with temporary Henna tattoos or transform your look with hair braids. Browse through the 50 interesting stalls here and haggle with vendors who believe in quoting rates off-hand.

Reach the depths of the market and you will find attractive jewelry stores. These air-conditioned stores have an array of sparkling and glittering Mexican gems and silver. No trip to Cancun is complete without shopping for authentic souvenir items such as hammocks, handicrafts, Mexican candy, charro suits and sombreros. Beware of people selling illegal drugs. Enjoy an exciting shopping experience at Mercado Coral Negro on your trip to Cancun.
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Museo del INAH

6) Museo del INAH

One of the must-visit destinations on your trip to Cancun is the National Institute of Anthropology, also known as the Museo Del INAH. This institute is a storehouse of interesting historical facts, and gives visitors a deep insight into the history and culture of the area. Here you will find a variety of sculptures, photographs and cultural exhibits that symbolize the artist’s expressions of the city.

This museum has in its collection an extensive range of art works by foreign artists. Enjoy hours of exploration and gather a lot of information on culture and works of art. To gain a better insight, it is recommended to use the help of a tour guide.

The museum has around 116 spaces categorized into different sections. All sections are displayed in such a manner that it is easy for visitors to understand better. Some of the categories include Local, Regional, National, historical site, archaeological site, Metropolitan section and community centers.

These sections ideally reinforce the historical importance of the exhibits. As an observer, you will find the flow of knowledge excellent and easy to absorb. Do not miss a visit to this wonderful museum on your trip to Cancun.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Cancun Lighthouse

7) Cancun Lighthouse

One of the most popular landmarks of the city, Cancun lighthouse is located on the downtown Waterfront district. The structure is large and has a terminal from where ferries ply to and from Isla Mujeres. Designed specifically as a tourist attraction, you will find a large round restaurant on top

where the tower with lantern is centered.

The Gran Puerto de Cancun lighthouse was constructed in the year 2005. Every six seconds, a white flash emanates from the tower. Also known as Admiralty, Cancun lighthouse has a 164 feet focal plane and the tower 157 feet tall.

Visit Cancun Lighthouse on your trip to the city and enjoy a ferry ride to Isla Mujeres. This was where pirates used to hang out in ancient times. Pirate ship replicas carry passengers today on day trips between Isla Mujeres and Cancun.

According to legend, the island was where pirates used to house their women in safety as they went to sea. Some believe that it is a Mayan sacred retreat especially for virgin girls. Tourists from across the world enjoy the ferry ride from Cancun lighthouse to Isla Mujeres Island and relive those bygone days walking on the sands of the very island where pirate families lived.

Walking Tours in Cancun, Mexico

Create Your Own Walk in Cancun

Create Your Own Walk in Cancun

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cancun is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Downtown Cancun Shopping

Downtown Cancun Shopping

Cancun's markets are the perfect place to experience the real Mexico. At the markets, one may bargain with the store owner over goods like authentic food, products, souvenirs, handmade jewelery, carpets, painted clothes, glassware, and many other cultural and traditional objects.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Cancun without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Cancun, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km

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Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Cancun, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


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