Souvenir Shopping, Cancun

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.
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Souvenir Shopping Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping
Guide Location: Mexico » Cancun (See other walking tours in Cancun)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Author: Daniel
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Kukulcán Plaza

1) Kukulcán Plaza

What to buy here: Huaraches | Huipiles | Mayan jewelry | Mexican Leather goods | Olinalá wooden boxes | Onyx sculptures | Taxco Silver(ware) | Tequila | Xtabentún liqueur |

Huipiles are traditional Mexican clothes representing blouses or tunics worn by local Mayan and Zapotec women. Traditional huipiles have various Mayan patterns on them which often show the village, marital status and personal beliefs of the wearer. Huipiles have different lengths, from tops that go down to the waist to tunics that go as low as the knees. Since the arrival of the Spanish, the huipiles have evolved adding Spanish, European and even Asian elements; they changed in length and design. The huipiles are still very much present in indigenous communities, if not for everyday use, then for ceremonies or special occasions.

A nice selection of huipiles may be found at the Kukulcán Plaza located at Blvd Kukulcan, Km 13, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo 77500. The mall is open daily from 10:00 until 22:00 or 23:00 during the high season. Beautiful huipiles may also be found at the open-air markets from Cancun, such as Market 28 (Avenida Xel-ha 1, Centro, Cancún, Quintana Roo 77500, Mexico) or Ki-Huic (Av Tulum 17, Cancún, Quintana Roo 77500, Mexico). Prices for huipiles vary from $10 to $550 depending on the fabric and whether the embroidery is hand-made or machine-made.
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La Isla Shopping Village

2) La Isla Shopping Village

What to buy here: Tequila | Xtabentún liqueur |

Tequila is a national drink in Mexico and is produced only in the state of Jalisco and a few regions from other states. Tequila is a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant. For the first time tequila was produced in the 16th century near the city of Tequila. It is most commonly produced with an alcohol content of 38-40%, but may also have 35-55% alcohol content. There are a few types of tequila: Blanco/Plata (white/silver) – un-aged, Joven/Oro (young/gold) – mixture of Blanco and Reposado, Reposado (rested) – aged at least 2 months, Añejo (aged) – aged at least one year and Extra añejo (extra aged) - aged at least 3 years. The name “Tequila” may only be used for distilled blue agave spirits made in Mexico.

Xtabentun is an anise liqueur specific to the Yucatan region. It is made of anise seed and fermented honey, honey made from the nectar of the xtabentun flower, with an addition of rum. The origins of this liqueur can be traced to the production of honey from the xtabentum flower by the Mayans.

A good place to find a large selection of tequila is La Isla Shopping Village on Blvd. Kukulcán km 12.5. Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo 77500, Mexico. You can also buy it from Kukulcán Plaza at Blvd Kukulcan, Km 13, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo 77500, Mexico. A bottle of Tequila depending on brand and type may cost between $24 and $88.
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Flamingo Plaza

3) Flamingo Plaza

What to buy here: Hand-blown and painted margarita glasses | Handmade Hammocks | Mayan jewelry | Onyx sculptures |

Onyx stone is available in large quantities in Mexico and has been used for a large variety of items over the years, including for the making of masks by the natives. When the Spanish arrived, they also used onyx extensively for decorating churches. Nowadays, onyx stone is used for a variety of items. One way of using onyx is by carving onyx sculptures, which are quite popular gifts to buy in Cancun. The beautifully made items from onyx stone come in a great variety as chess sets, statuettes, figurines, trays, glasses, vases and all other kinds of decorative items. There are many handmade onyx items available at malls and markets in Cancun.

You can buy onyx sculptures at the Flamingo Plaza located at Blvd. Kukulcán, Km.11.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo 77500, México. You may also go to the Kukulcán Plaza located a little farther on the same boulevard at Blvd Kukulcan, Km 13, Zona Hotelera, Cancún, Quintana Roo 77500, Mexico. If you feel like haggling you can visit Market 28 located at Avenida Xel-ha 1, Centro, Cancún, Quintana Roo 77500, Mexico.

Operation hours: daily 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Plaza Caracol

4) Plaza Caracol

What to buy here: Taxco Silver(ware).

Taxco silver in known worldwide, silver extraction in Taxco began long before the Spaniards arrived. When the first Conquistadors found out about it, they were instantly drawn to the region and very soon it became Spain's primary source of precious metals in the New World. Nowadays, all kinds of jewelry and silverware is made out of Taxco silver. Taxco silver is very qualitative and a lot of silverware and jewelry is made out of it. Silverware made of Taxco silver is very highly appreciated both in Mexico and abroad. Silverware items are popular gifts from Mexico.

Prices range from $30 to many-a-thousand, depending on the item you intend to buy.

You may purchase silverware from Plaza Caracol at Boulevard Kukulkan, Km 8.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, Quintana Roo 77500, Mexico. Plaza Caracol is open daily from 10:00 until midnight.
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Plaza Terramar

5) Plaza Terramar

What to buy here: Mexican Marionettes.

It is believed that Native Americans were using marionettes for entertainment long before the Europeans got there. The native tribes of Mexico made clay figures with articulated limbs which were used in funerary rites and several other rituals. Mexico has the longest history in the manufacturing and use of marionettes in North America. Nowadays, Mexican marionettes are quite popular especially with children. There are different kinds of marionettes representing historic personalities, artists and even politicians; dressed both in traditional and modern clothing.

In order to buy Mexican marionettes visit Plaza Terramar located on Boulevard Kukulcan, Km 8.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, Quintana Roo 77500, Mexico. Or you can also visit one of the Cancun markets such as Ki-Huic on Av Tulum, Cancún, Quintana Roo 77500, Mexico or Market 28 at Avenida Xel-ha 1, Centro, Cancún, Quintana Roo 77500, Mexico. Marionettes cost from $15 to $40.

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.
Cancun Hotel Zone

Cancun Hotel Zone

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
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

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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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