well, don´t do the same mistake as me to visit Cancun during the American spring break. There are so many drunk teenagers everywhere and there is not any special place for people above 25 and older. So, think before you go here if you wnt to party and you are older than a teenager.
If it is your first time to Cancun, BEWARE..no nothing serious, but you will get bombarded by people who will try to take advantage of you and pressure you, into buying activities through them...they try to sell you trips to Mayan ruins, to the surrounding islands, and other misc. activites...for a ridiculously low price...Each person claims they have the better price! This process can be overwhelming, especially if you just got off the plane after a 10 hour flight! Bypass them and just say NO! If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is. Usuually, there's a catch, they want to pressure you into buying a timeshare. You will encounter these 'salesmen' once you land and are trying to exit the airport, and all along the hotel zone.
If you happen to stay on the Moon Palace, there is one tip you can't forget. Watch your step! Located all along the sidewalks are burroughs on the sides of them which iguanas have dug, and hide in. Occasionally they will come out and actually lie on the sidewalk, so as you are walking make sure you don't accidentally step on one like I almost did. Luckily David's dad grabbed me before I did. They won't hurt you if you walk by them, but if you step on them man you are in for a treat. Think about it, how would you like someone walking around your home and stepping all over you, that would make you pretty mad too! So just watch out and don't worry, they won't bother you unless you bother them.
Okay so for any of you out there who find yourself in trouble with the law in Cancun, I have one real important tip for you RUN! Cancun police don't play around like most police. Rather than carrying the usual handgun, these folks carry the semi-automatic weapons, which basically means we don't play around. So if you get the idea to steal something, or even try to break a law down in Cancun, remember you have been properly warned, as the ole phrase goes, "I told you so!" On a side note, this cop was really nice and he thought it was cool that we spoke Spanish. We had a short little conversation and laughed at some of the stories he told us. Get a photo if you can and take it back with you, trust me the friends will love this one.
Always watch all your belongings very closely. I was at the bar Congo and the waiter stole my camera. I saw him take it and when i approached the management and other waiters i was offered someone elses camera but not my own.
When taking a taxi in Cancun make sure you settle on the price BEFORE you get into the cab. Taxis are unregulated and if you don't discuss the destination and fare before you accept the ride you may be in for a lot more than you bargained for... They can charge you exorbitant amounts of money to take you on a short ride if you don't settle on the price prior to getting in the cab.
If you decide to rent a car in Mexico, beware. I have heard stories of tourists being pulled over by the police for doing nothing wrong. You cannot fight them and must pay them with a bribe. I've had this happen to friends and we saw a lot of tourists being pulled over by the police in the hotel zone. Our friends had to cough up $500 US in cash to get away from the police and they never broke any laws. You can't fight it. The only way out is to pay.
Be aware that when the park closes the bathrooms close at the same time. I was in dire need on the way out of the beachside ruins of Tulum when I found the bathrooms locked... all of them
The ones we found open had not facilities and were no way near sanitary enough to even enter. We travel quite a bit and rarely get caught like this but something didn't agree and I had nowhere in sight to find relief!
Finally drove off site to a small hotel where they made me (and I did it gladly) buy something before being able to use their bathrooms.
We renamed Cancun SCAM-CUN. The local cops in Cancun are very corrupt. I know it sounds like fun to buy some cheap pot or something else but trust me its not worth it. Here is what happens, guys come up start pushing it on you, making all kinds of deals. As soon as you hand him the money he signals the cops. The cops rush in grab you and throw you in the car and off you go. Now you either Ask the cop to pay a fine NOW (bribe) or goto some ***ty jail cell. The friend I was with had to pay the cop $300 or 400 US to bribe the cops to let him go. The are so corrup that they even gave him the bag of (dirt) weed back. The point is this is not a place you want to go to do drugs. Girls and Drinks yes ... Drugs no....
It would be very wise of you to just take a taxi, because the police officers in Cancun are fairly corrupt and very ruthless. We took a shuttle bus from Playa Tortugas which is really only about 3 miles. We saw several police officers with people pulled over, and then we were stopped. The "ticket" for speeding (which the driver was not), was $13 dollars **about how much lunch for the two officers probably cost** and the person did not have to sign anything. What was interesting was that the police did not have radar or anything, but the driver acted like this happened all the time.
Well what advice can one offer on walking, not a great deal except to say that if you are going to walk a significant distance during the day don't do it without taking a bottle of water with you and to be on the safe side take at least 6 pesos with you so that you can hop on the bus if it gets too much. Walking at night obviously has its risks too, and just like you would at home, be aware of your increased vulnerability.
Beware, Chichen Itza is far inland and you will find the temperature considerably hotter than your beachside hotel. Take plenty of water and sturdy footwear is a must. The climb inside of the pyramid to see the statue of Chac Mool and the Temple of the Jaguars is also extremely steep, claustrophobic and very hot and humid.
It is worth it though
Like any other big city, traffic is fast, dangerous, and not always polite. If you rent car, you'd better know how to drive! I have found similar driving conditions only in New York City to give you an idea. So be VERY careful. Thankfully, I don't know what it's like to have an accident there, and hopefully none of your reading this will have to find out either! PS - this pic does not do justice to the true nature of the situtation - imagine all those cars, but hurtling down the road at 50+ mph, then slamming on breaks, and weaving in and out of lanes without any indication, etc.
Watch your drinks! I've heard that guys and bartenders like to slip things into girls drinks. Its not hard to do since there is always plenty of alcohol around in the Cancun scene. Be Careful!!!! Its hapenned to a few friends of mine, don't let it happen to you!
Be careful with taxi cab drivers!!!
A lot of them will try to rip you off, and if you refuse to pay them they will get the police involved. You will then end up paying off the cops and the cab driver.
Ladies, I've been told to never get into a taxi cab unless I am accompanied by a trustworthy male companion.
Be safe and stick to the public bus!
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