Cancún on the Mayan Riviera in Mexico

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Cancún sign © World Wide Wilson - Britainneedsyou/cc-by-sa-4.0

Cancún sign © World Wide Wilson – Britainneedsyou/cc-by-sa-4.0

Cancún is a city in southeastern Mexico, located on the northeast coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is a major world-renowned tourist destination, as well as being the seat of the municipality of Benito Juárez. The city is located on the Caribbean Sea, and is one of the easternmost points in Mexico. There are two possible translations of Cancún, based on the Mayan pronunciation. The first translation is “nest of snakes or pot.” The second version and less accepted is “place of the gold snake”.

The Nichupté Lagoon is on the opposite side of the island from the Caribbean Sea, which is used for boating excursions and jet-ski jungle tours. Cancún is also the gateway to the Riviera Maya and the Yucatán interior, which has numerous archaeological sites, such as Chichen Itza, Cobá and Tulum as well as the many cenotes such as Dos Ojos and Ik Kil. English Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor has created a monumental underwater art museum in the National Marine Park of Cancún.

Yamil Luum - Temple of the Scorpion © Mauro I. Barea G./cc-by-sa-3.0 © Mauro I Barea G/cc-by-sa-3.0 El Mirador Beach © Luyten © Keith Pomakis/cc-by-sa-2.5 © www.safainla.us - Mardetanha/cc-by-sa-3.0 Cancún sign © World Wide Wilson - Britainneedsyou/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Yamil Luum - Temple of the Scorpion © Mauro I. Barea G./cc-by-sa-3.0
Although Cancún is better known as a travel and tourism destination, in recent years some colleges and universities have been offering higher education to both Mexican and foreign students. The first higher education institution established in the area was the Instituto Tecnológico de Cancún. Other followed, including Universidad La Salle Cancún, Universidad Anáhuac Cancún, Universidad Tecnológica de Cancún, Universidad del Caribe, and more recently the Universidad Interamericana para el Desarrollo and the Tec Milenium.

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