Before I realised I wanted to travel for a living, I was always very nervous of certain countries from reading headlines in our newspapers. Mexico being one of them. Every time I searched ‘Mexico’ online, articles of drug cartels and kidnappings jump to the top of the search results and I always sworn I would never visit a country that could endanger me. Then with age came wisdom. I soon realised that main media outlets make a living from inflicting fear into the public. You should never let someone else’s experiences, or opinions, dictate your life. Otherwise, we would never go further than our front door. So I decided ‘yes’ it’s time to put the bad news aside and see what is out there for me.
I picked Cancun as my first Mexican destination. Not so adventurous you might say. Cancun is well-known for its glamorous resorts, beautiful beaches and is often seen as an Americans playground. However, you can scratch beneath this and if you avoid the hotel strip, and hit downtown, you find a very friendly local city with little to no tourists around. That is exactly what I did when I stayed here, I couchsurfed with local people in downtown Cancún.
What upsets me the most is that most people who have stayed in Cancún I have spoken to, have never left the resort. Then when I tell them my experience of here, they look at me, in shock. Most people don’t even realise that there are huge Mayan ruins not far away from the city, where one of the New 7 Wonders of the World rests. Don’t let the party reputation or nasty media reports of Mexico ruin your image of this amazing city.
Ultimate Tourist Review: ★★★☆ Recommended Days: 4
Ik Kil Sinkhole – Chichen Itza – The Hotel Strip – Isla Mujeres – Tulum – Underwater Museum