Until not so long ago, Cancun was still a deserted beach and few knew its existence. Its coastline was made up of sand dunes, mangroves, and pristine forests. Nowadays, Cancun welcomes millions of visitors every year, generating 1/3 of the country's tourism revenue. It's sunny climate, blue sea, clear waters, white sand beaches and proximity to great Mayan archaeological treasures make it a dream destination. After a good day on the beach, visiting the cenotes of the Mayan temples, people like to select one of the many gastronomic restaurants. Slowly, the evening comes to life on the beaches. Here, glamour is present and magic works, it is impossible not to fall under the charm of this city.
Four decades ago, Cancun was a desert island and few knew of its existence, it consisted of a series of sand dunes, separated from the mainland by two narrow channels. Its coastline was made up of swamps, mangroves, virgin forest, and unexplored beaches. Its original name, Kankun, means "pot of snakes" or "nest of snakes" in Mayan. Cancún was selected by the Mexican Government in the seventies as Mexico’s new holiday focal point, imagined as an alternative to Acapulco, handpicked because it had good weather year-round, blue seas, white sand beaches and located near great archeological Mayan treasures. The first hotels opened in 1974; the international airport was inaugurated with 2,600 meters of runway and operating capacity for wide-cabin airplanes.