"Must Go" Sites for Photography Around Cancun

Discussion in 'Travel' started by malbuquerque, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. I know there's been a couple of threads about Cancun recently but they focused
    more on other aspects of the trip (e.g. gear, safety, etc). So I'm posting this
    slightly different question.

    What I would like to hear from those who have photographed there is which sites
    should be a priority during a 4-day trip this month, at what time of the day a
    visit is recommended and what are the technical aspects for shooting in these
    places. In particular, what are in your opinion the best archeological sites or
    small towns (for photography) that can be reached in a day, what are the best
    ones to shoot during sunrise and sunset, an which locations are worth getting to
    at a given time of the day to catch the best light and avoid the crowds. Any
    suggestions on shooting cenotes in the Yucatan?

    I tried to stay away from Cancun but most good hotels were sold out, so I'll
    have to drive out of Cancun's hotel strip to get away. Your recoemmendations
    would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.
  2. Spearhead

    Spearhead Moderator

    The sites close to Cancun are over-run. Is there a reason why you have to be in Cancun? I'd recommend driving across the peninsula and staying near the Pu'uc Route. Some spectacular sites and far fewer people since Club Med doesn't take people there.

    I went to the Cenote Zaci in Valladolid. Spectacular, and despite being huge and very well-known, no other visitors. I paid a local boy $2 for the "tour."
  3. Jeff hits the nail on the head. Not much to see in the 34 year old man made for the tourists and college kid town.

    venture out to the historic sites.
  4. Jeff, Mike, thank you for your responses. I thought I'd have to get somewhat far from Cancun to find nice spots for photography. But unfortunately, this is going to be primarily a beach holiday for the family and we have paid for the Cancun hotel already.

    I don't mind driving 2 or 3 hours out and then back. So my first inclination was to drive to Chichen-Itza and stop along the way in Ek Balam. I could probably add to that a stop at the cenote Jeff recommends. I was also planning on visiting Coba and the Tulum ruins, but can't decide what would be the best time of day to be at all these places to get the most out of them.

    Besides these nearby sites, any other comes to mind? Is it worth going to Isla Contoy Bird Sanctuary or Rio Lagartos Nature Reserve to see the flamingos? Any particular small village that might have an old Mexico feel as opposed to a big American resort feel? Thanks.
  5. Spearhead

    Spearhead Moderator

    The best time of day for the archaelogical sites, especially the ones closer to Cancun, is as early in the morning as possible. There are two reasons for this - 1) it's a lot cooler at 9AM than later in the day, and 2) the tour buses from Club Med don't usually arrive until after 10. In order to see Chichen Itza early, I stayed down the road, but I guess that isn't an option for you, so rent a car and drive out early.

    Also, at Chichen Itza, you can avoid the crowds by wandering out of the main plaza towards some of the less restored areas. Some interesting buildings, although nothing as spectacular as the ball court or the one with all the pillars.
  6. Hey, I also recommend driving to Talum, Uxamal, Merida. But a MUST this week and next week is Chichen Itza. During this time, morning and afternoon light produces the famous serpent ascending El Castilo's staircase. If you miss it, you can also see the sound and light show in the evening which recreates such phenomenon.
  7. Go to the airport near Cancun and book the short flight to Havana, Cuba. Spend a few days there instead.
    Just a thought.
  8. Spearhead

    Spearhead Moderator

    Uxmal and Merida are not a day trip from Cancun.
  9. When driving in the "hotel zone" beware of the posted speeds. They change from 60 to 40 & back to 60 in just a short distance. The cops make their living of of "60 40 60 40".
  10. Take the ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres. It is wonderful. It is an old fishing village that has not been completely over run.
    Just google Isla Mujeres and you will see what I mean.

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