Before Cancun became the tourist town we know today, and long before the Spanish occupation of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula was inhabited and dominated by a Mayan civilization until most of the local sites were abandoned by the15th century.
For centuries, this region consisted mostly of wetlands, mangroves, jungles, and virgin beaches. It wasn’t until 1968 that the Mexican government recognized the potential of this strip of land between Nichupte Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea.
Development began immediately, and the construction of many hotels and tourist establishments would extend across 120 miles of turquoise-blue Caribbean sea, through Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and beyond. The wider region included lush tropical rainforests, cenotes, underground cave systems, white sand beaches, and Mayan ruins.
Cancun was first introduced to the global tourism sector in 1974, the same year that Quintana Roo became an official Mexican state, and welcomed travelers from all over the world.
And today, Cancun, along with Cozumel and Contoy Island, is known for boasting some of the best snorkeling in the world, and has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico, with thousands of visitors coming to enjoy the varieties of Cancun tours that offer great insight into the country’s bountiful experiences.