Tianguis is the largest tourism showcase in all of Mexico, attracting hundreds of local exhibitors, and thousands of international buyers. The event is also open to the general public, providing locals with the knowledge they need to visit other parts of their own country. Still, the main objective remains to put Mexico first and foremost in the global marketplace for tourism.
Last year Tianguis was held in Cancun / Riviera Maya, a region known for its beautiful beaches, all-inclusive resorts, and party atmosphere. However, there are other options for those seeking something more traditional and laid back. There are many nearby islands easily reached by public and private vessels, some inhabited and some completely natural.
Tiangus 2014 – Island Hopping Around Cancun
Isla Mujeres (Island of Women) is a small island located just a short 20 minute ferry ride away from Cancun. It is only 500 meters wide and 7.5km long, and is filled with Mayan history and not overly touristy. Many venture over for day trips to visit Dolphin Discovery where they can swim with dolphins, kayak, snorkel bike ride, and zipline across the water on the only circuit over the Caribbean Sea. For those wanting a more relaxed pace, there are several types of accommodations on the island to bed down for a night or two. As well the downtown section is filled with cafes, bars, and restaurants, many with great views of Cancun across the water. The island got its name after the founding of a number of statues of women among the many Mayan temples on the island, built as respect to the sacred Mayan goddess of childbirth and medicine, IxChel. Golf carts, motorcycles and bicycles are the most common means of transportation on the island and are available for rent locally. Isla Mujeres is home to the Annual Whale Shark Festival and is an ideal place to snorkel and dive in the many coral reefs and caves that surround the island.
Located further northwest of Cancun, Holbox (Black Hole) is just 42 km long. It’s about a two hour drive from Cancun, separated from the mainland coast by a shallow lagoon which gives sanctuary to thousands of flamingos, pelicans and other exotic birds and creatures. This distance from Cancun also makes it a sanctuary for those seeking serenity and relaxation. The streets of Holbox Island are made of white sand, and travel is by foot, bike or golf carts. Vehicles are rarely seen. Holbox is definitely a place most are unaware of, yet the quality of luxury accommodations and fine dining have blossomed due to the fact of many foreigners relocating there to take up residence. For the budget conscious traveller, there’s also a hostel and several take-away shops offering authentic Mexican cuisine. It’s also a prime spot for kiteboarding enthusiasts. Stay at Hotel Las Nubes for a unique and boutique experience, and think of this as your own private playground.
For those preferring to stay on the mainland, Fiesta…