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I changed "Mexican: Cancún" to "Spanish: Cancún". Can-Cún is from the Mayan Can/Nest - Cun/Snake, so it means Snake's Nest.) Mexican is a equivalent to Nahuatl, the language of the "Aztecs", which is totally different from Spanish, which is the language Spoken in México and all other Spanish speaking countries.

I guess that Cancún is probably of native origin, but it's probably most correct to call words using in Mexico "Spanish" rather than "Mexican". Somebody correct me if I'm wrong. --Evan 14:28, 26 May 2004 (EDT)

Mexico is in North America, not Central America. Move the article? Deirdre Golash 21:40, 4 Feb 2005 (EST)

Cancun is Mayan. It was originally spelled Cancu-en. There's no real reason for the accent, which was added at some unknown point when the resort was under construction. The emphasis falls on the second syllable naturally, as it's supposed to in Spanish. Mexican Spanish is distinctly different from castellano. It has many indigenous words from dozens of tribal languages, many of which are spoken to this day. [[User:Jules Siegel]

You've also got the translation wrong. Can means snake. Although contemporary Mayas agree that kun means nest, this translation does not appear in the standard Cordomex dictionary of the Mayan language. Modern Maya contains many Spanish words. The Spanish word for den or animal's nest is cuna. It also means cradle. I am not going to go into the full drill on this. Suffice it to say that Cancun refers to Kukulcan or Quetzalcoatl, the Plumed Serpent, the principal Mayan national and religious symbol.

-- 09:28, 5 Feb 2006 (EST)Jules Siegel

Wikipedia (which is linked from the article in the otherlanguages box) has a full explanation of the meaning and etylmology. -- Colin 13:46, 5 Feb 2006 (EST)

Good point. I wrote that explanation, too. Jules Siegel 19:27, 11 April 2006 (EDT)

I added a "splurge" sub-section to the accommodation part as both the hotels I added are "splurge". I moved the existing hotel entries that also look like slurge hotels into that section too. --Christiantc 06:50, 3 August 2007 (EDT)

hurricane warning?[edit]

I see no need for the hurricane warning any more. I was there shortly after the hurricane and the airport, hotels, restaurants, malls etc were operational.

Thanks. I have removed the warning which was pretty out of date anyway, but the wiki way would have been for you to remove the warning and leave a note explaining why. Plunge forward!. — Ravikiran 23:57, 9 May 2006 (EDT)


Please discuss any changes to the Cancun page here. You made the following changes 1. Info about young people driving in Cancun. It is true.. The Polcia will tell you they do not like spring breakers, they pronunce it like wind breakers. 2.. Why did you remover link to Garafon. Seems better to link to it rather than leave some indescript word. 3. You change link to Xel-Ha, Xcaret, and Mayan Riviera as a related page. And 4. You removed the geocode for Cancun, which removes the map. I do not think you have the authority to make these deletions without discussion, so either refrain from removal or please discuss your intentions or reasons here. 2old 09:24, 29 September 2007 (EDT)

Very sorry. I must have made a mistake reverting back too far or something-- no idea how the others happened. #3 is the only one I intended to do, and I changed it because as it stands it looks like those two theme parks have their own articles, which they don't. Why don't we change it to something like:
  • The Mayan Riviera, with its ecological water theme parks such as Garrafon, XCaret, and Xel-Ha.
Texugo 11:06, 29 September 2007 (EDT)
Done. 2old 11:35, 29 September 2007 (EDT)


Does anyone else think the Driving section is way into the overkill zone? Some of this is useful discussion, but it's generic to driving or renting a car anywhere in Mexico. Some of it strikes me as just plain paranoia, especially considering that driving through much of the Yucatan peninsula is easier and more trouble-free than other parts of the country. I think this needs to be said, and the warnings cut to 1 paragraph max. If people find it useful, perhaps one general topic about driving in Mexico could be created. The vast bulk of what I see here though has no close connection to Cancun itself. Thoughts?

Mrkstvns 16:09, 24 April 2008 (CDT)
I second that idea. Texugo 18:20, 24 April 2008 (EDT)
I agree. Not only is the driving section two long, there are two "By Car" sections. It seems a little redundant to me. I think it all needs to be condensed and then included mainly in either "Get in" or "Get around". (Preferably "Get around". Carson 18:30, 19 June 2008 (EDT)

I know! It does not help the article to flow at all! There is a travel topic called "driving in mexico" so I have trimmed and linked the article to this. --Goldie 04:36, 25 June 2010 (EDT)

Exit Fee[edit]

I just got back from Cancun. Upon my exit I did not need to pay any exit fees. I asked immigration and they said it was not needed. Perhaps this should be removed from the site.

Please plunge forward and change the text, --ClausHansen 17:38, 16 June 2010 (EDT)
I just got back from Cancun as well and was told by the officer that it depends on your airline - some airlines include the fee in your ticket, some don't. But, nobody checked anywhere if the fee had been paid. Vessep 13:14, 9 August 2010 (EDT)

Splitting the article?[edit]

Would it make any sense to have two articles for Cancun - one for the city itself and another for the hotel area? They are not within walking distance and many people that stay in the city do not even visit the hotel area. It would be easier to locate hotels, restaurants etc. if one knew in which part of the city the recommended place is without checking it from some other source. Vessep 13:14, 9 August 2010 (EDT)

I don't know Cancun at all, but see Wikitravel:Geographical hierarchy#Districts in cities for guidelines on sub-dividing city articles. -- Ryan • (talk) • 13:54, 9 August 2010 (EDT)

Make precision[edit]

What is the meaning of this phrase: "Also, beware of going through security too early. Food and drink prices almost double and you can't easily go back."

Food and drinks are almost double after leaving the airport, and you can't go back to buy stuff?

No what it means is that the duty-free area is very expensive... like any airport.