Cancún Centro

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Cancún is divided into “la zona hotelera”, a long strip along the beach where most hotels, condos and resorts are, and “Cancún centro”, the city centre with businesses and shops.

This time, we stayed in the city centre. Unless you are in a resort, there isn’t much to do in the zona hotelera.

Cancún Centro is fairly chaotic. Sidewalks are roads are bumpy and full of potholes, there is a lot of traffic and some areas are very crowded. Yet this chaos is fun and lively. Music blasts from unexpected places, such as farmacias, the hot and humid air smells of a mix of fresh tortillas, bread, beans and whatever street food is sold around.

People-watching is a fascinating activity as locals carry on with their daily activities. Buses come and go at full speed, dropping off passengers along the road, taxis passes them at full speed but everyone stops for an old lady to cross. Construction workers leave at 5 p.m. on the dot on a hot Friday evening, abandoning tools and a fresh batch of concrete, to head to the “Casa del Whopper” (yes, Burger King). There is a long lineup at the ATM… is it pay day?

In the evening, we escaped to Plaza Las Americas, a gigantic air-con mall on Av. Tulúm. I hate going to the mall at home but such places offer fascinating glimpse into the local psyche when traveling. For instance, I can tell you Mexicans are into shoes (tons of zapaterías!), love kids (there were many shops selling toys, clothes, as well as some kid entertainment provided) and that the Mexican middle-class can afford fancy foreign brands.

After the mall, we went to the local park where locals gather in the evening. There, you can grab some street food (tortas, tacos, churros, etc.), browse the small outdoor craft market and let kids run wild. We did just that.

This park had the coolest kids’ entertainment ever: small electric vehicles controled by remote that you can rent for ten or twenty minutes, for a couple of dollars. Finally, I was able to “control” Mark!

You can see the full set of Estación México on Flickr.

Three Women

Three Women

Selling Gold

Selling Gold

Cancun Centro

Cancun Centro

Cancun Centro

Cancun Centro

Work is Over

Work is Over

Cellphone vs. Phone Booth

Cellphone vs. Phone Booth

City Bus

City Bus

Pay Day?

Pay Day?

News of the Day

News of the Day

Magazines

Magazines

Street Food

Street Food

Cars for Kids

Cars for Kids

Cancun

Cancun

Exxo Convenience Store

Exxo Convenience Store

Chedraoui Supermarket

Chedraoui Supermarket

Job Ad

Job Ad

Job Ad

Job Ad

Mall De Las Americas

Mall De Las Americas

Mark "Driving"

Mark “Driving”

Mark "Driving"

Mark “Driving”

Carrousel

Carrousel

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

9 Comments

  1. Wow! The remote controlled car is the best! Fun for kids and parents too, for once 😀

    I’m glad you are having a vacation like this. Is mark enjoying sand and sea?

  2. Ha ha sounds like you’d like one of those cars at home.

    I agree that ordinary places like supermarkets and malls are really interesting in other countries– they’re made for local patrons so you get to see daily life too.

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