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Cancún

Playa tropical, Cancún

Información práctica sobre Cancún

Conociendo la ciudad

Buses are the cheapest way to get around in Cancun, and the fare from the Hotel Zone to nearly anywhere in the city is around MXN8.50. The white Bus One is air-conditioned, and costs MXN11. Intercity buses are available from the station on Avenida Tulum, including service to Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Merida, and Chetumal. Taxis are perhaps the most convenient method of getting around, and are charged by a zone system. Fares should be agreed on upfront, and travellers should note that taxis located outside restaurants and hotels charge higher rates. It is also important to know that only approved airport taxis are allowed to collect passengers from the airport. Scooter rental is another way to get around in Cancun, although it is considered dangerous and only experienced drivers should do so. Hiring a car can also be stressful, as traffic is chaotic and police are quick to pull tourists over.

Hora

GMT -6 (GMT -5 between the first Sunday in April and the second last Saturday in October).

Electricidad

130V, 60Hz. Se utilizan enchufes de dos clavijas planas paralelas.

Divisa

La moneda oficial es el peso mexicano (MXN), que se divide en 100 centavos. Se aceptan tarjetas de crédito, en especial Visa, MasterCard y American Express. En la mayoría de las ciudades y pueblos hay cajeros automáticos, y son la mejor forma de obtener dinero. En cualquier caso, y por razones de seguridad, es aconsejable utilizarlos solo durante el horario laboral y con especial cautela. Aunque en muchos establecimientos aceptan moneda extranjera (sobre todo el dólar estadounidense), es mejor pagar en pesos. Se puede cambiar moneda en cualquiera de las muchas casas de cambio que existen; además abren más horas que los bancos y son más rápidas.

Comunicación

El prefijo internacional para México es +52. Algunas compañías telefónicas estadounidenses de llamadas a larga distancia tienen un número de acceso que usted puede marcar para utilizar su tarjeta telefónica. Normalmente es más barato que llamar desde la habitación del hotel. Si va a hacer una llamada internacional desde un teléfono público, asegúrese de utilizar las cabinas oficiales de Telmex, ya que desde otras cabinas puede que le cobren recargos muy elevados. Varias redes GSM dan cobertura a casi todo el país, pero los gastos por itinerancia pueden llegar a ser desorbitados. Hay muchos cibercafés, especialmente en las zonas turísticas.

Número de emergencias

Emergencias: 066/911 (Policía); 065/911 (Ambulancias)

Información sobre visado y salud

Todo sobre la información sobre visado y salud

Fiestas nacionales

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2014 2015
Día de Año Nuevo 1 de enero 1 de enero
Día de la Constitución 3 de febrero 2 de febrero
Nacimiento de Benito Juárez 17 de marzo 16 de marzo
Día del Trabajo 1 de mayo 1 de mayo
Día de la Independencia 16 de septiembre 16 de septiembre
Día de los Muertos 2 de noviembre 2 de noviembre
Día de la Revolución Mexicana 17 de noviembre 16 de noviembre
Día de Navidad 25 de diciembre 25 de diciembre

Clima

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The Yucatan Peninsula, including Cancun, is the hottest and most tropical part of Mexico, especially from June to August when humidity is high, although temperatures usually don't exceed 90°F (32°C). The rainy season runs from May to mid-October and is characterised by late afternoon tropical showers, lasting for a short time only. Cancun lies within the Atlantic Hurricane Belt and the flat terrain makes the Yucatan Peninsula especially vulnerable to storms, particularly between June and October. In fact, big storms can affect Cancun at any time of year, but although they can be violent they are usually short-lived. On average April is the driest month and October is the wettest. Humidity tends to be high all year but coastal breezes have a pleasant cooling effect. The peak tourist season in Cancun runs from December to April, when the weather is warm and the sea reliably calm, making it a good time for watersports and scuba diving. Out of this peak season, prices at the resorts tend to drop dramatically and the peninsula is less crowded. Although the threat of hurricanes puts some travellers off, between June and October the weather can be wonderful - hot with cooling winds - and can be a great time to visit if no storms hit.

Cancun International Airport

www.asur.com.mx

Llegar a la ciudad

Both taxis and colectivos can be used to get to the town. An official taxi company provides services from the airport and can be paid for at the airport just after the arrivals hall. US$14-20, the drive takes 20 to 25 mins. Colectivos are small buses that provide a door-to-door service; the driver will usually wait until it is full before leaving, US$6/30 mins. Taxis also go to Playa del Carmen 335 Pesos/US$30-35 and the trip takes approximately 1 hour.

Alquiler de vehículos

Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Thrifty and National.

Taxis al aeropuerto

Official taxis provide services from the airport and can paid for at the airport just after the arrivals hall. Taxis go to both Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

Traslado entre terminales

A shuttle bus runs between the main entrances to the terminals every 10 minutes.

Instalaciones

Cancun airport has all the appurtenances one would expect at one of the world's mega-airports. Facilities include ATMs, bureau de change, business facilities, restaurants, shops, a beauty salon and tourist information. There are facilities for disabled passengers but those with special needs are advised to contact their airline in advance.

Aparcamiento

Parking is available nest to the terminal entrance, starting at MXN 24 per hour up to a maximum of MXN 150 per day.

Internet

Wifi is available for a fee in the business lounges of the international departures area.