Fifty years ago, Cancun was practically unknown to the world. With a population of approximately 100 people, the city was located in one of the poorest regions in Mexico. It had strangely shaped sand dunes and a coastline occupied by swamps, mangroves and a snake-infested jungle. The development of Cancún was approved in 1969 and, finally, began in 1970 with the construction of a highway from Puerto Juárez and a small airfield.
Cancun was one of the main Mayan settlements on the Yucatán Peninsula before the arrival of the Spanish. However, after the conquest, a large part of the Mayan population died or left because of diseases, wars, piracy and famine, leaving only small settlements in the vicinity of Isla Mujeres and the island of Cozumel. Follow Kelly McLaughlin, a Canadian expat expert from Transat in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, as she gives you a virtual tour of her favorite places in Cancun.