5 foods to try in Cancun


Quintana Roo the state that Cancun is located in and Cancun itself are less than 50 years old. Before 1974 the area of Quintana Roo was part of Yucatan state and so Cancun’s cuisine is heavily influenced by its neighbours. The roots and language of Yucatecan cooking date back to the Mayans who inhabited this part of the world many centuries ago. Below are five delicious foods that are typical of our region and can be found in our hotels and their surrounding areas.

Sopa de lima

A staple of any self-respecting Yucatecan restaurant, sopa de lima (translated as lime soup though it uses a local citrus fruit similar to a lime that has a less acidic flavour) is the ideal first dish to try if you are new to the region’s cuisine, perfect as a starter before you delve into the other foods on this list. Apart from lime, the other key ingredients of this soup are tomato, onion and shredded chicken. Fried strips of corn tortilla are added to the soup giving it a crunchy twist. When done well you won’t want the bowl to end!

Tikin xic

Tikin xic is a fish dish prepared with achiote paste, a blend of cumin, pepper, cloves and the orangey-red seeds of the annatto tree. Typically a local fish is used like red snapper or grouper, the fish is then marinated in the achiote paste and traditionally wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in an underground oven known as a pibil. Once cooked the fish is normally garnished with fried onion and served with rice.

Cochinita pibil

Cochinita pibil is a slow cooked pork dish that like tikin xic uses achiote and is traditionally cooked in banana leaves underground. The pork is marinated in the achiote paste and bitter orange juice for several hours which helps soften the meat. Once cooked, the tender meat is pulled and typically eaten as a taco or sandwich filling topped with pickled red onion. A variety of this dish is pollo pibil, where chicken is used instead of pork.


 A tamal is a snack made of corn dough with a savoury or sweet filling. The tamal is wrapped in either corn husks or banana leaves and then steamed in a large pot. Popular fillings include chicken, pork and chaya, a green vegetable similar to spinach native to the Yucatan Peninsula. Many enjoy their tamal covered in red or green spicy sauce or mole poblano, a sauce that includes chocolate amongst its many ingredients. The food is a popular choice at large celebrations such as Independence Day, the Day of the Dead and Christmas.


A marquesita is a savoury dessert that consists of a rolled, hardened waffle filled with grated edam cheese (known locally as queso de bola). The story behind this dessert begins in Merida, the capital of Yucatan state, where an ice cream seller low on winter sales devised this alternative filling to great success. The name is said to derive from two regular clients that were daughters of a marquis. Popular additional ingredients include Nutella, cajeta (caramel made of goats milk) and lechera (sweet condensed milk) creating a sweet and savoury combination. Several marquesita vendors can be found in Parque las Palapas in Cancun city centre as well as in squares, parks and street corners throughout the Yucatan peninsula.

We hope you try at least one of these five delightful foods during your stay with us; we are sure you won’t regret it!

Let us know in the comments section below what your favourite food was when you stayed with us…


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Temazcal, a pre-Hispanic treatment for mind, body and soul


Temazcal (TEMAZCALLI; word of Nahuatl origin: ‘TEMAZ’ means steam and ‘CALLI’ means house) is a sauna treatment of pre-Hispanic origin which has gained popularity in recent years for its numerable health benefits. It is a physical, mental and spiritual experience where the powers of recovery and transformation have a very positive effect on the user.


In ancient times, Mayan and Aztec civilizations would use the temazcal as a cure to their ills and as prayer space where rituals and ceremonial elements were carried out. In this treatment the five senses and contact with nature play an important role in conjunction with sounds and meditations that help reactivate natural creativity and free emotions, increasing spirituality, and in the process assisting renovation, recovery and transformation.



The temazcal steam bath is a symbolic representation of body, soul and mother nature. The treatment takes place in a dome shaped room usually built with bricks, stones or clay with a space in the centre where hot stones are placed. Medicinal herbs are placed over these hot stones creating an aromatherapeutic atmosphere that begins the detoxification process through sweat.

The therapeutic benefits include:

  • Elimination of toxins
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Purification of the digestive system
  • Increased mobility
  • Purification of the respiratory system
  • Skin cleansing


The benefits are also reflected in the mind of the user. Each person is different, some experience a pleasant moment of meditation and reflection, others feel complete emotional and physical relaxation; but above all the main effect of this treatment is a higher sense of inner peace.


Once completed you may wish to refresh by taking a swim, or perhaps move on to another one of our spa treatments, or maybe just simply relax by the sea.


To try out this special pre-Hispanic treatment please contact one of our the spas: Oasishoteles.com/en/spa/sensoria/temazcal


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10 places to visit in Cancun and its surrounding areas

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ElectroOasis Latin Beach Festival

This month the ‘Entertainment Resort’ Grand Oasis Cancun hosts the 3rd edition of its ElectroOasis Latin Beach festival, bringing some of the biggest names in Electro Latino music to our Beach Club and Arena. This year’s festival runs from 24 June to 22 July with performances taking place every Saturday for both guests and non-guests.

Juan Magan – Saturday 24 June

The festivities begin with Spanish artist Juan Magan, one of the most internationally acclaimed singers, remixers, DJs and producers in all of Latin electronic music and a pioneer of the electro Latino genre. Magan has collaborated with international artists such as Shakira, Nelly Furtado and Pitbull, as well as Enrique Iglesias on a track that features another ElectroOasis performer Yandel.

Noche y de Día


De La Ghetto – Saturday 1 July

Born in Manhattan and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Rafael Castillo, better known by his stage name De La Ghetto began his music career in 2004 forming a duo with another New York City-born artist Arcangel, with the pair gaining much attention with their 2005 song Ven Pégate. In 2007 De La Ghetto embarked on a solo career and has since featured on regaetton hits such as Siente El Boom and La Reunión de los Vaqueros that also features fellow ElectroOasis artists Yandel and Tego Calderon.  

La Reunión de los Vaqueros      


Yandel – Saturday 8 July

Puerto Rican reggaeton artist and producer Yandel takes to the Oasis Arena stage on 8 July. Yandel began performing in 1998 with an old school friend forming the duo Wisin & Yandel. The pair won a Grammy for Best Latin Urban Album in 2009 and 2 Latin Grammy Awards for Best Urban Album and Best Urban Song and were also coaches on singing contest The Voice Mexico in 2013. As a solo artist, Yandel won two Latin Grammy Awards last year for Best Urban Song and Best Urban Fusion/Performance for his track Encantadora.



Tony Dize – Saturday 15 July

Tony Dize is an American reggaeton singer of Puerto Rican descent. Dize started under the guidance of Wisin & Yandel and first appeared on their 2003 compilation album Blin Blin Vol. 1, with the song No Pierdas Tiempo. In 2008 Dize released his first solo album La Melodia de la Calle reaching number 8 in the Billboard Top 10 Latin Albums.

El Doctorado


Tego Calderon – Saturday 22 July

Puerto Rican rapper Tego Calderon ends this year’s festival on Saturday 22 July. Calderon released his first album El Abayarde in 2002 and despite the fact that reggaeton was considered an underground genre at the time, the album sold 50,000 copies on its release, setting a sales record for a reggaeton album. In the summer of 2005, Calderon signed a deal between Atlantic Records and his own independent label, Jiggiri Records, making him the first reggaeton artist to have a deal with a major record company. One of the pioneers of the genre, Calderon has helped steer his country’s dominant youth culture out of Puerto Rico and Latino neighbourhoods, and into the American stream of pop consciousness. The rapper has also featured in three of the Fast & Furious movies.

Pa Que Se Lo Gozen

It promises to be another spectacular event in the Cancun sun and we look forward to you joining the party!  

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