Travel & Stay

Useful Information about Cancún

Cancún, a Mexican city on the Yucatán Peninsula bordering the Caribbean Sea, is considered the gateway to the Maya World. The average temperature during July is 90°F (32°C) and the average low is 78°F.  The airport (second largest in Mexico) is located 5 km from the hotel zone (Zona Hotelera).  The Live Aqua Cancun resort is located 15 miles (~20 minutes) from the Cancun International Airport (CUN).

General information can be found here:

Airport transfers: There are several airport shuttle and transfer companies that operate in Cancun, which you can find in Google or Trip Advisor.  Airport transfers can be reserved online (recommended).

Language: Although Spanish is the official language in Mexico. In Cancun, the large majority of tourist service providers speak English.

Money: The official currency in Cancun is the Mexican peso. Banks open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Major credit and debit cards are accepted at most hotels, shops, and restaurants in Mexico.

Taxes: A 16% value-added tax (IVA in Spanish) is applied to most goods and services.

Tipping: The amount you tip is at your discretion and should be based on the quality of service you received.

Travel Documents: A valid passport is required for travel to Mexico. Your passport expiration date must not occur within six months of your departure date.


Hotel rates (all-inclusive)

Live Aqua Cancun All Inclusive is an adult only resort. Minimum age to check in is 18 years.

A block of rooms has been reserved for participants using the Group Code G1BWLY@AQU Please use the following instructions, and reserve early for best availability and to secure your room.


Deluxe Ocean View Rooms
All Inclusive VAT Benefit Rates (Does not include 16% VAT, waived for international participants)

  • $380.45 per person, per night-single occupancy.
  • $216.32 per person, per night-double occupancy.
  • $170.54 per person, per night-triple occupancy.

Note: VAT taxes will be exempted for foreign participants (nonresidents of Mexico) and is only applicable up to three days before and three days after the conference's official dates.
Only accommodations, food and beverage will be exempted.

Participants that would like to share a double or triple room and would like assistance to find roommates should contact Dr. Contreras-Vidal at jlcontreras-vidal [at] indicating their full name, gender, university status (student or faculty), email, arrival and departure dates.


Live Aqua Cancun All-Inclusive​ Package:

  • Room accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals are valid at restaurants according to operational hours or programmed events. No group reservations are allowed.
  • Signature International Bar by the glass in Restaurants, Pool area, and Bars (operational hours)
  • Pool snacks
  • Minibar (soft drinks, domestic beer, bottled water, coffee)
  • 24 hours Room Service
  • Wireless internet
  • Access to Fitness Center
  • Taxes and Service charges
  • Complimentary local calls