To enjoy one of the most popular and attractive festivities, do not forget to visit the Plaza de Toros in Cancún. ... More
Plaza de Toros
To enjoy one of the most popular and attractive festivities, do not forget to visit the Plaza de Toros in Cancún. Located in the center of town, it holds events every Wednesday at 3p. Watch the bullfighters in awe as they risk everything in the name of fame. This is yet another form of entertainment in a famous tourist destination.
In a traditional spanish bullfight, the matador fights two bulls. However in Cancun they only had one bullfight and the picadore (man on a horse with a lance) basically killed the bull before the matador even had a chance to actually fight the bull. As stated in a previous post it is only tourists that go to the fight and there is no atmosphere in the arena. This was basically a big tourist trap and not worth it. If you have been to a bullfight in Spain expect to be very disappointed
I did not see a bullfight, so am really just rating the facility. I was here in March for the title boxing match. The place was clean, plenty of vendors selling food and beer (which was not over-priced at all! A beer was the equivalent of $3 USD, which is beyond GREAT for a sport event). You could bring your own liquor and they would sell you mixers, ice and cups in the stands!
Ticket purchasing was a little tricky since I have very limited Spanish, but the vendor was very accommodating and we managed to complete the transaction with no big issues.
The location was brightly lit, very accessible by taxi and safe for walking the few short blocks back to my hotel.
If I go back, I would attend another sporting event here (but probably not bullfighting, as I am not keen on that kind of 'sport').
I believe the bullfights are only for tourists because it cost 400 pesos to attend and I don't think there were any locals in the audience. There was a nice display of local costumes and dancing. Mexican cowboys also performed some awesome stunts. They did work to get the audience to participate in a few activites. I went years ago and the place had no roof, now that there's a roof, everyone is in the shade and there are seats on the lower half so it was somewhat more comfortable. I recall in the past, there would be 4 separate bullfights but when I attended on June 21st (only open on Wednesdays and fights start at 3:30 pm) they only had one bullfight. I guess that's all the tourists can take. I arrived way early and had lunch at Restaurant Los Indios located on the backside of the Plaza De Toros, the proprietor Oswaldo was a very kind and gracious host. He had an extensive menu at the best prices I saw in Cancun. Chateau Briand for 2 for 160 pesos, you can't beat that! The food was good and the beer was cold. We got to watch some World Cup action on the TVs while we waited for the bullfight to begin. The place had AC so this made the summer heat a bit more bearable.