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, but American dollars are also accepted. 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)

Deluxe Ocean View Rooms

  • $363.50 per person, per day-single occupancy
  • $216.50 per person, per day-double occupancy
  • $165.50 per person, per-day-triple occupancy (reserved for students/postdocs)

These rates are per person, per day and do not include 16% VAT.
Note: VAT taxes will be exempted for foreign participants (nonresidents of Mexico) and is only applicable up to 1 day before and one day after the conference's official dates.
Only accommodations, food and beverage will be exempted.


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

Room reservation link will be available by Dec 1, 2015. The above rates will be honored 3 days before the conference's arrival date (July 24, 2016) and 3 days after the conference's departure date (July 27, 2016) based on space and availability.