Avenida Bonampak, Lote 1, SM 2-A
(Colonia López Portillo)
77500 Cancun, Mexico
tel: +52 998 884 8372
NileGuide Expert tip:
This is the real deal. If you are against animal cruelty, or can't stand the sight of blood, do not attend a bullfight. Arrive early. Around 3:00pm, on the day of a bullfight, the area surrounding Plaza de Toros (the bullring) is crowded and it can be difficult to find a parking spot.
Bullfighting was brought to Mexico by the Spanish but, today, the sport is a Mexican tradition that is ingrained in the culture.
Controversy surrounds bullfighting, and the sport has even been banned in it's home country of Spain, but, in Cancun, the events are still held every Wednesday at 3:30pm, during the bullfighting season. The season runs from late-December to mid-May. In addition to the weekly bullfights held on Wednesdays, there are also 5 special bullfights scheduled for the 2010-2011 season. The special events usually take place on the weekend and are popular with locals, while most tourists attend the weekly bullfights, on Wednesdays.
Before the matador and the bulls come out, the event begins with a folkloric dance exhibition and a performance by charros
(Mexico's sombrero-wearing cowboys). After the shows, the bulls and matadors
(bullfighters) come out and the fight begins. It always ends the same way...with the bull losing his life.
If you can't stand the sight of blood, or abhor violence towards animals, do not attend a bullfight.
Photo by Ruth Lozano