ASTONISHING Animals of Cancun and the Riviera Maya

They were here long before the tourists, the hotels…even before the Mayans who called this place their home.

Who are they? They are the unbelievably colorful, beautiful and sometimes dangerous animals of Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

While there are many, here we present seven animals to marvel your eyes, and maybe help your heart skip a beat…

 

The Jaguar

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To the Mayans he is Balam…The largest of the big cats in the Americas, the jaguar features prominently in the mythology of native cultures, including the Maya and the Aztec. Dense forest is his preferred habitat, and like the tiger,  enjoys swimming.  While they tend to stay far away from noise, you can see them in places like Xcaret Park.

 

Black Iguana

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They are the largest of the ctenosaura lizards, and can grow as long as 1.5 meters ( 4.9 ft.) Known for their large spiny crests (especially on males), you can find these lizard kings and queens sunning themselves all over Cancun, the Riviera Maya, and even sunning themselves on your favorite archaeological monument like the Pyramid of Kukulcan at Chichen Itza or Tulum… After all, it is their home.

 

Spider Monkey

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You’ll find these mischievous creatures throughout the Mayan World…their long, spider-like limbs give them their name. Often weighing as much as 20 lbs, their arms are much longer than their legs, and their tails can support their entire weight and can be used as an extra limb. You might just see them in the jungles of our area, especially if you are on a Xenotes Tour.

 

Howler Monkey

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You’ll hear these monkeys before you see them, and their call is quite distinctive. Their characteristically deep howl will announce their presence to everyone and everything in the area. Mexican Howlers form large groups of up to 40 members or more, but due to loss of habitat, are on the endangered species list.

 

Mexican Red Rump or Black Velvet Tarantula

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You can find this creature right here in the Mexican Caribbean and throughout Mexico, but they can also be found as far south as Belize, Yucatan, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Like most tarantulas, they’ll eat anything they can overpower, namely insects, lizards and even rodents, and are important for the control of those species’ populations.

Despite their scary appearance and reputation, tarantulas are not generally aggressive toward humans.

 

Keel-billed Toucan

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With colors much brighter than that character on your cereal box, the Keel-billed Toucan will blow you away with its beautiful and vivid  beak and feathers. Rarely seen alone, you’ll see these beautiful tropical birds hopping through the trees in our jungle forests with six to twelve other friends.

If you take the Tulum Extreme Tour, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these vivid members of our animal kingdom!

 

The Whale Shark

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Whale sharks are the world’s largest fish, but fortunately for us they only eat planckton and krill! From May to mid-September, you can find pods of these gentle giants swimming in the waters off the coast of Isla Mujeres and Cancun!

Whale shark tours are always in HUGE demand during those months, so make sure to book your Whale Shark Tour well in advance!

 

Our Caribbean waters and jungles have some of the most interesting habitats for some of the world’s most spectacular animals. We know you came here first for the beaches and the turquoise blue waters off our coasts. But if you really want to be in your own Discovery Channel or NatGeo Animal special, take a tour and meet some of the spectacular animals of Cancun and the Riviera Maya!


 

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Ek Balam-The Mayan Magical Mystery Tour

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You’ve been to Chichen Itza…maybe even Tulum or Cobá. But what if we told you that you could visit a stunning Mayan archaeological site full of wonders, and where scientists are still making discoveries every day?

This place is Ek Balam (black jaguar in Maya), located about 2 hours from Cancun (2.5 hours from the Playa del Carmen). It’s a stunning site with at least 45 impressive Mayan structures and with priceless Cenote Maya and Mayan community nearby.

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For over 1000 years, the site at Ek Balam was the seat of a Mayan kingdom, and today the place is known mostly for the breathtakingly-preserved stucco work at the tomb of King Ukit-Kan-Le’k-Tok’, buried in the largest side of a pyramid.

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The pyramid structure, which you can climb to get right up to the stucco work, also gives you some amazing views.

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Beside the tomb there are well over 40 other structures to admire, such as:

The Entrance Arch, built on the road leading into the city.

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The Oval Palace, which contains important relics and is oriented to movements of the sun, moon and stars.

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Structure 17, the Twins, up on the pyramid.

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• The Carved Stela of what is believed to be an image of King Ukit Kan Le’k Tok’

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• The Mayan Ballcourt

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Make sure your camera is charged, as you will be snapping away all day!

Sacred Water

An important spiritual center and source of water for the surrounding community, the Cenote Maya will be one of the highlights of your trip to Ek Balam.

Before going to the area of the cenote, however, your first stop is with the Mayan shaman for his blessing, and to ask for permission to go into the sacred Cenote Maya.

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The Cenote Maya  (we know cenotes as sinkholes) has a diameter of 260 feet (80 meters), and thousands of stalactites above and stalagmites below that will make you feel like you are in a Jurassic World Underwater Cathedral.

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The water is cool and clear, and you can enter either by rappelling into it or by a side entrance. We suggest rappelling as it’s easy and safe and so much fun! Once you’re down there you can swim, dive in, play on the rope swings and marvel!

Another high point of the trip to Ek Balam is the food.image

The ladies of the community will prepare a delicious lunch of traditional regional specialties, including lime soup and tamalesYou’ll love the hand-made tortillas!

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Before Chichen Itza even existed, the city and kingdoms in the area now known as Ek Balam had flourished and all but vanished. Discoveries are being made in this magical place every day….be a part of history in the making!

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For detailed information on Ek Balam, and how you and. Your family can enjoy a wonderful day trip out there, contact ecotourism-cancun.com today! We’re sure you’ll love it!

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Cenotes Unlock the Secrets to Underwater Mayan Mysteries

Almost 15 years ago, a team of Mexican archaeologists found three human skeletons; one of them was carbon-dated to be 13,600 years old. In 2008, divers located the remains of a MASTODON as well as a human skull that might be the oldest evidence of early man in the region.

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MASTODON bones and ancient human skulls. What other secrets are down there?

 

Where did they find those ancient treasures? They found them, and much more, in cenotes.

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What are cenotes?

Cenotes (se NOH tays) are surface connections to underground bodies of water, and in the English-speaking world we know them as sinkholes. Ah, but they are so much more here in Cancun, the Riviera Maya and the Yucatan Peninsula.

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Explore inner space…

There are an estimated 6000 cenotes in the entire Yucatan Peninsula, forming a vast underground network of caves, caverns and the source of much of the fresh water for the entire area.

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Some of the better known cenotes in our home state of Quintana Roo.

 

The best-known cenotes are large open water pools measuring tens of meters in diameter, such as at Chichén Itzá.

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Cenote Sagrado, the Sacred Cenote…at Chichen Itza an important body of water used for ceremonial rites

As far as swimming is concerned, cenote water is often very cool and clear, as the water comes from rain water filtering slowly through the ground, and where there is little or no direct access to sunlight. Some cenotes are open, where sections of cave roof have collapsed revealing an underlying cave system.

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Unlock the door to a whole new world…

 

There are four main different types of cenotes, named for their shapes.

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1. Jug or Pit cenotes are those with a surface connection narrower than the diameter of the water body, shaped like a bottle.

2. Cylinder cenotes are those with strictly vertical walls.

3. Basin cenotes are those with shallow water basins

4. Cave cenotes are those having a horizontal entrance with dry sections.

 

Take a Cenote Tour and Be Ready to Have Your Mind Blown

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The following tours have some stunning cenotes as one of their features. In some you can swim in, rappel into or just simply admire for their natural beauty.

1. Chichen Itzaalong with visiting one of the Seven Man-made Wonders of the World, visit the Cenote Sagrado and swim in nearby Ik Kil.

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Ik Kil, a stone’s throw from the Chichen Itza archaeological site.

 

2. Xenotes-from the same people who brought you Xcaret, Xenotes brings you four Cenote experiences, named for Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

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3. Coba Mayan EncounterYour unforgettable, off-the-beaten-track adventure tour then begins: exciting zip-line flying over a lagoon, rappelling down into an incredibly beautiful cenote where you can enjoy a refreshing swim before going up again.

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You can still climb the Nohoch Mul pyramid.

 

4. Akumal Snorkel Extreme TourTogether with your guide, fly above the trees of the Riviera Maya by zipline, snorkel at Akumal among turtles, fish and coral. Then rappel like an adventurer, and marvel as you make your way along the underground rivers of the Mayan cenotes.

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While white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters of Cancun and the Riviera Maya may have brought you here, the mysterious and stunning beauty of the jungle is what will stay with you forever. If you want to see, hear and feel what it was like to be in the Garden of Eden during your holiday, reserve a cenote tour today.

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Marvel at Magical Mayan Mysteries at Cobá

 

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As  one of the world’s top vacation spots, sometimes visitors do little more than spend their time on the beach, at the malls, at nightclubs or visiting only the most popular archaeological sites like Chichén Itzá.

While Chichén is one of the most  important Mayan archaeological sites, there is MUCH more to our area. Here we’ll tell you about an amazing Mayan experience in Cancun and the Riviera Maya that will make your holiday here extra special,  with features, tips, and a link to find out how YOU can marvel at its wonders!

Cobá is the Mayan site where you bring out your inner Indiana Jones. With thousands of unrestored structures there slowly being discovered,  you can enjoy a more authentic Mayan experience.

At about two and a half hours from Cancun, this massive Mayan city is well worth the travel time. Cobá  features:

  • Nohoch Mul-The largest climbable  Mayan pyramid in the entire Yucatan Peninsula. The view from the top is breathtaking.

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Nohoch Mul Pyramid, from the bottom and from the top.
  • Stelae –standing stone relief panels full of religious and political meaning. There are dozens well worth seeing, as the detail and workmanship are stunning!

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Dozens of stelae in amazing condition tell the story of the Mayans at Cobá
  • Ballcourts-so far two different sized Mayan ball courts have been unearthed…will there be more found?

  • The Lake at Cobá-a beautiful area to walk around and enjoy and see brilliantly-colored birds and other native wildlife.

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Cobá is named for its lakes, and you’ll love kayaking in them and ziplining over them!

 

  • Sacbes (sacred white stone paths) lead you to Nohoch Mul. At about a mile from the entrance, you may want to hire a tricycle pedicab!

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The temple at the top of Nohoch Mul. You may want to use one of the “Mayan Limos” to get there…

 

Cobá Extreme,  Mayan Enounter 

The Coba Extreme Tour is your encounter with the Mayan culture and it starts with a 1,500 year-old historical journey to the Ancient Mayan city of Coba.

Your Maya Encounter journey then leads you to an authentic Mayan village, a self-sufficient Mayan community living next to an important part of the region’s lagoon system.

Your unforgettable, off-the-beaten-track adventure tour then begins: exciting zip-line flying over a lagoon, rappelling down into an incredibly beautiful Cenote (sink hole) where you can enjoy a refreshing swim before going up again. Then climb into a canoe and paddle on a lagoon of enormous beauty.

And to end it all, enjoy a delicious traditional lunch prepared by the women of this lovely Mayan community.

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Sian Kaan and other treasured places to discover in Tulum

A journey into ancient history and nature far from human trace

Begin an adventure to one of the places where nature is everything, where time doesn’t exist, nor the remains of a civilization that has consumed everything that is blue and green, where living beings keep on flying and swimming in harmony while we, humans, stare at them in awe. Discover a magical Caribbean paradise that preserves its natural beauty and resources in which we are only visitors.

Not very far from Cancun (2 hours away) lies the beautiful and picturesque town of Tulum with its cultural, natural and historical soul. Its precious hallmark consists on an archaeological site on a cliff by the sea that used to be an important nautical port for the ancient Mayans.

Another relevant archaeological site stands in the heart of the Mayan jungle in Sian Kaan natural reserve only 10 miles from Tulum downtown. Muyil will welcome you with its majestic buildings and lush vegetation, home for the ancient Mayan spirits and endemic fauna and flora species.

After hiking among cultural and historical magical remains, Sian Kaan biosphere natural reserve lagoons will refresh your body and mind. Submerge yourself in the beautiful crystal clear channels, take a boat (accessible through locals offering boat rides to visitors) and admire this place of nature, blessed with so much life and colors. Stare at birds and fishes in their natural habitat, feel the oxygen in your lungs, be glad to be alive!

Last but not least, discover a cenote; the whole area is filled with those gorgeous natural wells of blue and fresh water considered sacred for the Mayan civilization. Kayaking, diving and snorkeling are three of the most important activities to enjoy in the cenotes.

Far from the hustle and bustle, far from your responsibilities and worries, give yourself a sip of fresh air and enjoy a date with Mother Nature in Sian Kaan in the Riviera Maya.

Sian Kaan tour Tulum
Sian Kaan tour Tulum

End of the World December 2012 and all the previous fatalistic dates

End of the World 2012
End of the World 2012

After demystifying the Mayans and other 2012 prophecies about cosmos under the light of science and astronomy, NASA has calculated that our galaxy will crash against another galaxy in about 4 billion years.

Are you afraid that this world is coming to an end on December 21st 2012? There have probably been more predictions about the end of the world than stars in the sky. Check some of them:

400 d.c. Martin de Tours, 793 d.c. Beato de Liébana, 1284 d.c. Papa Inocencio III,  1689 Benjamin Keach, 1736 William Whiston, 1822 Monjas Chilenas, 1844 William Miller, 1875 Michael Baxter, 1914 Charles Taze Russell, 1919 Albert Porta, 1954 Dorothy Martin, 1972 Herbert Armstrong, 1980 Leland Jensen, 1994 John Hinkle, 1994 Harold Camping, 1999 Nostradamus, 2000 Varios, 2007 Thomas Chase, 2011 Harold Camping, 2012 Varios, 2020 Jeane Dixon, 2060 Isaac Newton.

About Mayan prophecies and all the information regarding this, we recommend you to visit the interesting tour Chichen Itza Myths 2012 to clarify your find and differentiate between reality and myths.

The destiny of Planet Earth is in our hands, remember to take care of your Home, is the only one we have.

Chichen Itza, to the End of an Era

Myths and Realities of the Mayan Prophecies and the New Cycle 2012

The catastrophic prediction of the end of the world in the year 2012 has been attributed to the Mayan civilization, however, how much is it fiction and how much is it reality?

Mexican historian and expert in Mayan Culture, Claudio Obregon states: “The 7 prophecies lumbered to the Mayans on the Internet are just inventions of the Colombian architect Fernando Malkun and his multiple disciples”.

This architect, among other modern prophets have spread the idea that the Mayan writings point out destiny subjects like poverty, global warming, pole melting, New Age consciousness, eclipses and comets with terrible consequences and of course the end of humanity as we know it in the year 2012. However, despite his repeated affirmations, none of his prophecies are supported by a historical or epigraphical Mayan sources.

Because of this fact, and contrary to the original Mayan culture, this New Age ideology has been related to the ancient Mayan mysticism spreading all over the world encouraging for a new consciousness and attracting followers of all nationalities that are not aware of the real facts of this culture that beats strong in the heart of Mexico.

Then, Mayans never prophesized about the 2012?

Claudio Obregon states, “of the 10 thousand available hieroglyphic writings there are only two related to the year 2012, one of them can be found in Comalcalco and its contents has not been published. The second one is found in El Tortuguero and reads: “After 13 cycles, the god Bolom Yokté will descend from the heavens…”. Therefore, this writings do not quote a catastrophe or end of humanity.  In fact, Mayans stated that in December 2012 a “Long Count” time period will come to an end, but the beginning of a new cycle will come to be.

According to the investigator Gregg Braden, author of “Fractal Time”, the changes in our planet are due to the Earth movement towards the Ecuador in the Milky Way. Moreover, scientists have discovered that the center of our Galaxy is a powerful source of magnetic energy and our future location towards this source of energy will have a huge effect on our Planet Earth. On December 21, 2012, we will be facing this point without any obstruction of another planet or solar system object,  giving us a direct access.

Talking about beginnings and endings, Braden states that our current Great Cycle is a long cycle of 5,125 years linked to an astronomical event that occurred in the year 3114 A.C. This cycle ends on December 21, 2012 in Winter Solstice.

Theories and speculation abound, but future is uncertain. In any case, as humankind, we know that the best way to live or face anything is by staying together in harmony and love. On the other hand, culture, history and equanimity must be respected and our responsibility is to make research on the real facts through trustful resources written by experts that have studied the Mayan Culture and astronomy.

Learn more about this in the New and Exclusive Tour to Chichen Itza Myths and Realities 2012. Begin a New Cycle discovering real facts about Mayan prophecies and renewing your energy in a sacred, magical and mystical place.

Chichen Itza Myths and Realities 2012
Chichen Itza Myths and Realities 2012

Bibliography:

  • Obregón, C. Blog de Literatura y Mundo Maya.
  • Braden, G. Official Site. Bridging Sciencie + Spirituality

Exploring Cenotes

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The cenotes are spectacular water wells connected by underground rivers, is one of the main attractions in the region of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Some of these natural formations contain many stories and legends. We know that many of them were used by the Maya as sites for religious rituals.

Due to its transparent emerald waters, the cenotes are ideal for diving and snorkeling.

One of the largest underground river systems in the world and most explored is the Nohoch Nah Chich cenote, located at Rancho San Felipe, a small Mayan community near Cancun. You can visit this cenote on the tour call “The Mayan Jungle” wich is one of the best green tours that are offered in Cancun or Mayan Riviera.

 

The majestic descent of Kukulcan

Chichen Itza Equinox
Chichen Itza Equinox

On the evening of 21 March and 22 September, days that begins the spring and fall equinoxes respectively, we can observed in the north staircase of the Castle of Chichen Itza, a solar projection in the shape of a serpent, consisting of seven triangles of light, inverted as a result of the shadow cast by the nine platforms of the building at sunset.

The phenomenon takes place at Chichen Itza in all its glory and we can see an image of the serpent made of light and dark triangles down the majestic Northwest of the Castle.

At the beginning the first shadows come of the higher bodies of the pyramid start drawing isosceles triangles that make up the body of the feathered serpent. Shadows will gradually move towards the snakelike head located at the bottom of the pyramid.
Finally, the last of the triangle touches the base of the pyramid. Spectators stand and raise their hands to heaven to “absorb the positive energy” believed to emanate from this phenomenon.
After a wile the figure of Kukulcan begins to dissipate to put an end to a process that takes about 45 minutes, from start to finish. Want to go to the equinox tour?

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza
Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is located in the northern Yucatan Peninsula, near the city of Valladolid, Yucatan.

It is one of the most important of the ancient Mayan civilization and developed in stages, of which there still are monumental remains. The area has evidence of Toltec influence, both in art and architecture. Chichen Itza is considered to reach the peak in two stages: the first between 600-900 d. C. when Puuc style buildings were built, and the second to the arrival of the Putun, who emigrated from Campeche in the tenth century.

The most famous buildings on the site are: The Castle, the largest and most important structure. The ladders finish at the bottom with two snake heads, same look come to life at every equinox, when the sun casts its rays on the building, forming triangles of shadow that simulate the body of the snake temple down to earth. The Temple of the Warriors, composed of the Temple of Chac Mool and a set of pillars, each carved with representations of priests and warriors. The Observatory, the Temple of a Thousand Columns, the Tzompantli, the Dzib Akab, and the Temple of the Jaguars, are other important buildings.

Chichen Itza also has the great Sacred Cenote which jade objects have been found, pottery and even skeletons of human beings, especially children, who were offered to the god Chac.

The Chichen Itza Plus Tour has all the amenities for comfortable stay of the visitor.