Exploring Cenotes

Cenotes
Cenotes

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.

Choosing hotel in the Riviera Maya

Be Riviera Maya Hotel
Be Riviera Maya Hotel

I think that  price and the “stars” (hotel´s raiking quality) are important. If you want an all inclusive hotel”, make sure you have 5 stars or at  the third day you are  going to hate the food.

But,  if the hotel has good food mmmm, you’ll be so happy, you will eat and eat without having to cook and everything that eating requires. It is necessary that if you decide to be in the Riviera Maya, you have in mind the following issues:

1. You must be at the hotel located at the beach or,
2. Rent a car to find a beach close that you can go / or better
3. Buy a tour for each day to visit the best beaches and not have to worry of driving and drinking alcoholic beverages.

Have in mind that in almost every hotel in the Riviera Maya is immersed in the jungle and you can not t be transported easily from one place to another unless you have a car, it is noteworthy that many hotels offer guests free transportation from your lobby to Playa del Carmen, but at certain hours, make sure yours have that option. If you want to stay to do anything in your hotel, the Riviera is an excellent choice for this, also make sure the animation team and entertainment, that  the hotel offers, have  good quality on activities and shows so you will enjoy a lot your time in the hotel, some Hoteles Internet sites can have information about it. Some hotels offer guests pools noise less for customers seeking tranquility. Any way the Riviera Maya has it all and more that you can expect!

Tulum A Walled City

Tulum
Tulum

Tulum is located in the heart of the Riviera Maya between white sand beaches and  rain forest. This enigmatic Mayan city dating from the twelfth and sixteenth centuries, is the only one that was built by the sea.

The old walled city, built on top of a cliff of 12 meters overlooking the Caribbean Sea, has the remains of one of the most exquisite and important cities of the ancient Mayan world.
The tallest building and most important of Tulum is known as El Castillo. Built in several stages, on an imposing staircase, is crowned by a temple, which is entered by a portico of columns carved in the shape of snakes. The castle is surrounded by temples, houses and monuments, extending inland to the current entry to the archaeological complex. Among these buildings the most relevant are, the Temple of the Sea, the Temple of Wind, Northwest House, several temples, the Temple of the Descending God and the Cenote House, built on a typical cavity that collects rainwater leaks from the surface.

Tulum is definitely the ideal destination for eco-archaeological nature lovers, sun, and history.

Visit the archaeological site of Coba

Cobá

For those who love mysticism and magic, in the depths of the rainforest in southwestern Yucatan Peninsula you will find the wonderful archaeological site of Coba, that is considered  along with Tikal, one of the most important ceremonial centers of the golden era of the Mayan people. In Coba you can discover  to Nohoch Muul, the tallest pyramid in the peninsula of Yucatan. The fascinating stories of the guide will make the stones of the Mayan temples and the field where they practiced the ball game come to life with the magic of the past.

You can also enjoy visiting a Mayan village where you can coexist with the descendants of the most impressive pre-hispanic civilization and also participate in the preservation of cultural and natural heritage. The Tour Coba Mayan Town will take you to the archaeological site of Coba and the surrounding region located northwest of Tulum on the Riviera Maya. Enjoy a memorable experience, get to know the richness of the Mayan world.

Rio Secreto Underground Adventure

Río Secreto

Rio Secreto (Secret River) provides a magical journey that will bring to life the stories of mystical Mayan underworld, Xibalba … A fun tour on a real underground river, where you can admire the carved wonders over millions of years in the limestone, between clear water, caverns of outstanding beauty. This is an “alive” natural museum, unique in the world. Before opening its doors, Rio Secreto required a year of intense exploration that as for today it only has completed 10 km and 1.5 km so far open to the public. It has three routes: Supreme, Palaces, and Joy, all  accept only 144 visitors a day, with the purpose of conserving the area and generate the least impact. The pat is not dangerous or deep, 20 meters is the maximum depth for  reaching the fall. To swim down to what appears to be the center of the earth you don’t require almost  anything, just a wet suit, swim shoes and a helmet with a lamp, and they provide all of it.

Step into one of the most fascinating places in the world: the basement of the Yucatan Peninsula. While being there, you will discover the importance of preserving nature so that others can enjoy it the same as you. I promise that Rio Secreto will be one of the most beautiful places you’ve known in your life. Rio Secreto is very closed to Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Come to explore Sian Kaan the biosphere reserve in Mexico

Sian Kaan

Sian Kaan, Mayan word which means “place where the sky is born” was the first Biosphere Reserve established in Mexico. It is located south of the state of Quintana Roo, about 2 hrs away  from Cancun. Today is  a World´s Heritage Site declared by UNESCO, and is of high conservation priority for the people and government of Mexico. It is the third largest protected area of the country and is composed of 600.000 acres of tropical ecosystems that range from lowland forest, flooded savannas, mangroves and a portion of the second largest barrier reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. The reserve is home to more than 800 species of plants and provides habitat for over 350 species of birds, as well as for the jaguar, puma, ocelot, howler and spider monkeys, crocodiles and many species of turtles. In addition, the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an is home to 23 archaeological sites of pre-Columbian culture.
If you want to visit Sian Kaan, it’s best to come to the Riviera Maya or Tulum, were there are nice and green hotels.

What to do with older children at Xelha?

Xelha

At Xel-Ha big kids can do absolutely anything: learn to snorkel, get on the Trepachanga, jump out of the stone o courage, zip lines, do the sea trek it, swim with dolphins and much more, they can enjoy all of the activities of Xel- ha if they are between 9 to 60 years.

Also if you book the Tour Xel Ha All Inclusive, your children can eat whatever they please without paying more!
I go every year to Xel-ha with my kids and I learn something new of nature and how wonderful is our planet on each visit, if you have kids bring them to Xel-Ha is a relaxed and cultural visit, and wonderfully fun!

What to do with children at Xel-ha?

Xelha Park

Xel-Ha is a family eco park where all the family has guaranteed fun for little ones on your next vacation to Mexico.

At Xel-ha there is a special area for small children next to the cove that has a small pool and games made of logs where children can spend the whole day enternein, there is a maze, a suspension bridge were they can climb and climb the ropes, while mom and dad rest or snorkel, in turn, since there is a very close access to the cove, they have a slide that ends at the water and a circuit for the little ones to explore!

Also yoy can go sailing with your children on the wheels  throughout the wonderful river and mangrove. They can feed the fish with special food,  see the manatees, swim with dolphins or just watch them swim. So do not hesitate on visit Xelha if you have a little ones on your family, we will love it!