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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Xoximilco, the new attraction in Cancun … Know It!

The original Xochimilco located in Mexico City , is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country . Its historical monuments , traditions and culture have survived the passage of time. Xochimilco is a true example of how Mexico ‘s pre-Hispanic customs remain: the chinampas , canals , trajineras therefore has earned the title of Cultural Heritage granted by UNESCO .

On board colorful lit trajineras, set sail through the most beautiful canals of Cancun, delight yourself with the incomparable sound of marimba and the songs of the Mariachi; try the exquisite flavors of the Mexican cuisine by tasting several culinary delights, enjoy a unique atmosphere filled with joy and folklore, and be part of an outstanding fiesta of music and color. Come to Xoximilco and discover a true Mexican fiesta.

Dare to try the chapulines (baby crickets) or taste our traditional food. Discover the real Mexican cuisine, a perfect blend of fresh and contemporary ingredients. Your dinner includes an open bar of tequila shots, beer, sodas and fruit-flavored water.

It is open Monday through Saturday throughout the year, the departure time of the first trajinera is at 6:30 pm , the duration of  Xoximilco tour is 3 hours approximately.


Xoximilco has 40 trajineras , each one with up to 20 people.

Decorated with motifs from the 32 States of Mexico, the famous trajineras, that were once used for transporting flowers, fruits and vegetables grown in floating gardens, have become a means of transportation and a cause of joy for all those who come to Xoximilco se arching for a unique moment they can only experience here in Cancun.

Cancun and Riviera Maya has to offer to the world a key part of the culture of this nation so full of music , color and unforgettable sensations …. Viva Mexico !

 

 

Swim with dolphins in the Riviera Maya

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Swim with Dolphins in RivieraMaya

The Riviera Maya covers the southern coast of Quintana Roo, from Puerto Morelos to Tulum. All along the Riviera Maya there are plenty of hotels and resorts that offer wonderful amenities and impressive infrastructure.

Because of Its location  sometimes is not easy to leave these complexes, but swimming with dolphins in the Riviera Maya is one of the most accessible since the dolphinarium in Puerto Aventuras offers free transportation from any hotel from Puerto Morelos to Tulum. No matter which of the three different dolphin interaction programs you choose, your not going to have to pay extra to get to the dolphinarium in Puerto Aventuras to do your activity.

But Puerto Aventuras is not the only option to realize your dream of swimming with dolphins. if you’re in the Riviera Maya, Xcaret and Xel-Ha have excellent swim with dolphins  programs that you can take during your visit to these parks. You just have to consider that in any of these alternatives is very important to book with time, because swimming with dolphins is an activity that is done in small groups so space is limited and you do not want to stay out.

Safety in Cancun

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Cancun

The subject of safety is an important all over the world, not just in Mexico. As Cancun is one of the main tourism destinations in the world, the Mexican government takes many measures so you can feel safe and experience everything the destination has to offer you. As always when you travel, you should take common-sense preventative measures on your vacation in Mexico. For example:

  • don’t carry a lot of cash with you,
  • confirm with your bank as to the type of insurance your credit card has,
  • at your hotel, make sure to keep your valuables in your room safe. If there is none, ask at the front desk.
  • don’t show your credit card to everyone who asks to see it, as Mexico has a high percentage of credit card cloning. Use it only for payment in stores and restaurants and don’t lose sight of it—ask for the charge to be performed right there in front of you, or swipe it yourself. Cloning can be avoiding if you don’t flash your card to everyone who asks for it and don’t let just anyone walk off with it.
  • Cancun’s Hotel Zone is protected by the Tourist Police, who speak both English and Spanish for the tranquility of our visitors.

In general, you will feel very safe day or night all along the Hotel Zone and Downtown as long as you stay in well-trafficked, nicer areas.

Swimming with Manatees

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Manatees

Have you ever just wanted to go into the water and just hug one of these “Sea Cows”? Manatees are completely herbivorous aquatic mammals, Their scientific name is  Trichechus manatus, from the Greek tri (three) and chechus (nails) and from the Caribbean native manati (with teat). To me personally, they give me an immense feeling of tenderness, and to want to touch and hug them!!!

In general, the activity with manatees is very simple; you enter the water with them and feed them lettuce. It would seem that the activity has very little point but the activity is so gratifying!!!

Interaction with Manatees is possible at the dolphin centers of Isla Mujeres, Puerto Aventuras and in Xel-Ha. In your reservations for activities in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, don’t forget to mention them to find out which center is closest to you.

Get To Know The Jungle Maya Tour

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Jungle Maya Tour

Have you already been to the archaeological sites? Or do they just not appeal to you, anyway? Do you want a vacation that is different and exciting without being an extreme sport? We recommend this tour for you, as it’s super fun, and has the just the right amount of what you’re looking for: adventure, excitement, and adrenaline, and all in a green, meaning ecological, environment.

Here you’ll fly on Ziplines over the jungle, rappel down into a cenote, explore and snorkel in cenotes and you’ll scream inside your 4 X 4 vehicle that takes you into the Jungla Maya (Mayan Jungle).

What’s more, you’ll take part in a Mayan purification ceremony with a real shaman, and of course, you’ll be super happy by day’s end. My favorite part? I think it was definitely the underground river. It’s beauty is amazing.

Although it seems that it’s only for the young, this is perfect for everyone, from those in their teens to those in their 60’s! The best thing about it is that you can do it with or without visiting Tulum and the archaeological site. If you come to Cancun or the Riviera Maya don’t miss it. It’s the only one that will let you get to know Nature and have fun in a sustainable environment.