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Improving your swing in the Mayan Riviera

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  Playing golf in the Mayan Riviera is a unique experience, but not only because of the idyllic landscape, pinpointed with lagoons and cenotes and providing impressive views of the sea, the jungle and Mayan archaeological remains. Mexico has become a safe option for tourists wishing to enjoy a great vacation surrounded by wonderful virgin beaches with white sand and transparent waters. But man does not feed on sun and beach alone! Golf lovers will find everything they need to enjoy this sport on the Caribbean coast of the country.   The quality of the golf courses of the Mayan…

Cancun, Mexico’s most internationally renowned tourist center

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  A mere forty years ago, Cancun was a fisherman’s village with paradisiac beaches on the coast of Yucatan. In just a few years it underwent a substantial transformation and became Mexico’s most internationally renowned tourist center, with 22 kilometers of white, sandy beaches and turquoise waters alongside magnificent natural landscapes. Cancun offers first class accommodation, an exceptional restaurant offer, shopping malls, a number of theme parks and all kinds of sports. It is the perfect combination of beaches, fun and culture, and you can choose between spending the day lying in the sun or visiting the extraordinary remains of…

Essentials of the Mayan Riviera

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  The Mayan Riviera in Mexico stretches along the Caribbean coast, on the eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula. It includes the area between Puerto Morelos and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. What used to be a series of fisherman’s villages is now a tourist corridor with luxury hotels and resorts, top category restaurants, places with bustling nightlife, exclusive spa facilities, shopping centers and golf courses. The Mayan Riviera has some of the largest and most beautiful beaches in Mexico, famous for their fine, white sand and gently rocked by the turquoise hues of the Caribbean Sea. Spend your day…

Playa del Carmen. Entertainment, great weather and postcard beaches

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  The locals simply call it Playa, because Playa del Carmen is THE BEACH par excellence of the Mayan Riviera. Located at the heart of the Mayan Riviera, it boasts the best restaurants, hotels, shops and night clubs. What was once a fisherman’s village of 1,500 inhabitants gradually became one of the major tourist centers in the world thanks to its multiple attractions. Here go some of the most appealing things you will find: · Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue) is the main Street of this Caribbean city. Those who thrive on shopping will find handicrafts stores alongside shops selling the…

Swimming among turtles in Akumal

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Akumal is located 120 kilometers from Cancun and it is a place of virgin beaches with crystal clear water, natural areas and hundreds of turtles that thrive in this area, protected by national authorities. Akumal is one of the calmest places on the Mayan Riviera, 37 km from Playa del Carmen, and the preferred place for those seeking to enjoy nature and the quiet conditions, ideal for diving. It is as easy to see sea turtles in Akumal as it is for turtles to see humans swimming near them. By this we mean it’s relatively easy to see them, but…

The spectacular Cenote Dos Ojos

By this time most of you probably know what a cenote is, but for those of you who are newcomers we’ll explain that a cenote (from the Mayan dzonoot: ‘hole with water’) is a well of karstic origin. There are several types of cenotes: open air, semi-open and underground or in caves. This classification is directly related to the cenote’s age, the older ones being fully out in the open and the younger ones are those in which the dome has not caved in. Cenotes were formed in periods when the sea level dropped, during the glaciations in the Pleistocene.…

Mexico is the country with the most cultural sites included on the UNESCO World Heritage List

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It doesn’t surprise us in the least. Mexico is the birthplace of sophisticated civilizations that developed calendars, agricultural systems, pyramids, codices and many other developments, so it is natural that it should be top of the list. Cultural heritage is understood as a peculiar form of life, aspects brought down from our ancestors such as knowledge, activities, languages, traditions, legends, art, games, material developments, etc. that survive over the generations and possess aesthetic, emotional, identifying and symbolic value, they are meaningful for the community and become a point of reference—all this is cultural heritage and it may be tangible or…

An incredible underwater museum in Cancun

If you indulge in scuba diving, or even if you don’t think much of it, you should not miss a fascinating museum consisting of a number of sculptures by Jason de Caires Taylor that were placed underwater opposite the coast of Isla Mujeres, very close to Yucatan Peninsula in southeast Mexico. The MUSA (the acronym of Museum of Subaquatic Art) project was commenced in November 2009 with the Placement of a hundred or so statues in the shallow waters of the National Marine Park of Cancun. At present it comprises over 450 life size sculptures. For those who love to…

In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is a real fiesta

November 1, the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), is a real fiesta in Mexico, a celebration which shocks, full of colors and cheerful motifs… which refer to death, but from a different perspective! The spirits of your ancestors are nothing to fear, just the opposite in fact, and the Day of the Dead is the occasion to meet with them in an atmosphere very similar to that of the Anglo-Saxon Halloween, and thus it is something that must be seen to be understood from this perspective. This tradition comes from the pre-Hispanic era, although nowadays it also…

The secrets of respectful diving

Diving is a thrilling sport with many avid fans. But we must remember that the animals and plants that inhabit seas and oceans are extremely delicate beings which we must look after and preserve. It is possible to enjoy the depths of the ocean without leaving a mark behind, and the FAADA (Foundation for the adoption, sponsoring and protection of animals) gives us some recommendations to ensure that we enjoy it without harming it. · It is recommended that novices practice their first dives in swimming pools or in waters with sandy beds  at a relatively shallow depth. This is…