‘Mexican Caribbean’

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.…

What have you ever Taken From A Resort?

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Whenever we travel and spend our vacation away from home, at a resort or a hotel, 73% of the time we return with something we didn’t have when we got there. Isn’t that so? We’re not talking about all the gifts and typical souvenirs we bring back for the family, but about those hotel items that end up in our toiletry bag and our suitcase: a new bar of soap, the little bottle of body lotion that smells so nice, the shower cap (“in case I get around to using it some day”), the shoe shine sponge… even the slippers…

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…

Where to eat on the Mayan Riviera

You won’t fulfill your trip if you don’t enjoy the typical cuisine of the place you visit. Sometimes it’s hard to choose among all the recommendations we get from friends, guides and hotels. Here we’ll present you with some of the best restaurants on the Mayan Riviera, from the choicest option, for the most demanding palates, to classical, traditional cuisine that is tasty and well-priced. HAUTE CUISINE Casa Rolandi (Cancun, Quintana Roo) Casa Rolandi is faithful to the conviction of serving warmth and quality. Exquisite dishes roasted in a wood fueled oven, giving them the unique flavor that has been…

Children are the stars in the Mayan Riviera

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The Mayan Riviera is a travel destination suited to travelers of any age and taste. There are so many activities, some organized by the resorts and others that take advantage of the incredible natural beauty of the area, geared to providing travelers with an unforgettable stay filled with a lot to experience. Families are the main customers for many theme parks and also in many of the organized activities, where children have everything they need to enjoy themselves but always taking care of safety. Beaches become huge playgrounds where you can see fishes swimming right by the shoreline and crustaceans…

Golf in the Mayan Riviera

The Mayan Riviera is the dream of any golfer; multiple courses offering an 18-hole challenge that you can face with honor. Motivation accompanied by tropical birdsong and the discerning eyes of a slumbering iguana. Absolutely perfect scenarios seemingly penciled by an inspired god, surrounded by forest, lagoons, cenotes and Mayan vestiges on the edge of the bright sea. The Caribbean is always a destination you feel like visiting. Any of its alternatives are perfect for enjoying a good vacation and playing golf on courses with incredible sights. Golf lovers can indulge in the Club de Golf IBEROSTAR Playa Paraíso in the…

A port at the service of nature

Puerto Moleros is the main port of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. This might suggest industrial activity with large cargo ships and other features that would not make it at all appealing for tourists. But in recent years, what was once a traditional fishing village has become one of the most advisable tourist destinations for nature loving travelers. Its barrier reef, declared a National Park, is part of one of the world’s most important barrier reefs, just 500 m off the coast. It is an ideal place for scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurf and other marine activities. It also has…

15 things to do at Xcaret, the paradise of the Mayan Riviera

We propose 15 things you can’t miss when you visit the Park of Xcaret, the most impressive eco-archeological park in the Mayan Riviera. · Swim and take pictures with the dolphins and even the stingrays! · Climb up the rotating tower and enjoy the views of the park and the Caribbean Sea. · Visit the coral reef aquarium, with water flowing in directly from the Caribbean thanks to a system that takes advantage of the waves to keep a steady flow from and then back to the sea. · Stop by the local fauna breeding station, where the hosts are…

Xplor, beneath the surface of the rainforest

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Some 65 million years ago, a 10 kilometer asteroid crossed into the Earth’s atmosphere and impacted in the Yucatán Peninsula It spelled the end of the age of the dinosaurs. Under the ground, the rocks cracked and turned into lakes, riverbeds and caves. The water did the rest, eroding each little piece of rock and turning it into stalactites and stalagmites, curves, waterfalls, rivers, small beaches and lagoons. In 2009, 59 hectares of that territory, converted into a natural work of art underground and on the surface with one of the most incredible rainforests on the planet, opened its doors…

Explore the cenotes of the Riviera Maya

The Spanish word “cenote”, translated as ‘natural well’, comes from the Mayan word ts’ono’ot, which means cavern with water. For the ancient Mayans, they were sacred places, gateways connecting the world with the underworld. It is a cavern excavated in limestone rock, which dominates the Yucután peninsula’s landscape, with stalagmites and stalactites. At some point in the changing geology, the sea level rose and all these caves were flooded with salty water. There are thousands of natural wells in the state of Quintana Roo, to which the Riviera Maya belongs, and the Yucután peninsula. There are some 19,000 scattered across…