NATURE, ADVENTURE AND RELAXATION IN THE RIVIERA MAYA
Parks, Mayan cities, shopping and rumba are plans to enjoy in this Mexican destination.
Cenotes and underground rivers are sacred Mayan sites that travelers can visit.
In the Riviera Maya, one of the most famous and visited of Mexico tourist areas, know how to treat tourists.
It is common in hotels and restaurants hear questions like, «Is everything all right, sir,» «Do you want ? something else, young «Even using expressions like» my king «and» my queen «to refer to women and men; they do it with such a friendly and helpful tone that nobody seems to bother.
The servers will ensure that your table never missing tortillas hot off the comal (clay disk that is used for cooking), peak -mixture gallo tomato, cilantro, onion and green pepper with salt and lemon juice – and, of course, guacamole.
Although this is a region known for its beautiful beaches -of course it is worth visitarlas- is also a destination for those who enjoy adventure in communion with nature, ancient cultures and shopping and partying.
If you are passing through this area, here they are five must-see places and plans to make the most.
Xplor Park, for the more adventurous
In several of the cenotes it is possible to swim or go on small rafts and see stalactites. File TIME
Located five minutes from Playa del Carmen and 59 hectares, it is perfect for those who enjoy adventure tourism. This park has the highest Tyrolean Central and Latin America. They are connected by towers reaching up to 45 meters high; It is like flying over the thick jungle and into the water at full speed. There are two circuits, five kilometers each, to drive cars on roads with rocky terrain, climbs and descents, hanging bridges and flooded caverns. Just do not be afraid to water or mud.
And finally, for water lovers, there are caves and caverns filled with stalactites. You can go aboard a raft or swim for about 20 minutes, while discovering these ancient rock formations, and finish the tour in a huge cascade of cold water.
The park is also open in the evenings and has an unlimited buffet.
It is advisable to wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and other clothes to change into. Only accept children over 5 years and is not the place for those who fear heights or those easily seasick.
The entrance fee to the park varies depending on the season and plan. It is available from $ 99 per person.
Visiting Mayan communities and cenotes
Very close to Coba, groups of families still keep some of the traditions of the Maya and living communities similar to old ways.
Their homes are self-sustaining farms without electricity and have virtually the same as 2,000 years ago kitchens. In the middle of the jungle they have chile crops, potatoes and corn, and raise animals such as turkeys and chickens.
They have ovens to make tortillas and offered as a convenience to travelers. Do not panic if some of the children will take pictures: it is a project they have to live and promote their region to the visiting tourists. In the middle of the route there are some elders who, in the Mayan culture, are called guardians of knowledge.
With visitors have a nice ritual, which by prayers and burning of some plants bless each one of the people who They tread on their territory.These communities have the advantage of living surrounded by cenotes (deep spring water deposits, typical of the Mexican state of Yucatan).
In some of them you can swim, so it’s best to wear bathing suit. Take because they are quiet and peaceful places that have not yet been invaded by mass tourism, where it is worth spending a good time to rest and meditation.
Coba and the tallest pyramid in Yucatan
Nohoch Mul (large hill), the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula, Coba is located in a town that still retains many of the traditions of the culture of the Maya. Shutterstock
Lovers of history and ancestral culture can not let pass by Cobá: Mayan archeological site located in the state of Quintana Roo.
Among its attractions is the most important network of sacbeob (white roads) the Mayan world. They can be explored on foot, by bike (the rent for 40 pesos, $ 3) or tricycle with driver (120 pesos, about $ 8). It is surrounded by tall trees trails with several species of birds.
You may also see the Temple of the ‘Play Ball’ place where the Maya practiced the sacred ritual that represents the fight between the celestial deities and the underworld. Used to practice this game to settle political or religious problems. You can not let pass by Nohoch Mul (large hill), the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula. Are seven bodies with rounded corners measuring 42 m. Worth climbing the 120 steps, because the hearing, including the tops of the trees and a landscape that seems endless, is spectacular.
Coco Bongo, the best of the shows
Coco Bongo you can enjoy several ‘shows’ live while dancing and enjoying. Photo: Courtesy Coco Bongo
At the airport of Cancun, a large sign with Spider-Man seems to go to get away from the fence announces the best rumba in Playa del Carmen. The phrase comes from a CNN reporter that after visiting the scene said studies of the news network that «Coco Bongo left in shame nightlife of Las Vegas.»
Admission is $ 75 per person, price may seem expensive, but really, for all that it offers, it is cheap. At the site holds more than 1,000 people and every 20 minutes between lights, pumps, streamers, much tequila and mezcal, there are shows of acrobats and best imitations of singers like Madonna, Freddie Mercury, Michael Jakcson, Christina Aguilera, among others. Every so often, a camera focuses on groups of workers and displayed on two giant screens, so get ready to dance, enjoy non-stop and leave it aside. At the entrance give a shot of tequila welcome, but the rest have to buy liquor on their own. Or you can focus on dance and enjoy the show.
Shopping in Playa del Carmen
Colorful, happy and fun. Here’s Fifth Avenue in Playa del Carmen. It is a long pedestrian street near the beach, full of restaurants, stores, markets and fairs. The best tequila and mezcal, and the most beautiful among them the very famous crafts catrinas- sold lots and in all sizes and colors. It is advisable to go during the day and night, as the lights that adorn it, along with the breeze, makes the city even more welcoming.
It is suggested to begin the tour of the Paseo del Carmen, a small square which is an alley with shops to buy clothes and some cafes. Do not miss the Founders Park and Chapel of Our Lady of Carmen. Is the best thing in the middle of the walk, you will encounter several mariachi bands and men dressed as warriors they will enter the most typical of Mexican culture.
Where to Stay?
The Sandos chain has several hotels in the Riviera Maya. Some luxury and other ecological and ideal for children.
Highlights three Sandos chain hotels, each with its own charm. Sandos Caracol Eco Resort Experience, located in the jungle between the Riviera Maya and the Caribbean Sea, has an ecological program, including trips to cenotes and a bird sanctuary.
Sandos Playacar Beach is located in one of the most beautiful beaches of the Riviera Maya and close to Playa del Carmen and the famous Fifth Avenue. It has seven pools, seven restaurants a la carte and plans for children.
Sandos Cancun Luxury Experience Resort is ideal for those who want to live a luxurious experience. There are 214 rooms with sea view. In high season, in any of the three hotels, the fee is $ 1,200 per person, and $ 900 in low season. There are seven nights with meals included. It excludes passages. www.es.sandos.com
If you go
Colombians do not need a visa to travel to Mexico, only a passport.
Airlines and Avianca, Copa, LAN and Aeromexico have flights from Bogota to Cancun. The direct flight takes three hours. Another city to visit is Tolum. There is the Mayan Castle, located on the edge of a cliff.
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