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CHICHÉN ITZÁ

El Castillo (Spanish pronunciation: [el kas’tiʎo]), Spanish for “the castle”), also known as the Temple of Kukulcan, is a Mesoamerican step-pyramid that dominates the center of the Chichen Itza archaeological site in the Mexican state of Yucatán. The building is more formally designated by archaeologists as Chichen Itza Structure 5B18.

 

 

Built by the pre-Columbian Maya civilization sometime between the 9th and 12th centuries CE, El Castillo served as a temple to the god Kukulkan, the Yucatec Maya Feathered Serpent deity closely related to the god Quetzalcoatl known to the Aztecs and other central Mexican cultures of the Postclassic period.

 

 

The pyramid consists of a series of square terraces with stairways up each of the four sides to the temple on top. Sculptures of plumed serpents run down the sides of the northern balustrade. During the spring and autumn equinoxes, the late afternoon sun strikes off the northwest corner of the pyramid and casts a series of triangular shadows against the northwest balustrade, creating the illusion of a feathered serpent “crawling” down the pyramid. The event has been very popular, but it is questionable whether it is a result of a purposeful design. Each of the pyramid’s four sides has 91 steps which, when added together and including the temple platform on top as the final “step”, produces a total of 365 steps (which is equal to the number of days of the Haab’ year).

The structure is 24 m (79 ft) high, plus an additional 6 m (20 ft) for the temple. The square base measures 55.3 m (181 ft) across.

Holbox Island, closest place to paradise!

Holbox is a lovely island located in the north of Quintana Roo, Mexico retains its rustic style surrounded by unspoiled beaches and a small population that does not pass the 2000 people that basically are dedicated to fishing and tourism activities.

Holbox is the ideal place to relax, with its rustic and boutique hotels where you can find everything from the most exclusive to the budget cabañas. You can travel to Holbox t in Cessna aircraft with aerosaab that offers charter flights from the Cancun airport, Playa del Carmen or Cozumel. Or from Cancun or the Riviera Maya road and then taking a ferry from Chiquila.

 

 

Holbox offers visitors a wide variety of fresh seafood in their restaurants, pristine beaches of exceptional beauty, whale shark tours in the summer season, fishing tours and snorkel tours to the nearby reefs in the island, and tourist boat rides around the island.

It is a place to watch the beautiful sunsets enjoying the peace and tranquility that only this island can offer. Don’t miss this beautiful island paradise!

Cancún Nightlife: A Guide to the Best Clubs and Live Music

Cancún’s most popular nightclubs are within walking distance of each other in the Zona Hotelera, at Punta Cancún. The Zona Hotelera also has some great lounge bars. Downtown, meanwhile, has nightclubs specializing in Latin music, and the city’s best live music, theater, and movies.

 

 

Nightclubs

Nightclubs in Punta Cancún charge US$55-80 admission with open bar included. The clubs open every day, from around 10pm until 4am or later. Special events, like ladies night or bikini parties, vary by the day, club, and season; check the clubs’ websites or Facebook pages for the latest info and deals, or ask the concierge at your hotel.

 

Punta Cancún

 

Coco Bongo (Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 9, tel. 998/883-2373, 10pm-4am daily) is a spectacular club featuring live rock and salsa bands, flying acrobats, and Rihanna, Michael Jackson, and KISS impersonators. Movie clips are also projected onto huge screens.

 

The City (Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 9, tel. 998/848-8385) is a megaclub with four levels and a total capacity of 6,000 (and allegedly the world’s biggest disco ball). Be sure to take a whirl on the movable dance floor, which descends from the 3rd floor to the center of the club below.

 

Palazzo (Blvd. Kukulcán Km 9, tel. 998/848-8380) books big-name DJs and draws raucous crowds. Recently updated, the interior has a sleek Vegas-like look, huge chandeliers, and a VIP section.

 

Mandala (Blvd. Kukulcán Km 9, tel. 998/848-8380) is an upscale club with indoor and outdoor areas for partying. There’s plenty of VIP seating in case you want to splurge on a private table (and better service).

 

Dady-O (Blvd. Kukulcán Km 9.5, tel. 998/883-3333) is, well, the daddy of Cancún’s nightclubs, with seven different “environments,” including laser shows, swimsuit contests, and theme parties on several different levels.

 

Bars and Live Music

Several of the major nightclubs in the Zona Hotelera feature live rock music and even big-name concerts, most notably Palazzo and CocoBongo, while the lounges and bars tend toward DJs or recorded music. Downtown, you’ll find smaller venues featuring more intimate live music, whether jazz, solo guitarists, or trios.

 

 

Congo Bar (Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 9.5, tel. 998/883-0653) is about as lively as a bar can get without being called a club. Music is upbeat and drinks are plentiful. A conga line inevitably forms at some point (or points) and usually heads out the door and onto the street for a quick spin.

Dady Rock (Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 9.5, tel. 998/883-3333) is technically a restaurant and bar, so it opens as early as 6pm and doesn’t have a dance floor. Nevertheless, driving rock music, sometimes live, soon has partiers dancing every place possible, including on tables and the bar.

Old standbys Carlos n’ Charlie’s (Forum by the Sea, Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 8.5, tel. 998/883-4468) and Señor Frog’s (Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 14.2, tel. 998/193-1701) both open at noon for meals and stay open until 3am for drinking, dancing, and general mayhem.

El Pabilo (Hotel Xbalamqué, Av. Yaxchilán 31, tel. 998/892-4553, 6pm-midnight Mon.-Sat.) is a small, artsy café with great live music on the weekends, including Cuban, fusion jazz, classical guitar, and flamenco. Music usually starts around 9pm; a moderate cover (US$5-9) is sometimes charged.

There also are rotating art exhibits. It’s a good place to chill with friends and get a sense of the local art/music/cultural scene.”

Cancún is taking a plunge into turquoise waters

Welcome to Cancún

Cancun is a tale of two cities, with the Zona Hotelera offering majestic Caribbean beaches and Maya culture and Cancún Centro providing the local flavor.

 

Beaches

One look at Cancún’s aquamarine Caribbean waters and it makes perfect sense why planners back in the 1970s were so eager to develop the area as Mexico’s next big resort destination. With about 19km of powdery white-sand beaches in the Zona Hotelera and a quieter 15km stretch of coast north of downtown, Cancún is a beach bum’s haven. You’ll find some of the most swimmable waters on the Zona Hotelera’s north side, between Km 4 and Km 9, while north of Cancún Centro, Isla Blanca beckons with its long stretch of relatively undeveloped coastline.

 

 

Maya Culture

When most people think of Cancún, wild party town comes to mind. But rest assured that you can also soak up some Maya culture in between the fiestas. The Museo Maya de Cancún, a world-class museum with some 400 Maya artifacts on display, is a must-see and it’s adjoining San Miguelito archaeological site is well worth checking out as well. For a day of ruins-hopping, head about 2km south to El Rey, known for its small temple and several ceremonial platforms. Cancún’s Maya sites may not have the wow factor of say, a Chichén Itzá, but they provide intriguing historical context when paired with the museum visit.

 

 

Food

From Yucatecan comfort food and atmospheric downtown taco joints to Michellin-starred haute cuisine in the Zona Hotelera, Cancún’s diverse culinary scene keeps your tummy thoroughly content. Classic Yucatecan menu items such as cochinita pibil (slow-roasted pork with achiote and orange juice) and panuchos (bean-filled fried tortilla snacks) rank among Mexico’s most iconic dishes, while thatch-roofed restaurants serving high-quality fresh fish and seafood add yet another facet to the varied dining experience. A growing number of establishments specializing in contemporary Mexican cuisine draw on Caribbean and indigenous Maya recipes to create innovative regional dishes.

 

Outdoor Activities

Outdoorsy types and children will truly appreciate the activities on offer in Cancún. Great diving and snorkeling sites are nearby, including a famous underwater sculpture museum, and in addition to ocean dives, you can hook up tours to explore nearby cenotes (limestone sinkholes) and their fascinating underwater cave systems. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy a day trip from Cancún to Isla Contoy, an uninhabited island that provides great hiking, bird-watching and snorkeling opportunities. And, of course, there’s the beach, where water activities range from swimming and kayaking to kiteboarding.

VISIT MEXICO’S MAJESTIC PARADISE

Xcaret is an eco-archeological park an hour away from Cancún, Quintana Roo. Since its inception, Xcaret, which means “small cove”, has been a project infused with love for Mexico. After five years of development, the park opened its doors in 1990 and has continuously evolved to offer the most complete leisure experience in the Riviera Maya.

 

 

Xcaret is the park in Playa del Carmen with over 50 natural and cultural attractions where you and your family will get closer to each other by living together experiences close to the heart; and to nature, in a wonderful setting rich in fauna and flora. Discover why Xcaret is the most emblematic attraction in the Riviera Maya.

 

 

Have fun in water activities that will take you to mystical places in the territories of Chaac, the Mayan god of water. Enjoy underground rivers, a beach area, a lagoon, and natural pools of seawater. For the little ones, there is a special area, Children’s World, where they can swim in shallow cenotes and wading pools designed for them.

 

 

In the park you can visit the Coral Reef Aquarium and the sea turtle center. Learn more about regional flora and fauna at the Butterfly Garden, the Aviary, the Rainforest Trail, and the Living Orchid and Bromeliad Museum. Additionally, in different sections of the park you will see jaguars, manatees, flamingos, spider monkeys and saraguato, bats, deer, and tapirs.

 

 

One of the main reasons to visit Xcaret is the presentation Xcaret Mexico Espectacular, an experience that will give you goosebumps. In the park you can also enjoy the Papantla Flyers ceremony, the Equestrian Show, or the pre-Hispanic Dances in the Mayan Village. Do not miss the Mexican Folk Art Museum, the “Bridge to Paradise” Mexican Cemetery, and the Hacienda Henequenera.

Uxmal, the Maya Sports City

Uxmal holds a special place among all the fabulous Maya cities. Its gorgeous constructions and the detail of its reliefs make it one of the most significant. No wonder the Unesco declared it World Cultural Heritage, back in 1996. Do you know what makes it so special?

It is situated in the Santa Elena Valley, over 38 miles from Mérida, beside hills known as Puuc. The same name is used for a style of architecture and art, of which Uxmal is the leading example.

Uxmal extends over seven and a half square miles, and its population reached nearly 20,000. During the 9th and 12th centuries A.D., it was the seat of political and economic power on the Maya peninsula.

The name means “three times built”, and they say it has had three periods of splendor. The first construction period was close to the 7th century. The second may have been around the 10th century and the third, just before the arrival of the Spaniards.

 

Although agriculture was the primary activity, they were outstanding in engineering and urbanism. They developed chultunes, or cisterns, hydraulic works for collecting and conserving drinking water. They positioned their buildings according to astronomical phenomena. And thanks to its proximity to the ocean, Uxmal must have been a major center for trade.

The Uxmal archeological zone has 15 groups of buildings set around courtyards. All of them display the Puuc style, with its decorative elements such as masks of the god Chaac, snakes, two-headed jaguars and other iconographic symbols. Small polished stones were used to create these reliefs.

At a height of 115 feet, the Pyramid of the Soothsayer, which took more than 400 years to build, stands out. Likewise, the Nuns’ Quadrangle is a stunning courtyard surrounded by four long buildings.

 

The Governor’s Palace is covered with masks and much of the art from the region. The same goes for the Great Pyramid, at the top of which is the Temple of the Macaws, displaying joyful depictions of the birds.

 

But the huge size of the Ball Court is extremely intriguing. It helps understand the importance the Maya placed on recreation and sports.

Other treasures at Uxmal include The House of Turtles, The Dovecote; the Platform of Jaguars and the Chimez Structure.  Most of all, though, is the grand six-foot arch at the beginning of the sacbé (Maya road) that led to Kabac and the rest of the world.

 

These mysterious constructions are part of the magnificent, mysterious and suggestive Maya legacy, which never stop amazing us.

Not to Share! 10 Beaches We Want to Keep Under Wraps

Share this article sparingly. We want these beaches, fried fish stands and rental cabins to stay hidden behind their mountains and palm trees. We’ll see if we can keep these beaches for those in the know, far from the mainstream.

 

1. Chacahua (Oaxaca)

It’s actually two beaches. On one side is the tourist beach with thatched palm palapasrestaurants and camping areas. But across the lagoon is another beach, with no infrastructure and a quiet population of turtles and crocodiles. Chacahua also has a good-size Afro-Mexican community.

 

2. Chamela Bay (Jalisco)

With 11 islets, it is only accessible by boat or kayak and is great for extreme sports. Swimming is good at La Colorada and Cocinas, while the surf at La Rumorosa is overwhelming. Bird watching is great on Pasavera, home of booby birds.

 

3. Celestún (Yucatán)

Fifty-nine miles from the state capital and nearly at the border of the state of Campeche, Celestún is a biosphere reserve. Standing out amid the biodiversity of its mangroves, the spectacular pink flamingos are as magnificent as they are showy. Pelicans and turtles are other common sights.

 

4. Madresal (Chiapas)

Located in the coastal mangroves of the Soconusco region, near Tonalá, the natural estuary means good fishing.A cooperative of fishermen has provided minimal infrastructure: cabins, thatched palm palapas and a boat landing.

 

5. San Juan de Alima (Michoacán)

This almost flat beach looks out onto the open sea, with its crystal clear water and tricky tide that can unexpectedly douse everything. The area boasts exotic birds, modest hotels and camping areas. Turtles lay their eggs here between July and December.

 

6. Los Algodones (Sonora)

Situated in San Carlos Bay, it gets its name –literally cotton balls or cotton candy– from the pure white sand. It already has some deluxe hotels and activities suchas scuba diving, sportsfishing and windsurfing. The desert landscape, though, also makes it great for other kinds of outings and hiking.

 

7. Playa del Secreto (Quintana Roo)

You cross three miles of mangroves to get to this environmentally sustainable community that makes use of wind and solar energy. It is a sanctuary for sea turtles and crabs and one of the best beaches on the Riviera Maya, with turquoise water and soft sand.

 

8. Cihuatlán (Jalisco)

Peaceful, warm water. It has shrimp farms and is known for its pink sunsets. , Delicious pineapples stuffed with seafood and fish tacos are well worth trying, in the town of Melaque, three miles away.

 

9. Mahahual (Quintana Roo)

This small fishing town on the Mexican Caribbean has a cruise ship pier. Just 20 minutes away is Banco Chinchorro, a stunning coral reef with great diversity of fish, turtles, dolphins and sharks.And for scuba, less than 40 miles away is Xcalak, the so-called “last corner of the country”.

 

10. Puerto Balandra (Baja California Sur)

Snorkelers love this shallow spot four and a half miles from La Paz. Caves and stone arches make underwater exploration hard to resist. Just a third of a mile in, and you see fish swimming in the turquoise water. Be sure not to miss (and take the mandatory selfie) the rock nick named “Balandra Mushroom”.

Isla Mujeres, three miles of paradise

Inhabited by the Maya, admired by the Spanish conquistadors and attacked by pirates, this island is filled with exciting tales and is a destination no traveler should miss.

 

It is located eight miles from the Yucatán Peninsula, in the Caribbean Sea. The main street, Rueda Medina Avenue, runs the three miles of the island’s length.

Isla Mujeres has three beaches: Paraíso Beach, Lancheros Beach and Indios Beach. All three offer thrilling water activities.

Don’t miss El Garrafón nature park, before you get to Punta Sur and named for the reef awaiting just a few meters from the coast. The view of the Caribbean Sea is spectacular, and the calm water is great for snorkeling.

Further in on the island, the Mundaca Hacienda is worth a visit. Built by Spaniard Fermín Mundaca, he dedicated it to Martiniana Gómez Pantoja, a beautiful woman he had fallen in love with and who never requited.

See outdoor art at the Punta Sur Sculpture Park, with works by 23 Mexican and international artists. Very nearby is the lighthouse –El Faro–, and most interesting of all: the temple of Ixchel, goddess of fertility and the moon.

If ecology concerns you, be sure and go to La Tortugranja. Literally the turtlefarm, it is a place that protects sea turtles. Visitors can follow their entire process: from when they’re tiny eggs until the exciting moment when they take to the sea.

 

 

And in the Underwater Art Museum, you can discover a unique relationship between art and nature. Here, some 500 marine concrete sculptures lend themselves to coral growth and have turned into a refuge for marine life, with two galleries: Manchones and Punta Nizuc.

But beyond its attractions, Isla Mujeres is a place to relax and enjoy.You can spend evenings in a bar, talking with locals and other tourists, and try the delicious Tikin-Xic-style grilled fish, with annatto and white wine sauce, served with rice, peppers and red onion.

Whether you’re into sports, ecotourism or are simply a lover of life, Islas Mujeres is your destination: small in size yet huge in possibilities for fun.

Tulum, An Enigmatic Spot in the Riviera Maya

One of Mexico’s most enigmatic and stunning archeological zones sits perched on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean, in the state of Quintana Roo. Its white beaches along the turquoise sea are among the best in the country and the world. Because of its beauty and archeological importance, in 1987, the UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site.

 

Extending over more than 664 hectares, it is a Natural Protected Area in the Riviera Maya.

It was first called Zamá, Maya for “dawn”. By the time the name was changed to Tulum (wall), the eastward-looking site and one of the largest Maya cities in the 13th and 14th centuries was already in ruins.

While some inscriptions date back to the year 564, most of its structures were built between 1200 and 1450. It was still populated in the early years of the colony, and the fact that objects found here come from a number of regions speaks to its relevance in terms of trade in ancient Mexico.

 

 

 

The Castle is one of its stellar buildings. Situated on the sea, its architecture refers to the Sun and Venus, while at the bottom is a cave representing the underworld.

The Castle acted as a lighthouse. The two large window-like openings on the façade were lit with natural light or torches to indicate precisely when sailing vessels needed to veer off.

 

 

Another major structure is the Temple of the Descending God. Its name came from a stucco figure on the façade that is in a position of descent. Inside are paintings portraying the ideas of birth and renovation.

A main road in front of this temple ends at the Temple of Frescos, thus known because of its murals of supernatural beings living in the underworld.

Other buildings worth seeing in Tulum include the House of Columns, the Halach Uinik House, the House of the Cenote and the Temple of the Wind God.

 

 

Tulum is in a mangrove type of ecosystem. Besides the archeological zone, you can take a walk amidst such flora as copperwood, chewing gum, caustic latex and palm trees, and with a little patience see some native fauna, like northern shoveler ducks, cave swallows, spider monkeys, anteaters, armadillos, squirrels and moles.

To the south of Tulum is Sian Ka’an, a nature reserve containing a barrier reef, mangroves, rainforest and a lagoon with manatees and crocodiles. It is also dotted by cenotes (sinkholes), outstanding among them, the Cenote Escondido, a mile and a quarter south of town; the Cenote Clavera, and Dos Ojos, all great scuba diving options.

Cancún, the fastest growing destination

Mexico, Nov. 9 (Notimex).- Cancun is the most sought beach by tourists from Latin America revealed a study conducted by the metasearch engine of flights and hotels Viajala.

It should be noted that the firm conducted a study that analyzes the tourism industry in Latin America and Mexico, to find which destinations grow the most by country, including the variation of prices and searches for each place.

The analysis indicated that Cancún holds the first international position in the Viajala Colombia Barometer, since Mexico has always been an attractive destination for them, due to the elimination of the visa and the increase in the supply of flights between the two countries.

In a statement, it said that Cancun is the eighth fastest growing destination nationwide, with an increase of 15.10 percent of searches.

Similarly, it added, is the most sought after city in Puebla for the second year in a row; the seventh with the highest growth in searches from Guadalajara, with an increase of 48.2 percent and the eighth with the highest advance from Monterrey, of 38.7 percent.

“Something that also stands out in the Cancun Barometer, is the increase in searches from and to Tijuana, which indicates the growing interest in the destination by the United States,” it said.

Lise Vives, country manager of Viajala Mexico, highlighted that the barometer in Mexico shows the growth that the north of the country has had in the last year and, therefore, of the business trips.

“In this sense, we see great opportunities for Mexico to consolidate the bleisure trend, that is, the combination of work and pleasure trips,” he said.

In addition, he added, “we are very excited that Cancún has been selected in the first place of the Viajala Colombia Barometer, this is a destination that is consolidated each year as one of the main tourist spots not only in the country, but in Latin America.”

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