7 Key Questions to Ask BEFORE You Book Your Cancun and Riviera Maya Tours

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In the old days (the 80’s and 90’s), we relied on an armful of colorful brochures from travel agencies when reserving tours to Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Now that most tour and excursion bookings are done online, it might be a good idea to ask the following questions before plunking down your hard-earned money […]

7 Must-Do’s on Your First Time in Cancun and the Riviera Maya

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So it’s your first time in Cancun or the Riviera Maya, you’ve arrived at your hotel and you’re wondering how to make the most of your time here. We’ve put together a short list of ideas for you to get a great taste of the Mexican Caribbean so you can keep coming back for more! […]

XOXIMILCO-Taste a True Mexican Fiesta

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It’s Independence Month here in Mexico (and here you thought that was May, right?), and the celebrations continue well past September 15th. Here we’ll tell you about one of Mexico’s most beloved places of celebration, and also how you h’can experience it here in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.   One of Mexico’s most enduring […]

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Tulum A Walled City

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Tulum

Tulum is located in the heart of the Riviera Maya between white sand beaches and  rain forest. This enigmatic Mayan city dating from the twelfth and sixteenth centuries, is the only one that was built by the sea.

The old walled city, built on top of a cliff of 12 meters overlooking the Caribbean Sea, has the remains of one of the most exquisite and important cities of the ancient Mayan world.
The tallest building and most important of Tulum is known as El Castillo. Built in several stages, on an imposing staircase, is crowned by a temple, which is entered by a portico of columns carved in the shape of snakes. The castle is surrounded by temples, houses and monuments, extending inland to the current entry to the archaeological complex. Among these buildings the most relevant are, the Temple of the Sea, the Temple of Wind, Northwest House, several temples, the Temple of the Descending God and the Cenote House, built on a typical cavity that collects rainwater leaks from the surface.

Tulum is definitely the ideal destination for eco-archaeological nature lovers, sun, and history.

Visit the archaeological site of Coba

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For those who love mysticism and magic, in the depths of the rainforest in southwestern Yucatan Peninsula you will find the wonderful archaeological site of Coba, that is considered  along with Tikal, one of the most important ceremonial centers of the golden era of the Mayan people. In Coba you can discover  to Nohoch Muul, the tallest pyramid in the peninsula of Yucatan. The fascinating stories of the guide will make the stones of the Mayan temples and the field where they practiced the ball game come to life with the magic of the past.

You can also enjoy visiting a Mayan village where you can coexist with the descendants of the most impressive pre-hispanic civilization and also participate in the preservation of cultural and natural heritage. The Tour Coba Mayan Town will take you to the archaeological site of Coba and the surrounding region located northwest of Tulum on the Riviera Maya. Enjoy a memorable experience, get to know the richness of the Mayan world.

Rio Secreto Underground Adventure

Río Secreto

Rio Secreto (Secret River) provides a magical journey that will bring to life the stories of mystical Mayan underworld, Xibalba … A fun tour on a real underground river, where you can admire the carved wonders over millions of years in the limestone, between clear water, caverns of outstanding beauty. This is an “alive” natural museum, unique in the world. Before opening its doors, Rio Secreto required a year of intense exploration that as for today it only has completed 10 km and 1.5 km so far open to the public. It has three routes: Supreme, Palaces, and Joy, all  accept only 144 visitors a day, with the purpose of conserving the area and generate the least impact. The pat is not dangerous or deep, 20 meters is the maximum depth for  reaching the fall. To swim down to what appears to be the center of the earth you don’t require almost  anything, just a wet suit, swim shoes and a helmet with a lamp, and they provide all of it.

Step into one of the most fascinating places in the world: the basement of the Yucatan Peninsula. While being there, you will discover the importance of preserving nature so that others can enjoy it the same as you. I promise that Rio Secreto will be one of the most beautiful places you’ve known in your life. Rio Secreto is very closed to Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Come to explore Sian Kaan the biosphere reserve in Mexico

Sian Kaan

Sian Kaan, Mayan word which means “place where the sky is born” was the first Biosphere Reserve established in Mexico. It is located south of the state of Quintana Roo, about 2 hrs away  from Cancun. Today is  a World´s Heritage Site declared by UNESCO, and is of high conservation priority for the people and government of Mexico. It is the third largest protected area of the country and is composed of 600.000 acres of tropical ecosystems that range from lowland forest, flooded savannas, mangroves and a portion of the second largest barrier reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. The reserve is home to more than 800 species of plants and provides habitat for over 350 species of birds, as well as for the jaguar, puma, ocelot, howler and spider monkeys, crocodiles and many species of turtles. In addition, the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an is home to 23 archaeological sites of pre-Columbian culture.
If you want to visit Sian Kaan, it’s best to come to the Riviera Maya or Tulum, were there are nice and green hotels.

What to do with older children at Xelha?

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At Xel-Ha big kids can do absolutely anything: learn to snorkel, get on the Trepachanga, jump out of the stone o courage, zip lines, do the sea trek it, swim with dolphins and much more, they can enjoy all of the activities of Xel- ha if they are between 9 to 60 years.

Also if you book the Tour Xel Ha All Inclusive, your children can eat whatever they please without paying more!
I go every year to Xel-ha with my kids and I learn something new of nature and how wonderful is our planet on each visit, if you have kids bring them to Xel-Ha is a relaxed and cultural visit, and wonderfully fun!

What to do with children at Xel-ha?

Xelha Park

Xel-Ha is a family eco park where all the family has guaranteed fun for little ones on your next vacation to Mexico.

At Xel-ha there is a special area for small children next to the cove that has a small pool and games made of logs where children can spend the whole day enternein, there is a maze, a suspension bridge were they can climb and climb the ropes, while mom and dad rest or snorkel, in turn, since there is a very close access to the cove, they have a slide that ends at the water and a circuit for the little ones to explore!

Also yoy can go sailing with your children on the wheels  throughout the wonderful river and mangrove. They can feed the fish with special food,  see the manatees, swim with dolphins or just watch them swim. So do not hesitate on visit Xelha if you have a little ones on your family, we will love it!

Can I Go to Xel-Ha and Xcaret the same day?

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Of course you can visit Xcaret and Xelha Park in one day, these amazing places surrounded by nature gives you exactly the fun you need. You can also visit on the same tour the archaeological site of  Tulum, one of the most beautiful archaeological sites of the Mayan culture and the only one right next to the sea. Enjoy and share the magic of Xcaret, Tulum and Xelhá with loved ones, It will be unforgettable!
So if you do not have to many days for your vacation in Cancun or the Riviera Maya and want to visit the most important places of the Riviera Maya, do not worry, the Tour Tulum-Xel-Ha, Xcaret Mexico Espectacular Show is for you.

The Mayan Jungle Tour

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Mayan Ceremony

If you seek adventure, ecological and extreme tours, look for the Mayan Jungle tour, undoubtedly the most complete.
Here, you will fly on zip lines over the jungle, you will descend into a cenote, do rappel, swim in a cenote (sink hole) walk through muddy  places and shout inside the 4X4 vehicle that will lead you trough the Mayan jungle.

In addition you will take part in a Mayan purification ceremony with a real chaman and of course, you’ll be super happy at the end of the day. My favorite part? the underground river, its beautiful and breathtaking.

Although it seems that it is only for young people in our group there were two couples of  50 years who truly enjoyed the tour, not to mention that they did not know how they came to book this activity. It was great and I hope to return with my children very soon, just have to make shure that they weigh enough to ride the zip line and that they can rappel down the cenote, I do not stop recommending the Mayan Jungle Tour to all who ask me. ¿Where to go?  if I already know all the parks and archaeological sites in Cancun? Or what else there is to visit in Cancun? This is not new, but I think we should cultivate love for outdoor activities and educate people to practice tourism in places that care for nature, now that we live in a world as modern and inside intelligent buildings, it seems that we are going to end up as in the movie Wall-E! Don’t you think? Aaah one more thing, now you can do the  Mayan Jungle tour and visit Tulum at the same time.

 

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.

Xplor Park

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Xplor Park

Xplor is a park in Riviera Maya that is focused on adventure tourism and offers four extreme activities.
One of the activities are the two circuits on the Jungle Canopy, measuring up to 45 meters high, which feature water landings, 2 suspension bridges and a slide, making them different from other zip lines circuits of the Riviera Maya.
It also has the good fortune of having under the ground, an underground river system of indescribable beauty where you can swim and canoe between stalactites with a history of 65 million years.
The latest attraction but by no means the least important, are the amphibious vehicles that you drive yourself to explore the jungle trails on the shore and underground caverns.
The 4 activities that the Xplor park offers are held the same day and are really exciting.
The Xplor Tour has a limited number of visitors per day, so whatever you do on your next vacation to Cancun or Riviera Maya Do not miss this experience, and we will hardly recomended to book ahead if you are looking for comming in high seasoon.

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