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Why We Love YucatanBy Expert Author: Ariel Brady
Yucatan Mexico is a unique destination and one of only a few places that can truly offer a memorable holiday experience for all travelers. Winter sun worshippers, history fans, nature lovers, thrill seekers looking for high adrenaline adventure, sports enthusiasts and for those of us solely looking to relax, zip a margarita in a hammock and recharge batteries – Yucatan really does have it all.
Nowhere else in the world can you relax on picture postcard white sand beaches, marvel at a 7 th new Wonder of the World " Chichen- Itza" the ancient ruins of the Maya, snorkel alongside marine turtles on the Great Barrier Reef, swim in underground rivers and cenotes, tee off at a championship golf courses, become a dolphin trainer for the day, experience mexican cuisine lessons from local chefs, all within one holiday!
The Caribbean coastline that borders the Yucatan Peninsula and the all inclusive resorts along the Mayan Riviera provides an array of quality options. The unparalleled range of services and tours included are unbeatable value for money, http://yucatan-discounts.com / make an all-inclusive trips and tours, sightseeing attractions in Yucatan a top choice.
A holiday to Yucatan Mexico between November and April provides guaranteed winter sun with daytime average high temperatures between the high 20s and low 30s. You can expect the sun to shine for around 9 hours a day and you can safely leave your umbrella back home as rainfall is at its lowest in winter on the Mayan Riviera with February and March being the driest months of the year.
Perfect for Relaxing
World class Spas: 90% of Cancun and Riviera Maya resorts have their own spas; many complete with hydrotherapy water circuits, steam rooms, hydrotherapy current pools, lavish surroundings, and even a personal spa butler to pamper to your every need.
Spa treatments are generally not included in all inclusive packages.
Maya purification ceremony: Traditional Mayan Shaman with smoke and flowers in a beautiful dry cave, a very mystic scenario.
Temazcals: For a unique Mexican experience dating back to the Aztecs we recommend a steam treatment in an ancient stone Temazcal used to cleanse the mind, body and spirit. You will find these unusual circular stone houses in many Riviera Maya properties.
Akumal Beach: Voted no. 2 of the top 10 beaches in Yucatan Mexico in the 2014 Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Awards and it is easy to understand why. Akumal means ‘place of the turtle’ in Mayan and the inviting turquoise waters provide the perfect opportunity to swim alongside these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Now that is something to write home about!
Perfect for Outdoor Activities
Golf: With over 30 golf courses, it’s not surprising that Yucatan is considered by those who love this sport as one of their favorite destinations to play. It has an abundance of championship golf courses, many of which are attached to hotel complexes.
Land and Sea Sports: Tennis courts are included in the all inclusive packages at many hotels. Learn to fly on the Flowrider. Try your hand at cenote kayaking, windsurfing in tulum, catamaran sailing to Isla Mujeres, snorkeling de barrier reef or try to scuba dive with an introductory lesson for beginners.
Snorkel: Experience underwater life on the Great Barrier Reef, the second largest coral reef in the world. This activity has become extremely popular among tourists from all over the world. Between the wonderful coral reef and cenotes in the region there is always an unexplored spot.
Dolphin Swimming: This once in a lifetime experience is the number one activity in Mexico. Choose from a selection of different and varied swim programmes or take it one step further and become a trainer for a day. Learn the gestures and hand signals along with the whistle technique. Spend a day experiencing these wonderful creatures both in and out of the water. Dolphin experiences are available at a variety of locations throughout Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
Ziplining park: A high adrenaline theme park; slide down a course of 14 zip slides that have a height ranging from 8 to 45 metres, landing in the crystal clear waters of the cenotes where you will find amazing suspension bridges. Drive all-terrain, amphibious vehicles through spectacular jungle trails and fascinating caves. Go beyond the surface and set sail paddling rafts with your hands through underwater caves and discover the fascinating grottos and the extraordinary rock formations. Swim along the river between stalactites and stalagmites in this amazing underground world.
Yucatan has the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Americas and the 6th largest in the world with 27 cultural sites and five natural sites.
No other country in the world can boast the longest coral reef in the northern hemisphere (second largest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia).
CHICHEN ITZA: Explore the dramatic beauty of the Mayan architecture or the world renowned Chichen Itza with the stunning Kukulkan pyramid, calendar temple, observatory tower.
The magnificent carvings on the walls of the ball-court tell the grisly yet enthralling story of the ritual version of the Mayan game of Pok-ta-Pok, and portray the losing captain being decapitated in the spring renewal ritual.
The Temple of the Warriors celebrates the battlefield exploits of this mighty race, and pays hall of fame-like homage to its greatest fighters. Everywhere the carvings portray the supreme jaguar and feathered serpent gods, the morning star Venus, and the enigmatic lord Kukulcan.
What has been concluded, however, is that Mayan people were fascinated with the sky, and most of their activities were based upon different cycles of the sun, planets, moon, and stars.
Their astrological observations were written down in several codices, which now provide us with a multitude of data related to the paths of celestial bodies. Chichen Itza was the mayor city of the Post classic Maya.
COBA: A majestic archeological site from the IX Century, explore one of the oldest and most important Mayan treasures in the Yucatan Peninsula, visiting its temples and the legendary ball game area. Follow the paths to arrive at the Nohoch Muul pyramid the tallest in Yucatan Mexico, from the top of which you will enjoy a wonderful view of the amazing sub-tropical jungle that surrounds the Maya site.
The Mayan Ruins: Follow in the footsteps of the Mayan civilization at the stunning beach setting of the ancient ruins of Tulum, the only Mayan site located directly on the sea. The backdrop of white sand and turquoise sea provides the perfect photo opportunity.
Cenotes: There are many unique cenotes located in the Riviera Maya. Snorkeling, diving, swimming and jumping into cenotes is a magical and unique experience, a great spectacle in the Mayan jungle.
Among the distinguishing attractions of Yucatan are the cenotes, from the Mayan word dzonot, meaning "cavity of water". Cenotes are unique formations in the world, since besides being representing the entrance to the Maya spiritual underworld.
The Yucatan Peninsula lacks rivers and the other surface waters as the ground is limestone and very porous. Rainwater filters straight through penetrating cracks, forming caves and underground rivers, many of which are interconnected.
Nevertheless, the limestone surface often sinks, revealing natural fresh-water deposits and allowing us a glimpse of the spectacular landscape of the underground waters: green, crystalline or turquoise, in configuration with stalactites and stalagmites they from veritable works of art, well worthy of admiration.
Cenotes are a distinctive insignia of the natural Yucatan landscape.
Playa Del Carmen: Voted the no. 1 destination in Mexico by Tripadvisor Travellers Choice 2014, stroll along "La Quinta Avenida" of Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, enjoying the wide variety of bars, restaurants and shops.
Contoy: Snorkel in the largest natural reserve in the world, Isla Contoy on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Eco Theme Park: 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen is one of the Yucatan most popular Eco Parks, combining various natural attractions with cultural attractions showcasing the history of the Mayan people. Set on the site of an original Mayan village, complete with its own Mayan ruins, jungle trail, a regional wildlife breeding farm, a coral reef aquarium, and a butterfly pavilion. There is also an inlet with clear waters for snorkelling, a lagoon for swimming, and a beach for relaxing – either in the sun or in the shade of the palapas . The most unique feature of the parkt is its underground river, which passes through caverns and underground channels which you can swim through. At the end of the day ‘Espectacular’ is a beautiful nightly show, where Yucatan Mexico's history, culture and dance fills your senses.
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve: Marvel at Mexico’s natural wonders as you spend a day exploring the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka'an.
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