Chichen itza Private Tour.

Enjoy visiting Chichen itza on a private tour.

A private tour to Chichen itza is an option for those people who want exclusivity in the service and flexibility in the schedule. Chichen itza is the most important archaeological site and currently one of the new seven wonders in the world.

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You can enjoy comfortable and luxurious vans for 10 people with a bilingual driver on this private service. In addition you can choose your departure and your return times to your hotel as well as the stops that you want to do along the way.

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There are people who want to do an express tour to Chichen itza and this private service is good for them. On this service with an extra charge you can have a professional guide included or you can hire him at the entrance of the site. Along the way there are many good restaurants that our driver can recommend you or you can order your own box lunch.

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On the Yucatan Peninsula there are many Cenotes (sinkholes) located in the area. Near Chichen itza there is one very famous which named is Ik kil. In case you love the nature and want to feel the experience of swimming into its crystalline and fresh waters we suggest you to make a stop and visit this beautiful Cenote.

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As an optional stop if you want, you can visit the old colonial city called Valladolid. At this place you can admire the uses and customs of its inhabitants and buy some of the beautiful local handicrafts. This colonial city is very quiet and you see a part of the real Mexico. It is a pleasure to visit this place.

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So, if you like the culture and history of pre-Hispanic civilizations don’t miss the chance to visit Chichen itza. Really worth it and even more on a private tour. https://www.canadatransfers.com/private-tour/chichen-itza-private-

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Ichkabal The New Mayan Ruins.

Ichkabal The New Mayan Ruins.

Ichkabal is newly found ruin that is currently being excavated. Is located in the municipality of Othon P. Blanco and started exploration work in 2003. It is located 383 km from Cancun and 312 km from Riviera Maya. This Mayan City is larger than Chichen itza and Uxmal, which are vast sites. Its opening is planned for 2018

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Due to its broad architecture and the fact that it was completely unknown and well preserved for centuries, it has been a task to rescue. It consists of 5 main buildings; two of them are 40 meters-tall.

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There is evidence that Ichkabal was inhabited until 900 AD, a time period during which it is believed there was a massive abandonment of Mayan cities. The site has already revealed that it might be the largest yet discovered. Its tower is higher than the previous record height discovered in Chichen itza.

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Ich kabal was initially discovered in 1995, but it was not until 2009 that funding began to excavate the site. Small groups have been able to tour the site privately since 2011. When it does open, only a very small portion of the area will be excavated and open to the public.

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This site sits on local ejidos which belongs to communal lands holder that have owned the land for generations, and they will receive compensation from the Mexican government by the impacts caused in the area.

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Ichkabal is located inside the thick jungle and will provide in addition to archaeological tourism, a vast area for eco-tourism activities such as hiking, wildlife viewing, biking and Cenote Adventures.

So if you are a vacation archaeologic, you might want to put Ichkabal on your schedule for the near future.

 

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Places to visit near Tulum

Activities and Places to visit near Tulum.

Tulum is divided in two parts. One is the famous and most visited archaeological site called Tulum and the other is the Village which has the same name or also is known as Tulum pueblo. Both are located 2km (1.5 mi) from each other.

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Tulum Pueblo Magico: In 2015 Tulum was declared as Pueblo Magico. A “Magical Village” is a place with symbolism, legends, history, important events, day-to-day life, in other words, “magic” in its social and cultural manifestations, with great opportunities for tourism.

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Archaeologicas Sites near Tulum: Besides the archaeological site of Tulum there are other important prehispanic deposits that are located in the vicinity of this place. Coba is another archaeological site of the Mayan culture located 42 kilometers from Tulum and Muyil located 15 kilometers away.

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Tulum Beaches: The coastal area of Tulum has wonderful beaches excellent for resting and sunbathing. Its waters has a particular turquoise color that is not found in other parts of the Caribbean. Near Tulum is one of the most beautiful beaches ever seen called Playa Paraiso. It is walking distance or you can take a taxi if it is very hot.

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Another attraction in Tulum is the Eco Park Labnaha, where you can enjoy recreational activities like Zip Lines, Kayaks, and snorkel in the Cenotes (sinkholes). All this in an environment of dense jungle.

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BIOSPHERE OF SIAN KA’AN.

51 Kilometers from Tulum (32mi) is located the Biosphere of Sian Ka’an. This is a nature reserve declared by UNESCO world heritage site in 1987. It has a great variety of flora and fauna. Among the species of fauna that inhabit this place are; Jaguar, monkey, puma, ocelot and many varieties of birds with exotic plumage. Also, it is home of many turtles that come to spawn.

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In the community of Tulum, bicycles are available for rent, and tour the surrounding areas, as well as take walks on the beaches. The landscapes, the starry nights, the bonfires and the wild environment that define Tulum are a real wonder that captivate those who travel to this Magical Village.

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If you are in Cancun or in the Riviera Maya and want a private transfer in a van with a bilingual driver  to visit Tulum. Please contact Canada Transfers to have this service https://www.canadatransfers.com/private-tour/tulum-private-tour/

 

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Tulum ruins, everything you need to know.

Here is some important information about Tulum ruins.

Tulum ruins is famous  and visited every year by thousands of tourists. It is the only archaeological zone in the peninsula that is located at the edge of the sea. It is 82 miles away from cancun and 39 miles away from Playa del Carmen. It is name means walled city and was considered as an important seaport for navigation and commerce. It has predominantly warm humid climate and with altitudes lower than 100 meters because of its coastal character.

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We recommend  that if you visit this place on your own, try to arrive early to find less people and enjoy more the place and its beaches.

The archaeological site of Tulum ruins is open from Monday to Sunday from 8:00am to 5:00pm (the last access is at 4:30pm). The entrance has a cost of 65 Mexican pesos. It can be access with a bathing suit and towels for swimming on the beach, but is not allowed to access with food or large bundles.

Do not miss admiring the spectacular view from the cliff that offers the Caribbean Sea with the hue of its turquoise.

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Bring sunscreen and mosquito repellent. The sun is very strong most of the year and also the existence of mosquitoes. A bottle of water is important to avoid dehydration, due to the strong humidity of the place.

It must be considered that from the place of arrival at the entrance of the archaeological zone, there is a distance of 1km approx, which can be walked on foot or by small train which cost 20 Mexican pesos.

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You are advised to carry cash, as very few places accept credit cards.

The entrance to the archaeological zone of Tulum ruins has to be paid in pesos, as they do not accept dollars or euros.

You can hire a guide to know the history of Tulum more thoroughly and know all the details. If you are few people to pay a guide, look for others who are interested to share the payment of the guide and be more economical.

Outside the archaeological zone you can rent bicycles that are very cheap, to visit the village and the nearby beaches.

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TRANSPORTATION. There are trips organized by travel agencies which you can hire from your hotel or for agencies websites that will take you to Tulum combined with some other place.

If you want to visit Tulum on your own you can do it by taxi from your hotel checking the rate before using the service to avoid abuses. There are also ADO buses that make trips from the Cancun terminal or Playa del Carmen. Just make sure you go to the archaeological zone and not to Tulum village.

If you want to visit Tulum through a private van service to have the convenience of leaving from your hotel with not hurries, and scheduling your own schedule. There are different carriers companies which will provide you this service. One of the highlights for the quality of its services is Canada Transfers( https://www.canadatransfers.com/private-tour/tulum-private-tour/).We offer you our services from Cancun or anywhere in the Riviera Maya.

Enjoy your visit to Tulum.

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Spring Equinox in Chichen Itza, March 21th, 2017

The equinoxes are when the day has the same duration as the night. This phenomenon happens, two days a year, on March 21 and September 21.

Spring  Equinox in Chichen itza awaits you  to experience an astronomical event that attracts people from all over the world.

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The temple of Kukulkan is a majestic evidence of the advanced engineering and mathematics of the Mayan inhabitants of this zone. This building was built with some orientation and calculating the effects of sunlight at certain times of the year.

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This is how they built this pyramid, on which you can observe the miracle of the descent of the god Kukulkan every spring equinox. The spring equinox is a phenomenon during which the Earth is illuminated by the sun with the same intensity in the northern hemisphere an in the southern hemisphere. On one side of the pyramid, triangles of light are formed on the stairs of the building, making the shape of a snake. The light gradually descends until reaching the snake head at the base of the pyramid, creating an astonishing optical illusion.

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The ancient Mayas celebrated the Spring Equinox in Chichen itza every year, and the descend of the feathered serpent represented for them the beginning of the agricultural season.

The best time to see this phenomenon is at noon, during the hours of 12 to 1:00 pm. The equinox is officially on the 21st, but 19st and 20st can also be observed with less agglomeration.

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If you are going to be on vacation in these dates in Cancun or the Riviera Maya check with Canada Transfers the best options to visit Chichen itza and do not miss this famous phenomenon.

 

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Archaeological Museum of Cancun

This museum holds one of the most important collections of Mayan culture in the country, given that in addition to containing Mayan relics from the Quintana Roo region, it has emblematic pieces from the Mayan regions of Palenque, Comalcalco and Chichen Itza. It is located at km 16.5 of the boulevard Kukulcan, in the hotel zone of Cancun. The designer of this building is the architect Alberto García Lascurain, it is open and with lots of light to allow the visitor to be able to know more about the culture and enjoy the climate of the destination, its inauguration was on November 2, 2012, As jungle of San Miguelito, to only few meters of the Nichupté lagoon and is integrated to the archaeological zone of San Miguelito which is a Mayan city that dates between the year 1250 to 1550. It has an open area to the public of 80 hectares, The constructions of the museum are to about 8 meters of height and consists of 3 pavilions of exhibition. As the archaeological zone and the museum together are creating gardens that will be very rewarding to visit.

 

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Archaeological sites not so known in the Riviera Maya

In the state of Quintana Roo. where the Riviera Maya is located, there are archaeological zones not so well known and, therefore little visited that are part of the architectural vestige of Mayan culture. The most known and visited in the state are Tulum and Coba. The first with an average of visits per year of more than one million people and Coba with 600,000 visitors a year. The least known and visited are:

SAN GERVASIO: These ruins are located on the island of Cozumel and was a sanctuary of the Mayan fertility goddess “Ixchel” and the Mayan pilgrimage center that visited her to worship.

EL MECO: It is located in the municipality of Isla Mujeres on the Puerto Juárez road. The original name in Maya language is not known. . It was a point of reference for coastal navigation and for the interior of the adjacent lagoon. Its strategic location in front of Isla Mujeres makes it a port of connection with the Island.

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XCARET: It was the settlement of a Mayan community dedicated to maritime commerce and an important port of navigation towards other coastal entities. It was also a ceremonial center of great importance. It is located inside the park that bears the same name.

EL REY: It is located in the hotel zone of Cancun at kilometer 18. The original name in Maya language is not known. It was one of the main ports on the Caribbean coast along with the ports of Xcaret, Xel ha and Tulum.
It is formed of 47 structures and murals with drawings associated with Mayan rituals. After the arrival of the Spanish, the place was abandoned by the Mayans.

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SAN MIGUELITO: This archaeological zone is second in importance after the El Rey ruins. They are located at km 16 of the Kukulkan boulevard. In these ruins is located the Mayan museum of Cancun, which exhibits numerous pieces about the Mayan culture.

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XEL HA: had a great maritime importance, as well as direct access to arrive at Coba that at that time was one of the most powerful realms. Its building of the birds has painted murals, and there is a painting of a jaguar welcoming the place. The ruins are located within the park that has the same name and the cost to visit them does not include the services of the park.

To know these interesting places we recommend that if you are in Cancun you can take the local bus from the hotel zone that takes you to the ruins that are located right there. If you are in the Riviera Maya you can take the bus from the Playa del Carmen bus terminal to Cancun. Also if you travel in a group or family you have the option of hiring a private van that gives you the comfort of looking for you where you stay and the convenience of doing it at the most convenient time for you. For the ruins that are in Xelha or Xcaret you can do it in the same excursion that you hire to visit these parks that are very beautiful. Canada Transfers is a private transportation and tour company that can help you to choose the option that suits you best.

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