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The interesting Underwater Museum Cancun.
One of the best tour you can do in Cancun is snorkeling or diving in the Underwater Museum Cancun and watching over 460 underwater statues.
History of the Museum:
This Underwater Museum Cancun was created in 2009 and completed at the end of 2013 in the waters surrounding, Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc. The sculptor in charge of making most of these statues was the English Jayson De Caires Taylor and the others by five Mexican sculptors. Currently the museum has over 500 permanent life-size and monumental sculptures and is one of the largest and most ambitious underwater artificial art attractions in the world.
Three galleries have been created. Two underwater and one on land. Manchones reef with 477 sculptures. This reef is 8 meters deep and suitable for divers and snorkelers. Punta Nizuc reef with 23 structures. This reef is 4 meters deep and only permitted for snorkeling. The gallery on land is in the mall, Plaza Kukulkan with 26 replicas.
Activities to visit the Underwater Museum:
Glass bottom boat: This unique excursion offers a view of the ocean like you’ve never seen before! A perfect activity for all ages, you’ll be able to view the depths of the ocean without getting wet at all.
Scuba Diving: You do not have to be certified, just take a lesson and enjoy the shallow waters of Manchones reef to see closely the sculptures of this gallery.
Snorkeling: This activity will take you to explore over 500 statues located in Manchones and Nizuc reefs.
All the sculptures are fixed to the seabed and made from specialized materials used to promote coral life.
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The Celebration of the Sacred Mayan Journey.
The Sacred Mayan Journey is an event in Xcaret Park, that recreates one of the oldest traditions of the Mayan Culture. The Pilgrimage nowadays is performed by local people in canoes paddling towards the Cozumel Island to worship the goddess Ixchel with offerings in search of her divine message.
Ixchel is the the ancient Maya goddess of fertility and healing. Ix means goddess of the feminine. Chel means rainbow or light. In other words, she is the goddess of the rainbow, and Lady of Sacred Light. She is always associated with bodies of water, lakes, streams, rivers and creeks.
During 6 months the canoers prepare themselves physically and mentally to face the challenge of crossing the Cozumel Island to know the designs of the Ixchel Maya goddness.
Their participation is voluntary and the motivations are varied: A promised to Ixchel looking for their own and or the couple’s fertility, working as a team, overcoming fears, learning to face adversities, among several others.
This will be the 11th, edition of the Sacred Mayan Journey 2017. This 26th and 27th of May, you will witness the dances, Mayan rituals, and bid farewell to the canoers who will set out on a pilgrimage to Cozumel. To have a private transfers to Xcaret please contact us to send you a quote. https://www.canadatransfers.com/contact/
For the Mayans, this journey was a mystical undertaking in which they were profoundly affected by their intimate contact with the forces of nature.
All night long, guests in Xcaret, participate in rituals and supplications to the goddess IXchel, as they wait for the first rays of dawn, when they send the canoes off to Cozumel.
Do not miss the opportunity to participate and enjoy of this ceremony that is already a tradition at Xcaret Park.
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The amazing Pink Lakes Las Coloradas.
Las coloradas means “the red” and is the name of a tiny Mexican fishing village with a small population. Nearby, a series of brightly colored pink lakes cover the landscape on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico.
Las Coloradas is located 128km (79miles) away from Cancun and 144km (89miles) from Playa del Carmen. The pink color of these lakes is due to red-colored algae, plankton and brine shrimp that thrive in the salty environment. As the water evaporates these organisms become more concentrated, glimmering pink in the bright sunlight.
At Las Coloradas you can find Pink Flamingos, who usually visit the area in some seasons offering a great show. The pink water is incredibly salty, so while safe to get in. However it is more to take pictures than anything else, because the lakes are only about a foot deep.
By tradition, Las Coloradas has a great salt production. Salt was very important for the nutritional needs of the Mayans as well as food preservations. It was mined here and and then shipped by canoe to other parts of the Mayan empire. Currently a company produces salt on a much larger scale (550,000 tons per year).
Very close (30 minutes away) from the pink waters of Las Coloradas is located Rio Lagartos, which is a Biosphere Reserve, home to animals like flamingos, crocodiles, sea turtles, jaguars, and all kind of sea birds.
To get to Las Coloradas you can do it by renting a car or hire a private van transportation with a bilingual driver who knows the area and can suggest places to eat or shopping. What we do not recommend is to go on your own on local buses, because they take a lot of travel time. In case you want to hire a private van please contact Canada Transfers to send you a quote. https://www.canadatransfers.com/contact/
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A little about holbox
The name of Holbox means in Mayan language Black Hole. This island belongs to the state of Quintana Roo, it is located on the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Its particular location between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, makes the island a strategic point for the reproduction of marine and coastal fauna.
Today Holbox is part of the biosphere reserve and protected area of flora and fauna. It is a natural refuge of several species in danger of extinction and observation.
How to get to holbox.
If you are in Cancun or Riviera Maya and you want to visit Holbox. You can hire a carrier, renting a car, taxi or local bus to Chiquila which is small fishing village and the place where you take the ferry to cross to Holbox. The ferry is running every hour from 6:00am to 9:00pm.https://www.canadatransfers.com/destinations/holbox/
What to do in holbox.
Holbox is a peaceful and picturesque island that invites to rest and contact with nature. Among the activities you can do and enjoy are: Swimming with the Whale Shark, Visit the Flamingos in Passion Island, Kayak through the mangroves, Visit the ecological reserve, Watch the spectacular sunsets and enjoy the delicious regional seafood.
Holbox Island Lodging.
The lodging in Holbox is varied and with accessible prices for all budges. You can find 4 stars hotels, villas, cabanas, hostels, or even the same local people renting their own houses in the village.https://www.booking.com/reviews/mx/city/isla-holbox-mx.html?aid=357016;label=gog235jc-reviewscity-XX-mx-islaNholboxNmx-unspec-mx-com-L%3Aes-O%3AwindowsS10-B%3Achrome-N%3Ayes-S%3Abo-U%
Holbox is a natural paradise to be visited and scape from the noise and the crowds of the great tourist places.
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Get married in Cancun or Riviera Maya.
Cancun and Riviera Maya have quickly positioned as favorites destinations for weddings. Both places have a wide variety of hotel chains and beautiful beaches to make the wedding of your dreams.
Most hotels offer the full wedding service, which translate into the complete organization of the event. This way the bride and groom will not have to worry. The beaches of Cancun and Riviera Maya with its turquoise waters and white sand are perfect for a romantic and unforgettable wedding.
Many times, aside of the transfer from the airport to hotel, other transfers are required to bring the guest from one place to another during the event. In this case you need a carrier which has the experience on this type of event with the right staff.
The wedding coordinator is the person in charge of transportation logistics and who chooses the most convenient carrier. Canada Transfers makes available its wedding and groups department to quote the event you plan to do either in Cancun or Riviera Maya. https://www.canadatransfers.com/weddings/
REQUIREMENTS TO GET MARRIED IN MEXICO.
Getting married in Cancun or Riviera Maya must be through a Civil Ceremony which is the only way to be recognized as legal in your home country. This ceremony is in Spanish conducted by a judge and translated to English by a wedding coordinator. All the weddings certificates performed in the Caribbean needs to have the Apostille Seal. This procedure can be done by the Wedding Coordinator.
VALID PASSPORTS: They are mandatory for a legal wedding to be performed.
TOURIST CARD: The name on the tourist card and passport must be the same. This tourist card is provided on the plane before to arrive to Cancun’s airport.
HEALTH CERTIFICATE: Is required for all legal Weddings Ceremonies in Mexico.
SINGLE STATUS AFFIDAVIT: The document states that you are currently single and have no impediment to get married; this procedure is signed during the on-site meeting.
WITNESSES: Legal Wedding Ceremonies require four witnesses. If the Wedding couple provides their own witnesses the following is needed.
A civil ceremony form filled out (available with the wedding coordinator)
Valid passport or driver’s license
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Enjoy a fantastic Snorkeling Tour in Puerto Morelos
The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, is the second-largest in the world, and runs parallel the Yucatan Peninsula where Puerto Morelos is located. This barrier reef is closer to Puerto Morelos shore, than any other area of the Riviera Maya. This is the reason why Puerto Morelos has become one of the best places to do snorkeling. https://www.canadatransfers.com/regular-tour/morning-snorkeling/ In 1988 this section of the reef became a protected area, currently known as Puerto Morelos Marine Park. It is illegal to swim out to the reef from the shore. To protect the reef, all snorkelers and divers must go out to the reef with accredited guides and pay 5 usd extra for a reef tax per person that goes directly to the conservation of the reef.
THE CENOTES IN PUERTO MORELOS:
Cenotes are sinkholes through limestone, leading to flooded caves and beautifully blue fresh water pools. There is a road of 41km/25miles from Puerto Morelos to Leona Vicario, which is a small and typical village. Along this path known as the route of the Cenotes, are located some of them to visit and enjoy snorkeling or swimming in its crystalline and fresh waters.
These are the names of some of them: Cenote Mojarras, Cenote Boca del Puma, Cenote kinha, Cenote Zapote, Cenote Siete Bocas, and Cenote Popol Vuh. Nowadays locals and visitors alike love the fact the Cenote’s water is cool, providing refreshing relief from the hot, especially on the humid summers.
For the Reef and Cenote snorkeling tour you can do it on a private service tour. https://www.canadatransfers.com/private-tour/cenote-and-snorkel/
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Enjoy the exciting Jungle Tour in Cancun
The jungle tour in Cancun has been for a long time, one of the most famous and fun activities to do in this beautiful place. This jungle tour is designed for those people who do not want to spend an all-day tour. The duration of this activity is only two and a half hour. Usually they have three daily departure times which are 9:00am, 12:00, and 3:00pm.
For the jungle tour in Cancun they use speed boat with capacity for two people and limo speed boat for 4 people. The ride is on the lagoon passing through the canals and mangroves, while observing the lagoon’s flora and fauna where live frogs, iguanas, white turtles, crabs and different species of wild birds.
This is a guided activity with staff of the marina, who will help you during the whole trip. It takes approximately 45 minutes of crossing the lagoon to go out to the sea and reach the coral reefs area named Punta Nizuc which is very famous for its abundance of sea life, with great variety of multicolored fish.
In this place is where you can practice snorkeling for about 30 minutes. The whole set of snorkeling equipment is included as well as the life jacket. The snorkeling instructors will be glad to assist all the beginners.
This tour is highly recommended for its short duration and economic price. Canada Transfers offers this activity and you can book it with us. https://www.canadatransfers.com/regular-tour/jungle-tour/ If you are in Cancun for vacations do not miss this exciting adventure.
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SWIMMING WITH TURTLES.
Akumal means in Mayan language Land of turtles, and for a long time was the best place to swim with these species for its shallow and clear waters. Since February 15th 2017, the swimming with the turtles in Akumal was prohibited. There were several causes that gave rise to this situation. Actually the laws of protection to the environment in Mexico has regulated the rules and laws to carry out this marine activity. In the past any company or group of persons without the corresponding permission could do this activity causing damage to marine life and disturbing the habitat of the turtles. The people did not use life jacket and they used fins damaging the reef. They touched, grabbed and chased the turtles, without leaving them alone. Now, all these things are not allowed anymore.
New rules for swimming with the turtles.
It is mandatory to wear a life jacket
Be respectful to the turtles without touching or chasing them.
Respect the demarcated zones with buoys to observe the turtles
A distance of approximately 2 meters should be kept in order to observe them
The use of sunscreen must be biodegradable.
Until the elaboration of this article, the swimming with the turtles in Akumal continues suspended until further notice. However there is another place named Yalku which is a beautiful lagoon near Akumal where it may also be possible to swim with turtles. There are agencies authorized and regulated by the Mexican law of protection to the environment to offer this service to the tourists.
In case you want to visit Yalku on a private van transportation, one of the recommended options is Canada Transfers. https://www.canadatransfers.com/ with a reliable service and experience.
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What are the Cenotes.
The Cenotes in the Riviera Maya are deep, water pits in limestone that are created when the roof of an underground cavern collapses. This creates a natural pool which is filled by rain and water flowing from underground rivers. Some Cenotes in the Riviera Maya are vertical water-filled shafts, while others are caves that contain pools and underwater corridor in their interior.
The water filling the Cenotes is rain water that has filtered through the ground, it has few suspended particles, so the water is extremely clear. It is a delight to dive in.
Purpose of the Cenotes.
Cenotes had a ritually significant to the Mayans, because they were considered passages to the underworld. They had sacrificial purposes too. The Cenotes nowadays are a big attractive for tourists who enjoy them for swimming, snorkeling or diving.
Excursions to Cenotes.
Canada Transfers offers private excursions to different Cenotes. https://www.canadatransfers.com/private-tours/ Here are some of the most important.
CENOTE DOS OJOS: Is considered as one of the best Cenotes to practice cave diving and snorkeling. The visibility through the water is amazing. It is into the top 10 longest underwater cave systems in the world.https://new.canadatransfers.com/private-tour/cenote-dos-ojos-private-tour/
CENOTE IK’KIL: It is located very close from the archaeological site of Chichen itza, and usually most of the excursions to this place make a stop at the Cenote for swimming. https://new.canadatransfers.com/private-tour/chichen-itza-cenote-ik-kil-private-tour/
CENOTE SAC ACTUN: It is an underwater cave system. This Cenote is also known as a pet cemetery due to the enormous amounts of fossilized animal skeletons found in the caves during the exploration. Its crystalline waters are perfect to practice the snorkeling. https://new.canadatransfers.com/private-tour/cenote-dos-ojos-private-tour/
CENOTE AKTUN CHEN: This place is a theme park, which has one of the most beautiful Caverns and Cenotes in the Riviera Maya. You can practice the snorkeling in the crystal fresh waters of the Cenote, and Zip lining above the jungle. The park has also a zoo of wild local fauna to visit. https://www.canadatransfers.com/private-tour/eco-park/
XENOTES OASIS MAYA: This is a regular tour to connect you with four different and beautiful Cenotes near Cancun.https://www.canadatransfers.com/regular-tour/xenotes–oasis-maya/
If you know or have in mind, another Cenote which is not on the list, please contact us to send you the information. https://www.canadatransfers.com/contact/
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