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X cajum Cenote. One of the wonders of Nature.
Cenotes (sinkholes) are treassures of Mexico and are located in the Yucatan Peninsula. Can be counted by thousands in the zone. The Cenote X cajum is into the 10 most beautiful Cenotes in the Peninsula. Due to its height, the people need to go down several meters underground to enjoy its blue waters full of fauna.
This Cenote is near Chichen itza, which is considered the most important archaeological zone of the Mayan culture and declared one of the new seven wonders in the world. If you are planning to visit this Mayan Ruins we recommend you the Private service as the best choice to visit both places. https://www.canadatransfers.com/private-tour/chichen-itza-private-tour/ Also on this service you will have the chance to visit one Colonial city named Valladolid which is considered as a city full of cultural wealth.
As we said.There are many Cenotes located around the area to visit. However X cajum stands out for its beauty and few visitors which makes it, a very quiet place with no crowds. Its fresh and crystalline waters are a delight to swim.
So we recommend you on your next visit to Chichen itza don forget to include in your program the visit to Cenote X cajum. Many of these Cenotes are now protected by INAH, the Mexican goverment’s archaeological and historical protection organization. One important thing you should know is about the use of biodegradable sunscreen to get into the Cenote.
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Near Tulum Ruins is Playa Paraiso. A beautiful beach to enjoy.
This is one of the most stunning white sand beaches with beautiful turquoise waters on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico. This beautiful beach is located just next to the Mayan Ruins of Tulum (700 meters). After visiting the Ruins, this Paradise is a great way to cool off and relax
There are some restaurants with delicious seafood and bars at the place to make your stay more pleasant. You see many people on the beach just sunbathing or relaxing under the shades of the coconut trees.
Among the activities you can do in Playa Paraiso you find Zip lines, Snorkeling, Diving and Ecotourism. Near this beautiful beach is the Nature Reserve of Kantun-Chin and the tourist places of Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos.
We recommend you to wear comfortable and fresh clothes, and stay hydrated because of the hot and humid climate of the place. This beach destination offers rich specialties prepared with sea food and fish. For international cuisine buffs will also find Italian, French, and Argentine restaurants among others.
If you are staying in Cancun or Riviera Maya and you want to visit this Beach Paradise you can consider a private service transportation with a bilingual driver, with the schedule at your convenience. Please contact us to send you a quote. https://www.canadatransfers.com/contact/
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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The Mexican city of Cancun located on the Yucatan Peninsula, has a humid tropical climate. The average temperature in Cancun is between 75°F and 77°F. Although the high humidity can make the sensation to be warmer. During the summers the maximum can reach 95°F without any problem, while the minimums do not usually drop from 62°F in January.
It is characteristic of the climate of Cancun its high level of precipitations. Being a tropical climate differs from a dry season and a rainy season that is the one that concentrates 75% of the annual rains approximately. Although they are usually unforeseen rainstorms that leave a lot of rain in a short period of time and the sun comes out again. The typical behavior of these rainfalls are typical of this tropical climate.
The climate in Cancun has two seasons. The Dry Season (from December to April) and the Rainy Season (from May to October). http://www.holiday-weather.com/cancun/averages/
The average temperature during these months is around 82°F. During the day the maximum can reach values of 95°F. And at night usually stays at 71°F. August is the warmest month of the year. October is the wettest month of the year, and during this season the probability of encountering hurricanes and tropical storms is high.
The weather in Cancun is quite strange and unpredictable. It is common that at the same time, it is raining hard in the center of the city while, a few kilometers, is making a radiant sun. A fact quite common in coastal cities of tropical influence.
The climate in Cancun during the dry season is softer and cooler. The average temperature is around 75°F. The maximums can touch 86°F while the minimum oscillate between 64°F to 68°F. January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 71°F.
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Which are the most convenient Supercenters in Cancun and Playa del Carmen for your groceries
Each day increases the number of tourists who come to stay in houses or apartments (B & B) in Cancun and Riviera Maya, instead of staying in hotels.This results in people having more freedom and comfort where they stay. Usually these places are equipped with all the services that the tourist needs.
This means that the tourist needs to know which are the best supercenters to make their groceries, where they can find everything they need at the best prices.
In Cancun you have the following supercenters that are the most recommended for your groceries.
WAL MART: It is similar to the stores in USA and Canada, and they have a good selection of items. Prices are comparable to US prices.
SUPERAMA: This is a small and quiet supermarket with a special selection of food and beverage products.
SAM’S CLUB: Your Sam’s Club Card Works in Cancun and Playa del Carmen, They take USD dollars, and you can find some different items.
CHEDRAUI: This is an excellent supercenter to make your groceries and the best of all that is located in the Hotel Zone of Cancun. They accept dollars.
COMERCIAL MEXICANA: This is one of the most traditional Mexican supercenters, with great variety of items and good prices. They accept US dollars.
SORIANA SUPER: This is a convenient supermarket for your groceries located in the hotel zone of Cancun at the Kukulkan Mall. They have good prices and a wide variety of items. They accept dollars.
LA EUROPEA: This is one of the best known gourmet and delicatessen chains in Mexico. Among its extensive catalog of products are wines of all the denominations of origin, the best Mexican tequilas, and mezcales. Whiskey, rum, cognac, brandy and many other liquors. They accept dollars.
In Playa del Carmen you find the same chain of Supercenters than Cancun.
If you have your transfer with Canada Transfers, we have the option on your arrival to make a stop at any of these Supercenters in Cancun or Playa del Carmen, before you get to your accommodation. Contact us for more details. https://www.canadatransfers.com/contact/
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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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