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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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Private Excursions in Cancun and Riviera Maya.
Most tourists prefer a Private Excursion in Cancun and Riviera Maya, due to the comfort and flexibility of the schedule, compared to the shared excursions. There are some companies which are specialized in this type of service. Among the most outstanding; Canada Transfers is highly recommended. The advantages of our private excursions are:
You have an exclusive vehicle for you and your companions.
You have a professional and bilingual driver.
You decide when to return to the hotel.
The most popular Private Excursions in Cancun and Riviera Maya recommended are:
Chichen itza and Cenote Private Excursion: It is one of the main archaeological sites in Mexico and one of the most representative and renowned vestiges of the Mayan culture. Enjoy the Cenote for swimming and cooling.
Cenote swimming Private Excursion: The Riviera Maya is plagued by natural holes called Cenotes. The interest and the pleasure to submerge in its waters has increased among the tourist who visit Cancun and Riviera Maya.
Tulum and Cenote Private Excursion: Tulum is one of the most cultural attractions of the Riviera Maya due to its walled city and spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea. Also visit and enjoy a Cenote to refresh you after the heated walk in the ruins of Tulum.
Xcaret Private Excursion: You will visit the most famous Eco Theme Park, where you will find underground rivers, grottos, aviary, snorkel, beach, an spectacular Mexican night show and a lot more activities available.
Xel ha Private Excursions: Enjoy an unique experience with its amazing coves, cenotes and ponds in the middle of a breathtaking landscape, one of the most beautiful in Cancun and Riviera Maya. Enjoy this snorkeling paradise, with variety of fun-filled activities.
Canada Transfers offers all these options and more with an excellent quality in the service of our staff. https://www.canadatransfers.com/private-tours/
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Cancun and the ways you can be transported.
You can find many transportation options in Cancun. This city is a major tourist attraction with a daily influx of tourists looking for all the options available to be transported in, and around the area. Below we offer you the different options that fit your budgett and convenience.
Transportation options at Cancun airport
From your arrival to Cancun international airport, if you do not have your shuttle service to the hotel, you will find authorized and safe taxi services that have their rates set depending on the distance of the area where you hotel is located. You also find a bus line called ADO that for a cheaper rate will take you to the city of Cancun or Playa del Carmen. This service is shared and subject to established schedules. If what you need is a private service that gives you the advantage and comfort of a person receiving you at the airport and arranging your private transfers to your hotel, then you can hire this service online prior to your trip through one of the many carriers companies. One of them which stands out above the others for the quality and safety in its service is Canada Transfers.https://www.canadatransfers.com/ (check our rates).
Transportation options in Cancun hotel zone.
Once installed in your hotel, you have the option to use taxi services. All the hotels have this service available 24hours. These prices depend of the distances and the place where you go. Normally all the hotels have a blackboard with posted services rates. If you are looking to move to any point of Cancun in a more economical way, then you have the option to use the local buses that provide 24 hours service for a fee of 10.50 Mexican pesos. This rate is fixed and per trip, no matter the distance you go.
If you want to transfer by your own in a independent way and convenience, then you have the option of renting a car. Most hotels have this service with different models and promotions.
The bicycles rental is an option of recreational transport to cross the hotel zone which has a cyclopista. There are hotels which have the service of bike rental or the concierge can tell you the nearest point to hire this service.
Private transportation to visit parks and pyramids
If what you need is a transportation that will take you outside Cancun to visit the parks or archaeological sites, without any excursion. Then we recommend hiring the private services of a van that give you the comfort and flexibility on the schedule. Our services are suitable for groups or families. ( https://www.canadatransfers.com/) We are a carrier with experience in handling these services.
As you can see the transportation options in Cancun are varied and suited to your budget. We hope these tips help you to choose the option that better suits you.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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The Whale Shark belongs to a subclass of cartilaginous fish. Scientific studies affirm that it inhabits the earth for 60 million years. Is so far considered the largest fish in the world.
DESCRIPTION OF WHALE SHARK.
The Whale Shark has a particular characteristic that sets it apart from other sharks: Its beautiful skin with polka dots and light colored lines. Its skin measure up to 10 cm thick. The whale shark usually have a length of 31 foot and a weight of 9 tonnes, although sharks of more than 40 foot and 21.5 tonnes have been observed. Its wide mouth can open about 1.5 meters. Inside its mouth there are 300-350 rows of teeth and 10 pairs of useful pads to filter its food. These animals are not excellent swimmers because when swimming with the whole body, they hardly reach the speed of 3 mi/h. This shark has been observed alone or in groups formed by 100 or more specimens. The whale shaks can live with other groups of fish and stingrays.
WHALE SHARK FEED.
Only three species are fed by filtration, and the whale shark is one of them. When it opens its jaw to feed, a lot of water is also absorbed, so it is expelled through a filter located in the gills, storing the important food. If something gets caught in its gills, this fish uses a kind of “cough” to remove the obstruction. They feed on plankton, jellyfish, anchovies, fish larvae, corals, phytoplankton, algae, krill, crab larvae, squid, sardines, mackerel and tuna. The reason for the presence of teeth is unknown, since they are not used for eating.
WHALE SHARK REPRODUCTION.
It is known that sexual maturity in males is reached at 30 years of age, when they measure is about 9 meters in length, however in the females has not been determined yet. They are ovoviviparous. The pups are formed in eggs inside the mother and they give birth to developed offspring. At birth, they are between 40 and 60 cm long. The Whale Shark has a longevity of 100 years of age.
OBSERVATION OF WHALE SHARK
The official whale shark season is from May 15 to September 15 of each year. This is an activity that is controlled and regulated by federal environmental authorities. The Whale shark is very docile and gentle, and does not panic when approaching divers or swimmers. There are some agencies which organized these excursions for the observation of the whale shark. We invite you no to lose this experience during the whale shark season.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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