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Snorkeling is an activity for beginners. We recommend the 5 beaches to do snorkel in the Riviera Maya. It is possible to practice even if you don’t know how to swim because it is mandatory to wear a life jacket and will be accompanied by an instructor guide covering areas of calm and shallow waves. The beaches of the Riviera Maya are characterized by the fact that besides enjoying them for bathing or sunbathing, you can also take a trip to the reefs located near the coast and practice snorkeling.
Next, we list the 5 beaches to do snorkel in the RIviera Maya to enjoy them and practice the activity of snorkeling.
PLAYA MAMITAS: This beach has witnessed many musical events with famous artists. It has also been the scene of the Jazz Festival and the BPM festival held every year.
AKUMAL: It is a small town in the Riviera Maya. Its name means Land of Turtles. At the bottom of its waters is one of the most important reefs so, you can also practice the snorkeling activity.
XPU HA: Located in one of the most isolated places of the Riviera Maya. This is a beach with low waves and wide sand, which makes it convenient to practice kayaking and enjoy a trip to the reefs.
PUNTA MAROMA: Recognized as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it has modern hotels respecting the natural environment. You can also enjoy its charms and practice snorkeling.
PLAYA PARAISO: It is located near the archaeological zone of Tulum and is one of the most beautiful of that place. It has an intense turquoise blue color, fine white sand, and low waves which makes it suitable for snorkeling activity.
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Mexico is a world-class tourist destination that is located within the top 10 most important tourist places in the world. This segment of the national tourism industry accounts for 8.5% of GDP. In 2015, there is a record figure in the influx of international tourists, surpassing 32 million passengers, with a spill of 17,500 million dollars. More than nine million jobs were generated and the best world-class events were organized, such as formula 1 and the NFL’s first season of professional football.
TYPES OF TOURISM IN MEXICO:
Mexico has diversified and segmented its tourist services due to the new needs and preferences of the new markets of travel agencies. Among the most prominent are beach tourism, business tourism, cultural tourism, gastronomic tourism, ecotourism and adventure tourism among others.
THE 4 MOST VISITED BEACH DESTINATION IN MEXICO:
Cancun 1.3 millions of tourists
Riviera Maya 1.3 millions of tourists
Los Cabos 400,000 tourists
Puerto Vallarta 277,000 tourists.
TOURISM DATA IN 2016:
During the first two months of 2016 5.6 million international tourists were received. This is the highest number of the first two months of any year and an annual growth of 10.8%
83% of tourists arriving in Mexico do it by plane.
The 54.2% who arrived by air come from USA
The foreign exchange generated by international travelers in 2016 in the first two months was 3 thousand 297 million dollars surpassing those of the first two months of 2015.
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La Isla: This center offers an unparalleled experience thanks to its open areas, navigable waterways and of course the most prestigious boutiques. The Cancun Shopping Village Island has a great variety and type thanks to its 162 locations: it has many of the main international, national and regional brands, also with restaurants and entertainment centers. This is the commercial center with the highest number of visitors in the hotel zone of Cancun and of greater international recognition in the country. It is also worth mentioning that it has the most important and avant-garde interactive aquarium in the country, being able to swim with dolphins and sharks, entertainment centers for the whole family, games of skill, boat rides on the canals. Some of the brands that you will find are Liverpool, La Boutique Palace, Ultrafemme, Zara, Benetton, Thai, Starbucks, Massimo Dutti, among others.
Plaza Kukulcan: located in the heart of the hotel zone of Cancun, inaugurated in 1992 and has a great architectural design and was one of the first shopping centers in the area, impresses with its large Mayan stained glass, offers a wide range of types Shops such as boutiques, handicrafts, perfumeries, jewelers and excellent restaurants.
Plaza Caracol: one of the most emblematic of Cancun, was about 30 years ago its inauguration, has more than 150 shops, offering a variety of items very varied, jewelry, boutiques, perfumes, souvenirs. It has spacious air-conditioned spaces and many events and promotions throughout the year, this square offers casual tourists and the haggling professional, the option d find everything you seek. It is very well traveled by locals, which is ideal to know the Cancun lifestyle.
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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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It is located at a distance of 370 km from the capital of the state of Quintana Roo, (Chetumal), 70 km from Playa del Carmen, on the eastern side bordering the Caribbean Sea, in the west with the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas, towards The north with the municipality of Isla Mujeres and the south with the municipality of solidarity. The total size of the territory is 1664 km and 22 km of coast, is northeast of the Yucatan peninsula and only 7 km from Isla Mujeres. Cancun is geographically divided into 5 zones:
Hotel Zone: This is considered the most important part given that it is the part that gives the sea and most of the tourist activities that is the main economic source of this destination. It houses most of the hotels, residential areas and beaches, the Pok Ta Pok golf course and the entrance to Cancun port, this island is linked to the mainland by three bridges; The Calinda bridge at km 4, then the Club Med bridge at km 20 and finally the Nizuk bridge at km 22. In the center of this island is the Nichupté lagoon, which is composed of 7 bodies of water: Laguna Bojórquez, Cuenca del Norte, Cuenca Central, Cuenca Sur, English River, Del Amor, and Lagunita del Mediterráneo.
Urban zone: this refers to the center of the city, where the majority of the population lives, which in turn works in the hotel zone, is not frequented by most of the tourist population although it has many attractions including monuments and Museums, in this area is located most of the governmental, educational and cultural institutions and are divided into super apples mainly.
Puerto Juárez: In this area there are two main docks that are used to embark to Isla Mujeres, which is dedicated mainly to fishing. It consists of three supermanzanas, the 86 that reaches the ruins of El Meco and 84 and 85 which are mostly dwellings. It has several palapas, several of them abandoned, although it is a great option to eat in one of its many restaurants of fish and seafood, this thanks to that the majority of the inhabitants of this zone are fishermen.
Franja Ejidal: in this area are settlements that are distributed irregularly in the northern part of the city, on the border with the municipal boundaries of Isla Mujeres. Here live a part of the poorest population, many immigrants from other parts of the country.
Coastal Zone: This is a strip of white sand that runs all the eastern side of the municipality, most of it is the hotel zone, counting with 9 public beaches: Playa las Perlas, Playa Langosta, Playa Tortugas, Playa Caracol, Playa Chac mool, Beach Marlín, Playa Ballenas, Playa Delfines (the famous Mirador) and Nizuc Beach.
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The name Cancún comes from the Mayan pronunciation kaan Kun, and there are two versions on the meaning of this word, the first version means nest or pot of snakes. This is the official translation and the second version that is less accepted is place of the golden snake. The reason for this second possibility has a more artistic approach and is because the Cancun area has the form of a 7 seen from the air and at dawn appears the shape of a golden snake given the reflection of the sun.
The Cancún and Benito Juárez municipality shield was created by Mexican graphic designer of Mexican origin José Vera and is divided into three parts: the blue color is by Caribbean sea, the yellow symbolizes the sand finally the red by the rays of the Sun.
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There are Interesting facts about Cancun that is good to know. It is located in the state of Quintana Roo, in the Yucatan peninsula; this great tourist destination is part of the grand Mayan civilization and because of its importance at world level is considered as the entrance to the Mayan world. This territory is characterized by the infrastructure, modern entertainment centers that are constantly renewed, flora, fauna and a wonderful philosophy of service among others that rival holiday destinations around the world.
Other Interesting fact about Cancun is that it was created specifically for tourism purposes in the mid-60’s, and managed to satisfy with Riviera Maya about 15 million tourists a year.
Its origins date back to 1967, when the Mexican government recognizes the importance of this region for tourism purposes, due to its year-round warm weather, astonishing natural beauty and of course easy access, in a short time was the best option of the country.
Undoubtedly this paradise does not disappoint any kind of tourist, apart from rest and entertainment we can highlight adventure tourism and sport, so that only in Cancun there are 5 golf courses, part of the second largest coral reef of the world, is world renowned for snorkeling and deep diving in the sea, cenotes and underground rivers.
Cancun comes from the Mayan word kaan kun, which translates to snake nest, is located more than 1800 km from the country capital and is the most populated city in the state of Quintana Roo, with about 1 million inhabitants. Its large scale development dates back to 1974 and has 22 km of hotel zone located between the Caribbean Sea and a lagoon. Official foundation April 20, 1970.
Cancun International Airport is the second most traveled in the country after the capital, has 3 terminals and receives flights from all over the world, highlighting the United States, Europe, Canada and South America.
Coordinates: 21g 09’38’N 86g 50’51’O
City: Benito Juárez
Population 2010: 628306 hab.
Postal Code: 77500- 77530 Lada: +998
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Nightlife is a collective term used to refer to any popular recreation or entertainment activity that is available from dusk or night until the early hours of the morning. Cities with warm weather nights, with coasts or beaches, are recognized as the best nightlife for the large number and variety of night clubs availables.
Cancun is located in this category and has a night life among the most famous in Latin America. Whether it’s live music or DJ mixes, the party is available seven days a week. The spring break season between March and April significantly increases the influx of tourists especially young students to these fun places. Most of the nightclubs in Cancun are in free bar mode. The following are the most popular places that are recommended on your next trip to Cancun.
COCO BONGO: It is the most popular nightclub in Cancun, for locals and visitors, with an acrobatic and choreographic show in homage to films and famous artists of international stature. It has free bar mode.
MANDALA: It has been placed as one of the most popular to have music with the hits of the moment and an atmosphere inspired by oriental cultures. Its modality is free bar.
THE CITY: It’s a huge nightclub with a capacity for 5,000 people. It has a powerful team of lights, huge video screens and music of different genres.
PALAZZO: It is one of the newest places in Cancun. The glamor and the high quality service distinguish it from other nightclubs in the Mexican Caribbean.
DADY’O: It is one of the most prestigious nightclubs in Cancun. Making a spectacular combination of music from the 80’s, 90’s and hits of the moment. In addition to offering a great show of lights and sound with a DJ in charge of bringing the party to the limit.
MR. FROG’S: It is a famous bar in Cancun that offers a family atmosphere for lunch and entertainment during the day and at night it is a party place for young and old with karaoke, contests, dance and open bar.
PLAZA SOLARE: Located in the city of Cancun, in the area of the boardwalk in front of the bullring. With a more relaxed atmosphere of nightlife. It has karaoke, botaneros and live music by rock and pop bands.
If you are somewhere in the Riviera Maya and want to know these nightclubs in Cancun, especially if you come in a group of friends or family you can hire the private service of a van that takes you from the place where you stay with comfort and trust that you deserve. There are many companies that offer you this service. Canada Transfers is one of them. Dedicated to this service for a long time which makes it highly recommended. https://www.canadatransfers.com/contact/ We are ready to transport you to the Spectacular nights in Cancun. Contact us!
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Regional saucers in Riviera Maya
Reginal saucers in Riviera Maya are one of the most culinary attractions when you visit this place Cancún and Riviera Maya are two important tourist destinations and they have a wide culinary offer, coming from all cultures, especially spanish and indigenous, and even merged among them.
The heritage of Mayan cuisine with its unique mixtures and species of flavors and textures are what give origin and identity to the dishes of this tourist region. Below we list the main dishes highly recommended for their taste and originality.
PANUCHOS Y SALBUTES: It is the equivalent of the southeastern taco, which are handmade corn tortillas, which can be accompanied by chicken, egg, beef or pork, served with lettuce or cabbage, avocado, tomato and purple onion. The panucho is the one who carries the ground beans inside the tortilla and not the salbute.
COCHINITA PIBIL: It is the best known and favorite dish of the visitors. It consists of pork pieces marinated in achiote, sour orange juice, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper, wrapped in banana leaves and put to bake. The typical thing is to cook it in an oven underground. It is accompanied by tortillas, habanero chile, purple onion and lemon to taste.
SOPA DE LIMA: This dish is prepared with shredded chicken, toast and lime juice. The recipe is very simple and the taste authentic.
PAPADZULES: They are corn tortillas soaked in a pumpkin seed sauce, and stuffed with boiled egg and bathed in a tomato sauce, with chile habanero and onion.
TAMALES COLADOS: They are called so because their mass is passed through a strainer, acquiring a very smooth consistency. The most typical are stuffed with shredded chicken and are accompanied with tomato sauce on top. Also of habanero chile if you want more spicy.
HUEVOS MOTULEÑOS: They are a typical dish of the city of Motul (Yucatán). Made with eggs, fried tortilla known as toast, black beans and a garnish made with a sauce of tomatoes, ham, peas, banana and cheese.
CEVICHE DE CARACOL:The raw meat of the mollusk is softened with a flat stone. Cut into small pieces and bake with lemon and then add onion and chopped tomatoes. Chile also chopped or bottle sauce to taste.
TACOS DE PESCADO: There are both, grilled and breaded fish as well as shrimp. They are accompanied with lemon, habanero, and garnishes of mayonnaise or garlic and even with tomato or chipotle chile without missing the purple onion and salt to taste.
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This island is located 8 miles from the coast of Cancun and its named is because this island was dedicated to Ixchel the Mayan goddess of fertility and the moon, which received offerings with female figures that were deposited on its beaches. When the Spanish conquistadors arrived and observed the figures, they named Isla Mujeres.
This island is very visited mainly for its beaches, and the calm and cordial atmosphere of its inhabitants, besides its diverse attractions.
HOW TO ARRIVE TO THE ISLAND.
To visit the island there are different types of organized excursions. These can be by boat or by catamaran. At both you have snorkeling activity and lunch and drinks included. Thera are packages too for swimming with dolphin at the island.
If you want to visit the island by your own without any excursion, there are two departure ferry docks named Ultramar located in the hotel zone of Cancun.
These ferries leave every half hour from 8:30am to 5:30pm. One of the dock name is Playa Tortugas and the other is El embarcadero. If you are staying in Cancun you can get to these piers by taxi or local buses. If you are in the Riviera Maya you can contact a transportation company to receive a quote that give you the service to the pier. One of these companies is Canada Transfers.
WHAT TO DO ON THE ISLAND.
Take a boat ride to take you to know the points of greatest interest. These boats are available during all day and you can hire them directly at the pier. To know all the corners of the island and observe its local life, nothing better than renting a golf cart, motor scooter or bicycle and enjoy the tour.
At the pier you can hire a guided excursion to another island called Isla Contoy which is the vicinity of Isla Mujeres. This Island is an ecological reserve with more than ninety species of birds and a great variety of flora and fauna.
The turtle farm is another place to visit on Isla Mujeres. It is in the southern part and is the home of giant sea turtles that spawn between the months of May and September.
La hacienda Mundaca was built by Fermin Mundaca who was a pirate and slave trader. He took refuge and settled in Isla Mujeres in 1860 after having faced off against the campaigns of the British Navy. This is another place to visit.
El Garrafon is the natural park in Isla Mujeres and is famous because it is surrounded by a coral reef of shallow and gentle current, inhabited by a lot of multicolored fish. Open daily from 8.30am to 6:30pm.
Dolphin Discovery is a marine park that is located in the southern part of the Island and is where you can have the experience to swim and interact with the dolphins.
The center of Isla Mujeres is another option to know and enjoy walking along its cobbled streets, knowing its church, the main square, the municipal palace, the house of culture, as well as choosing one of the many and diverse restaurants to eat or dine. Also in the center you can find a lot of craft stores to buy the souvenir you have to carry.
Isla Mujeres is an excellent recommendation to visit, so you do not miss it and enjoy it.
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