Playa del Carmen as a destination

Playa del Carmen has had a huge growth in recent years, many people every day decide to live in this paradise of the Riviera Maya, and if you still can not decide, here are some points to finally make a decision.

  • As a consequence of the increase of its population and tourist flow, Playa del Carmen now has roads that allow you to reach different places faster without having to detour to Cancun. Escape the weekend to Holbox, Valladolid and even to Merida arriving in a few hours.
  • Once you find the perfect place to live on the beach, your concern will be that visitors know more tourist sites than you. Prepare your agenda and program escapes to cenotes, such as Dos Ojos, Aktun Chen and Azul or to the surrounding natural parks. You can even go to beaches with less tourism, including Akumal, which is famous for the presence of turtles.
  • The climate of Playa del Carmen has a pleasant warmth and perfect for going to the beach or in a pool. It is the Caribbean and a tropical area so just enjoy it, you will like that you will not feel high temperatures.
  • Playa del Carmen has a more relaxed and casual nightlife. It is on 12th Street where the main bars and nightclubs for different tastes are concentrated, all very close to each other. Coco Bongo, Blue Parrot are some of the most popular sites.
  • If you like exercise and outdoor activities, Playa del Carmen promotes a lifestyle in motion, in addition to all the options of outdoor activities and water sports such as snorkeling, diving, paddle surfing, kayaking, you will also find from gyms , yoga studios, crossfit, salsa classes and public places where anyone can take advantage of the fresh air in the early morning to exercise without problems.

Cobá

Cobá is an archaeological site located east of the town of Cobá, east of Chichen Itzá and northeast of Tulum.

Some hieroglyphic inscriptions found on stelae and panels on the site allow us to affirm that Cobá was the original name of the city. One of the possible meanings and the most accepted one, given its proximity to the lagoons, is that of “chopped water”.

Several groups of structures are scattered in Cobá and many more are planned to dig (only 5% of their structures have been unearthed). The highest pyramid is called Nohoch Mul, 43 meters high. Once you are at the top, there is also the possibility of observing the jungle landscape with amazing shades of green, trees, butterflies, birds and insects.

The largest structure of Cobá and that you can still climb has 111 steps, plus another 5 to the highest area of the pyramid from where many people take pictures and admire the beauty that the jungle encloses.

After having toured the archaeological zone you can cool off in the cenotes that are to its surroundings as the cenote Choo-Ha which is located 10 km from Coba, inside are stalactites. The Cenote Tankach-Ha of deeper waters of the place and the Cenote Multun-Ha where you will be able to observe stones under the platform well-heeled giving the impression of being Mayan ruins.

Punta Venado Eco-Park

A natural paradise in the heart of the Mayan Riviera. Punta Venado is about 50 minutes from the Cancun International Airport and 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen.

It is an eco-tourist park with an area of 800 hectares, most of lush forest, inhabited by hundreds of species of tropical flora and fauna, such as small cats and mammals, reptiles, a variety of birds and of course deer.
It has a very extensive semi-virgin beach and one of the most spectacular coral islets of the Riviera Maya.

For each one to enjoy this privileged natural environment according to their tastes, the park offers multiple options: horseback riding, snorkeling tours, jungle trekking, ATV excursions, as well as visits to its caves and cenotes. You can also enjoy the Beach Club all day, which includes a restaurant, bar and pool.

Punta Venado has become one of the main options for cyclists, since going into its paths to admire the flora and fauna is without a doubt a natural spectacle that only you can find here.

Xaman-Ha

The Xaman-Ha Aviary attracts fans interested in learning about wildlife, this Mexican bird sanctuary was founded in 1993 and is ideal for listening, seeing and learning about birds.

Every day national and foreign visitors are welcomed. It inhabits a population of 200 individuals belonging to 45 different species. Among this majestic Mexican tropical forest live, eat, fly, reproduce, come and go birds The flora covers a land of just over two hectares has been classified botanically and also part of the rich natural heritage of Quintana Roo. One quality of the park is that it is possible to take photos with triplets, use flash and shoot the birds in freedom or the aquatic ones in the cenotes that are part of this privileged place.

There are people who just want to enjoy Perhaps our guests just want to enjoy the landscape, admire in detail not only the variety of birds and plants, but also meet other species such as butterflies, iguanas and other small mammals that share this space in perfect harmony, as our Mayan ancestors did hundreds of years ago when they baptized this place as Xaman-Ha: “Water of the North”.

The tours offered in the Xaman-Ha Aviary last about 45 minutes. During this time, visitors have the opportunity to obtain valuable information about the plants and animals that inhabit this area of Quintana Roo

Xaman-Ha, in addition to an aviary of great interest, is a fun park that benefits from its excellent location, offering visitors a memorable tourist experience. This site is a true wild refuge where you can find abundant vegetation, as well as two hundred species of native birds and species from other latitudes of the orb.

For ecotourism enthusiasts, a visit to the Xaman-Ha Aviary is ideal, since it allows them to get closer to a pure natural environment. The visit to Xaman-Ha takes a full day, and you can enter and leave the place several times.

Majestic Flamingos

Rio Lagartos is famous for the 20 thousand pink flamingos that arrive to the place between January and September to complete its reproduction. But it is also the place where the sea turtle arrives between June and August to lay their eggs in the warm sand. In the same way more than 250 varieties of birds periodically arrive at the aforementioned reserve, making the place an incomparable destination for bird watching.

Fans of ecotourism and scientific observation of the species can admire the flamingos but at a prudent distance. That way they will not disturb the birds and will avoid disturbing them so that they do not collide with each other or hurt their young when they flee.

In recent years, about 15 thousand flamingo nests have been reported in the Ría Lagartos natural reserve by the authorities, which is equivalent to more than 30 thousand of these birds protecting their eggs, especially the first chicks that have emerged from the shell and that are emerging as the future of this beautiful species. Many pink flamingos that live in Rio Lagartos fly to different parts of the Yucatan peninsula, but also reach Texas, Cuba and Florida.

There are several tours and boat rides to observe the attractions of the area, including the flamingos of the Caribbean in all its splendor. Its majestic flight in pink flocks that contrast with the beautiful blue of the Caribbean sky is a spectacle that every ecotourism enthusiast must live in life. In the same way, they can be appreciated, very carefully and stealthily, while feeding in the estuaries of the wetland.

The Cheese along the history

It is said that the creation of the cheese was made accidentally by a shepherd, who had to ferment the milk, it was coagulated and out of necessity or out of curiosity, with the help of a little salt and natural weather agents began to experiment, until you get to create the first cheese.

It is considered the appearance of cheese as food in our diet, as the oldest there is. It is even believed, that livestock appeared before any type of crop.

The elaboration of the cheese surely was discovered by diverse communities at the same time. The sheep were domesticated 12,000 years ago and in ancient Egypt cows were taken care of and milked for milk so it is logical to think that they would also make cheeses. The milk was kept in containers made of leather, porous ceramics or wood, but since it was difficult to keep them clean, the milk fermented quickly. The next step was to extract the whey from the curd to make some kind of fresh cheese, without curdling, with strong and acidic flavor. Legend has it that an Arab shepherd returned to his dwelling with the milk of the sheep inside a bag made with the casings of one of his lambs and that after walking in full sun, when opening the bag the milk was curdled, solid, made cheese. According to Greek mythology, it was the Gods of Olympus who taught humans how to make cheese, and these made observations as to see that the milk after a certain time was congealing, the influence of temperatures in this process milk curdled faster and if when the milk curdled solidified and the liquid was poured, the curd became more consistent and in this state could be conserved more time.

Puerto Aventuras

Puerto Aventuras, is one of the many tourist destinations that Riviera Maya offers. Set on a spectacular stretch of white sandy beach, it is a community resort located 98 kilometers south of Cancun. The complex is built along the beach and around a large sports complex.

It is 15 minutes south of Playa del Carmen. One of the most important tourist development areas with many attractions such as a golf course, 2 large 5 star hotels, condominiums with spectacular views, marina, a shopping center, you can swim with dolphins that is located on a tropical island located in the complex and dive in the second longest coral reef in the world, just 92 meters from the beach of Puerto Aventuras. It is possible to go down only 18 meters to begin to see the majesty of marine fish, flora and fauna. Now, if you have skills in diving you can go down 37 meters and experience the wonderful diving in the depths of the Mexican Caribbean, especially the famous cliff of this area.

Puerto Aventuras is also famous for its international cuisine and is that just visit one of the many restaurants located in the marina or located near the hotels, you can savor delicious and majestic sea dishes of excellent quality, as well as taste of course Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean and international cuisine in general.

It has also become an excellent destination for people who want to relax in an environment of breathtaking natural beauty. Enjoy a drink or a meal in one of the nearby bars or restaurants and watch the world goes by.

Valentine´s Day Around the world

Saint Valentine was a priest, who lived in Rome in the year III
In this same place ruled the Emperor Claudius II, who decided to prohibit the celebration of marriages for young people, because in his opinion singles without family were better soldiers, since they had less ties.

The priest considered that the decree was unfair and challenged the emperor, secretly celebrating marriages (hence it has become popular that Valentine is the patron of lovers). The emperor realized what happened and imprisoned him. An officer wanted to put him to the test. He challenged him to return his sight to his daughter Julia, who had been born blind. Valentin accepted and returned his sight.

Pope Gelasius I appointed on February 14, 494, the first official day of St. Valentine, the holiday was included in the traditional liturgical calendar and was celebrated by the Catholic Church in the following 15 centuries.

San Valentin is celebrated all over the world, with different customs and called  by different names by example:

in Argentina it is called Valentine’s Day, and the union between couples is celebrated. It is not usual to send cards or hearts

in Brazil it is the ‘Dìa dos Namorados’ which is celebrated on June 12. Couples exchange gifts and cards.

In Central America it is known as the Day of Love and Friendship. They offer roses, chocolates and small details that show love and friendship.

in China they are based on the lunar calendar which is the seventh day of the seventh month. called The Qi Qiao Jie (day to show the skills’).

in Japan, the woman gives the man she loves truly the honmei choco (favorite chocolate). The men return the favor a month later, on March 14, a celebration known as White Day (‘white day’), in which gifts are often given white.

Secret River

If you are one of the travelers who love to go out discovering the Rio Secreto is the place for you.
With crystalline waters, formations of spectacular stones, stalagmites and stalactites make this destination the best place to have an adventure of such greatness.

It was known as Pool Tunich, nowadays it is an important part in the history of the state of Quintana Roo, what makes it special is by far the longest non-flooded cave in Quintana Roo and the Yucatan Peninsula, but more than the length, what makes it so special is the fact that it is a semi-humid cave since the vast majority of caves in the Peninsula are flooded.

The walk is approximately 200 meters with a duration of 4 to 5 hours, where you can walk and swim with the family.

Cacao

Cacao was discovered by our Spanish ancestors until the beginning of the 16th century, when Christopher Columbus and his crew, anchored in the island of Guanja off the coast of what is now Honduras, received small nuts from the inhabitants of this island of oval shape and brown color. With them the “Xocolatl” was elaborated.

The Mayan word for the word “cacau” was derived from the old “chacahuaa” voice Currently, the Mayan descendants name it “chucua”.

In Mexico, the cultivation of cocoa was spread throughout the hot and temperate zone of the country. From the province of Tabasco, to Michoacán, Colima, Chiapas and Campeche. It was produced spontaneously, but four main varieties of the plant were also grown: Quauhcahuatl, Xochicahuatl and Tlacacahuatl.

The cacao is a small tree, between 4 and 8 meters high, although if shaded by large trees, it can reach up to 10 meters high and 18 different species are known The cacao flowers are small and abundant, reddish-yellow in color, which, when they wilt, leave an embryo with the fruit that later grows, and it becomes a kind of fleshy berry in all its thickness.

A single tree can grow to 100,000 flowers over a year. These flowers have such a short life of just 48 hours. A cocoa pod always contains an even number of seeds or beans. The fruit can reach a length of 15 to 25 centimeters.

when the fruit opens, they appear arranged in the fleshy part, between 30 and 40 cocoa seeds, which when washed and dried, are used to prepare a drink called “Chocolate”.

In the same way, cocoa works as a raw material to make: Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Paste, Cocoa Liquor, etc.