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posted by colin on Sep 4

Merida On The Yucatan Peninsula

Merida On The Yucatan Peninsula

The Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico offers every traveler exactly what they are looking for;  from children to adults, even senior citizens, to couples and singles. Offering the perfect combination of cultural history, beaches, natural beauty, great cuisine and the hospitality of its people.

The Yucatan is no small region, so to help you get started we recommend a trip to Merida, the capital city, where old meets new, and traditional style and modern urban development can all be found. If you are looking for postcard-perfect photo ops, Merida is the ideal departure point for excursions to the main archaeological sites, cities and colonial towns.

In the Yucatan, you can find everything from simple boarding houses to the luxury hotels and restaurants. Our recommendations include the

Mayan Palace Resort
and one of the Palace Resorts, which offers all inclusive family as well as adults only resorts along the Yucatan Peninsula.  The countless attractions include many archaeological sites, such as Exmal (World Heritage), Chichen Itza (World Heritage and Wonder of the World) Dzibilchaltun, Ek Balam and many others, all relatively close to Merida. In fact, the Yucatan State has more than 2,000 archaeological sites to visit and discover.

For lovers of eco-tourism, this ancient land of the Mayans offers locations where sunlight filters through rocks, illuminating cavernous vaults and cenotes (underwater caves). The Yucatan Peninsula lacks rivers and other surface waters as the ground is limestone and very porous. Rainwater filters straight through penetrating cracks, forming vaults and  underground rivers, many of which are interconnected.  Adventure lovers will thrill at the opportunity to swim and snorkle the cenotes above and under ground.

Last but not least, visiting the Haciendas of the Yucatan is an incredible experience. According to the Yucatan Tourism Board, some of these haciendas began to process henequen fiber. This was exploited on a grand scale, turning it into a highly profitable business that lasted until the beginning of the 20th century. Today it is interesting to walk around these old haciendas, which have fortunately been salvaged and converted into hotels, restaurants, luxury tourist shops and museums.

Certainly, as a start to exploring the Yucatan Peninsula, Merida offers a lovely place to start.

posted by colin on Mar 20

Xpu Ha Palace Bungalows
Xpu Ha Palace Bungalows

 

One of Palace Resorts’environmental undertakings is a program that protects native plants from the jungle, mangroves, wetlands, and more by collecting them before construction begins on a new project, and harboring them in nurseries to protect their survival. It has also established a sea turtle protection program along the beaches of Quintana Roo, with three SEMARNAT- authorized camp sites.

Palace Resorts, in it’s effortsto protect and preserve the environment while keeping in mind that their idyllic locations are often naturally abundant and ecologically significant – Palace Resorts has created the “Palace Resorts Environmental Committee” to guarantee effective practices among the staff and visitors through out its properties. The program stretches to the most minute detail of the hotels’ operations, from green administration to reducing waste and educating personnel at all levels.

SEMARNAT is responsible for developing a state policy of environmental protection that reverses ecological deterioration and promotes sustainable use in Mexico. Additionally the resort properties point out the associated fauna that shares their habitat for guests to learn, appreciate and protect the animal species that live in each area.

Xpu Ha Palace  in the Rivera Maya just received the certificate of environmental quality in tourism from Mexico’s PROFEPA (Federal Procurement of Environmental Protection), with the set to receive the award in the very near future. Palace Resorts’ goal is to have at least nine of its properties to receive the certification by the end of 2009. Moon Palace Cancun.

Xpu Ha Palace Pool

posted by colin on Jan 20

Riviera Maya New Adventure Park; Xplor

Is driving an unstoppable amphibious vehicle along the jungle, water, rocks and grottos your idea of fun? Or is it swimming through mysterious routes, surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites in underground caves? There’s a place underground where adventure beats at the same rhythm as your heart.

On July 7th, the Xcaret Group, proudly inaugurated Xplor Park. Located in the Riviera Maya, in the state of Quintana Roo, this 22 million dollar investment is ready to welcome visitors who are in search of adventure.

Xplor Park invites you to explore more than six miles of daunting borders between jungle, water, rocks and caverns. The park offers four different activities: swimming, zip lining, water rafting and individual travel inside caves. This park displays the region’s striking geology and is close to the zone that 65 million years ago was struck by an asteroid, which according to investigators, explains the extinction of dinosaurs.

Waiting for you at this underground world are 11 exciting zip-lines, journeys through the jungle on amphibious vehicles, stalactites and stalagmites surrounding you as you swim through the underground paradise, and raft navigation across subterranean caverns. The goal of Xplor Park is to expand the attractions offered to the tourism market, which has based its growth from the sun and beach sector, and capture new visitors through extreme sports.

Resorts in the Riviera Maya area:

Palace Resorts All Inclusive Mexico Vacations

Mayan Palace Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya

Mexico Vacation Rentals Best Mexico Family Vacations

posted by colin on Nov 27

In its efforts to protect and preserve the environment and keeping in mind that their idyllic locations are often naturally abundant and ecologically significant – Palace Resorts has created the “Palace Resorts Environmental Committee” to guarantee effective practices among the staff and visitors through out its properties.  The program stretches to the most minute detail of the hotels’ operations, from green administration to reducing waste and educating personnel at all levels.

 

One of the company’s environmental undertakings is a program that protects native plants from the jungle, mangroves, wetlands, and more by collecting them before construction begins on a new project, and harboring them in nurseries to protect their survival.  It has also established a sea turtle protection program along the beaches of

 

Quintana Roo, with three SEMARNAT- authorized camp sites.  SEMARNAT is responsible for developing a state policy of environmental protection that reverses ecological deterioration and promotes sustainable use in Mexico.  Additionally the resort properties point out the associated fauna that shares their habitat for guests to learn, appreciate and protect the animal species that live in each area.

 

Xpu-Ha Palace in the Rivera Maya just received the certificate of environmental quality in tourism from Mexico’s PROFEPA (Federal Procurement of Environmental Protection), with the Moon Palace set to receive the award in the very near future.  The company’s goal is to have at least nine of its properties to receive the certification by the end of 2009.

posted by colin on Dec 28

Rivera Maya

Few places on earth cause as much amazement as the Riviera Maya. This is a 125-mile-Iong coastline that extends along the incredible turquoise blue waters of the Mexican Caribbean, on the eastern shores of the State of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula.

 

What makes the Riviera Maya so different from other coast­lines around the world? It has a large quantity of beaches with glistening white sand and mild surf. Near the shore, a low-ele­vation jungle, typical of the tropics, acts as a wall to the sea.

 

Practically impenetrable, it’s a habitat for a rich variety of flora and fauna and for geological formations. Here are the “cenotes”-deposits of capricious shapes and different sizes, produced by the subterranean rivers that emerged to the surface over the course of millions of years. Facing the Riviera Maya’s coast is the world’s second-largest coral reef, making it an ideal place for scuba diving and snorkeling.

 

The starting point of the Riviera Maya is Puerto Morelos. Just south is Playa Maroma, a 370-acre eco-park of tropical jungle, mangroves and cenotes, where travelers can enjoy biking, canoeing, kayaking, trekking and horseback riding. Playa del Carmen, the largest town in the Riviera Maya, offers the flavor of a small fishing village mixed with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Shopping, restaurants and nightlife center around Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Avenue (Quinta Avenida).

 

The resort area of Playacar is home to a number of upscale and all-inclusive resorts, more than 100 small archeological sites, the Xaman-Ha Aviary (home to more than 200 bird species)and Cavernas Sacbe, a rock cavern.

 

Xcaret is an eco-archaeological park offering a unique glimpse into the region’s natural surroundings and inter­active activities like snorkeling in under­ground rivers, swimming with dolphins, horseback riding and scuba diving. There’s also a natural aquarium, museum, botanical garden, Mayan village and unique folkloric shows at night.

 

The small bay and beach of Paamul, where turtles come to leave their eggs, offers visitors another of the region’s best spots for diving and snorkeling and is a great place for a picnic.

The upscale resort area of Puerto Aventuras offers the ideal location for visitors looking to relax in comfort and tranquility. Best known for the annual fish­ing tournament held here each May, this town centers around the Riviera Maya’s only full-service marina. The Cultural and Poly-Religious Center, the only one of its kind in the Riviera Maya, is also here. The 5 star Aventura Spa Palace is located adjecent to puerto Aventuras.

 

Continuing south, visitors will note Xpu-Ha, a large beautiful bay and beach with calm waters and great visibility, as well as Kantenah, another secluded beach area. Xpu-Ha is home to the Cenote Manatee, one of the largest cenotes in the region, and the Xpu-Ha Lagoon. Kantun Chi is a remarkable eco-park in the heart of the Riviera Maya that is excellent for snorkel­ing in freshwater cenotes and exploring the underground caverns. Its name means “yellow stone mouth” in Mayan.

 

Aktun­Chen features three caves filled with stalac­tite and stalagmite rocks, cenotes and an opportunity to see the Riviera Maya’s diverse wildlife.

 

The small town of Akumal, known as “the place of turtles,” is a favorite place of the endangered marine turtles, as well as for divers. It’s also well known for its eco­logical center, Ukana-I, which is used for both research and as a community center. Just north of Akumal is YaIku Lagoon, ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

 

The beaches of Soliman Bay and Tankah are favorites for both locals and tourists. Further south is Xel-Ha (“the place where water was born”), a l50-acre eco-archeological park. An incredible nat­ural aquarium where the ocean combines with the freshwater springs and under­ground rivers, Xel-Ha is ideal for tubing, snorkeling and swimming. Xel-Ha is also home to macaws and is surrounded by a thick jungle, caves and cenotes. Archeological sites containing altars dedi­cated to Yum Chac are located nearby.

 

The archeological site of Tulum (“walled city”) offers some of the most impressive Mayan ruins anywhere. Built on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, this site contains more than 60 well-pre­served structures. Tulum also offers beauti­ful beaches and cenotes, including the well known Calavera, the Grand cenote and the Car Wash. Located inland, Coba is one of the most important archeological sites in the Riviera Maya. The main pyramid, Nohuch Mul, is 138 feet tall, the highest on the west side of the Peninsula.

 

To the extreme south of the Riviera Maya on a small peninsula is Sian Ka’ an Biosphere Reserve, which offers an oppor­tunity to explore mangroves, ancient Mayan canals and the almost untouched wilderness of the jungle. Only a limited part of the reserve, a large protected area of 1.5 million acres with more than 62 miles of the Great Maya Reef, is open to tourists. Located within the Reserve are Boca Paila and Punta Allen, a village with only 600 inhabitants whose livelihood is dependent on spiny lobster fishing.

 

The southernmost point in the Riviera Maya is the town of Felipe Puerto Carillo, considered a central point for all Mayan communities of the area. It provides a glimpse into the past, as the town has pre­served much of its ancient Mayan culture. Its numerous historic and archaeological sites include The Temple de la Cruz Parlante (Temple of the Talking Cross) and a cultural center from the last century.

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