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    Portal Mayan bronze sculpture

    by fachd Written Jul 8, 2014

    At the end of 5th Ave is an interesting park (Parque Fundadores) with an archway of a tall Portal Mayan bronze sculpture. The Mexican artist Jose Arturo Tavarez created the archway. The archway depicts the sculpture of a man being pushed by a spiral of wind and a woman being pushed by spiral of water, joining hands at the top of the arch and it represents Mayan Gateway, Calendar and the beginning of New Era. It is located at 1st before you hit the beach not far from ferry dock to Cozumel.

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    Parque Fundadores

    by fachd Written Jul 8, 2014

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    An Interesting park (Parque Fundadores) is located towards the end of 5th Ave. The park has an archway of a tall Portal Mayan bronze sculpture. The archway was the first thing I noticed, yep straight away I grab my camera and took a shot. Also I couldn’t believed I saw a Chinese take away at the park. I was glad, since it was very hard for me to find Chinese restaurant at the places I’ve visited in Mexico. Around the park there are benches where you can sit and observed the sceneries. There are restaurants, shops and vendors selling food. Outside the park on the beach we saw gallery of sand sculpture.

    Sand sculpture Sand sculpture.
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    Colonial Town Valladolid

    by fachd Written Jul 2, 2014

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    On the way back from Chichen Itza to Playa del Carmen, the bus stop at a colonial town Valladolid in the state of Yucatan. What a charming little town completely different to Playa or Cancun. We didn’t stay very long about two hours. The main center of the town has their own park name Francisco Canton Rosado and old cathedral of San Sevacio. The cathedral is not the original. It was rebuilt in 1706. At the park you’ll see a beautiful fountain with Mayan woman traditionally dressed, the local gathers sit on the public bench watch the city go by. You can buy food from one of the vendors located at the park. Outside the park there are shops, restaurants, cafe with pastel colored buildings. The city hall is located near the square. I think this colonial town would be a great to stay for one or two nights because it has the feeling of going back in time.

    Cathedral of San Sevacio Mayan woman traditionally dressed Vendor at the park Vendor at the park Take a ride around the block for a few dollars
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    Danza de los Voladores

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 22, 2014

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    Danza de los Voladores means Dance of the Flyers. This is an interesting show conducted in the middle of Parque Fundadores. This is a traditional Mesoamerican ritual said to be a way to appease gods and bring back rain in the time of drought.

    While the show is free, it takes some time to get to the end as they wait for a crowd to build and pass around a basket for tips. It also takes time to climb the pole and wrap the rope in a particular manner to pull off the flying dance.

    If you are in the area you will know the show is starting by the traditional music being played.

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    Options while in Playa del Carmen

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 22, 2014

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    Coba amd Xcaret are a must see. Coba is great because it is mostly still in the jungle and a lot still covered. Nowhere near the crowds at Tulum and Chitzen Itza. There is a lot of walking to get to ruins. You can hire a pedi-taxi to take you down the dirt roads. Out of the three mentioned, this was my favorite, probably because of the small crowds and sense of discovery as ruins appear in the jungle.

    Xcaret does have crowds but the snorkeling is amazing. It is at the mouth of a river so there is a mixture of salt and fresh water. You can feel the temperature changes in the current. One thing to keep in mind at Xcaret. They ask that you wash off any sunscreen to help protect the environment. I didn't feel this was strictly enforced, but if you want to at least minimize the amount you use, wear a rash guard. You can rent life jackets to snorkel, so anyone can do it. I don't use one so I can dive down closer to the fish.

    Two weeks is a long time in that area. You can also take the ferry over to Cozumel. You can go on some snorkel trips there, rent a jeep for some 4 wheeling or some shopping. Its really known for SCUBA diving.

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    Awesome things to do in the Riviera Maya

    by Thankyoutravel Written Jan 29, 2013

    Hello,

    You must visit Tulum and Coba! They are a must and very impressive. If your child likes to swim and can snorkel you must check out Akumal! A very beautiful little bay situated about 25 minutes South of Playa del Carmen where you can swim with turtles in their environment. Totallly free!

    Visit Cenote Azul, Cenote Dos Ojos, and El Gran Cenote. Your kid is going to love them!!

    In Playa del Carmen you must check out Canibal Royale for a relaxing and chilled out beach club experience. Try La Famiglia for Italian food! The gentlemen there are great people and the Pizza is abosulutely Amazing!

    RENT A CAR!!! It´s a must have if you are planning on knowing the area

    have a great time and I hope this posting helps!

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    Cheap movies in air conditioned comfort

    by ciaobella55 Written Apr 6, 2011

    If the heat and humidity is getting you down, or you are tired of the buzz of 5th Ave, relax at the cinema.
    Catch a colectivo from 30th Av to Plaza Maya - the bus will have Soriana written on the front - it costs 5 pesos. Plaza Maya is a small mall, with a large supermarket, McDonalds, some specialty shops and a 9 cinema complex.
    Movies cost only 35 pesos, they are shown in the original language with spanish subtitles, except for childrens movies which are dubbed into spanish.

    For snacks before and/or after, the Soriana supermarket has a cafe down the back where you can get a huge slice of pizza and a soft drink for 22 pesos (less than $2), or a capucino and donut for 16 pesos, and lots of other options.

    Coming back get a bus marked 30-30 final, which will bring you back to Playa.

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    Sit down, relax,.............have a beer

    by dietzdrummer Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    No one travels south unless they like two things. No.....make that three things! Beautiful blue waters, bright sun and........A VERY COLD BEER! Playa is just that kind of town. Everywhere you look you can find a cute place to sit, relax, and enjoy a cold one. If you find yourself there oneday, send a toast myway.

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    Massage

    by LiamJackson10 Written Aug 31, 2010

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    I recommend having a massage when out in Mexico. I havn't had one before any where so it was my first one. I had it within my hotel on a privite beach we no esle on but i no in the shopping area they had a few shops that do these to. I paid $90 for two of us for half an hour and it was amazing. I suffer some times with a painful bottom of my back but it did wounders for that. Just something esle to do if you want to relex.

    View out from massage bench another view from edge of hut

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    Swimming with the Whale Sharks

    by LiamJackson10 Updated Aug 24, 2010

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    We paid $200 each for a full day swimming in the ocean with the whale sharks. We got picked up around 5.30 am in the morning from the hotel lobby on a van abit bigger than a transit van. We travelled around 1.15 hours just around Cancun area. Here we got put on to boats with around 9 people on board including our selfs. There was the boat driver and 2 tour guides and the boats where set up so every one on board spoke english. We travelled another hour by boat out into the ocean. Once we got there we went off 2 people at a time per tour guide in the water. We kept doing these ten minute times. The whale sharks come at around July and stay Auguest and start to go September so we timed it right and there was a lot of whale sharks to be seen. We was right next to these animals which grow between 8m to 12m long and we looked like a spec on them. We spent a few hours here and then went back around 1 hour long to a reef. Here we where aloud to just got over board and they served us sea food salad and other little bits like that. We stayed here a few hours more where there was a nice sea life. We then went back and arrivied back at the hotel around 5.30 pm.

    A whale shark this is how close we got another picture from our day - very close to them Me in the water looking for them again

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    Dia Des Los Muertos Festival

    by twilightmuse Updated Jun 13, 2010

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    Dia des los Muertos Or the Day of the Dead is a Latin American holiday the co-insides with All . Saint's day (Nov.1) and All Souls Day (Nov.2). It is a holiday in which family members gather together to honour and remember their ancestors, and other loved ones who have passed on. It also ties into Halloween when the veil that seperates the living from the dead is supposed to be the thinnest.

    The festival for Dia Des Los Muertos runs for 4 days from Oct.30-Nov.2, and is held at an eco-park called XCaret. It begins around 9pm long after the park closes. My biggest fear going to this festival was wondering how the heck I was going to get back to my resort, but have no fear there are loads of cabs waiting around.

    There are very few tourists at this festival but the locals are very receptive to those who are there to experience the festival. The pathways through the park are lined with large burning incense sticks and candles, and the grounds itself holds the most amazing cemetery labyrinth filled with revelers there to pay their respects. Children are not dressed up as spiderman or fairies but are put into their finest church clothes and loaded with food to leave for their ancestors.

    There is enertainment around with live Mayan shows with drumming and re-enactments of sporting events in full regalia. The park workers are all painted up with the traditional sugar skull motif and altars are set up around every corner filled with flowers and food.

    Festival of Life and Death poster Muerta and me. a tombstone all decked out. a traditional dance people paying their respects at the cemetery
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    See some Folk Dancing

    by jorgec25 Written Jan 30, 2009

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    In Playa Del Carmen you can see some nice Folk Dancing shows, that show a little bit of the big country that Mexico is, through different dances and typical costumes, including the world famous Mariachi.

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    Valladolid

    by jorgec25 Written Jan 30, 2009

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    On the way to, or coming from, Chichen Itza you can stop by at a small Mexican town called Valladolid. The town doesn't have much to see (a church and a central garden with some funny "dating chairs") but it gives you a glimpse of how the daily life is, in this part of Mexico. And for us European, it was a fun experience because we felt a bit like being in a Zorro movie.

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  • Study Spanish

    by bluejay2day Written Jun 8, 2008

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    Sitting in the sun all day is too much inactivity for me. I studied Spanish at Solexico instead. I greatly enjoyed my experience. The class size was small - 5 students. The instructors were excellent. The classroom was open air but covered. Classes are purchased in one week increments. The student can choose from 3 hours per day to 5 hours per day to 8 hours per day. I selected the 5 hours per day. That left me plenty of time to explore the other charms of Playa del Carmen. The students were very international. In my class, we had five students from 5 countries. The ages ranged from 22 to 60+. They teach Spanish from the beginning (me) to the most expert. The class room environment also provided me with a ready base of friends for after class activities. There were very few Americans at the school when I attended. In general the students were a well educated group and successful in their chosen career. I enjoyed it. I plan to return and do it again.

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    Go to The Blue Parrot

    by LiliCanada Updated Mar 13, 2007

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    The Blue Parrot is a night club which lies right on the beach at the edge of the town of Playa del Carmen. They have a fire show at night and their dance floor is right on the sand, this huge flat platform. It's very swanky. Staircase goes right up to another part of the bar which is a hut with more chairs where you can overlook the ocean at night...very romantic.

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