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Portal Mayan bronze sculpture

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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Jul 08, 2014

Just relax in your all inclusive

After visiting all those great places filled with Mayan Culture, save at least one day just to relax in your all inclusive. Take advantage of the beach, pool and have a siesta, some drinks, a good lunch and a good dinner. We don´t get much chances at home to have so many nice things all in the same place.

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Jan 30, 2009

Taste the wonderful Gaucamole and Mayan Coffee

There isn't much to say about Guacamole, except that is wonderful and everybody should try it at least once. There is a spicy version (really hot) and “regular” version.

The Mayan Coffee is also very good. It’s prepared with a mix of an herbal liquor and coffee liquor, which are set on fire. After they add black coffee and cream. The whole ceremony of preparing the coffee is amazing.

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Dec 12, 2008

Mayan Village

A visit to a Mayan village helps you understand the way Mayan people live today. Of course, it is an organized visit, and it is not just any Mayan village, and people here got used to showing off the way they live, but still, they really live like this and you can see it, go in their houses, see the way they cook, make clothes, etc.

I didn't like some things. Like, we were supposed to give presents to the Mayan kids. It's not that I'm against presents for kids, but if there are seven visits a week, and each group of tourists brings presents to kids, and they are actually not poverty-struck... It's not good for the kids, I believe.

But anyway, you can see the lifestyle of modern Maya, and it gives you a broader look at the world in general.

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Mar 19, 2007
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Many adventures in just ONE day

This is me sitting ontop of the Nohoch Muul temple (the highest in the Quintana Roo state), and you can see another building right in front of me.

This was all a part of a tour called Alltournative Tours. For $92 bucks, I got a chance to do these things:

* Canoe and zip-line over a lagoon
* Have lunch, served by the local women of Pac Chen (an authentic Mayan village)
* rappel into a cenote (sinkholes)

The money was well worth it... check their website out! That's where I found out about them...

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Dec 07, 2003

There is a lot to choose from...

There is a lot to choose from in the areas from Cancun right the way south to Tulum, you'll be spoilt for choice.
Because we were limited by time we chose 3 key things that we wanted to see/do. The first thing we chose to do was to visit Chichen Itza.
This is one of the most famous Mayan archeological sites in Mexico. This year is the last year that tourists are being allowed to climb the 91 steps to the top of El Castillo, which is the most impressive and well preserved of the pyramids. We HAD to make the climb, which left me gagging for breath when I reached the top. It was worth it though, the views are fantastic. Be warned, a lot of people freak out at the top. It feels really unsafe, if you don't like heights you'll find the walk back down pretty scarey. Most people opted to descend on their backsides, I was one of them.

Aug 24, 2002

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The beach was horrible! I thought Playa del Carmen beach was one of the prettiest beach in Mexico, FALSE! When we got there, it was extremely dirty and smelly (I mean so smelly that it smells like a...
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5th Avenue

Most of 5th Ave. is shop keepers inviting you into their store. Some are very funny & creative. "Come in let me rip you off" or "almost free" and a number of other ways of getting you in their...
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About one hour by bus from the hotels area, Xcaret is something not to be missed. Only with a little help from men, a place with natural beauty and signs of history became a park where children and...
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Mexico is full of cenotes .. they are cool clear water pool fed by fresh underwater springs. There are 3 types ... some in a cave .. some with just a rock ceiling and some that have collapsed and just...
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Atlantis Submarine

This was the excursion that my grandmother picked for this port. I think she wanted me to see what the reef looked like without the hassle of trying to learn to snorkel. My first time snorkeling was...
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Faro Celarain Eco Park

There is a watchtower made of bamboo stilts with palm tree leaves as its roof at the beach. I wanted to go and climbed it but the guy at the hut did not allow me. It looked really nice to just sit...
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