Mayans, Playa del Carmen
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.
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.
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.
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.
Directions: Ask for the tour at any tourist agency or at the reception of your hotel.
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...
Address: Ancestral city of Coba and village of Pac Chen
Directions: Hidden deep inside the rain forest of the south-eastern Yucatan
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.