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The Riviera Maya Offers Exciting Adventure Tours

by on Jun.26, 2013, under Mexico Vacations

In the southeastern portion of the Yucatan Peninsula lies the Mayan Riviera or also known as Riviera Maya. This region has tropical climate and blessed with unspoiled and beautiful beaches. Moreover, this is one of the primary centers of the ancient Maya civilization. Visit the Riviera Maya as this destination is packed with exciting outdoor adventures that will take you to the Mayan ruins. Embarking on Riviera Maya tours is amongst the ideal means to experience what this vacation destination offers.

Being a cradle of the Maya civilization, this region holds great historical significance. There are actually loads of remarkable structures not to mention ancient monuments here that have lived through centuries and until now which show the legacy of the ancient people.

Get the chance to visit the ancient city of Tulum which was a thriving urban center of the ancient civilization. This ancient archaeological site overlooks the Caribbean Sea and sits on a cliff and holds several Mayan structures such as a temple which are all circled by walls. Tulum is truly the only Maya historical site which gives its tourists the opportunity to swim in the Caribbean turquoise blue waters while catching a glimpse of the enigmatic remains of a long gone and dusted era.

The pre-arranged tour will likewise take you to Xcaret which is a top Mayan Riviera’s eco historical park where you can explore the natural and cultural wealth of Mexico. Get to explore many things and places such as beautiful white sand beaches, natural lagoons, underground rivers, rich wildlife and exciting outdoor adventure activities. The underground passages and Mayan caves are worth exploring. This region is blessed with great diving sites hence this destination is ideal for water lovers and scuba divers.

Travelers will in addition be given the opportunity to spend an evening in Xaman Ha (fisherman’s village) which is viewed as among the best vacation spots in the world because it’s surrounded by naturally gorgeous gardens and also the azure Caribbean waters. Archaeology is one factor that pulls in a great number of tourists to this region. The region’s popular archaeological sites are Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba and they are all operated by INAH or National Institute of Anthropology and History.

Coba means cloudy waters, referring to the five canals of this region and it is located nearby. It was the Mayans that constructed the canals which served as main irrigation system to support the region’s agriculture and until now it remained strong.

Also, included in the list of must-visit places is Sian Ka’an which is a biosphere reserve. This reserve comprises of Mayan archaeological sites, mangroves, tropical forests, marshes and coral reefs that provide habitat for plant and animal life.

Your Mayan Riviera exploration will take you to an endless exciting outdoor adventure.

The natural and cultural beauty of Mexico can be enjoyed by taking a guided Mexican adventure eco tour. Visit Duende Tours for more helpful information about Riviera Maya vacation packages.

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    Mexican President Calderon Uses Adventure Trend

    by on Jun.05, 2012, under Travel

    Shows like ‘Survivorman’ and ‘Man vs. Wild’ are becoming explosively popular in the U.S. and Great Britain; among the TV-watching public in both countries, individuals who haven’t heard of or don’t regularly watch at least one of these shows are becoming difficult to locate indeed. Survivalist hosts such as Les Stroud and Bear Grylls thrill viewers by pitting their wits, skills, and constitutions against pristine wilderness far removed from any signs of civilization. Some tune in for the stunning natural landscapes; some to take notes; some just to see what disgusting thing the host might resort to eating next in order to survive. Whatever the reason, the global popularity of survivalism as a sport is rocketing upwards at an astonishing rate.

    One can hardly then blame Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon, who will be the host of a new PBS television series highlighting his country’s unseen natural wonders, for wanting to ride on the adventure tourism wave. In each 30-minute episode, President Calderon, assisted by co-host Peter Greenberg, leads an in-depth tour of one of his country’s hidden caves, murky depths, or unscaled heights, with the first episode depicting a thousand-foot descent into the Golondrinas cavern.

    Underwater Caverns

    On another episode of the series, the President and Mr. Greenburg trek to one of Mexico’s most unusual and haunting natural formations, the Big Blue Hole. Located near a series of coral reefs on the Yucatan coastline, the Big Hole is a circular depression formed by the roof-collapse of ancient underwater caves, leaving a 400-foot deep, dark blue hole resting in plain visibility on the floor of the sparkling, otherwise shallow sea. Many of the program’s advocates are pleased that the President of Mexico will be the one to present these amazing natural treasures to the world, serving an as example of the many ways in which Mexico’s unique terrain and heritage can still amaze the world.

    Propping Up the Tourist Trade

    Supporters of President Calderon say that the new series will prove to be beneficial not only to Mexico’s tourist industry, but also boost the Mexican citizenry’s pride and sense of national worth. Of course, opponents of the President are readily on hand to dispute the plan’s value, due to the troubles which Mexico’s Department of Tourism has experienced luring travelers to the country’s tropical shores. Many first-time travelers are reticent to make the journey to Mexico in light of headlines about widespread cartel violence, and convincing tourists to return for a second or third stay has become more of a problem in recent years. To offset this, the government has begun shelling out the advertising bucks to try and promote Mexico’s many virtues as a tourist destination.

    Many of the President’s detractors view the series as a mere stunt, an expensive distraction that just happens to feature Mr. Calderon in a starring role. They argue that the idea of a TV series starring him seems to be more beneficial to the President’s prestige than to Mexico’s tourism industry, and some even allege that the production rises to the level of abuse of power.

    As an example, the Democratic Revolution Party has declared its unambiguous opposition to the series’ production. The left-leaning Labor Party has also voiced its concern, along with a firm request for the government to disclose all financial records and expense reports associated with the television show. Many on their side of the political spectrum doubt the effectiveness or wisdom of the project, wasting scarce revenue at a time when the government has many more urgent priorities, and inappropriately facilitating an extended, island-hopping nature vacation for its top executive.

    Backers of the President counter that the Mexican taxpayer isn’t bearing the burden of making the show, as the majority of the tab is being picked up by the U.S. government. Many remain skeptical, though, observing as anyone can the severe financial woes of the USA’s federal government, and eagle-eyed observers have also noted that Mexico is clearly on the hook – when the President and his co-host are shuttled around the country from one destination to the next, whose helicopter should they be flying on but the Mexican government’s!

    Duende Tours operates active adventures to the Mayan World.People that like Mayan History should be tempted to look at our Mayan HistoryArticles.

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      The History Of Tikal’s Mayan Civilization

      by on May.28, 2012, under Travel

      History per se is certainly never exact. Truly the only account we have now of history is the thing that remains by point of view. This is particularly true in the world of Mayan history, where the almost all detailed accounts of history are found from not skilled archaeologists, opinionated historians, erroneous translations, one-sided Spanish Conquistador scripts.

      Apart from such scripts, historians and archaeologists, all they left us are eroding hieroglyphics which are not always decipherable, even by people who speak many Mayan dialects. Hence, the future account, just like any historical account of Mayan history, ought to be read with somewhat a constructive as well as curious skepticism. It is always best to seek the truth or something close to it.

      The Classic Period

      It was in the three regions of Mexico where the classic Maya culture developed. Essentially the most significant and also most complete urban developments took place in the lowlands in the “central region” of southern Guatemala. This region is actually covered by rich tropical rainforest; it is a drainage basin about 60 miles and 20 miles wide; the Mayas, in actual fact, are only 1 of 2 peoples to build an urban culture in a tropical rainforest.

      The fact of the matter is that Tikal was the principal city in this region, though the spread of urbanization fully extended south to Honduras; the southernmost Mayan city was Copan in northern Honduras. In the Guatemalan highlands to the north, Mayan culture developed less fully. The highlands are certainly more warm and seem to have been the major suppliers of raw materials to the central locations. The Mayan development also took place in another major region which is the Yucatan Peninsula which comprises the eastern and souther portions of Mexico today. The Yucatan Peninsula is generally a dry region, though towns were built in this area, like Chichen Itza and Uxmal (pronounced “Oosh-mal”), almost all scholars assume that this was a culturally marginal area. Right after the desertion of the Classic Mayan towns and cities, the Yucatn peninsula had become the most important region of a new, synthetic culture recognized as Toltec-Mayan which was developed when Toltecs migrating from the north integrated with indigenous Maya peoples.


      Tikal is actually the second largest ancient Mayan ruined cities of the Mayan world as the first one is Calakmul. Positioned in El Petn, Guatemala, where regions are known by departments as an alternative to states, Tikal has now become certainly one of Guatemla’s most popular tourist place. Near the cities of Flores and also Santa Elena Tikal is also on the list of best stored Mayan archaeological sites in Latin America along with Chichen Itza and also Machu pichu.

      They said that the name Tikal was derived from the word, Ti-akal, a Mayan place name which means “At the Reservoir.Variations in Roman spelling aside, the name could just be a hybrid of the original Proto-Mayan word. The word, nevertheless, means several large as well as partly artificial water basins discovered close to the center of the ruins.


      As among the primary cultural and also population centers in Maya civilization Tikal’s breathtaking architecture dates to the 4th century BC, when it reached its top through the Classic Period ca. 200 AD to 900 AD. Where, in accordance with some sources, the site focused the Maya region politically.It is actually debated whether or not the Maya of the region been able to get in touch with native population. Hieroglyphics located in Palenque and also Chichen Itza reveal that there was a blend of cultures between the Mixteca, Atzecs of Cental Mexico as well as the Maya of Chiapas, developing different subcultures of an early pacifist, or non-sacrifice practicing civilization.

      There are evidences which tells that Tikal was conquered by Teotithuacan during the 4th century A.D.. Right after the end of the Late Classic Period, absolutely no new main monuments were constructed at Tikal and there’s evidence that elite palaces were burnt. Next came the gradual decline of population as well as the abandonment of the site by the end of the 10th century.

      In contrast to the its Mayan cousin, Gran Acropolis Ednza in Campeche, Mexico, Tikal had no water apart from what was gathered from rainwater and kept in subterranean storage facilities known as chultuns. During the last century, there were archaeologists working in Tikal used the ancient underground facilities to store water for their own use. The lack of lakes, rivers and springs in the primary area of Tikal highlights a vast feat: creating a big city with just supplies of kept periodic rainfall.

      With intensive agricultural techniques, Tikal prospered, which are much more advanced compared to slash & burn techniques initially theorized by archeologists. It was the reliance on seasonal rainfall that left Tikal prone to lenthy drought which also brought on the fall of the Classic Maya.

      Many other hypotheses declare that Tikal was never an important power in the Mayan world, yet a subject of the empire civilization organized by El Caracol and Calakmul. And also various other sources point out that Tikal was a prominent influence in the southern Maya. We all do know, nonetheless, that Tikal was usually at war and inscriptions refer to alliances and clash with some other Maya states, which includes UaxactunTikal Temple Caracol, and Calakmul.Tikal was defeated by Caracol at the end of the Early Classic; it was Caracol who took the place of Tikal being the paramount center in the southern Maya lowlands. Apparently another defeat was experienced at the hands of Dos Pilas in the middle 7th century, with the possible seize and also sacrifice of Tikal’s ruler during the time.

      Akin to the numerous archaeological sites in the Mayan World, just a fraction of the constructions in Tikal have been entirely excavated. With intense tourism in and out of Tikal virtually year-round and also poor funds excavations haven’t made important advances despite many years of archaeological work. Essentially the most dominant of the structures that have been excavated are Temples I – VI, each of which facilitates a temple structure on their summits. Most of these pyramids are more than 60 meters high (200 feet). They were numbered sequentially in the early survey of the site.

      Onejungle.com has great informative articles on the Mayan History. The original article can be found here: History of Mayan Civilization Tikal .

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