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The Best Family Vacations on the Riviera Maya

by on Jul.03, 2012, under Mexico

Renowned almost without compare among Caribbean tourist destinations is Mexico’s famous Riviera Maya. Lying on the eastern seaboard of the lush Yucatn peninsula, the Riviera Maya is almost an oxymoron, being a cluster of huge resorts and eco-parks nestled within the arms of the wild, untouched rainforest that surrounds it. This makes the Riviera Maya an unprecedented opportunity to experience both the luxury and comfort of a five-star hotel, and to explore some of the last truly untouched refuges of nature on the planet in an environmentally conscious way. The area also contains amazing beaches, awe-inspiring Mayan ruins, and a variety of eco-lodges and parks that supply ecologically themed activities and adventure treks. In short, no matter what your family’s preferences, interests, and tastes may be, the Riviera Maya is sure to satisfy them all with room to spare.

Take an Eco-Tour for the Adventure of a Lifetime

Because of its proximity to such unspoiled natural beauty, the Riviera Maya is one of the best places in the world to take an adventure trek into the wilderness. If you were born to love volcanoes, lowland jungles, thick rainforest, towering mountains, or sapphire seas, it’s no matter, because virtually every landscape one could desire to visit is available in the Yucatn region. Diving enthusiasts will be thrilled at the underwater vistas provided by the Great Mesoamerican Barrier Reef which lies just off shore, and history buffs will gawk in amazement at the towering pyramids of Chichn Itz or Xel Ha, as most jungle tours make a visit to one or several of the many amazing Mayan sites in the Yucatn part of the experience. If your adventuresome spirit gets the better of you, you can set out alone or on horseback and carve your own path (with a trusted and experienced multilingual guide as company, of course) through the steamy jungle, cresting the mountaintops that guard the coast and making your way down the white sandy beaches to the ancient port city of Tulum, one of the last Mayan strongholds on the peninsula. At night, the smoldering sunset bathes the lapping ocean in brilliant pastel colors, and the absence of city lights and the clean, clear air make available a dazzling panorama of glittering stars, putting a perfect cap on your long day of adventure.

Feathered Friends

Anyone with a predilection for flora and fauna (which would include almost all small children) will be delighted at the bountiful and diverse population of animals and plants that one can view on a nature tour through the jungle. Birds especially are found in abundance; the varieties of brightly colored plumage, strange beaks and crests, and melodic calls echoing through the trees will bring a smile to the face of any bird-watcher, be they amateur, expert, or simply enthusiastic. To make the most of your walking tour, consider hiring an experienced jungle guide who can point out the myriad examples of avian and other jungle life. Many forest denizens have by necessity become quite adept at concealing themselves from all manner of hungry and prying eyes, and so having an extra and knowledgeable pair at your disposal could mean the difference between catching a glimpse of a particularly elusive species, like the majestic Guatemalan quetzal, and missing a rare opportunity.

Fabulous Ocean Fishing

The seas around the Riviera Maya are equally rich in natural beauty and untold numbers of amazing sea creatures. The warm waters are so clear and pure that it’s difficult to imagine a better spot for observing ocean wildlife, either from the comfort of your boat on the surface or from their midst as you splash and dive in the sea’s gentle embrace. Anglers will be more than satisfied with the size and abundance of game species, so if you came to fish, get ready to put your game face on, and bring a healthy appetite, because the only thing better than the catch is the meal that comes after. However, if you prefer to let the ocean creatures remain in their natural habitat, why no go to them by taking a short scuba diving course? Qualification is quick, safe, and will enable you to spend hours swimming alongside all manner of fascinating animals, from dolphins to sea turtles, even including sharks!

All this and more is waiting just a short flight away at the exotic and unforgettable Riviera Maya. The next time you have a family vacation to plan, the choice of destination should be an easy one to make tearing yourself away from the fun will be the only difficult part!

Read more about the ancient Mayan civilization here: Mayan 2012. Those who enjoy getting to know a specific Mayan site, can try Chichen Itza.

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    The Mayan’s Definite Musical Scale

    by on Jun.08, 2012, under Adventures

    Specialists on Mayan culture said that the Mayans had a musical scale which is very different from the 5 Western notes. An official source said that they analyzed 125 instruments which include trumpets, flutes, horns, ceramic, ocarinas and conch shells. EFE, Mexico

    In a statement said by INAH or the National Institute of Anthropology and History, “These mentioned artifacts create or produce musical sounds whose scale is not the same as the Western scale, and in fact, it has its own range, which experts have preliminarily described and determined as of Mayan type.”

    According to a statement, physics, ethnology and even ornithology studies were used to analyze the archeological acoustics which was discovered to have applied to 125 instruments which made experts to finally conclude that the Mayas had a “musical scale” far different from that of the occidental ones.

    Scholars have identified the possible sounds after a year and a half of work; and the possible sounds were employed in funeral and agricultural ceremonies to bring rain, imitate or hunt birds, according to a statement from the institution.


    As a matter if fact, this is first investigation that was made to study these instruments found in the Mayan Hall of the National Museum of Anthropology (MNA).

    This investigation or research study comprised professional musicians who have been assigned to use and identify each instrument sound, their scales, tones as well as semitones, according to INAH.

    To add, we have determined that majority of the pre-Hispanic flutes produces scales with more complex and larger sound ranges when compared to the 5 notes of the Western scale; the triple flute is among them which 600 “sound range” were obtained.

    The objects had been screened for their archaeological nature, however a study regarding its function as musical instruments was missing, explained by the director of the MNA, Diana Magaloni.

    She added that this study, made by a team of experts from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and also the INAH and guided by the expert in Mayan studies Francisca Zalaquett, is 90% achieved and will proceed with roughly 200 instruments from the pre-hispanic, Gulf cultures and 40 more from the Mexican culture.


    Alaquett revealed that Mayan musical instruments are categorized as “idiophones” such as rattles and bells, “membranophones” such as percussion as well as “aerophones” or wind musical instruments, such as simple double, triple or quadruple flutes, trumpet made from snails or even from clay having a spiral shape, whistles and ocarinas.

    He said that after reviewing each instrument’s conservation condition, professional musicians are the ones who obtain and record all possible tones free from conditions which can distort the sound. “The range of resonances reached differs with every instrument, for instance, whistles have approximately four types, ocarinas just as much as eight or nine” and the triple flute approximately 600 combinations.

    He also added that this study has been ran in many other museums, research centers and the country’s Mayan archeological sites so as to determine the instrument’s sound patterns.

    Would you like to get in touch with other Riviera Maya travelers? Onejungle.com has a travel community especially for Mexico and the Riviera Maya. For trips in Mexico check Riviera Maya Tours.

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      Visit Playa Del Carmen Boutique Hotels For An Intimate Experience In The Mayan Riviera

      by on May.19, 2011, under Travel

      In order to sense the heart of a place that you would wish to visit, what definitely helps is to delve down deep, yet still to really spread your wings and enjoy a lot of it. Though Mexico is certainly itself a land rich in countless things to see and experience, Tulum’s ruins as well as the uniqueness of Playa del Carmen boutique hotels make both these options experiences you will certainly want to have. This can be a good way to truly enhance your experience of the Yucatan Peninsula, a destination several believe to be one of the best parts of Mexico. We’ll take a breeze through precisely what all you can expect here.

      One important thing that drives people to this area of the Yucatan rather than the same old Cancun loads of other people see is they would like something a bit less crowded. When you see the Mayan Riviera experience that Playa del Carmen boutique hotels can provide, you will realize that it is a tad smaller, much more intimate. This is usually a good way to really experience a fantastic region of the Yucatan without so many crowds, however still being able to have the city activities you may want. There are museums, art galleries, fine dining establishments as well as theater to enjoy here whenever you like.

      Merely 45 minutes away, you will find what Tulum has to offer. This is the site of probably the most important Mayan ruins we still have left. They are really a fantastic destination to find out more of what this culture was about. You could stay in Tulum where you’ll discover really nice mexico tulum hotels available, or perhaps you may choose to simply ride in from the Playa del Carmen boutique hotels. Either way you go, you certainly have options. Keep in mind that Tulum is about the hiking and the photographs, yet it’s still jungle conditions. This means you will need loose fitting clothing and a lot of drinking water for your trip. Buying your own water in bottles in Mexico is always advisable.

      When you are planning your vacation to these areas of Mexico’s Yucatan, don’t forget that great vacations are about advanced planning. Both Tulum’s hotels and the Playa del Carmen small hotels get filled up, especially as even more people start to learn about these destinations. For this reason, it is a smart idea to truly plan in advance and get booked for your stays and excursions as soon as you can to ensure things flow smoothly.

      We have seen how Playa del Carmen and Tulum each offer something somewhat different for you to experience. Both of them have real charm of their own types with Tulum being about history and Playa more about the culture of today. Coming for a visit will certainly be an experience you’ll enjoy as much as so many others already have.

      Albert Jefferson has been a senior travel author staying year round within Tulum, Mexico specializing in vacation info about hotels in tulum mexico plus experiences within the Yucatan Peninsula. Feel free to communicate with Albert directly if you want local advice as well as information for experiencing an amazing journey throughout Yucatan.

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