Se reunirán DJ´s nacionales e internacionales en la Riviera Maya

Los DJ’s internacionales Tony Moran, Ana Paula, Javier Medina, Dani Toro, Joe Gauthreaux, Dj Grind, LEOMEO, Victor Leben, Andrei Stan y Jonh Cortez, junto con el mexicano Oscar Velázquez, serán parte del Paraíso, festival de música electrónica que se llevará a cabo en Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, apenas 60 kilómetros del paradisiaco balneario de Tulum, en la Riviera Maya.
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Además, estará Alex Acosta, uno de los dj y productores mexicanos con influencia y trayectoria a nivel mundial, Karim Kato, Marvin Ayy, Chis S, Xavier Alvarado, Hernán Maldonado y Eduardo Hidalgo, en las 10 fiestas temáticas que conformarán el festival.

En un comunicado de prensa, se informó que la española Matineé, la italiana The Farm, la canadiense Prism Festival y la griega XLSIOR, llegan a México para dar cinco días del mejor ambiente y de la mejor música del mundo con 18 dj´s.

Considerada como una de las zonas xon mejores playas del mundo, desde Tulum hasta Playa del Carmen en la Riviera Maya, Playa se convertirá en el punto de reunión de las principales y mejores fiestas del Circuito a nivel mundial del 27 de noviembre al 1 de diciembre de 2013.

Circuit Boys, Decadance y Mítica Presenta, suman más de 20 años de experiencia en la producción de fiestas de gran calidad y talla internacional, presentando a los más grandes expositores de todos los sub géneros del house en el mundo.

Fuente: La Jornada

“TripAdvisor” distingue a Tulum Riviera Maya y sus Playas

“TripAdvisor” distingue a Tulum Riviera Maya y sus Playas

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Por segundo año consecutivo, el prestigioso portal en Internet para viajeros “TripAdvisor” colocó a las playas de Tulum entre las tres mejores del país, en la edición anual de los “Traveller’s Choice Awards”, que se realiza con base en los comentarios de  miles de usuarios que ingresan diariamente al citado medio de comunicación, para conocer cuáles son los mejores lugares para viajar alrededor del mundo. Además, Tulum fue designado entre los tres mejores destinos turísticos de México, mientras que las zonas arqueológicas de Tulum y Cobá fueron elegidas entre los 10 principales atractivos para conocer durante la estadía en nuestro país.
En el 2012 el importante portal en Internet eligió las playas de este destino como las mejores de México, por lo que se recibió un reconocimiento a través del Fideicomiso de Promoción Turística de la Riviera Maya (FPTRM).
Las buenas gestiones en materia de promoción turística que realiza el Gobernador Roberto Borge Angulo siguen aportando excelentes resultados, no solamente para el municipio sino para todo el Caribe mexicano.

Fuente, DQR

Riviera Maya es sede de Concurso Internacional de Bikini

Participarán 100 chicas de Estados Unidos, Europa y México. La ganadora será la portada de la revista Playboy México. 

CANCÚN, Q. Roo.- Con la participación de 100 chicas de Estados Unidos, Europa y México, mañana domingo se realizará en el hotel Oasis Sens el Concurso Internacional de Bikini 2013, en donde la ganadora será la portada de la revista Playboy México.

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En conferencia de prensa, se dio a conocer que el evento es patrocinado por la empresa International Bikini Models Search y que en mayo pasado se realizó el mismo evento en las Bahamas.

Además, por las bellezas naturales con que cuenta Cancún se decidió realizarlo en este destino, aunado a que todas las participantes trabajan en los casinos Playboy y el polo turístico cuenta con uno.

Emanuel Salias Castelán, asistente de la organización del evento, comentó que el próximo 8 de octubre se realizará el concurso final, pero en estos días previos se realizará sesiones de fotos.

Mexico: Riviera Maya ranks as a favorite for end-of-summer vacations

Prices are falling and interest rising in Riviera Maya from Cancun to Tulum as summer draws to a close, according to statistics compiled by Kayak.com, the airfare and travel comparison website.

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If you’re looking for a budget-friendly, last-minute beach destination to end your summer vacation, Mexico’s Riviera Maya may be a winner.

Kayak’s techies analyzed more than 100 million inquiries a month that were conducted on the website from Memorial Day through July to find late-summer deals in August. It also identified where Americans are headed during the Labor Day weekend.

Cancun, acces point to Riviera Maya, scored third (after Atlanta and Denver), with a 9.2% decrease in average airfare for travel in August compared with earlier in the summer. The average August airfare is $507. Average airfare for Cancun for the holiday weekend is $495.

Among the late summer hotel deals available in the area is an offer from three Iberostar Riviera Maya resorts that include a kids-free promotion. When visiting with two or more adults who are paying full price, two children can stay free.

The offer is valid at the Iberostar Paraiso Beach, Paraiso del Mar and Cozumel resorts, all within the 90-mile stretch, from Cancun to Tulum, of southeastern Mexico known as the Riviera Maya.

“Each of these resorts provides a great variety of activities for children and adults,” said John Long, an Iberostar vice president, mentioning “our new splash parks, 18-hole championship golf courses and full-services spas.”

Iberostar Hotels & Resorts is a family-owned hospitality group based in Spain, with 18 properties in Mexico and the Caribbean.

The kids-free promotion is available through Dec. 23, with prices starting at $198 per night for two adults.

Source: LATIMES.COM

How Safe is Mexico?

Mexico is safer than other popular destinations. 

Mexico, one of the world’s great travel destinations, is often singled out for violent crime without telling the whole story. While there is sporadic violence along parts of the U.S. border, the majority of Mexico’s key tourism areas are not only safe, but safer than many other popular tourism areas.  Compare Travel Destinations >

The Yucatan is as safe as rural U.S. states.

The magnificent beaches and ancient ruins of the Mexican State of Yucatan are among the safest and most spectacular resort beaches in the world. Yucatan’s low homicide rate is slightly lower than the rural U.S. States of Wyoming, Montana, Oregon and Maine.

Understanding the size and scope of Mexico.

Mexico is huge, ranking 14th among the world’s 249 countries and spanning over 2,000 miles from end to end. Mexico is a nation of 31 states as diverse as those in the U.S. and is larger than the the States from Texas to Maine. Imagining all of Mexico is dangerous because of isolated border violence would be like cancelling a vacation to Orlando because of the Boston Bombing. You wouldn’t cancel trips or conferences to Dallas or New Orleans because of  the terrible shootings in Arizona, Colorado or Connecticut because they are simply not related. Yet Dallas and New Orleans are closer to border violence than many of Mexico’s peaceful tourist areas which endured significant cancellations.

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Mexico City is 4 times safer than Washington D.C.

The U.S. State Department in Washington issues warnings about Mexico, yet Washington D.C. is four times more deadly than Mexico City. Washington’s murder rate has been cut almost in half in the last 10 years, but it still averages 24 per 100,000 vs. only 8-9 per 100,000 in Mexico City. How do you suppose the U.S. State department would feel if the Mexican government posted travel warnings for the U.S. capital?

“Mexico’s violence not as widespread as it seems.”

After months of sensationalized stories about Mexico’s border violence, USA Today published a story about the media hype. While the story itself became an opportunity to re-tell some sensational tales, it did set the record straight by finally comparing  U.S. and Mexican homocide figures.

Politics & Profits drive sensational media.

Why is Mexico shown in a negative light? There is money to be made by sensationalizing violence. U.S. and Mexican drug cartels have launched graphic attacks south of the border which secure profitable results for both media and cartels alike. If you are a drug dealer looking for trouble along the border, you can find it. If you are visiting Mexico’s touristic areas, you are safer than you are in many U.S. touristic areas.

Source: Read this article at its original site with all active hyperlinks @ http://howsafeismexico.com

Canadian Investors to Build $250 Million Hotel in Mexico’s Booming Riviera Maya.

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MEXICO CITY – Canada’s Sunwing Travel plans to build a $250 million hotel in the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, the Tourism Secretariat said.

Sunwing Travel Group CEO Stephen Hunter and vice president Lawrence Elliot revealed the plan to build the hotel during a meeting Monday in Toronto with Mexican Tourism Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu, the secretariat said.

The hotel and tour company plans to build the 1,250-room Royalton Riviera Cancun next year in Puerto Morelos, a city on Mexico’s Caribbean coast.

Sunwing Travel operates airlines, tour companies and travel agencies, ranking as the No. 1 marketer of vacation packages for travelers from Canada to Mexico.

Source; EFE, LAHT

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders here to Promote the Mayan Riviera

COZUMEL, Mexico – A tourism campaign for the Caribbean island of Cozumel in the Mayan Riviera,  just of the Quintana Roo coast of Mexican resort towns of Playa ndel Carmen and Tulum, will feature the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, thanks to an agreement between the NFL team and Mexican tourism officials, a team representative said.

The photographs being used in the campaign were taken around Cozumel for the squad’s 2014 calendar, which is expected to sell more than 200,000 copies, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Kelli Finglass said.

The images will be used for ads in magazines that cover American football and television spots aimed at the NFL team’s fans.“This is the best place we have been. It is not the first time, but it’s not going to be the last time we come to Cozumel because it’s a place you have to see,” Finglass said.

About $300,000 was spent to cover the cheerleading squad’s transportation costs, Quintana Roo Governor Roberto Borge said.

Hoteliers provided lodging for the more than 60 people who spent a week visiting the island’s best known attractions for photo shoots.

Promotional campaigns like this are expected to help increase the percentage of tourists who return to Cozumel, Quintana Roo Tourism Secretary Juan Carlos Gonzalez said.

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La ciencia contra las predicciones mayas

La ciencia contra las predicciones mayas

Fuente El Universal

Sin bien se ha hecho una gran ejercicio de comunicación de que el 21 de diciembre no será el fin del mundo, apocalípticos siguen insistiendo que este fatal fenómeno sucederá, por ello la ciencia ha dado explicaciones para las supuesta ‘predicciones mayas’

A pocos días de que se cumpla el plazo del 21 de diciembre, diferentes personajes como la NASA y el Vaticano han declarado como falsas la supuestas predicciones mayas que vaticinan el fin del mundo, a pesar de ello seguidores de estas visiones apocalípticas continúan.

2012-doomsdayDe acuerdo al diario ABC.es, dependencias estadounidenses han recibido miles de correos electrónicos pidiendo instrucciones sobre como comportarse ante la catástrofe que se espera, incluso personas han amenazado con quitarse la vida.

Sin embargo, hasta el día de hoy no se ha reportado ningún comportamiento extraño en la Tierra, ni en el cielo y por su parte el Sol mantiene su actividad normal.

Por lo que las preocupaciones son exageradas, además diferentes especialistas de diferentes áreas de estudio como Guillermo Bernal, epigrafista de la UNAM, aseguran que el fin del calendario de cuenta larga representa unrenacimiento simbólico, además de que se aclarado por diferentes fuentes que la concepción maya del tiempo es cíclica por lo que no hay un fin específico, sino nuevos comienzos.

Diferentes astrónomos, y la NASA misma, han planteado que la astronomía no ve como posibles las prediccionesya que no se han visto cambios evidentes en los campos magnéticos o en el cielo recientemente.

Para dejarlo más claro presentamos los supuestos hechos fatídicos que sucederán este viernes y las razones científicas que aseguran que no sucederán.

Ráfaga solar

Uno de los postulados del supuesto fin del mundo es el que dice que una inesperada y enorme llamarada solar destruirá toda la vida que se conoce en el planeta. Esto se ha basado en que el 21 de diciembre ha coincidido con el regular ciclo solar que sucede cada 11 años y en el cual el astro presenta mayor numero de eyecciones de masa coronal y manchas solares, algo que se tiene bien estudiado.

La debilidad de este argumento reside en que el punto máximo de actividad solar se tiene programado para finales de 2013, además de que no es uno de los ciclos más activos que ha tenido el Sol desde que se tiene registro del fenómeno.

Una llamarada solar no sería suficiente para destruir a la humanidad y a todo ser viviente, el mayor riesgo es para los sistemas eléctricos y de telecomunicaciones.

Sin embargo, el Sol sí será culpable de la destrucción del planeta pero eso sucederá hasta dentro de 4.5 mil millones de años, cuando el astro agote su combustible y se expanda hasta alcanzar la órbita de Venus, en ese momento la Tierra será inhabitable.
Un planeta o asteroide se impactarán en la Tierra

Mayan-Calendar-Doomsday-PredictionUna de las predicciones que se han hecho y difundido es que el planeta recibirá el choque de objeto celeste con dimensiones enormes que destruirán a la humanidad. Uno de estos objetos es el mitológico planeta Nibiru el cual está del otro lado del Sol y se acerca ala Tierra cada 3 mil 600 años.

Existe la posibilidad de que en los extremos del Sistema Solar existan objetos celestes que no se han podido captar aún. Si este imaginario planeta se estuviera acercando su avistamiento ya habría sido reportado por alguna agencia espacial, ya que habría existido anomalías gravitacionales en el Sistema Solar o bien sería un objeto que a simple vista se observaría más grande que la Luna.

En cuanto a asteroides, si bien se ha reportado el acercamiento de estos objetos, como el Tutatis que pasó cerca de nuestro planeta el 12 de diciembre pasado, hasta hoy no se ha reportado ningún objeto que presente un peligro inminente para la humanidad, esto no quiere decir que en el futuro lejano sea una realidad que pueda suceder.

Esconder este tipo de información, para los que existe un complot de los gobiernos, es imposible debido a una basta red de astrónomos aficionados que observan el cielo y catalogan asteroides frecuentemente, como sucedió a mediado de octubre pasado, por lo que de existir un fenómeno como tal acercándose a la tierra sería complicado.

Inversión del campo magnético

Este fenómeno consiste en que el polo magnético norte y sur del planeta se invierten, lo cual sucede entre una y cinco veces cada millón de años, y la última vez fue hace 780 mil años, y por ahora no hay indicios de que un proceso como este vaya a suceder en el futuro próximo.

Durante este proceso el planeta se encuentra más expuesto a la radiación cósmica y solar pero no representa ningún peligro para la vida. Argumento que se da en otra supuesta predicción maya.

Hasta ahora no hay evidencia de que esta antigua civilización dotará de importancia a los campos magnéticos y a las llamaradas solares, según el antropólogo y astrónomo Anthony Aveni de la Universidad de Colgate en EU.
Alineación galáctica

endtime.wheelEl 21 de diciembre, además del solsticio de invierno sucederá una alineación del Sol y la Tierra con el centro de la Vía Láctea, lo que ha generado la creencia de que oscuros poderes se abrirán camino con dicho acomodamiento para destruir la Tierra.

Este tipo de fenómenos geométricos no provocan ningún efecto sobre los objetos celestes que lo componen. Además, el centro de la galaxia no se puede determinar con precisión, debido a que la posición del planeta no permite conocer su tamaño y forma real.

Intensa actividad volcánica

Los seguidores de las visiones apocalítpcas de este 21 de diciembre aseguran que un súpervolcán entrará en actividad lo que acarreará el la destrucción de la vida.

Si bien es cierto que enormes erupciones volcánicas, como la de Sumatra, han estado a punto de crear grandes catástrofes, debido procesos que crearon algo parecido a un invierno nuclear, donde la humanidad casi desaparece, hoy es bien sabido cuáles son los puntos volcánicos con mayor actividad del planeta, los cuales son monitoreados constantemente.

Las súpereurpciones han sido poco frecuentes en la historia del planeta, y se calcula que en promedio sucede una cada 700 mil años, en la actualidad no hay pruebas o indicios de que un suceso como este vaya a desencadenarse en un futuro próximo.

Top 10 most visited cities in the world by US travelers – Cancun & Riviera Maya rank #1

It wasn’t hard to determine which cities Americans travel to most outside of the U.S. The challenge? Narrowing down the must-see sights for first-timers–and veterans.

Where do Americans travel most outside the states? That was the question asked when compiling Budget Travel’s Top 10 Most Visited Cities by U.S. Travelers. Paris? Definitely? Riviera Maya? Yes!

#1 Cancun, Mexico

Cancun remains the No. 1 top destination for U.S. travel abroad, thanks to cheap flights from the States, 14 miles of beaches, and carnival-style nightlife that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students every Spring Break. But if you think this former Mayan trading city is just a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the real Cancun.

3 MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS FOR FIRST-TIMERS

Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines offer the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a festive party beach with calm, tranquil water and bungalow restaurants/bars under the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for travelers looking to get away from the crowds (and perhaps catch a few waves).

Day Trip to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind travelers of the city’s ancient history as a Mayan trading port and give the urban layout a uniquely mythic look (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). But for a more immersive experience, take a day trip drive down Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and closer than Chichen Itza).

Coco Bongo It would be a shame to leave Cancun without a glimpse of the most explosive, extravagant club the party city has to offer. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to ridiculous proportions–a massive 1,800-person nightclub with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on any platform they can climb onto.

3 MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS FOR RETURN VISITORS

Isla Mujeres This tiny island off the coast of Cancun is a quiet escape from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded beaches are perfect for laying out in the sun after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s restaurants, and the azure water seems made for an afternoon swim.

Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula creates a unique experience for travelers looking for adventure in the form of sunken cenotes–subterranean rivers and lakes that you can access via rappelling into caverns.

Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya have plenty of offshore dive sites. But if your tank skills are up to par, one of the coolest spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, designed by British artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures laid out at the bottom of the sea. New to scuba? No problem. Scuba Cancun can set you up with a beginner’s diving lesson and then a museum dive for $80.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/10/01/top-10-most-visited-cities-in-world/#ixzz29Wz9AFoM

Riviera Maya’s travel and tourism continues steady growth

Located along 81 miles of the Eastern Caribbean coastline in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the Riviera Maya region broke tourism records in 2011, welcoming more than 3.6 million visitors. The Riviera Maya Destination Marketing Office said it recorded 3,610,367 visitors last year, representing a 7.05% increase in overall visitation from 2010 and an increase of more than 200% from the year 2000. Of the 10.2 million international travelers that visited Mexico in 2011, 28.4% traveled to the Riviera Maya area.

In 2011, the destination also reported 10,197,654 consumed room nights, an increase in 7.9% over the previous year. The United States continues to remain Riviera Maya’s largest inbound market for tourism, making up more than a third of the destination’s overall visitation.

“Despite the challenges Mexico’s tourism has faced in recent years, Riviera Maya continues to appeal to global visitors as one of the world’s top travel destinations, as demonstrated from our record-breaking year in 2011,” said Dario Flota Ocampo, general director of the Riviera Maya Destination Marketing Office.

Adding to its appeal as a global hot spot, the bulk of the destination’s tourism is comprised of international visitors (80.8%). The number of visitors from Europe and South America grew tremendously in 2011, with a 14.4% and 32.7% increase in visitation from each continent respectively. Despite double-digit growth in emerging international markets, the U.S. still remains Riviera Maya’s largest foreign tourist market, followed by Europe and Canada. Last year, more than 45% of all Canadian tourists visiting Mexico headed to the Rivera Maya region.

Continuing the 2011 trend of growth in visitors and room nights, the destination has also grown in hotel inventory. In the last decade, Riviera Maya has added more than 100 new hotels, which total more than 21,000 hotel rooms and a diverse range of hospitality offerings. Looking forward, the destination is expecting continued growth in the tourism sector with the addition of the upscale Kanai development in 2014, slated to feature several well-known luxurious hotel brands including Starwood Hotels & Resorts; the St. Regis Kanai, Resort & Residence; W Retreat Kanai and Kanai Auberge.

In addition to a growing hotel inventory and increased global appeal, 2012 is set to be another hallmark year for Mexican tourism as the celebration of the end of the Mayan calendar and mythological period of rebirth takes place. Tulum, one of the region’s most popular ancient archeological sites, saw 1,085,288 visitors in 2011 and is expected to see milestone visitation levels in 2012.

“We expect 2012 to be another monumental year in Riviera Maya’s tourism as we enter the beginning of a new era in Maya history and continue to position the area as a mecca for authentic cultural experiences. As a community-wide effort, Riviera Maya is committed to improving the already memorable experiences that make this area a desirable destination for international travel,” said Flota Ocampo.

Riviera Maya has announced Q1 results for 2012 noting increased levels of visitation and occupied hotel room nights versus the same period in 2011. In the most recent figures released by the Riviera Maya DMO, the destination has seen a 5% rise in overall visitation and 5.7% increase of hotel room nights consumed as compared to 2011 (January to March).

10 FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT THE LIVING MAYA

10 FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT THE LIVING MAYA

Source: LISTVERSE

The Maya is a Mesoamerican civilization, noted for the only known fully developed written language of the pre-Columbian Americas, as well as its art, architecture, and mathematical and astronomical systems. Many misconceptions about the mayans exist, and this list should put an end to at least one or two of them. In addition, it will introduce you to facts that you never knew about this great ancient civilization.

10 Continuing Culture

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The Fact: There are numerous Mayans still living in their home regions

In fact, there are over seven million Mayans living in their home regions, many of whom have managed to maintain substantial remnants of their ancient cultural heritage. Some are quite integrated into the modern cultures of the nations in which they reside, while others continue a more traditional culturally distinct life, often speaking one of the Mayan languages as a primary language. The largest populations of contemporary Maya inhabit the Mexican states of Yucatán, Campeche, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, and Chiapas, and in the Central American countries of Belize, Guatemala, and the western portions of Honduras and El Salvador. Just as a point of interest, it is very possible that the word “shark” comes to us from the Mayan languages, as does the word “cocoa”. To say “thank you” in Yucatec Maya, you say “Jach Dyos b’o’otik.”

9 Mayan Childhood

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The Fact: The Mayans “enhanced” the beauty of their children

The Maya desired some unnatural physical characteristics for their children. For instance, at a very young age boards were pressed on babies’ foreheads to create a flattened surface. This process was widespread among the upper class. Another practice was to cross babies’ eyes. To do this, objects were dangled in front of a newborn’s eyes, until the newborn’s eyes were completely and permanently crossed. Another interesting fact about Mayan children is that most were named according to the day they were born. Every day of the year had a specific name for both boys and girls and parents were expected to follow that practice.

8 Excellent Doctors

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The Fact: The Mayans had many excellent medical practices

Health and medicine among the ancient Maya was a complex blend of mind, body, religion, ritual, and science. Important to all, medicine was practiced only by a select few who were given an excellent education. These men, called shamans, act as a medium between the physical world and spirit world. They practice sorcery for the purpose of healing, foresight, and control over natural events. Since medicine was so closely related to religion and sorcery, it was essential that Maya shamans had vast medical knowledge and skill. It is known that the Maya sutured wounds with human hair, reduced fractures, and were even skilled dental surgeons, making prostheses from jade and turquoise and filling teeth with iron pyrite.

7 Blood Sacrifice

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The Fact: Some Mayans still practice blood sacrifice

It is a rather well known fact that the Mayans practiced human sacrifice for religious and medical reasons – but what most people don’t know is that many Mayans still practice blood sacrifice. But don’t get too excited – chicken blood has now replaced human blood. Today the Maya keep many of the ritualistic traditions of their ancestors. Elements of prayer, offerings, blood sacrifice (replacing human blood with that of sacrificed chickens), burning of copal incense, dancing, feasting, and ritual drinking continue in traditional ceremonies.

6 Painkillers

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The Fact: The Mayans used painkillers

The Mayan peoples regularly used hallucinogenic drugs (taken from the natural world) in their religious rituals, but they also used them in day to day life as painkillers. Flora such as peyote, the morning glory, certain mushrooms, tobacco, and plants used to make alcoholic substances, were commonly used. In addition, as depicted in Maya pottery and carvings, ritual enemas were used for a more rapid absorption and effect of the substance. Above is a statue of a Mayan enjoying their enema.

5 Ball Courts

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The Fact: The Mayans built ball courts so they could play games

The Mesoamerican ballgame was a sport with ritual associations played for over 3000 years by the pre-Columbian peoples of Mesoamerica. The sport had different versions in different places during the millennia, and a modern version of the game, ulama, is still played in a few places by the local indigenous population. Ballcourts were public spaces used for a variety of elite cultural events and ritual activities like musical performances and festivals, and of course, the ballgame. Enclosed on two sides by stepped ramps that led to ceremonial platforms or small temples, the ball court itself was of a capital “I” shape and could be found in all but the smallest of Maya cities. In Classic Maya, the ballgame was called pitz, and the action of play was ti pitziil. The game was played with a ball roughly the size of a volleyball but made from rubber and heavier. Decapitation is particularly associated with the ballgame – severed heads are featured in much Late Classic ballgame art. There has even been speculation that the heads and skulls were used as balls.

4 Saunas

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The Fact: The Mayans used saunas

An important purification element to the ancient Maya was the sweat bath, or zumpul-ché. Similar to a modern day sauna, sweat baths were constructed of stone walls and ceilings, with a small opening in the top of the ceiling. Water poured onto the hot rocks in the room created steam, offering a setting in which to sweat out impurities. Sweat baths were used for a range of conditions and situations. New mothers who had recently conceived a child would seek revitalization in them, while individuals who were sick could find healing power in sweating. Maya kings made a habit out of visiting the sweat baths as well because it left them feeling refreshed and, as they believed, cleaner.

3 The Last Maya State

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The Fact: The last Maya state existed until 1697

The island city of Tayasal was the last independent Mayan kingdom and some Spanish priests peacefully visited and preached to the last Itza king, Canek, as late as 1696. The Itza kingdom finally submitted to Spanish rule on March 13, 1697, to a force led by Martín de Ursua, governor of Yucatán. The famous archeological site and home to the beautiful monuments we are all familiar with was in Chichen Itza, located in this last independent region. Interestingly, much of the land under the monuments is privately owned by one family, whilst the government owns and administers the monuments themselves.

2 Life Goes On

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The Fact: The Mayan Calendar does not predict the end of the world in 2012

First of all, the Mayans don’t have a calender they have calendars which often interlocked. The calender that has given rise to the myth of the end of the world is the Mayan long count calendar. According to Mayan Mythology, we are living in the fourth world or “creation” so to speak. The last creation ended on 12.19.19.17.19 of the long count calendar. That sequence will occur again on December 20, 2012. According to the Mayans this is a time of great celebration for having reached the end of a creation cycle. It does not mean the end of the world but the beginning of a new “age”. Does the world end every December 31st? No – we go on to a new year. This is the same as the Mayan creation periods. In fact, the Mayans make many references to dates that fall beyond 2012. The idea of 2012 being the end of the world was actually first suggested by New Age religionist José Argüelles in his 1987 book The Mayan Factor: Path Beyond Technology.

1 Ancient Mystery

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The Fact: No one really knows what caused the collapse of the Mayan culture

For reasons that are still debated, the Maya centers of the southern lowlands went into decline during the 8th and 9th centuries and were abandoned shortly thereafter. This decline was coupled with a cessation of monumental inscriptions and large-scale architectural construction. Non-ecological theories of Maya decline are divided into several subcategories, such as overpopulation, foreign invasion, peasant revolt, and the collapse of key trade routes. Ecological hypotheses include environmental disaster, epidemic disease, and climate change. There is evidence that the Maya population exceeded carrying capacity of the environment including exhaustion of agricultural potential and over-hunting of megafauna. Some scholars have recently theorized that an intense 200 year drought led to the collapse of Maya civilization.

TULUM RIVIERA MAYA NOMINADO A LOS WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS

TULUM RIVIERA MAYA NOMINADO A LOS WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS

TULUM, 30 de abril.-En días recientes se dio a conocer la lista de nominados para los World Travel Awards edición 2012. En estos premios, conocidos como “los Oscar del Turismo” Tulum compite con destinos como Bocas Del Toro en Panama, Jaco Beach, en Costa Rica, Placencia Belize en Belize, Playa Santo Domingo en Nicaragua, Roatan-Bay Islands en Honduras, West Bay Beach Roatan en Honduras y en México con las playas de Cancun.

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No es la primera vez que Tulum y sus playas son reconocidos a nivel internacional. Anteriormente las playas de Tulum resultaron ganadoras ante esta nominación, resultando de nueva cuenta nominadas en el 2010 y 2011.

Adicionalmente a los World Travel Awards, otras instancias han reconocido a Tulum, como la red Trip Advisor, quien este año nombró a las playas de Tulum como las mejores de México y el tercer lugar en las mejores playas del mundo por medio del premio “Travellers’ Choice”, un reconocimiento que procede directamente de los usuarios de esta red.

Asímismo, los World Travel Awards se otorgan de acuerdo con la votación de los usuarios. El voto puede realizarse a través de la página web http://www.worldtravelawards.com, donde será necesario hacer un registro para poder votar.