Las 10 mejores playas de América, Tulum una de ellas

Tulum Real Estate InformationLas 10 mejores playas de América, Tulum una de ellas

Descubre los paradisíacos destinos que combinan sol, arena y mar en nuestro continente

Jueves 03 de febrero de 2011 Redacción | El Universal 00:13

Sol, arena y mar, son los tres elementos perfectos para unas ricas y atrevidas vacaciones.

El Caribe y Sudamérica son reconocidos por sus litorales paradisíacos, a continuación te presentamos el top ten de las playas que cautivan a miles en el mundo.

PARAISO. La playa de Tulum es reconocida por su belleza natural y cultural.

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Tulum RuinasTulum, México

Sobre un acantilado, la enigmática ciudad amurallada de los mayas, Tulum, custodia una extensa ribera sobre el mar Caribe. Playas de arena blanquísima y aguas increíblemente turquesas invitan a una larga estadía bajo el sol.

Ubicado justo frente al Arrecife Mesoamericano -la segunda barrera coralina más grande del mundo-, este destino es también un parque natural que seduce a los amantes del buceo y del snorkel

No todo aquí es vida de playa; una buena alternativa es visitar los sitios arqueológicos de Cobá y Muyil, muy cerca, y sumar una escapada a Chichén-Itzá.

Anguilla, Antillas Menores

Convertida en un destino de lujo, esta pequeña isla de pasado británico hoy es dominio de villas residenciales y unos pocos resorts del más alto nivel; instalarse en ellos es la única manera de acercarse a este excluyente refugio caribeño.

Son 33 las playas (la de Bahía Rendezvous es una de las mejores) que aparecen sobre la costa de arena pálida, apenas lamida por un mar translúcido de tonos preciosos.

En Valley, la capital, el desorganizado caserío le resta encanto a los pocos vestigios coloniales que aún perduran; el toque pintoresco lo ponen las cabras sueltas por las callecitas con que el viajero suele toparse. En los bares suena el reggae.

Itacaré, Brasil

Años atrás, las tierra estaban dedicadas al cacao; después, cuando todo se acabó, el sitio se reconvirtió lentamente. Hoy, esas grandes áreas entre morros habitadas por palmerales se convirtieron en el destino de los buscadores de nuevos “paraísos”.

Las mejores playas: Itacarezinho, ideal para surfear. Prainha, encerrada entre dos morros y rodeada de un increíble grupo de cocoteros, es de las más lindas de todo el país; llegar cuesta, pero vale el esfuerzo. En Havaizinho uno se siente como en una isla desierta y en Jeribucaçu la marea baja forma una laguna enorme y transparente como un apéndice del mar.

Islas Culebra, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico se sale del imaginario de las playas perfectas, porque la mayoría de los viajeros tiende a concentrarse en San Juan, la ciudad colonial que atrae reportajes por su emergente movida gastronómica (jóvenes chefs formados en Estados Unidos que han vuelto a lanzar un celebrado camino propio).

Y son todavía pocos los que se atreven a internarse en el país y conocer sitios como las islas Culebra y Culebrita, donde está Tortuga, un kilómetro de playa que es exactamente como uno sueña que sean las del Caribe.

Los Roques, Venezuela

Mirar el mapa cada mañana y elegir uno de los tantos cayos y atolones donde gastar las horas a solas con el mar y el sol es lo que hacen quienes visitan este parque nacional a 30 minutos en avión de Caracas.

Son más de 300 islas coralinas y sólo cuatro están habitadas. Gran Roque, la capital, concentra todos los servicios. Desde ahí sale una lancha hacia el islote elegido, donde se te “abandonado” con sombrilla y hielera. La otra forma de recorrer el archipiélago es en barco, un placer mayúsculo que no cuesta más caro que el de vivir en Gran Roque.

Kuainidup, Panamá

En Kuna Yala, archipiélago compuesto por 360 islas, hay playas para regodearse, pero también para perderse. Por eso (y por el difícil acceso y la precaria oferta) todos terminan en las islas Perro, Anzuelo o Aguja.

Para escapar, hay que tomar un bote en el puerto de Cartí Tupilé -se llega volando o por tierra desde Ciudad de Panamá- y buscar una isla perdida llamada Kuainidup, que tiene todo lo que en Kuna Yala es un lujo -agua caliente, bar- y eso que acá es común: una playa sedante.

Playa de las estrellas, Panamá

Nadar bajo el sol tiene un encanto especial. Se trata de un hábitat de aguas poco profundas y oleaje sereno, y en el fondo se aprecian enormes estrellas de mar rojas, amarillas y anaranjadas.

Estos particulares seres marinos, que aquí se cuentan por decenas, son el verdadero motivo de atracción de los visitantes que se aplican a descubrirlas con sólo mirar a través de las aguas verde-azules del mar que rodea la isla Colón, una de las tantas que forman el archipiélago de Bocas del Toro.

En el resto de la isla, bosques, ríos, arroyos y pantanos se alternan con los arrecifes coralinos de la costa y los exuberantes manglares.

Praia do Madeiro, Brasil

Pipa es una de las playas más taquilleras del cada vez más popular Noreste brasileño. Pipa es el clásico pueblito que un día atrajo a hippies europeos que terminaron comprando terrenos y abriendo hotelitos.

Pipa es una calle larga, estrecha, flanqueada por bares y restaurantes. Pipa es famosa. Y sin embargo, nos gusta tanto Praia do Madeiro porque la playa es definitivamente mejor (en Pipa, la del pueblo está ocupada por botes de pescadores y hay que rentar un buggy para encontrar otras buenas), y está justo un poco antes de Pipa. Y por eso, Ponta do Madeiros se queda tranquila en su delicioso anonimato.

Frenchman’s Cove, Jamaica

La isla de Bob Marley es uno de los destinos más populares del Caribe, y nombres como Montego Bay, Negril y Ocho Rios son potencias caribeñas. Pero, con un buen guía (y chofer, porque manejar es una proeza), se llega a Port Antonio, un caserío tranquilo donde nadie parece desvivirse por un turista.

A minutos de ahí está Frenchman’s Cove, una muy pequeña playa privada (se paga entrada), bordeada por roqueríos cubiertos de árboles. La arena es blanquísima, el agua turquesa, y si llega temprano, podrá tenderse donde se le dé la gana.

A diez minutos de Frenchman’s Cove está Winnifred Beach, otra playa excelente. Y pública.

La Piscina, Colombia

El Parque Nacional Tayrona tiene buena relación con la fama. Hace algunos años, atrajo miradas como locación para el clásico especial de traje de baños de la revista Sports Illustrated. Y hace poco, el diario inglés The Guardian lo apuntó en sus 10 playas top del mundo. En rigor, Tayrona es un grupo de playas, donde La Piscina es lejos la más espectacular (se llega a pie desde Arrecifes).

*Con información de GDA / La Nación y El Mercurio

Graba el Presidente Felipe Calderón Programa en Cenote “Dos Ojos” en Tulum

Tulum Real Estate InformationGraba el Presidente Felipe Calderón Programa en Cenote “Dos Ojos” en Tulum

Con información de Fuentes y la Dirección de Turismo del Municipo de Tulum

El presidente, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, visitó por segunda ocasión en menos de un mes el cenote “Dos Ojos”.

Cenote Dos Ojos
Cenote Dos Ojos, Tulum, Riviera Maya

El presidente  fue invitado a un programa de la televisora “Royal Tours” para promocionar las bellezas naturales del Caribe Mexicano, en particular del  Municipio de Tulum. El jefe del Ejecutivo federal arribó minutos después del mediodía a bordo de un helicóptero del Ejercito Nacional, que aterrizó en un área selvática ubicada en las inmediaciones del parque natural.

Uno de los ríos subterráneos que se encuentran en suelo tulumense, recibirá una amplia difusión a través del programa televisivo “The Royal Tour”, presentado por Peter Grenberg, quien tendrá como invitado al presidente Felipe Calderón Hinojosa.

Al filo de las 14:30 hrs arribó al Cenote Dos Ojos el Sr. Presidente Calderón acompañado de la Sra. Margarita Zavala de Calderón y sus tres hijos. Seguidamente hicieron un recorrido en bicicleta en el camino que conduce hacia el Cenote Dos Ojos y posteriormente practicaron buceo en el marco de las actividades que realiza por diversas locaciones del municipio de Tulum que serán proyectadas en el programa “The Royal Tour” conducido por el periodista Peter Greenberg. Considerando que el hilo conductor y principal caracteristica de este programa es que el anfitrión en el pais visitado sea el presidente o jefe de estado de cada pais ha sido el propio Presidente de la República Lic. Felipe Calderón Hinojosa el principal promotor de la bellezas con las que cuenta el municipio de Tulum.

Felipe Calderon Cenote Dos Hojos Mario Cruz
El Primer Mandatario Felipe Calderón en el Cenote Dos Hojos en compañia del Director de Turismo Municipal Lic. Mario Cruz Rodríguez

Alrededor de las 16:30 hrs el presidente se reunió con ejidatarios del ejido Jacinto Pat y posteriormente se le dio la bienvenida a cargo de el director de turismo del Gobierno Municipal de Tulum, Lic. Mario S. Cruz Rodríguez en representación del Presidente Municipal, C. Marciano Dzul Caamal, ahí se hizo mención de la gran labor de promoción que se está realizando para el municipio de Tulum y se aseguró que Tulum será un destino con gran proyección durante este 2011, Año del Turismo.”

El mandatario continuó así la visita de las rutas turísticas de Quintana Roo, Yucatán y Campeche, a fin de supervisar como operan estos planes de la secretaría que buscan ampliar el número de visitantes externos a México.

Calderón visitó así mismo Playa Punta Palancar, en Cozumel;  y Playa Punta Venado, en el municipio Solidaridad.

El Jefe del Ejecutivo también recorrió las rutas turísticas de la Zona Arqueológica de Chichen Itzá, Yucatán; y la Zona Arqueológica de Calakmul, Campeche.

Por otra parte el mandatario recibió el anuncio de que Inter Continental Hotels Group (IHG) realizará una inversión adicional en México por 500 millones de dólares durante los próximos 3 años. Esta inversión se traducirá en 47 hoteles proyectados, que implican 5 mil habitaciones de hospedaje.

Adicionalmente, Calderón recibió al Presidente de la Asociación Americana de Personas Retiradas (AARP, por sus siglas en inglés), W. Lee Hammond, y su Director Ejecutivo, A. Barry Rand.

El Ejecutivo Federal les dijo que “siempre son y serán bienvenidos en nuestro país” Destacó que comunidades en el Lago de Chapala, San Miguel de Allende y muchos otros lugares en México son ahora el hogar para los estadounidenses que decidieron mudarse a un país amigo con servicios de salud y turismo de calidad mundial.

Mayan Leaders of Mexico Welcome Indigenous Delegates to UNFCCC in Traditional Sunrise Ceremony

Tulum Real Estate InformationMayan Leaders of Mexico Welcome Indigenous Delegates to UNFCCC in Traditional Sunrise Ceremony

Tulum Maya Community
Tulum Maya Community

By Jason Pan
Special Report for Indigenous Peoples Media Network

Cancun, Mexico (Special to Huntingtonnews.net) – The indigenous peoples activities and parallel events for UNFCCC got started this past weekend with a traditional Sunrise Ceremony by Mayan community leaders of Mexico on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010.

Conducting the traditional ritual in the Mayan language (with translation in Spanish and English), the ceremony involved indigenous delegates and NGO representatives from around Mexico, joined by people from many countries around the world, who are here in Cancun to participate at the UN Climate Change summit meeting.

The traditional ritual seek for blessing and spiritual guidance from Mother Earth and “Sukum Keem“, the name for the Sun God in Mayan language. Organized by indigenous peoples groups and Klimafourm 10, the ceremony took place in a forest park campsite just outside of Cancun.

“We welcome the indigenous peoples from all corners of the world. This UN meeting is taking place in our Maya homeland. The World must hear our voice and our concerns at this meeting on Climate Change. We want to protect our land, our forest, the air and the water”, said Gabriel Mazon, a Mayan leader from the Tulum community of the Yucatan Peninsula, representing the local indigenous CCDS CDI organization.

Mazon chanted Mayan prayers and blessed each of the participants with the burning of herb medicine, as they held hands together in forming a great circle to surround the sacred fire burning in the center.

Other Mayan spokespersons made reference to the ancient Mayan calendar, the long historic perspectives of his people and the cyclic nature of Time which brings about great changes, and the birth, destruction and re-birth of the world.

Also conducting the ceremony was Het’sua, a Mayan community leader from the Olmec state of Mexico. He said, “The Mayan people are the knowledge-keeper of Time. We have recorded the movement of the sun, the moon, and the stars. We understand the cyclic movement of the Universe, and our Earth is part of this Great Cycle.”

Het’sua also told the participants that he can feel the strong positive energy of the Universe resonating at the event, because the local Mayans are receiving indigenous brothers and sisters from throughout Mexico, while a number of indigenous delegates have come a long way from Latin America, North America, Asia, and other parts of the world to gather for the alternative Peoples Climate Summit activities.

It is appropriate for the indigenous Mayan communities to host the event, as the UNFCCC is taking place in Cancun of the Yucatan Peninsula, which belongs to the traditional homeland of the Mayan people.

Representing the indigenous peoples of South America were the Aymara elders of Bolivia, Mr. Gabino Apata Mamani and his wife. They brought declaration and issue of concern on Climate Change from the Aymara people, and also the message of encouragement and support from Bolivian president Evo Morales.

Tom Goldtooth and his Indigenous Environmental Network represented the North American indigenous peoples at this event. Following the Mayan ritual, Goldtooth also took part in the ceremony by performing his Dakota people’s tradition of offering of peace pipes and special prayer.

According to the indigenous delegates at the event, they are attending UNFCCC and also partaking in the parallel activities outside of the official venues, in order to make their presence felt at this UN Climate Change Summit Meet.

There are also organizing a number of side events, workshops, and press conferences to present their recommendations and advisory to negotiations inside the UNFCCC, as the indigenous communities are among the most severely affected by impacts of climate change, cutting down of the forest, and the effects of global warming.

Photo – Mayan community leader Mr. Het’sua (left, standing) and other Mayan indigenous peoples of Mexico. joined by Aymara elders from Boliva (center, two persons in colorful poncho sitting) at the Sunrise Ceremony in Cancun, Mexico


Representa Sian Ka’an un paraiso en el Caribe mexicano

Representa Sian Ka’an un paraiso en el caribe mexicano

Tulum Real Estate InformationEl lugar es amenazado por basura y especies externas

Por Maria Cristina de la Cruz, Corresponsal, Tulum, QRoo. , 9 Dic. (Notimex).

Tulum Playa
Tulum Playa

Los ojos se deslumbran ante la inmensa alfombra verde formada por la selva y los manglares de Sian Ka’an, lugar marcado por una sinuosa laguna que se maneja con la complicidad de las apacibles olas del Mar Caribe.

Este sitio, conocido como el “lugar donde nace el cielo”, se extiende orgulloso por Tulum y Felipe Carrillo Puerto.

La Reserva de la Biosfera se ofrece virgen frente a un mar pintado de muchos azules, cuyo encanto es inmediato al ser acompanado por el silencio que solo es roto por los sonidos de las aves que danzan en lo alto.

Son aguilas pescadoras, pelicanos, espatulas chocolateras y fragatas, estas ultimas dedicadas a robarse la comida de las demas.

El vehiculo con un grupo de reporteros ha atravesado el arco maya donde una placa da cuenta que en 1987 la Organizacion de las Naciones Unidas para la Educacion, la Ciencia y la Cultura (Unesco) declaro Sian Ka’an como patrimonio de la humanidad.

Tulum Sian Ka'an
Tulum Sian Ka'an

El director de esta reserva natural protegida de un tamano un poco mayor a la geografia de Tlaxcala, Francisco Ursua Guerrero, iba frente al volante sorteando cientos de hoyancos en el camino de terraceria que hacen saltar al automovil y a sus ocupantes.

No obstante, Ursua Guerrero se daba tiempo para explicar lo que hay en la espesura de los verdes que dan la bienvenida desde la entrada.

El tres por ciento de este trozo de paraiso, ubicado a pocos minutos del centro de Tulum, a dos horas de Cancun y una hora de Playa del Carmen, esta ocupado por propiedades privadas y comunidades de pescadores.

Sin embargo, atrae anualmente a por lo menos 100 mil visitantes de 80 nacionalidades, entre investigadores y turistas, que buscan la paz al reconectarse con la naturaleza y alejarse del ajetreo de las grandes ciudades.

En el trayecto hay grandes bolsas negras apiladas y en su interior basura recogida de las playas, y este es precisamente uno de los dos grandes problemas que enfrenta Sian Ka’an, lo cual afecta de manera particular a las tortugas.

La corriente marina arrastra plasticos, vidrios y solidos flotantes que son dificiles de colocar en empresas recicladoras debido a lo complicado de su tratamiento por tanto tiempo expuestos al agua.

Sian Ka'an Tulum Wildlife Resereve Real Estate
Sian Ka'an Biosphere in Tulum

El experto dijo que es comun recoger dos toneladas de basura en cada dos kilometros de playa, y a las tres semanas o al mes la cantidad de desechos, provenientes de mas de 30 paises, segun las etiquetas detectadas, pueden alcanzar las 400 toneladas.

Destaco que 80 por ciento de los desechos son plasticos, y el resto es conformado por vidrios, sandalias, pedazos de refrigeradores y materiales biologico-infecciosos muy peligrosos.

En la laguna Caapechen hay vertederos de agua dulce en la laguna de agua salada.

Son una especie de tuneles que se conectan al manglar que sirven de “supermercado” en la produccion de alimentos a los manaties, segun la biologa Janette Acosta.

La especialista de la Comision Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas (Conanp) compartio tambien las explicaciones acerca del origen y uso que se dio a un monolito de piedra caliza surgido en la laguna.

Acosta explico que es uno de los 300 vestigios de la cultura maya fabricados con piedra caliza, y que segun los estudios cientificos supuestamente fue utilizado como punto de control a la navegacion en la zona.

Aqui una amenaza mas es el pez leon depredador de otras especies marinas con una capacidad extraordinaria de reproduccion.

De caprichosas formas y franjas en tonalidades escarlata esta especie introducida en aguas caribenas hace mas de ano y medio actualmente tiene en jaque a los pescadores que buscan la manera de exterminarlo.

La principal tactica ideada por los pescadores es atraparlo para convertirlo en un suculento platillo pues su carne es muy blanca y su sabor muy similar al mero.

Una vez retirada las espinas donde almacena las toxinas que pueden causar fuertes dolores a la victima es perfectamente comestible, segun la explicacion ofrecida por Fredy Martin Sierra, un nativo que mezcla su actividad de captura de langosta con la de guia de turistas.

Este hombre comparte el placer que le da ser pescador al narrar la forma en que atrapan las langostas en los espacios de parcela distribuidos entre los socios de la cooperativa de Los Alushes.

Aunque ellos las venden en 150 pesos, los restaurantes las ofrecen como un platillo exotico con un valor de hasta 900 pesos.

De pie frente al breve lazo que une a la laguna Caapechen con el mar en Boca Paila, y un arcoiris que timidamente aparece entre los haces de luces que se filtran por entre las nubes grises, el pescador describe como las langostas depositan a sus mas de cinco mil crias de las cuales apenas sobreviven unas cuantas al llegar a la superficie.

Esta a punto de caer la tarde y desde el mirador de madera en el centro de visitantes se puede apreciar en todo su esplendor.

Moda Nextel Cancún 2010. Caribe, moda y glamour.

Moda Nextel Cancún 2010. Caribe, moda y glamour.

Tulum Real Estate InformationPor Claudia Magún, el Viernes, 19 de noviembre de 2010 a las 10:11

Alessandra Ambrosio in Tulum
Alessandra Ambrosio in Tulum

Para todos aquellos que gustan de las últimas noticias del fashion, Nextel organiza una gran fiesta de moda y glamour en Cancún. Un evento donde la elegancia y el arte se dan cita en el hermoso escenario del Caribe para celebrar a los grandes talentos de las pasarelas. En esta edición 2010, Moda Nextel ha invitado a cinco diseñadores de talla internacional.

La estrella de esta gala, que se llevará a cabo mañana, será la colección de Victorio & Lucchino, dos exquisitos andaluces que deben su fama al amor, a ese sello romántico que le imprimen a sus elegantes creaciones para novia que culminan el sueño femenino. Referentes de la moda española, estos artistas diversifican su estilo acentuando la belleza de la mujer con una línea personalizada que la hace lucir como las grandes divas del cine europeo.

Además, entre sus proyectos se descubre una ingeniosa línea prêt a porter que cumple con el deseo de la fémina más caprichosa. Diseños muy femeninos, voluminosos, llenos de drapeados y otras alegorías del buen gusto son lo que promete esta mancuerna sevillana para Moda Nextel.

Otra de las luminarias que derrocharán su arte en la pasarela Cancún Moda Nextel 2010, es L’enfant terrible de la moda, el colombiano Esteban Cortázar, un joven prodigio de la aguja y el hilo que desde niño soñaba con vestir a las estrellas de Hollywood, alcanzando este sueño a los 14 años, cuando tuvo sus primeras experiencias en las pasarelas de Miami y más tarde en Nueva York. Con tan solo 25 años y el éxito en la mano, Cortázar inauguró con excelentes críticas y muchos aplausos, la importante Colombia Moda 2010, desafiando el viejo refrán que dice “nadie es profeta en su tierra”. Ahora, El Caribe mexicano será testigo de la calidad de quien fuera el diseñador de la legendaria casa Emanuel Ungaro… Esteban Cortázar, un estilo impecable que lo ha llevado a vestir a los hermosos cuerpos de Eva Longoria, Kelly Preston, París Hilton y Beyonce Knowles.

La moda para caballeros no podía estar ausente en la Cancún Moda Nextel 2010, Gustavo Moscoso será quien otorgue una muestra de los significados de elegancia, creatividad y distinción varonil, inspiradas en las tendencias vanguardistas que caracterizan a éste diseñador ecuatoriano. Así que, para todos los hombres guapos –o que aspiren a serlo–, no se pierdan del talento de este artífice del buen gusto y la personalidad masculina.

Nextel no olvida al talento mexicano, dos figuras representativas de la escena nacional: Clara González y Alexia Ulibarri, ambas promesas de la moda de nuestro país que buscan darle identidad al diseño mexicano.

Moda Nextel Cancún 2010, un espacio para las nuevas tendencias, un encuentro que coloca a nuestro país en el círculo del fashion internacional, se llevará a cabo mañana en la Riviera Mexicana.

LINKS DE LOS DISEÑADORES INVITADOS

VICTORIO & LUCCHINO

www.victorioylucchino.com

ESTEBAN CORTÁZAR

www.estebancortazar.com

http://twitter.com/estebancortazar

GUSTAVO MOSCOSO

www.gustavomoscoso.com

http://twitter.com/gustavomoscoso

CLARA GONZÁLEZ

www.claraglez.com

http://twitter.com/claraglez

ALEXIA ULIBARRI

www.alexiaulibarri.com

http://twitter.com/alexiaulibarri

 

Crazy for Cancun Riviera Maya and Tulum

Crazy for Cancun Riviera Maya and Tulum

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… Cancun and the Riviera Maya really do have it all. It’s a destination that features some of North America’s most attractive beaches and hottest night life but is also home to a handful of the planet’s most important archeological discoveries and a stunning coral reef.

Highlights include a trip to Playa del Carmen ,the unofficial capital of the Riviera Maya, an internationally known getaway for everyone from backpackers to multi-millionaires. The town has become a special favourite of the Europeans which is reflected in its art galleries, shops, bars and restaurants that range from hole-in-the-wall hangouts that serve amazing food to five star establishments which offer white glove service and nouveau cuisine menus.

Tankah Inn Bead & Breakfast Tankah Tulum BeachTake a day to explore the history of the Mayans, the extraordinary people who in the pre-Columbian era were leaders in architecture, mathematics, astronomy, engineering and agriculture. They built sophisticated walled cities in the heart of the jungle and on the edge of the ocean. The most impressive example are the ruins at Tulum, a walled city and port that was constructed along the cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea …

Excerpt from original publication posted at The Globe and Mail

In Tulum Carlos Coste – Guinness Record Apnea in a Cave

Carlos Coste – Guinness Record Apnea in a Cave

Posted By Francesca Koe on Thursday Nov 4, 2010 @ 15:17 in Freediving

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Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico — Venezuelan champion freediver Carlos Coste has achieved a new Guinness record “The Longest Apnea in a Cave.” Carlos achieved his new record apnea in an underwater cave with a linear swim of 150 meters dynamic, that took 2 minutes and :32 seconds to complete in the Cenote Dos Ojos.

Dos Ojos is a flooded cave system located south of Playa Del Carmen and north of Tulum, on the Caribbean coast, in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. The exploration of Dos Ojos began in 1986 and to the extent that it has been documented underwater, it is at least 61 km long. Dos Ojos contains the deepest known cave passage in Quintana Roo with 118 meters / 396 feet of depth located at The Cenote Pit.

Carlos Coste is a multiple record-holding freediver and boasts a seven minute breath-hold. Coste had been planning this cave dive for over three years, “I have been doing competitive diving for 10 years and this is by far the most bizarre run I have ever made.

Coste has a history of “firsts” as he became the first person to decend to more than 100m on a free immersion dive back in October of 2003, and this Guinness Record heralds the first time a freediving record was attempted in underwater caves. “To achieve this is a dream come true for me. I have been interested in speleology [the study of caves] since I was a little boy and to combine this with my profession as a freediver was amazing” said Coste.

In Tulum Carlos Coste Guinness Record Apnea in a Cave

Read more en espanol at Sportalsub.net and at Carlos’ website.

Photo by Gaby Contreras.

 

Spelunking in the Cenote Caves on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico – An Adventure in Eco Travel and Green Living

Spelunking in the Cenote Caves on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico – An Adventure in Eco Travel and Green Living

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Published Originally at: Chicago News

In 2009 my family and I went on an eco-adventure of a life-time into the Mayan Riviera. I was invited back in 2010 to film a mini-series of short internet videos which show the region from a sustainability perspective. Rio Secreto, the underground river system near Playa Del Carmen, Mexico is an amazing beginning to the series (see photos in the gallery below).

Cenotes Tulum
Film Crew Shooting Cenote Caves Think it's easy to film our 2010 internet mini-series with a "dry" camera in six foot of water? Think again! Here you see Director, Terry Brooks, with Sound Technician Brian Peyrot, and Mayan Riviera Guide (and Asst) Adriana Arriola.

Watch me and my fantastic 2010 guide, Victor Rodas, experience the Rio Secreto cenote caves in the below video.

Included with this post is an excerpt from the 2009 Mexican Eco-Blogging Green Adventure post-series – Spelunking in the Yucatan Peninsula’s Underground Caves and Secret Rivers. It really speaks to the Rio Secreto experience and needed to be retold in accompaniment with the above video. Enjoy!

Spelunking in the Yucatan Peninsula’s Underground Caves and Secret Rivers

Cave spelunking in the jungle – not exactly what the ordinary traveler thinks they will find on a visit to the Playa Del Carmen region, which is known for its night life and beaches. This was, however, one of the singularly most wonderful experiences at touching nature I have ever had in my life.

Just south of Playa Del Carmen, Rio Secreto is indeed a well kept secret. Our group pulled into a rather unassuming parking lot. Little did we know, the real adventure would begin as soon as we stepped into the Rio Secreto tour van.

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Shawna Coronado spelunking in cenote caves on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Rio Secreto, the secret cave, is deep in the jungle on the Riviera Maya coastline.

My daughter and I climbed into the very back of the van, and our tour group immediately started off. We turned onto a paved road that strongly resembled a dirt road laid delicately on top of a roller coaster. It took several miles of twisting, turning, up, down, and tilting at all angles driving into the jungle to reach our destination.

You can imagine that being an eight year old and riding in the back of a van over an extremely bumpy road is adventure enough, but watching your Mom crack her forehead on the window pane while laughing so hard she was crying is almost too much fun for any eight year old to take. She and I were both being bounced around the back at that van and laughing so hysterically we were squealing. The rest of the passengers had a much milder ride, had no idea why were laughing, and were dead silent the entire trip while my daughter and I loudly giggled and guffawed until tears were running down our cheeks. My advice if you go to Rio Secreto – sit at the front of the tour van if you get car sick, sit at the back of the van if you are under the age of eleven.

What struck me as powerful was seeing, as we drove into the jungle on this bumpy man-made road, what an impenetrable thicket a jungle is. Without a guide, in less than twenty feet of walking into the thick green of it all you would be swallowed whole and be unable to find your way out if you became disoriented.

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Stalactite Formations An amazing feature of this particular cave system is the giant stalactite and stalagmite formations which turn the walls into living works of art. This photo was taken in the same cave system in 2009.

Soon the jungle parted to reveal an entrance to the Cenote and caves. A Cenote (pronounced “se no teh”) is a sinkhole with exposed rocky edges containing fresh ground water. The Yucatan Peninsula is the primary location of most of the cenotes in the world. Cenotes are surface connections to subterranean fresh water bodies and are formed when rock is eroded. This erosion creates a subsurface hole, which might be linked to an active cave system, and then the rock ceiling collapses creating an open hole.

My earliest cave memory was from Silver Dollar City’s Marvel Cave in Branson, Missouri when I was 11 years old. That cave had hand rails, dramatic up-lighting, and a cheesy miner-49er tour guide – thankfully not a single miner-49er was in sight as we began our spelunking adventure. Instead we had Moises – a fantastic cave-guide who so thoroughly and completely detailed the life of a cave, that I came away with a wealth of knowledge.

Rio Secreto is an incredible labyrinth of underground natural passageways. Moises helped us suit up and we walked and swam about 600 meters through the underground system. Without a doubt this look at the natural world of the Yucatan peninsula was not one we ever expected to see and the experience was a powerful one.

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This photo if from 2009 - a family tour through the Rio Secreto cenote caves and underground river system. Photo credit to Rio Secreto.

Thousands of calcified stalactites and stalagmites displayed.in soaring caverns emphasized the quiet and solitude of a cenote system. Drips of water sifting through the natural sieve of jungle, then sandy soil, then limestone to land underground in a silent cenote is a natural process that has happened for millions of years, and is quite amazing to behold.

At one point Moises had all of us sit in a pool of water. He asked us to turn off all our headlamps and flashlights so we could sit silently in the complete dark and listen to the caves themselves. As I write, remembering that moment brings a tear to my eye. It was very moving to sit there and be silent. To stop thinking about all the business in the world and listen to my own heart and to the dripping of the mineral-filled water. It left me considering nature in a unique and immersive way which I had never done before. Describing it is difficult, but I can say I felt something touch me in that moment of silence and darkness – it can only be described as “touching nature”.

Even the smallest child in our small group, who was only seven years old, sat quietly in the dark and touched nature. I am absolutely sure that I will never forget that moment and am even more certain that my family will also remember it forever.

Rio Secreto’s water is quite warm for an underwater system, with a year round temperature close to 70 F degrees. Our diving suits helped keep us warm and  the diving shoes helped protect our feet from injury on the jagged calcifications as we navigated through the underground system of caves. Most of the time we walked, but several times the water was above our heads and we swam. Towards the end of our adventure we had to crawl through the caves and water as the ceiling was so very low.

Crystal clear fresh water runs through the cave which has been filtered down from ground level. It does not smell like mold, in fact, it smells clean. No slime or fungus or greenery of any kind grows in these caves because there is absolutely no light. We saw a family of tiny bats high up in one cavern, there were also many small catfish and are quite unafraid of humans, so they swim right up to our feet to say hello.

While I expected the caves to be the color of limestone, I was quite surprised at  the dozens of different colors which covered the walls and ceilings of the caves. Mineral drips of varying sorts create different colors on the walls. Roots from trees and plants above ground can be seen forcing their way into the cenote system, breaking limestone and dipping their roots twenty feet down into the water so they are able to sip while plants in the jungle around them might be suffering a drought.

I carefully touched one of these roots and they are so thin, so delicate; it astounds me that the power of a single plant can rip apart rock just so it is able to drink water. Sparkling crystals, soaring caves, and ceilings filled with thousands of tiny formations were only the beginning of our adventure at Rio Secreto. It was truly an impressive experience to touch nature in this special way and I hope you can visit this natural wonder in the Riviera Maya region of Mexico to see it for yourself.

Seeing the world from underground is an interesting experience because it gives you a better view of the process that water really goes through. If locals were spraying herbicides and other chemicals on the jungle above this cave, the waters in Rio Secreto would soon be ruined from the chemicals. Many people who live in the jungle tap into cenote waters to live, so it is important to keep them clean and fresh.

Poisoning of aquifers and other sources of water is happening the world over.  Perhaps in your own neighborhood. Now, thanks to Rio Secreto, my family has seen how the system really works.

Having experienced this, I can say how important it is to protect our water systems. Please do not use chemicals on your lawns or gardens unless you absolutely have to. These chemicals percolate through the soil and goes to a cave or underground aquifer and can be poisoned by your careless use of chemicals.

Help save our underground water systems. Each of us can make a difference and now that I understand it is a global concern, I will certainly do my part as well. It is as simple as trying not to use non-organic chemicals on your property. Please try an alternative treatment first before using chemicals – you could be saving the life of fresh water you might need to survive in the future.

 

To see more of Shawna’s eco-adventures, please click this link – http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/gardening-nude/eco-travel.

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Riviera Maya Resort Pledges Mangrove Tree for Every New Facebook Fan

Riviera Maya Resort Pledges Mangrove Tree for Every New Facebook Fan

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The Riviera Maya eco-friendly resort, Hacienda Tres Ríos, has pledged to donate one mangrove tree for every new fan that clicks “Like” on its Facebook page.

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The Riviera Maya eco-luxury resort, Hacienda Tres Ríos, has pledged to donate one mangrove tree for every new fan that joins by clicking “Like” on its Facebook Fan Page.

The countdown for the “1 Fan = 1 Mangrove” campaign began on October 7, 2010 with 3,385 Fans. The goal is to increase the number of Fan Likes to 6,385 and donating 3,000 mangrove trees to the reforestation program in Cancun.

New fans receive a “I’m an official mangrove donor” medal that they can share on their Facebook walls to let their friends know about their donation and invite them to receive a medal too by joining the Hacienda Tres Ríos Facebook Fan Page. Every new person that joins the page will have donated one mangrove tree just by becoming a fan.

Existing fans also receive a medal when they click “Suggest to Friends” and write on the resort’s Facebook wall “I’ve suggested Hacienda Tres Ríos to my friends.” They then receive a personalized medal to put on their wall.

The Riviera Maya beach resort is not new at contributing to global environmental conservation and is an avid environmentalist.

In February, the all-inclusive luxury resort donated 3,000 red mangrove trees to Cancun’s Nichupte Lagoon in support of World Wetlands Day. This donation resulted in over 90% of the mangroves needed to restore the lagoon after Hurricane Wilma.

Recognized as a model of sustainable tourism, Hacienda Tres Ríos has planted and produced more than 80,000 mangroves in four years at the resort’s plant nursery, located in Tres Ríos Nature Park.

Staff members have been involved in international programs such as Earth Day and Earth Hour. The resort has also hosted several eco-friendly forums and educational programs for local students.

Hacienda Tres Ríos recently received the Skal International Ecotourism Award and has been certified as an official ecological hotel by international organizations such as Green Globe International for two consecutive years. The resort is a member of Sustainable Travel International and works in cooperation with the Rainforest Alliance to support exceptional environmental practices. It has also received several prestigious awards for its sustainable tourism development and practices.

 

There’s more to Cancun than sand and sea

There’s more to Cancun than sand and sea

By The Vnacouvers Sun

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The Xcaret eco-park, south of Cancun in Tulum, is a fantastic daytrip where you can snorkel in crystal clear waters, swim with dolpins and interact with wildlife. Photograph by: Handout photo, Mexico Tourism Board

You’re thinking ahead to when the wind will be howling and the snow’s piling up outside. You’re looking for an inexpensive holiday where you can lie on the sand and swim in warm waters.

You think Cancun.

And you’d be right. With over 25 kilometres of white sandy beach and turquoise waters, Cancun is an ideal destination for beach holidays. Hotels of every size and price stretch along the strip of sand which is shaped like the number seven, with the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Nichupte Lagoon on the other. You can swim, snorkel, para-sail or just soak up the sun and salsa. In the calm waters of the lagoon, you can kayak or join a Jet Ski jungle tour through the mangroves.

But what many tourists are just starting to discover is that this busy city in the Yucatan Peninsula is the perfect base for a much richer holiday, whether your interests are ecological or cultural.

From here, you can take easy day trips to Isla Mujeres (Island of Women), the diving mecca of Cozumel and the Mayan ruins, all places that transplanted Canadian Kelly McLaughlin takes family and friends to when they visit. Formerly from Windsor, McLaughlin went to Cozumel on holiday almost seven years ago and never left the country. She met a man, had a child and now blogs about her life in paradise at CancunCanuck.

“My ‘vacation’ turned into a life in Cancun, one that is far more connected to nature and to family,” she said. “In Canada it was ‘work, work, work,’ here I know what the important things are. We love the jungle and the ocean, iguanas and monkeys, even the giant spiders, scorpions and snakes.”

All of McLaughlin’s favourite places involve nature or culture, which is everywhere you look in Cancun. You don’t even have to leave the hotel zone to find a bit of history.

“There are some tiny (Mayan) ruins right in the hotel zone that are not historically significant but thousands of iguanas live there and will come running for tortillas. It’s a great way to pass an hour and inexpensive, too.”

Cancun is known as the gateway to the Mayan world, where you can discover the legacy of one of the most important civilizations in history, which dates back to 2000 BC.

Once dominating a territory that includes the Yucatan, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize, the Mayans developed a calendar, hieroglyphic writing and astronomy. They were known for their elaborate architecture and were masters at understanding the land. They carved cities out of the jungle and built large, underground caverns (cenotes) to store water during dry times.

One of their most magnificent structures is the top attraction in the Yucatan. The Chichen Itza ruins, recently voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, are only a three-hour trip from the tourist zone.

Chichen Itza was founded in 445 BC and inhabited until 1204 AD when it was mysteriously abandoned. Eighteen structures have been restored over the years. In the centre of the ruins lies the largest structure, the pyramid El Castillo (The Castle), which has hundreds of steps that end in huge serpent heads. During the spring and fall equinoxes, the steps cast shadows which give the appearance of a great snake ascending or descending the pyramid.

Two other Mayan ruins worth seeing are Coba, a vast ancient city in the jungle, and Tulum, which has a spectacular setting on the coast. They are smaller and less fully restored but because of their settings and fewer tourists, they have a magical quality.

There has been a recent change regarding Mexico’s ruins that shouldn’t affect your enjoyment of them but is long overdue. Millions of tourists clambering over the ancient stones caused major erosion and after several serious and tragic accidents, the government has closed most of the country’s pyramids to adventure seekers.

You can no longer climb El Castillo at Chichen Itza, but it is still possible to climb the 120 stairs (12 storeys) of the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan at Coba. It is not for the faint of heart however. Very narrow steps and the extreme pitch of the pyramid make for a nerve-racking experience. And even if you manage it well enough, you’ve got potentially clumsy tourists above you to worry about. That said, the views are unbelievable and give a real sense of the scope and grandeur of the ancient civilization.

Experience it now because it is likely that climbing on Mayan pyramids throughout the region will be banned within two or three years.

In addition to the Mayan ruins, Mexico is teeming with archaeological and ecological sites that are internationally recognized, including:

The Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Over three hundred bird species are found in Sian Ka’an and most of Mexico’s big cats can be found within the reserve. It also offers a unique crocodile adventure, according to McLaughlin. For $200 per person, you join researchers in their boats for a late-night search for one- to three-metre-long wild crocodiles.

n Ria Lagartos, a biosphere reserve famous for its flamingo colony and over 280 bird species. The reserve comprises nearly 518 square kilometres and protects eight ecosystems.

n Isla Contoy is a national park one hour by boat north of Cancun. The island has a natural, undisturbed beach, lagoons and mangroves, and is home to over 150 species of protected birds.

McLaughlin also recommends The Jungle Place, a sanctioned 20-acre reserve where you can interact with endangered spider monkeys and royal toucans, and the Croco Cun Zoo just south of the hotel zone. Originally a commercial crocodile farm, it changed its mandate after being levelled by Hurricane Gilbert. The focus is now on conservation of local plants and animals. Here, you can hold baby crocodiles, snakes and iguanas and feed the deer and monkeys.

Another favourite local activity is heading to one of the eco-parks around Cancun for a swim in the cenotes, which are limestone sinkholes in the jungle. “Hidden Worlds is probably the most famous but there are many scattered around that are open to the public and are far less expensive. I love Cenote Azul and Gran Cenote among others. My five-year-old clamours for cenotes every Sunday,” said McLaughlin.

If you’re looking for a day trip to acquaint yourself with local culture, look no further than Isla Mujeres, or Island of Women. Spanish conqueror Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba named the island in 1517 after finding several female figures close to a temple dedicated to Ixchel, goddess of love, fertility and the moon.

Only 12 km and a 20-minute ferry ride separates the island from Cancun across the Bahia de Mujeres, but it’s a world away. Most people walk everywhere, as the island is only 7.5-km long and 700 metres wide. It’s quiet, pretty and although major resorts have cropped up in the past decade, it still has the charming feel of a fishing village. Where else can you hire a bicycle porter to ride your bags to your hotel while you stroll behind?

If you’re a diver and you don’t want to make the trip down to Cozumel, Isla Mujeres has great visibility and you can encounter the massive whale sharks that congregate here between May and September.

Underwater enthusiasts will also want to see the new sunken sculpture museum off the west coast of Isla Mujeres. The $350,000 project, which will eventually have 400 sculptures at different depths, was created to help divert the 750,000 annual tourists away from the natural coral reefs, giving them a chance to regenerate.

So while it’s easy to spend an entire vacation on the spectacular beach in Cancun, take the opportunity to venture out and experience the wilder side of Mexico’s best playground.

EAT

There’s a vast range of restaurants, from street stands to gourmet cuisine. Skip Taco Bell and find a place serving good local food. Most are downtown, in the local markets or in the outlying areas. Some of the specialties of the region include pozole (a red pork dish spiced with chiles), corn tamales, and chiles en nogada (stuffed green peppers in a sauce made from walnuts, cream cheese, and sour cream, and topped with a red pomegranate). There’s nothing better to wash it all down than mango or papaya juice, agua de arroz (a drink made from pureed rice), Mexican sangria or the ubiquitous Corona.

SLEEP

There is no shortage of accommodations in the Hotel Zone, and for every budget. The inexpensive motel-style facilities are in the older section closest to the mainland with the high-priced resorts in the newer sections. All-inclusives are also very popular here which are terrific bargains for families with young children. Many have kids’ clubs where the youngsters can have some supervised fun while mom and dad get a break.

INDULGE

Don’t miss one of the two water parks south of Cancun, Xcaret or Xel-Ha. Both are fabulous excursions, each different, featuring underground caverns, river rides, sheltered snorkelling and dolphin encounters. Every hotel or tour operator offers tours here, or if you’re adventurous catch a bus south for the day. If you can stay until the evening, there are drama, dance and music performances.

For culture, don’t miss the Ballet Folklorico at the Cancun Convention Centre. The dinner show features music and dance from across the country. The price of about $50 includes dinner, open bar, show, tax, and tip. If you want to skip dinner, it’s $30 for the show and open bar.

Some other events to mark on the calendar this year include the Cancun Riviera Maya Film Festival (Nov. 17 to 21) and the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival (Nov. 24 to 27).

Undersea Cave Yields One of Oldest Skeletons in Americas, at Tulum site

Young Man Gets Measured  Photograph by Eugenio Acevez, Instituto Nacional de Antropologìa e Historia/Reuters  Archaeologists measure a bone from a roughly 10,000-year-old human skeleton in the Chan Hol underwater cave system near Tulum, Mexico (file photo). Discovered in 2006, the so-called Young Man of Chan Hol was brought to the surface in late August
Young Man Gets Measured. Photograph by Eugenio Acevez, Instituto Nacional de Antropologìa e Historia/Reuters. Archaeologists measure a bone from a roughly 10,000-year-old human skeleton in the Chan Hol underwater cave system near Tulum, Mexico. Discovered in 2006, the so-called Young Man of Chan Hol was brought to the surface in late August

Undersea Cave Yields One of Oldest Skeletons in Americas, at Tulum site

Ritually placed in once dry cavern, Mexico skeleton offers clues to first Americans.

By Ker Than, from National Geographic Daily News, Published September 14, 2010

Apparently laid to rest more than 10,000 years ago in a fiery ritual, one of the oldest skeletons in the Americas has been retrieved from an undersea cave along Mexico‘s Yucatán Peninsula, researchers say.

Dating to a time when the now lush region was a near desert, the “Young Man of Chan Hol” may help uncover how the first Americans arrived—and who they were.

About 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of Cancún, the cave system of Chan Hol—”little hole” in a Maya language—is like a deep gouge into the Caribbean coast.

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In 2006, after entering the cave’s opening, about 30 feet (10 meters) underwater, German cave divers swam more than 1,800 feet (550 meters) through dark tunnels spiked with rock formations. There they accidentally uncovered the Ice Age human’s remains and notified archaeologists based in the surrounding state, Quintana Roo.

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"The shape of the skulls has led us to believe that Eva and the others have more of an affinity with people from South Asia than North Asia," González explained.

For the last three years researchers led by Arturo González, director of the Desert Museum in Saltillo, Mexico, have been studying and documenting the bones in place, so as not to lose any clues offered by context.

In late August scuba-diving researchers finally raised the bones for lab study, after having placed them in plastic bags of cave water and sealing the remains in plastic bins.

(Related: “Fossil Feces Is Earliest Evidence of North America Humans.”)

And Then There Were Four

No fewer than 10,000 years ago, Chan Hol filled with seawater as Ice Age ice caps melted, the researchers say.

No human, they conclude, could have ended up so far back in the cave system after that point—which is why they believe the young man is at least 10,000 years old. The exact age of the bones should be determined by ongoing carbon-dating tests, which should be completed in three to four months, Gonzalez said.

The Young Man of Chan Hol lies in a Mexican undersea cave before the bones' removal last month.  Photograph courtesy Jerónimo Avilés and Eugenio Acévez
The Young Man of Chan Hol lies in a Mexican undersea cave before the bones' removal last month. Photograph courtesy Jerónimo Avilés and Eugenio Acévez

The newly raised skeleton is the fourth to be found in underwater caves around the town of Tulum (map). One of the other skeletons—named the Woman of Naharon, or Eve of Naharon—is thought to be even more ancient, around 12,000 years old.

(See “Oldest Skeleton in Americas Found in Underwater Cave?”)

At about 60 percent complete, the Young Man of Chan Hol skeleton is remarkably whole for a 10,000-year-old specimen, the researchers say. Especially revealing are his teeth—lack of wear tipped off the team to the individual’s relatively young age at death.

For now, the bones have been sealed in a special chamber for the next six months to a year to dry out and to allow time for their minerals to harden, making the remains less fragile. Afterward, the bones will be scanned to create 3-D computer models that can be compared with the bones of other ancient Native American remains, project leader Gonzalez said.

American Originals

The skeletons found in the Quintana Roo caves could force scientists to rethink their ideas about the initial population of the Americas, Gonzalez said.

For example, the skulls of both the Young Man of Chan Hol and the Woman of Naharon have anatomical features that suggest their owners were descended from people of South Asia and Indonesia—not from northern Asia, like North America’s other known early migrants.

(Related: “Clovis People Not First Americans, Study Shows.”)

The discovery supports the idea that multiple groups of migrants may have entered North America via the Bering Strait—using the now submerged land bridge that once connected what are now Siberia and Alaska—at different times in history, Gonzalez said.

(See an interactive map of ancient human migration.)

A Different Yucatán

Today, the Yucatán Peninsula is covered by rain forests, but when the Young Man of Chan Hol lived, it was a semiarid savannah, said Wolfgang Stinnesbeck, a geologist at Heidelberg University in Germany, who was not involved in the research.

“The Yucatán surface was dry, and there were no rivers or lakes on the surface,” Stinnesbeck said in an email.

Finding water and shade would have been a problem, and as a result humans may have found refuge and drinking water in subterranean caves, he added.

The caves may have also served a spiritual purpose, project leader Gonzales said.

The skeleton, he noted, was found in an unusual position—on its side, with legs bent and arms held straight along the sides of the body—suggesting the man had been purposely placed in the cave, perhaps as part of a funeral process.

“At the moment we do not know the cause of death, but considering the articulated position in which we found him, we think he was placed at this location,” Gonzalez said.

The team also found evidence of bonfires inside the cavern, which could suggest that illuminating the cave was a part of the funeral ceremony, he added.

The cavern where the body was found may have been chosen as the young man’s final resting place due to its rich trove of stalactites and stalagmites—rocky cones that hang from the ceiling and thrust up from the ground, respectively.

“Next to his head are a group of stalagmites that could have evoked a special resting place,” Gonzalez said, “or perhaps the place to begin a journey after death.”

Riviera Maya: el reino de los corales

Riviera Maya: el reino de los corales

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El paraíso natural bañado por las aguas del mar Caribe, es un litoral de más de 120 km comprendidos entre Puerto Morelos y Punta Allen

Considerado como uno de los destinos turísticos de mayor crecimiento durante la última década, en este lugar es posible descansar en lujosos resorts escondidos en la selva, que le ofrecen alternativas de diversión y descanso en sus campos de golf y exclusivos spas; en sus playas de blancas arenas, como las del Secreto y Paraíso, podrá tomar el sol y practicar todo tipo de actividades acuáticas, como bucear a más de 10 m de profundidad en las espectaculares franjas coralinas que dan forma al Gran Arrecife Maya, ubicado frente a sus costas. También descubrirá antiguas ciudades mayas como Cobá y Tulum, ubicada esta última a la orilla del mar; y conocerá increíbles reservas ecológicas como Sian Ka´an, considerada Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la Unesco, donde también podrá practicar el ecoturismo, la pesca de pez vela y marlin, entre otras actividades al aire libre, como la caminata o la cabalgata, con el mar Caribe de escenario principal.

La Ruinas de Tulum
La Ruinas de Tulum

Durante su visita a la Riviera Maya no deje de visitar Xcaret y Xel-Há, dos de los parques temáticos más importantes de México, donde además de observar magníficos ejemplos de flora y fauna locales, tendrá la oportunidad de practicar el esnórquel en sus ríos subterráneos, una experiencia inolvidable. Al caer la tarde, el viajero no deberá perder de vista los espectaculares espacios diseñados para bailar y complacer la búsqueda de diversión nocturna con una buena copa en compañía de los amigos, o bien para comer una deliciosa langosta, atributos que consolidan la fama de la Riviera Maya como el destino ideal para disfrutar de la vida. En la Riviera Maya el viajero podrá realizar caminatas o cabalgatas mientras admira sus paisajes de envidiable belleza, así como sus escenarios selváticos bañados por el mar Caribe, o adentrarse en las profundidades de un cenote (espejo de agua conectado de forma subterránea) y deslizarse por un cable de acero, ayudado por una polea, sobre las ramas de los árboles.

Reserva de Sian Ka´an Secretos de Tulum y la Riviera MayaLa reserva de la Biósfera de Sian Ka´an, se ubica a 47 kilómetros al suroeste de Tulum por la carretera 307. Es una de las reservas ecológicas más importantes del mundo, con una extensión de 527,000 hectáreas en las que habitan numerosas especies endémicas de flora y fauna. Por su incalculable valor en biodiversidad fue nombrada como Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la Unesco. En el canal de Chunyaxché hay un acceso por agua a la reserva, en la que el viajero podrá realizar un recorrido en lancha por sus sinuosos canales que corren entre los manglares, donde podrá admirar cientos de aves, ruinas rodeadas por agua, tierras pantanosas, lagunas costeras, altos pastos y petenes. En tanto el Parque Ecológico Tres Ríos, ofrece visitas guiadas a caballo por playas y senderos en la selva, como clases de equitación para diferentes niveles y edades.

En Xcaret que se ubica a 8 kilómetros al sur de Playa del Carmen, por la carretera 307 Cancún-Tulum, éste parque ecoturístico le ofrece otros atractivos, los vestigios arqueológicos de uno de los centros ceremoniales más importantes de la cultura maya, así como numerosas bellezas naturales como albercas, cuevas y ríos subterráneos llenos de peces de colores, característicos del mar Caribe, y un acuario de arrecife. Abierto todos los días de 8.30 a 22, teléfono (998) 883 0470.www.xcaret.com Aquí podrá realizar un recorrido a caballo por sus instalaciones, teniendo el mar Caribe como escenario principal. Asimismo en Cenotes de Pac Chen que se encuentra cerca de la zona arqueológica de Cobá, a 42 Kilómetros al noroeste de Tulum. En esta zona se encuentran el “Cenote de la Vida” y el “Cenote del Jaguar”, ideales para la práctica del rappel y de la tirolesa, ya que podrá obtener una singular vista, no solo del fondo de los cenotes, sino de toda la selva adyacente.

Rutas y lugares El recorrido por la Riviera Maya, magnífica región, puede iniciarse en Cancún, ubicado a 37 kilómetros al norte de Puerto Morelos, el cual es considerado puerta de entrada al mundo maya, es un espectacular destino de playa que cuenta con balnearios de blancas arenas bañadas por aguas color turquesa del mar Caribe, modernos complejos turísticos y una alegre vida nocturna. Siguiendo hacia el sur, 68 kilómetros más adelante llegará a Playa del Carmen, ciudad cosmopolita que combina el singular estilo de sus restaurantes y establecimientos con sus espectaculares playas y paisajes. Desde este lugar por la carretera 307 hacia el sur, encontrará Xcaret, un importante parque ecoturístico que cuenta con un área de playa, una red de ríos subterráneos, un acuario, un delfinario, un mariposario, un orquideario y un apiario para quienes gustan de admirar la flora y la fauna de la región; la visita también le incluye un paseo por una zona arqueológica y por una recreación de un pueblo maya. 27 kilómetros más adelante encontrará Puerto Aventuras, un lugar ideal para practicar el golf frente al mar Caribe, nadar y pasear en kayak, y solo 2 kilómetros después llegará a Akumal, región de blanca arena y mar turquesa, dedicada a los amantes de la tranquilidad y espacio para descansar y crear un ambiente de paz e íntimo contacto con la naturaleza.

Esnórkel Continuando por la carretera 307 hacia el sur, llegará a Xel-Há, a 47 kilómetros de Playa del Carmen; este sitio es considerado uno de los mejores para practicar el esnórquel, ya sea en su laguna principal o en sus ríos subterráneos. Dentro de sus instalaciones, que cuentan con todos los servicios, también podrá nadar con delfines. Por esta misma carretera llegará a Tulum, a 64 kilómetros al sur de Playa del Carmen. Es una de las zonas arqueológicas más bellas de la costa oriental de la Península de Yucatán. En tanto entre sus edificios más importantes se encuentran El Castillo, el Templo de los Frescos y el Templo del Dios Descendente. Su vista al mar Caribe es una de las mejores postales que el visitante se puede llevar como recuerdo de su viaje a la Riviera Maya. Buceo. La Riviera Maya cuenta con innumerables sitios donde podrá practicar el buceo, el esnórquel y el espeleobuceo, rodeado por espectaculares formaciones coralinas, pertenecientes al gran arrecife Maya, en el que también podrá explorar extraordinarios sistemas subterráneos, poblados por una gran biodiversidad de especies marinas.

Espejos de agua El parque Ecológico de Xpu-Há se localiza a 93 kilómetros al sur de Cancún y a 25 kilómetros al sur de Playa del Carmen por la carretera 307. Este paradisíaco parque ecológico cuenta entre sus atractivos con un sistema de 61 cenotes (espejos de agua conectados de forma subterránea) de los que destaca el cenote Manatí, ubicado al norte de la bahía y en el que se puede practicar el buceo. Dentro del parque se observa también un área de manglares donde habitan garzas. Finalmente, cerca de la línea de su arrecife existe una laguna de unos 200 metros de extensión con dos metros de profundidad en promedio, donde también se puede practicar el buceo libre.

La reserva de la Biosfera de Sian Ka´an se ubica 47 kilómetros al suroeste de Tulum por la carretera 307. Es una de las reservas ecológicas más importantes del mundo, con una extensión de 527,000 ha. en las que habitan numerosas especies endémicas de flora y fauna. Por su incalculable valor en biodiversidad fue nombrada como Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la Unesco. En este lugar podrá practicar el buceo en la franja costera de 47.5 kilómetros que se extiende a lo largo de su litoral, ya que aquí se encuentra parte de la segunda barrera de arrecifes más grande e importante del mundo, donde habitan cientos de especies de peces multicolores, esponjas caracoles rosas, erizos, estrellas de mar, langostas espinosas y muchos más.

En Xel-Há, que se ubica a 47 kilómetros al sur de Playa del Carmen por la carretera 307 Cancún-Tulum, es un parque ecológico en donde encontrará caletas, cenotes, lagunas, cuevas alimentadas por ríos subterráneos y manantiales que se conectan con el mar. Abierto todos los días de 8.30 a 18. En este lugar se podrá practicar el buceo y el esnórquel, ya sea en la laguna principal o en un río subterráneo o realizar un impresionante recorrido para admirar la vida subacuática a lo largo de cavernas con ríos de agua cristalina o tomar el recorrido submarino Sea Trek.

El parque Ecológico Tres Ríos que se ubica a 11 kilómetros al norte de Playa del Carmen por la carretera 307 Cancún-Tulum, es un eco-parque enclavado en una zona de selva subtropical donde podrá vivir una experiencia memorable de contacto con la naturaleza. Por remodelación, este parque reabrirá sus puertas hasta el verano 2006. Aquí podrá practicar el buceo en sus ocho cenotes (espejos de agua conectados de forma subterránea), los cuales pueden recorrerse con guías experimentados. Además, tendrá la oportunidad de tomar clases de buceo con asesores que le indicarán las mejores estrategias para disfrutar plenamente de esta experiencia.

La localidad de Xcaret, ubicada a 8 kilómetros al sur de Playa del Carmen, por la carretera 307 Cancún-Tulum, ofrece otros atractivos, los vestigios arqueológicos de uno de los centros ceremoniales más importantes de la cultura maya, así como numerosas bellezas naturales como albercas, cuevas y ríos subterráneos llenos de peces de colores, característicos del mar Caribe, y un acuario de arrecife. Abierto todos los días de 8.30 a 22. Es un excelente sitio donde podrá practicar el esnórquel y bucear a lo largo de 600 metros de cuevas y túneles, en donde encontrará lagunas de color azul-verde, alberca y ríos subterráneos llenos de peces de colores, característicos del mar Caribe.

En tanto Playa del Carmen, ubicada a 68 kilómetros al sur de Cancún por la carretera 307, es uno de los destinos más atractivos de la Riviera Maya, gracias a su extraordinaria conjunción de complejos hoteleros, centros culturales y áreas naturales. En su costa se podrá practicar el buceo entre los corales del gran arrecife Maya, así como en algunos de los sistemas subterráneos que conectan a los cenotes Chac Mool, La Ponderosa, Dos Ojos, Nohoch-Na-Chich, el Gran Cenote, Car Wash, Chikin Ha, Taj Majal y Angelita.