Harmony Tulum Lots – Vive en Armonía en Tulum Riviera Maya



Harmony Tulum is THE new subdivision community in Tulum.

Harmony Tulum is located just East of Holistika, the Hip Tulum Town Development and South East of La Veleta (Region 09), the booming Expat Residential area. It is on the La Quinata Avenida Las Palmas, a soon-to-come access to Tulum Town’s upcomming road connecting with the gorgeous Tulum Beaches.

Harmony Tulum  – 2.4 hectares (7.5 acres)  of pristine land. The Harmony Tulum Lots conception is born from an organic, unique and carefully designed pattern that breaks away from the square and straight boring lines of typical subdivisions. The master lot of Harmony Tulum is a triangle “split” by and “S” shape road resulting in an amazing pattern of radial vectors that shape and distribute the Lots. In addition, Harmony Tulum neatly blends into the natural surroundings providing with a unique opportunity of Tulum LifeStyle.

Harmony Tulum is only a five minute drive to the buzzing Down Town Area of Avenida Tulum and less than 3 minutes from World famed El Camello Jr and Los Aguachiles Restaurants. There is a PEMEX station just a short distance away on 307 with an Extra convenience store. The nearest OxxO store is just a an eight minute bike ride.

Getting to Tulum Beach from Harmony is achieved conveninetly via Calle 7 and Avenida Tulum, only a 12 to 15-minute car ride, now. With planning for the upcoming second access to the Beach area, the white sandy stretches and turquoise Caribbean paradise waters will be a ten minute drive, or shorter.

The lots dimensions at Harmony vary from 300 to 500 m2 (3,300 to 5,500  sq.ft.).

Building density in the area allows for single family construction per lot and in some cases multiple studio or apartments.


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Visitors to Mexico Planning Rituals to Usher in New Mayan Era

Visitors to Mexico Planning Rituals to Usher in New Mayan Era

VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico – Curiosity seekers and tourists are planning to perform pre-Columbian rituals at the Tortuguero Monument in southeastern Mexico, where the first inscription referring to Dec. 21, 2012, as the end of a Mayan era was found.

endtime.wheelIn that mountainous area 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Villahermosa, capital of Tabasco state, the group Guardians of the Olmec Lineage will keep a three-day vigil starting Friday for the Mayan god Bolon Yokte’ K’u, or “lord of light,” who, according to the prophecy, will preside over the birth of a new era.

“We’ve been anchoring this energy so that on Dec. 21 it’s distributed through all of Mesoamerica,” Delio Augusto Zamudio, the group’s spokesman, told Efe.

The date has been wrongly interpreted as ushering in the end of the world due to an erroneous reading of a hieroglyphic text found on Monument 6 at the Tortuguero site that makes reference to the date as the end of a more than 5,000-year era.

In addition to the inscription found at Tortuguero, where local residents have set up an improvised museum with ceramic pieces and are offering guided tours of the area, another Mayan inscription containing that same end date for the Mayan calendar was found this year in Guatemala, epigraphist Erik Velasquez told Efe.

These findings should not be exaggerated, Velasquez said, noting that of 5,000 Mayan hieroglyphic inscriptions just two refer to Dec. 21, 2012, as the end of the ‘Long Count’ calendar that began in 3114 B.C., meaning “it wasn’t a date that was significant to the Mayans.”

He said governments in these places simply “took advantage of the occasion to increase tourism in the region.”

In that regard, Tabasco Tourism Secretary Yolanda Osuna acknowledged that the state has “benefited from the arrival of visitors” and described this moment as “an opportunity to position the state as a destination that goes beyond the celebration.”

Mexico’s Mayan region, which also comprises Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche and Chiapas states, is celebrating hundreds of activities to mark the beginning of the new Mayan era. EFE

6 Unforgettable Experiences of the Yucatan Peninsula (and Riviera Maya)

6 Unforgettable Experiences of the Yucatan Peninsula (and Riviera Maya).

Source: Viator TravelBLog

With Cancun pulling in the bulk of its tourism, it’s unsurprising that the Yucatan Peninsula has become practically synonymous with mega hotels and all-inclusive beach resorts. Indeed, its Caribbean coastline has tropical allure: miles of pristine white sand, an aquamarine sea, coconut palms gently swaying in the warm tropical breeze. Most visitors seem perfectly content lounging around beach bars drinking margaritas and worshiping the sun.

And yet, beyond the infinity pools and manicured lawns of Cancun, the Yucatan Peninsula is rich in culture, ecology and spectacular landscapes. So if you’ve had enough of your all-inclusive hotel and yearning for a more authentic experience. Here are 6 suggestions.

1. Escape the crowds in Soliman Bay (Punta Bahia Soliman)

Soliman Bay

Escape the Crowds in Soliman Bay

Perhaps you want to experience the beach without all the people. Well, Soliman Bay is one of those places the locals try to keep secret. Though it’s barely 76 miles (123 kilometers) south of Cancun, this peaceful nook, secluded by coastal vegetation, has by and large escaped the wave of mass tourism rippling down the coast. Apart from a few boutique hotels and vacation rentals, not much else caters for tourists. Instead, the community of Soliman Bay are trying to preserve coastal and marine biodiversity, particularly the nearby Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which stretches from northern Yucatan down towards Honduras. The bay is great for snorkeling, and among the many tropical fish, you may even spot a turtle feeding on seagrass.

To get to Soliman Bay from Cancun, head south on highway 307 and exit left just after the town of Akumal. The bay is around a mile from the highway. Snorkel gear can be rented from dive shops in Akumal, plus it’s an idea to take water socks to protect your feet while treading in the seagrass. Public access and parking are on the southern end of the bay. For a place to eat, try Sahara, the beachfront restaurant of Jashita (the first hotel as you turn right into the bay).

2. Dancing salsa on Tulum Beach

Salsa on Tulum Beach

Salsa on Tulum Beach

Forget being politely serenaded by mariachis as you dine by candlelight. Slip out of your comfort zone and dive into the frenzied spirit of salsa – a popular dance routine across Mexico and an exhilarating experience of its hot-blooded culture. But you’ll only feel it if you jam with the locals.

Head south 75 miles (120 kilometers) to the coastal town of Tulum, where you’ll find an eclectic music scene on the beach, born from an increasingly diverse ‘local’ community. Once a small Mayan village on the fringes of Mexican society, Tulum has evolved into a rustic-chic, touristy town offering a low-rise alternative to the dominant all-inclusive culture. Along its beachfront, wooden cabana hotels and beach clubs sit surreptitiously in the palm trees and exotic plants.

Sundays at La Zebra,’ hosted by La Zebra hotel is the biggest salsa party in town, with live music and a DJ. It starts from 8pm until 12am. However, if you arrive at 6pm, you can take advantage of the free salsa lesson offered on the club’s open-air deck.

Tulum is directly south from Cancun on highway 307.

Visit Tulum from Cancun

3. Birdwatching in the Boca Paila Lagoon

Birdwatching in Boca Paila Lagoon

Birdwatching in Boca Paila Lagoon

If there’s one aspect of the region you must experience, it’s the rich ecology. The Yucatan Peninsula is not just another tropical environment, it’s a part of the world’s second most important zone for biological diversity, the Mesoamerican Biodiversity Hotspot, and a critical corridor for birds migrating between the north and south.

For birdwatching, the place to visit is the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, just 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of Cancun, just after Tulum. Sian Ka’an is a 1.3 million acre reserve inhabited by over 300 species of birds, and if you’re staying near Cancun, it’s truly your best bet to see some of the more elusive species, including Toucans, Roseate Spoonbills, White Ibis and even King Vultures.

The reserve maintains a strict policy of low density tourism, though several eco-conscious tour operators offer excellent boat tours around the large Boca Paila lagoon. These tours guide you around the marshes and through the mysterious mangrove canals that were once used as trading routes by ancient Mayan merchants.

4. The underworld of Valladolid


The Underworld of Valladolid

Some, especially those that have seen The Descent, by director Neil Marshall, are not overly enthusiastic about the peninsula’s subterranean world. Perhaps you’re thinking, ‘Why on earth would I go all the way to tropical paradise, just to waste my time going under it?’

And yet, beneath the surface is an extensive labyrinth of caves channeling the world’s longest underground river as it meanders 95 miles (153 kilometers) towards the sea. Don’t worry, only the most experienced explorers get the chance to truly lose themselves in the system. You can, and indeed should, however, explore one of the several underground sinkholes, known locally as cenotes, to marvel at the fragile formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Perhaps you’ll even be lucky enough to discover an ancient Mayan relic. Believing that cenotes were sacred entrances into the spiritual underworld, the Maya once used them as burial grounds.

All cenotes are impressive, though those closer to Cancun are often crowded and overpriced. Go to Valladolid. There, you’ll find spectacular cenotes, which you’ll most likely have to yourself, plus you can visit the charming colonial city of Valladolid when you’re finished. Dzitnub, some 4 miles (7 kilometers) southeast of Valladolid, is particularly embellished with stalactites and stalagmites, while just around the corner, Samula is intriguing mostly for the small hole in the rock’s roof, which casts daylight onto the walls and transparent water. Within the city itself, Zaci is a beautiful, partially exposed cavern.

Valladolid is around 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of Cancun on highway 180. The average price for all three cenotes is around 30 pesos.

Go diving in a cenote

5. Exploring the ancient jungle city of Calakmul


Exploring the ancient jungle city of Calakmul

Calakmul’s obscurity in modern times belies its importance in ancient Mayan history. Many visitors are unaware of this forgotten city-state, buried deep in the jungle of Campeche, which dominated the Mayan world from around A.D. 542 – 695. Its size and strength matched only by Tikal inGuatemala. Perhaps this is because of its remoteness. Unlike more renowned ruins like Chichen Itza or Tulum, Calakmul’s (517km) distance from Cancun places it well beyond the tourist circuit. But, if you’re keen to experience a Mayan ruin which is still possible to climb, unspoiled by crowds, steeped in mystery and surrounded by luscious vegetation that roams jaguar and monkey, then set aside a couple of days to visit Calakmul. It may just be you and a few others creeping around its colossal structures and weathering sculptures.

The easiest way to get to Calakmul is to hire a car, head south on highway 307 towards Chetumal, then go west on highway 186 to Uxpujil. It’s a long journey, around 7 hours, so pack lunch and consider staying overnight. Hotel Puerta Calakmul is an elegant lodge near the entrance to Calakmul Biosphere Reserve. The site itself is 37 miles (60 kilometers) south of the highway. Opening hours are between 8am and 5pm. Admission into the site costs 45 pesos, plus you’ll also need to pay 40 pesos to access the biosphere.

Read more: 6 More Mayan Sites to See on the Yucatan Peninsula

6. Sunsets in Campeche


Sunsets in Campeche

Wherever you catch the sunset, the scene before you is sure to be arresting. But only in Campeche does the fading daylight melt into the pastel-hued colonial buildings, transforming the city into a historic urban rainbow. Campeche is fortunate to face the direction in which the sun sets, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Throughout the rest of the day, you can explore the immaculately preserved colonial center and walk along the remnants of its fortress, built in the early 18th century to protect Campeche from pirates.

The city itself dates back to 1540 when it flourished as the region’s main port, although now its economy lags behind those of the other major cities, Cancun and Merida. This, however, doesn’t seem to bother Campechanos, who are rightly proud of their heritage, and have invested great energy into restoring the colonial center and building museums to honor their Mayan heritage.

To experience the city in sunset, begin in the historic center and follow the sun heading west towards the Gulf of Mexico. 59th Street is a place to start because of its particularly impressive architecture. Then walk past the central plaza, arriving at the waterfront, known as the Malecon. From there, you can watch the sun sink behind the horizon, but not before painting the sky with a fiery shade of amber.

Campeche is approximately 248 miles (400 kilometers) west of Cancun. To get there by car take highway 180 westward via Merida, then head south. Otherwise, you catch an ADO bus from the central bus terminal in Cancun. Return tickets cost around 450 pesos and the journey lasts approximately 7 hours.

Photos courtesy of Candice Ofulue.

Segundo Encuentro Bicultural Maya-Tibetano – Second Mayan-Tibetan Bicultural Encounter 2012

Second Mayan-Tibetan Bicultural Encounter 2012 – Segundo Encuentro Bicultural Maya-Tibetano

Segundo Encuentro Bicultural Maya-Tibetano

Del 11 al 16 de septiembre, 2012
Sea parte del Segundo Encuentro Bicultural Maya-Tibetano 2012, donde pueden descubrir estas dos culturas fascinantes a través de la danza, las ceremonias y las exhibiciones, con la presencia de los Monjes del Monasterio Drepung Loseling, los representantes de Richard Gere Productions y de Mary Cobá Cupul de Producciones Arte Maya. No se pierda de esta oportunidad única para ser parte de un renacer espiritual en Hacienda Tres Ríos, un resort que ofrece acceso exclusivo al Parque Natural Tres Ríos en la Riviera Maya.

Ceremonias y Actividades:
Ceremonia de Bienvenida Maya-Tibetana
Pujas Grupales Tibetanas
Elaboración del Mandala de Tara Blanca
Conferencias Culturales Mayas-Tibetanas
Ceremonia del Fuego Maya
Ceremonia del Cenote Kapuksijiil
Música y Danzas Sagradas Mayas y Tibetanas (*presentación especial el 13 de septiembre en el Teatro de Cancún)
Meditación Tibetana
Exposiciones Artísticas
Pujas y Bendiciones Individuales Tibetanas
Limpias y Sanaciones Individuales Mayas
Cartas Natales Mayas
Actividades Incluidas:
Ceremonia de Bienvenida Maya-Tibetana
Pujas Grupales Tibetanas
Elaboración del Mandala de Tara Blanca
Conferencias Culturales Mayas-Tibetanas
Ceremonia del Fuego Maya
Música y Danzas Sagradas Mayas y Tibetanas (*presentación especial el 13 de septiembre en el Teatro de Cancún)
Meditación Tibetana
Exposiciones Artísticas
Actividades Opcionales (cargo extra):
Pujas y Bendiciones Individuales Tibetanas
Limpias y Sanaciones Individuales Mayas
Cartas Natales Mayas
Ceremonia del Cenote Kapuksijiil
Dr. Antonio Karam- Presidente y fundador de Casa Tíbet México
Maestro Nicolás Núñez Álvarez- Maestro y Director de teatro participativo etnográfico, TIT/UNAM
Marte Trejo Sandoval- Astrónomo e investigador
Miguel Covarrubias Reyna- Arqueólogo egresado de la UADY (Yucatán)
Alberto Ruz Buenfil- Historiador de los movimientos de comunidades internacionales, fundador de la ecoaldea, Huehuecoyotl, y activista
Dalia Rosa Trejo- Sociólogo de la UNAM y Humanista Maya
Alejandra López Llera- Maestra de danzas prehispánicas y tradicionales de artes místicas del Tíbet.

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Second Mayan-Tibetan Bicultural Encounter 2012

September 11-16, 2012
Be a part of the Second Mayan-Tibetan Bicultural Encounter 2012, where you can discover two fascinating cultures through dances, ceremonies and exhibitions with the presence of the Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery, representatives from Richard Gere Productions and Mary Cobá Cupul from Producciones Arte Maya. Don’t miss out on this singular opportunity to be a part of a spiritual reawakening at Hacienda Tres Ríos, an environmentally responsible resort that offers exclusive access to the Tres Ríos Nature Park in the Riviera Maya.

Included Activities:
• Mayan-Tibetan Welcome Ceremony
• Tibetan Group Pujas
• White Tara Mandala Elaboration
Mayan–Tibetan Cultural Conferences:
• Mayan Fire Ceremony
• Tibetan Meditation
• Art Exhibitions
• Mexican Art Exhibit
• Sacred Mayan & Tibetan Music and Dance:
(*special event to take place at the Teatro de Cancún on September 13)
Optional Activities (extra charge):
• Individual Tibetan Blessings and Pujas
• Individual Mayan Healings
• Mayan Astrology Charts
• Kapuksijiil Cenote Ceremony
• Temazcal
Speaker Biographies:
Dr. Antonio Karam -President and Founder of Casa Tíbet México
Mtro. Nicolás Núñez Álvarez -Director of ethnographic theater group, TIT/UNAM
Marte Trejo Sandoval -Astronomer and Researcher
Miguel Covarrubias Reyna -UADY Archaeologist (Yucatán)
Dalia Rosa Trejo -UNAM Sociologist and Mayan Humanist
Alberto Ruz Buenfil -Historian, Activist and Founder of the eco-village Huehuecoyotl
Alejandra López Llera -Teacher of pre-Hispanic dance and traditional mystic arts of Tibet

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Doomsday pyramid to bring positive thinking in Mexico’s Maya Riviera

Doomsday pyramid to bring positive thinking in Mexico’s Maya Riviera


The Maya Riviera, the northwestern part of the Yucatan Peninsula, alongside the turquoise Caribbean Sea is home to some of the most-visited Maya cities, Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza.

Riviera Maya
Riviera Maya

So it’s no wonder that this area is turning into one of the main destinations to celebrate “the end of the world.” The ancient Maya calendar ends on December 21, 2012, the Winter Solstice.  It’s not the end of the world, really –as a some like to predict.  Archeologists now believe it is simply the end of one calendar cycle and the start of a new one.  Maya apocalypse or not, the debate and the headlines are good for tourism.  And I could see that first hand during recent trip.

One of the special attractions set up to celebrate the ending of the Maya calendar is a new pyramid that’s being constructed for doomsday, and beyond.

Mexican artist Xavier de Maria y Campos hopes the new b’aktunoob, or Maya calendar cycle, ushers in a new era of positive thinking and appreciation of nature and the environment, two things the Maya believed in. That’s why he is building a giant pyramid out of 700,000 recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) water and soda bottles in Aldea Zama, between the ancient and modern cities of Tulum.

PyramidofPositiveThinkingThis Pyramid of Positive Thinking is to be completed on December 21, 2012, covered in jungle foliage and topped with a giant mirror that will reflect the sun’s rays during the day and create an artificial light beam at night. Click for more here and here.

Visitors are invited to stuff a bottle with a little paper prayer or wish. Mine was that we use fewer plastic bottles. Visitors also can insert a wish contributed virtually via the pyramid’s website, a popular activity for school groups.

As the pile of bottles rises, the structure is planted with greenery. A gardener handed me a cutting, which I pushed into the webbing holding the pile of plastic in place. Eventually, this pyramid will look like just another hill covered with jungle growth, like the hundreds that dot the Yucatan, hiding Maya ruins which have not yet been excavated.

Tulum currently does not have a recycling program. Campos hopes for good cosmic karma from the positive thoughts inside the bottles, the act of getting so much plastic out of garbage dumps, and the eco-awareness his project is building.  It couldn’t hurt.

Maya calendar aside, the Maya Riviera, the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, is also a destination for animal adventures.

Mid-May to mid-September is whaleshark season, when the huge animals feed where the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico meet, off Cancun and Isla Mujeres. Snorkeling with the sharks is big business, and you can sign up for a boat tour at the ferry ports at either end, or through your hotel concierge.

They are called whale sharks because they are sharks the size of whales, feeding close enough to the surface that you might actually land on one when you jump off the boat to swim with them. But that doesn’t happen, since tour boat captains and swim guides are experts at getting close, but not that close.

They also could be called polka-dot sharks, because their huge blue-grey bodies are decorated with grey-white polka-dots everywhere, except on their dorsal fins and tails. Whatever you call them, it’s like snorkeling with a submarine.

On my first two jumps, I focused on getting pictures and video with my underwater camera, which was dumb. It’s tough to see their widescreen glory when you are watching through a postage stamp viewfinder.  So, on the rest of my jumps, I left the camera behind on the boat.

Each jump, my guide, Juan Carlos Coba, held my hand tightly and helped me power-swim after “our” shark. Be sure to ask how many people will be on your boat. Juan Carlos takes no more than eight people, so each of us had more jumps and more time in the water each jump than the other, larger boats with as many as 20 tourists aboard taking turns.  Click for more at CruiseDivers.

The whale sharks were just one of my animal excursions.

On Isla Mujeres, I visited the Tortugranja, a government-supported breeding farm for endangered sea turtles. In the last decade, this small facility has released 1,000 Hawksbill and rare white turtles into the wild. Carefully, I held a week-old baby about the size of a large coin, before returning it to one of the attendants.

In Akumel, between Cancun and Tulum, I swam with adult turtles which hang out in the sea grass just offshore. My guide, Virginia Romano Franklin, grew up here and has been swimming with turtles since childhood. She found a pair feeding blissfully, a few hundred yards from a group of tourists acting like unruly paparazzi, closing in on a solo turtle who must have been terrified. Click for more at Riviera Adventours.

Romano Franklin also is caring for a baby spider monkey at her family restaurant, Oscar & Lalo, in Tulum. Lalito was found abandoned on the family ranch nearby, and wears an infant diaper – she cuts a hole in it for his tail – when he plays tag with guests. Just like a human toddler, Lalito is in constant motion, except when he stops briefly for a cuddle.

On other days, I swam with trained dolphins at Xcaret and at Xel-Ha, the two family-oriented, tourist-oriented nature parks in the Riviera Maya. At Xcaret, dolphins do their famous “foot push”, which is pushing a human visitor across the Olympic size enclosure.

I was instructed to float face down, my legs locked straight, hip width apart.  An instant after the trainer blew his whistle, the noses of two dolphins were pushing the soles of my feet and I was flying across the pool with my arms outstretched, like Kate Winslet on the bow of the Titanic.  At Xel-Ha, one of their tricks is to swim upright, so I could hold their flippers briefly and “dance” with them.

Yes, there is controversy about such captivity and training.  The hope is that anybody experiencing these intelligent and beautiful creatures so closely will be moved to support protecting them in the wild.

Perhaps somebody has placed exactly that wish inside one of the bottles at the Pyramid of Positive Thinking.

Read more: FOXNEWS.COM

Go Off the Grid in Mexico’s Riviera Maya

Go Off the Grid in Mexico’s Riviera Maya

Source, 7 x7 SF
By Sara Deseran

Fortify yourself with Tulum’s authentic eats before exploring ancient ruins.

If you’re a lover of the town of Tulum and the surrounding Riviera Maya, you’re likely not a fan of a certain type of Mexico vacation—one that involves thumping nightclubs, body shots, and not a whiff of true Mexican culture for miles.

If so, the minute you step foot in the Cancun airport—the main hub for Yucatan Peninsula vacationers—you’ll want to immediately rent a car and hightail it out of there.

Cancun’s megaresorts quickly fade into the distance as you drive the straight shot down Highway 307. Though a thicket of jungle obstructs the view, roll down the window and inhale the balmy air. It’s thrilling just to know that miles of beach lie to your left along with postcard-perfect white sand and warm, aqua-colored Caribbean water.

For many headed south, Tulum is a primary destination, attracting visitors who prefer to be a bit more off the grid—if not entirely.

The laid-back town is also the site of a well-preserved, pre-Columbian city with ruins that sit majestically atop the ocean cliffs.

Though restaurant prices can also be steep —expect to pay what you might in San Francisco—this area still attracts a walking-shoe group prone to sun salutations.

The highway cuts right through the middle of Tulum, which for better or worse, keeps it from being overly quaint. This means that lodging in town is less expensive than it is at the palapa (thatched-roof) hotels that line a short stretch of coast outside Tulum.

At the center of town, real people live and work among street stands selling freshly squeezed juice and panuchos—fried corn tortillas hollowed and stuffed with black beans and then topped with shredded turkey or chicken, pickled onions, and avocado. After a few of these with a cold cerveza, your shoulders should start to release themselves from your ears. Get your flip-flops out of your suitcase, and slip them on. Only now are you truly in Mexico.

Splurge with a room along the Riviera Maya. If you’re not paying attention, you’ll drive right by the subtle gates leading to Maroma Resort and Spa (km. 51 Carretera Cancún Tulum, 866-454-9351, maramohotel.com), an understated but tasteful property in the midst of more splashy resort entrances. Arrive at dusk just as the staff lights the pathways with hundreds of tea candles. There are pools, but the beach is complete with bed-like lounge chairs, umbrellas, and a staff to bring you a cocktail. At breakfast, watch tortillas being handmade by a true Mexican grandmother. Another lovely stay in Tulum can be had at Mezzanine (303-578-1301, mezzaninetulum.com), a chic and contemporary nine-room oceanfront hotel decorated with Buddhas. It’s at the end of the string of hotels, meaning an expanse of beach is yours for the taking. The hotel is also a quick walk to the Tulum ruins.


If you’re staying at Maroma, take a night and head to the resort’s El Restaurante. Chef Juan Pablo Loza has a smartly executed menu celebrating all of the regional cuisines of Mexico. Try the make-your-own guacamole, which includes pomegranate seeds and more. In Tulum, everyone goes to beachside Posada Margherita (posadamargherita.com), owned by a gregarious Italian, for a lively, if pricey, experience. But El Tabano (km. 6 Road to Boca Paila, 984-134-8725), located across from the beach, has an open kitchen and outdoor-only seating and might be even more fun. It’s quirky and a touch hippie—in a good way —with Mexican-inspired food including stuffed poblanos, fish tacos, coconut shrimp, and ceviche. If the electricity goes out while you’re eating, just go with it. Also, don’t knock Mezzanine’s restaurant, which serves very good Thai food by any standard—in fact, it’s better than most in San Francisco.

For a mini adventure, head to the cenotes—underground freshwater caves in the region. To get to the nearest one, drive toward the town of Cobá, and look for the sign pointing you to Gran Cenote (grancenote.com), which is actually smaller than some and just 20 minutes away. Both snorkeling and diving are on offer, and swimming under a canopy of stalactites is magical. To pretend you’re an early explorer, arrive in the morning and avoid the crowds. For scuba diving, all you need is an open-water certificate.


London Cabs Promote Tulum Riviera Maya Mexico

London Cab Tulum
London Cab Tulum

As part of a strategy to diversify tourist source markets for Mexico, the Ministry of Tourism and the Tourism Board of Mexico launched the “Mexico Today” campaing, focused to the European market. This campaing includes promotion of Tulum, Riviera Maya Mexico on London Cabbies. There are more than 300 taxis on the streets o fLondon currently promoting attractions in Mexico.

As part of a strategy to diversify tourist source markets for Mexico, the Ministry of Tourism and the Tourism Board of Mexico launched the "Mexico Today" campaing, focused to the European market. This campaing includes promotion of Tulum, Riviera Maya Mexico on London Cabbies. There are more than 300 taxis on the streets o fLondon currently promoting attractions in Mexico.
Tulum real Estate


Tulum on London Cab Mexico
Tulum on London Cab Mexico

En Tulum Proyectan museo para huesos hallados en ríos subterráneos

En Tulum Proyectan museo para huesos hallados en ríos subterráneos

TULUM, Q. Roo.- Mencionan que los restos serán objetos de investigación y posteriormente utilizarlos como elementos de educación.

Con Información de SIPSE.COM

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En el museo se podrán exhibir los restos de hombres y mujeres, así como de animales prehistóricos y vasijas hallados al interior de los ríos subterráneos.

TULUM, Q. Roo.- Una vez nombrado como director del Parque Nacional Tulum (PNT) hace apenas veintidós días, Wady Hadad Gómez, dio a conocer uno de los principales proyectos que buscarán aterrizar en el Centro de Interpretación de la Naturaleza y Cultura Maya (CINyCM), y que es habilitar un museo para exhibir los restos de hombres y mujeres, al igual que los huesos de animales prehistóricos y vasijas hallados en esta localidad al interior de los ríos subterráneos que data de hace 10 mil y 14 mil 500 años.

A decir del director del PNT, el gobierno federal y estatal, a través de las instancias el Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), Universidad de Quintana Roo (Uqroo),  entre otras, proyectan construir un museo para los huesos prehistóricos, pues aseguró que Tulum es importante a nivel mundial en restos de animales prehistóricos, personas y vasijas prehispánicas que actualmente son custodiados por el instituto de antropología, y otros restos sumergidos en los ríos que son cuidados por buzos expertos que han estado realizando las exploraciones.

Destacó que la proyección es de gran importancia porque una vez evaluados los huesos, y los que faltan aún por estudiar, podrán ser depositados en el sitio, a fin de ser objetos de investigación y posteriormente utilizarlos como elementos de educación.

Dijo que la cuestión del rescate y exploración de los huesos están a cargo del INAH y un grupo de arqueólogos marinos, quienes actualmente tienen bajo su responsabilidad planificar los operativos de rescate de los mismos, e iniciar con el proceso de investigación.

El director del Parque Nacional Tulum, Wady Hadad Gómez, aseguró que los huesos hallados y los que aún faltan por explorar podrían constituirse en vestigios de los animales prehistóricos que proceden de los ríos subterráneos, tales como los esqueletos prácticamente completos que pertenecieron a mujeres y uno a un hombre, encontrados en los cenotes Las Palmas, El Templo y Naharon, ubicados en la cabecera de este noveno municipio.

Jennifer López Shooting a Video in Tulum and Chichenitza, Mexico

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Jennifer López Shooting a Video in Tulum and Chichenitza, Mexico

JLO in Tulum and Chichen Itza
JLO in Tulum and Chichen Itza

The visit from Jlo and her entourage of ballet dancers and video production techs to Mexico’s fabled pyramid site – Chichenitza and magical beaches of Tulum in the area of Akuml and Xcacell is part of a program designed by the Federal Ministry of Tourism of Mexico to promote the nation internationally by bringing celebrities to the country’s must-see places.  The actress and singer said it was “exciting” to visit the archeological site, and film among the ruins.

“Excited about my day tomorrow in Chichen Itza!!!” López tweeted on Friday. “First day of shooting the video for #imintoyou… I’ll send u pics tomorrow #LOVE?”

On Saturday, she tweeted a photograph of herself sitting atop the steps of a pyramid, wearing a sexy snake print dress, while shooting her   Lil Wayne-assisted new single, “I’m Into You.”

Yesterday,  Lopéz tweeted a note, suggesting she spent most of her weekend shooting the clip. “Hello #LOVE?RS!!! Leaving beautiful Mexico… Great shoot, can’t wait to share it with you!! #imintoyou,” she wrote.

Watch behind the scenes footage from this shoot.

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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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

Aussie Natalie Imbruglia spends time in Tulum

Aussie singer-songwriter, model and actress Natalie Imbruglia spends time in Tulum.

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Natalie Imbruglia visits Mexican Caribbean resort town of Tulum

At an out of the way beach resort on Tulum’s paradise beach in the Mexican Caribbean, Aussie Diva makes time to take the sun and enjoy lengthy walks in the white sandy beaches of this Mexican resort town.

La multifasética diva australiana Natalie Imbruglia, cantante, compositora, modelo y actríz se encuentra actualmente gozando de unas tranquilas vacaciones en las paradisiacas playas de Tulum, en las costas del Caribe Mexicano. La diva pasa el tiempo paseando por la playa y gozando de las insuperablemente bellas playas de Tulum.

Mexico: naar ‘t altijd warme land van de Maya’s

Mexico: naar ‘t altijd warme land van de Maya’s

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Wie naar Mexico gaat, ook in ons koudste seizoen altijd lekker vanwege zijn warme winterzon, bezoekt het land van de Maya’s. Maar de resten van die oude, bijzondere cultuur zijn niet het enige dat je moet gaan zien. Ga ook naar de Riviera Maya, met zijn luxe resorts, zijn hagelwitte stranden en zijn themaparken. En naar de stad Cancún, een Las Vegas in het klein aan de warme Caribische Zee , met letterlijk alles wat het toeristenhartje begeert.

Chichen Itza Near Tulum
Chichen Itza Near Tulum

De Piramide van Kukulcán is de belangrijkste trekpleister van de Maya cultuur in het noordoosten van Mexico.

Chichén Itzá is voor toeristen die meer willen weten van leven en cultuur van de vroegere bewoners van Mexico één van de grootste trekpleisters. Het was één van de belangrijkste steden van de Maya’s, die er onder meer de indrukwekkende Piramide van Kukulcán bouwden. Een absolute must see,  gelegen ten westen van het rustige, koloniale stadje Vallodolid op het schiereiland Yucatán.

Chitzén Itza  staat op de werelderfgoedlijst van Unesco en werd in 2007 uitgeroepen tot één van de zeven nieuwe wereldwonderen.

Vroeg op pad
Als je op je gemak van alle schatten en herinneringen aan het oude Mexico wil genieten moet je er vroeg bij zijn, zegt Pepe Lopez, onze gids. Dus zitten we klokslag zeven uur ‘s ochtends in het busje, dat ons in een  uur of drie van ons verblijd, zuidelijk van Cancún , via een korte stop in het vriendelijke, koloniaal ogende, stadje Vallodolid naar het land van de Maya’s brengt.

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Vroeg aankomen heeft als voordeel, dat er nog weinig andere toeristen zijn. En bovendien is het nog niet zo warm. Dat betekent wél wat véél aandacht van de vele souvenirverkopers, maar daar valt mee te leven. Bovendien zijn ze niet echt opdringerig en hebben ze soms echt mooie, handgemaakte spullen, waar je best even naar mag kijken. Als we halverwege de middag alles hebben gezien en weer vertrekken, zijn we blij dat we Pepe’s advies hebben gevolgd.

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Verre vooruders
Chichén ligt in het noorden van de Mexicaanse staat Yucatán en werd volgens de historici pas laat in de geschiedenis van de Maya belangrijk, nl. in de 9e eeuw. Toch is er zoveel te zien dat onze gids aanknopingspunten te over heeft om ons uitgebreid bij te praten over zijn verre voorouders. Het zijn verhalen van soms barre tijden, maar ook van de onwaarschijnlijk grote kennis, die de Maya’s hadden  van astronomie en wetenschap.

Het volk, dat zich waarschijnlijk al rond 2000 jaar voor Christus in Zuid-Amerika vestigde, heeft zijn reputatie gevestigd met onder meer een eigen tijdrekening en kalender, en de bouwwerken op Chichén Itza getuigen van een diep inzicht in de bewegingen van zon en maan en van architectuur.

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Bij de ruïnes van Tulum fotograferen toeristen vooral de mooie natuur

Gids Pepe Lopez is universitair geschoold en afgestudeerd in de historie en cultuur van zijn voorouders. Hij brengt het verhaal van de Maya’s en hun talrijke mysteries in begrijpelijk taal en in mooi en goed verstaanbaar Engels.


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