Cancun, Quintana Roo, November 29, 2010. – Few places in the world are filled with such beauty and attractions like the Mexican Caribbean. In this region there is ancient culture, first class hotels and infrastructure and signature hospitality that can only be found in the Mayan region, which is sure to meet even the most demanding tastes. Aside from offering a variety of destinations for every kind of traveler, the state of Quintana Roo offers natural wonders, archeological jewels, and other attractions not found anywhere else in the world.
The endless amounts of unique experiences and special places in the Mexican Caribbean start in the internationally famous resort town of Cancun, a traditional place for beach lovers with its soft white sand and turquoise sea. In addition to its beaches, the sophisticated nightlife, numerous world class spas and golf courses designed by sports personalities, the destination now offers a new attraction to visitors: the world’s largest underwater museum. The collection of 400 sculptures created by artist Jason deCaires is inspired by the history of man, from the Mayan civilizations to the present, through historical moments as the conquest, independence and revolution. Underwater Museum (MUSA) will be officially inaugurated on November 27 in the National Park that shares the sea of Cancun and Isla Mujeres.
Following the tour around Mexican Caribbean we find Isla Mujeres, a place wrapped in dreams and the whimsical magic of a small fishing village. Among the unique activities offered in this charming island is the encounter with diverse natural species. Visitors can experience the thrill of swimming with nurse sharks, seals and dolphins, always under the strictest safety standards. The whale shark is another species that chooses Isla Mujeres and Holbox as their home during the summer months. Swimming with these harmless giants is an unforgettable experience for visitors.
For bird lovers, Isla Contoy is a nature reserve that allows visitors to enjoy bird watching. And to continue the marine show, a visit to Cozumel is essential. This island surrounded by the second largest barrier reef in the world features the famous statue of The Christ, which is a delight of divers. In addition to world class scuba diving, Cozumel offers attractions that visitors can not be missed, such as “El Caracol”, a Mayan relic built by our ancestors to warn of hurricanes, or Chankanaab park, a nature reserve park located within the reef, where you can also swim with manatees.
South of Cancun is Puerto Morelos, a beautiful fishing village where you can feel the tranquility of the sea, the cool water from the cenotes and the pleasures of fantastic gastronomy by renowned Chefs who have chosen Puerto Morelos as their retirement spot.
In the cosmopolitan Riviera Maya, which brings in its famous beaches to tourists from all parts of the world, one can experience activities that combine culture with adventure and excursions. You can visit Mayan communities combined with visits to cenotes, zip lines and rappelling, or Xcaret park itself, with its underground rivers and fantastic evening show. The Riviera Maya is also home to one of the most important archaeological sites in Mexico: Tulum, protected from the sea by a natural cliff, lives up to its old name maya “Zama” which means “Sunrise” and shows visitors impressive rising and setting sun on the horizon of the sea.
Further south is the Grand Costa Maya, lush green area which houses archaeological sites Kohunlich, Dzibanché and Kinichná. Tourists also enjoy a visit to Bacalar, classified as magical town for its charm, and the lake of the same name, which by their shades of blue is also known as “Lake of the 7 colors.” Just a few meters away is the Blue Sinkhole, perfect for diving enthusiasts because of its intense blue color and 300 feet of depth.
Finally, there is no better place to learn the identity of a state as its capital, Chetumal. The city that faces east, has among its attractions with two important museums: the Museum of Mayan Culture, comprised of 8 sections that comprise the worldview of the ancient Indian culture, and the Museum of the City of Chetumal, which tells the story of the city from its early beginning up until today. The tourist corridor of Bay Boulevard, is 3 miles of decorated sculptures by international artists, and is also one of the famous landmarks representing the city.
From Cancun to the Zona Maya (Mayan Zone), there are hundreds of different activities that will change the lives of their visitors upon experiencing. Whether its swimming with whale sharks or helping hundreds of baby turtles, unforgettable experiences await travelers to the region, welcomed by the people of the state of Quintana Roo which are eager to share the friendly and hospitable demeanors that characterizes them as the best hosts.