The Yucatan Whale Sharks are a favorite among many whale watchers. This is one of the popular travel adventures in Mexico and the Riviera Maya and definitely makes for a great experience.
If you're an animal and nature lover, and at the same time a traveler, then whale shark watching might be the perfect adventure for you. There are many places around the world to go Whale watching, but one of the perfect places to visit is Yucatan.
In 1996 two friends and I undertook our first backpacking experience. We traveled from Costa Rica to Guatemala in six months. We originally planned to travel for a year, but half way decided to do something more useful with our presence in Central America and applied for volunteer jobs in Honduras and Guatemala. The travelers we met during our adventure traveled from South to North Central America and were very different from the travelers you would meet now on the same route.
Most people were, like us, looking for a real escape. It would have been rare to find anyone traveling for less then three months. As a matter of fact, most people had started in the northern region of the continent, or often in Mexico and were planning to travel as far south as Peru or Patagonia. They would give themselves eight months or more to do so. The main reason for their trip was not so much traveling in itself; most backpackers were looking for a different lifestyle. They had already found the lifestyle they were looking for and had been successful in becoming accomplished adventurers.
Judeo-Christian ideas of the apocalypse led to an easy interpretation of the Mayan vision of cosmic cycles and resulted in the alleged prophecies of the end of the world, reported the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
"When the Mayan writing began to be deciphered and was found that, among other things, meant the end of cycles, it became an easy interpretation from the perspective of the Western thought, linking this to an apocalyptic vision of the end of the world", say experts cited by INAH in a statement.
Chichen Itza is the largest and most famous Mayan site in the Yucatan Peninsula. Because of the sheer size and scope of the ruins, it’s best to have an idea of what you want to see when you arrive. Walking around randomly will only confuse your senses and perhaps make miss out on something you’d enjoy more. To help you figure out what are the most popular things to see at Chichen Itza, I’ve compiled a short guide.
There are 7 different ball courts at Chichen Itza; the grandest of them all is named the Great Ball Court. Archaeologists aren’t sure of the exact rules, but they have uncovered evidence that many of the players were sacrificed at the end of the game. If you want to have a truly rewarding visit to Chichen Itza, then a stop at the Great Ball Court is a must.
The city of Calakmul was one of the most powerful cities in the Mayan world and especially of Southern Mexico. When individual entered the territories controlled by the city of Calakmul, the city’s emblem could be seen in numerous places. The emblem depicted the head of a snake. This emblem let all travelers and newcomers looking to make a claim in the in the area know the land was already owned by the Snake Kingdom.
The Snake Kingdom was at its peak during the Classic period, which is the later end of the Mayan history. The city itself boasted one of the highest populations for any city of its day, a whopping 50,000 residents. The city
governors and politicians ruled cities and villages as far away as 150 kilometers.
The Mayas had a "musical scale" very different from the five Western notes, experts said. They analyzed 125 instruments, including flutes, ocarinas, trumpets, horns, ceramic, conch shells, an official source said. EFE, Mexico
"These artifacts emit musical sounds whose scale is not as the Western scale, that is, it has its own range, which experts have preliminarily defined as of Mayan type," the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) said in a statement.
The rugged mountains and deep jungles, not to mention the teeming wildlife in the virgin rainforests, are all the reasons why you should go on hiking and adventure trips in Guatemala. The vast jungle of Guatemala presents great hiking opportunity for the avid backpackers.
If you're one of them, you shouldn't dare miss this opportunity to go trekking up on the mountains. Just add a little human intervention provided by the local Mayan people, and this trip can be the most amazing adventure you'll have in your life.
One of the most magical trips that you could possibly take is a trek to visit the mystical Mayan ruins. Built by civilizations as old as time itself, the Mayan ruins offer you a step backward into time.
The cities of the Mayans may be abandoned now, but they still hold vast lessons and ancient mysteries yet to be uncovered in the Mayan ruins. Their cities of stone have been emptied in the past, refilled and then emptied again. The history of the Mayans is generally divided. Three time spans are recognized; the Pre-classic, the Class, and the Post Classic Periods are those that are generally dealt with historically.
When traveling to Mexico, one of the best destinations you can possibly choose is Playa del Carmen. This, located on the Riviera Maya, has a lot to offer visitors – beaches, relaxation, spas, shopping, night life, delicious dining, water sports, guided tours to visit ruins, biosphere reserves and much more.
You can join a guided tour either when you arrive at this picturesque place, or have it already included in your travel package. We have prepared a list of the various tour choices that Playa del Carmen, Mexico has to offer you:
October can be described as one of the spookiest times of year. In most North Americans minds it brings about images of witches, pumpkins, and most of all candy. But south of the American border the time is celebrated in a much different manner. It’s called the Day of the Dead.
In Mexico the celebrations isn’t just one day, it last several. From October 28 to November 2nd. Many outsiders see the Day of the Dead as a strange embrace of death amongst an entire nation. In reality, it is a celebration of life, how precious it is, and how each life must eventually come to an end.
The Yucatan Peninsula is home to thousands of species of flora and fauna, inhabiting various terrains and natural habitats. Large land areas are covered by unexplored rainforest that hides many secrets – Mayan ruins, animals, flowers and vegetation.
The majority of the land is still untouched by civilization, which gives the traveler a unique opportunity to feel at one with nature and observe animals, birds, reptiles and insects in their natural environment. Eco-tours are very popular in this part of the world because of the untouched natural environment and the large reserves, housing thousands of unique creatures.
The Mayan culture is one of the most interesting in the world. It has undergone significant changes through the centuries, and the history of the Maya is very interesting for people today.
The Maya were one of the Mesoamerican civilizations that lived in the lands of Central America before the Spanish conquistadors came. The Maya were familiar with cultivation as far back as 3000 BC, and their main source of food was maize and game, as well as fish.
The Mirador Basin is a geographically-defined elevated basin of 2,169 square kilometers found in the remote rainforest of the Maya Biosphere Reserve in the northern department of Petén, Guatemala. The basin is named after El Mirador, which is an immense archaeological site within the basin.
The region is part of the last large area of intact tropical forest in Mesoamerica. Together with the reserves of Tikal National Park, the eastern Petén and the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve in southern Mexico, the Mirador Basin represents the last refuge of tropical flora and fauna in Central America, creating an area large enough to guarantee the survival of threatened species.
The ball court at Chichen Itza is one of the oldest known game courts in human history. The game is often referred to as Tiatchtli, and has been played since 1,000 B.C. Modern versions of the game are still played to this day by local populations, but the how the details of the game and how it was played by their ancient Mayan ancestors is still unknown.
Most people recognize the famous stone goals; this is actually a later addition to the game. The original version is even more mysterious than the late versions; seeing that we have no idea how they kept score before the stone hoop was added. The few rules we do know of belong to the time after a stone hoop was instituted. A single successful hoop could make a win, and being able to touch the ball to the vertical stone hoop scored individual points.
In 1990 about half of the Petén department was protected under the Maya Biosphere Reserve. The Reserve was created to protect the largest area of tropical forest remaining in Central America. The other half was leftunprotected, as an economical resource for local communities
When I first came to live in the Petén in 1997 about 1 third of the unprotected rainforest had disappeared. Nevertheless, with 2 thirds still standing plus the immense Mayan Biosphere Reserve being protected, we were living in the middle of a vast area of seemingly endless rainforest with a few spots of slashed forest that had made way to agricultural land.
Tulum in Mexico is a great place to visit. It not as popular as some of the other places on the Yucatan Peninsula such as Cancun or the largest resorts on Riviera Maya, but this is also part of its beauty.
Tulum has a lot to offer to the adventurous traveler interested in Mayan ruins and nature – secluded beaches, a relaxing atmosphere, delicious cuisine, snorkeling and enjoying the crystal clear waters, interesting flora and fauna species and Mayan ruins to visit and explore.
This picturesque old Mayan settlement is located just south of Playa Del Carmen, so there is always convenient transportation and accommodations available. Here are some of the most interested places to visit if you have some time to spend in Tulum:
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