Mexico is known for a diverse ecosystem and the Riviera Maya is one of the most spectacular. Maya greatness and wisdom they can only be understood by visiting the nature in which they thrive. This is the perfect location for ecotourism adventure or for a more glorious relaxation.
Under the rocky ground of Quintana Roo are hidden rivers, canals and cenotes (deep natural pit, or sinkhole, characteristic of Mexico) that formed over time and that none of its visitors imagine there. Open to visitors from around the world, the Riviera Maya is a favorite vacation spot for European and Canadian tourists mainly. Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum are attractive not only for its archaeological sites, but for its extensive ecotourism. Exploration in caves and cenotes, walks around lagoons, tours on the treetops or in the jungle, the choices is extensive in that domestic paradise.
One of the best places to stay and start to feel in communion with nature is Xpu-Ha Palace Resort. The resort was located between mangroves, wide green areas, a cenote and last but not least, has a zoo composite by aviary and reserves of deer, flamingos and crocodiles, where the protagonist is a lizard named Tyson.
Luxury Cabin equipped with ecological toilet device because the toilet water is recycled. Its pool has different levels, the kids area slightly away from the open bar, where usually meets adults and young people of different nationalities. It also offers accommodation for pets and has access to the beach.
One of the most interesting places to dive in the water and learn about marine life is Yal-ku Lagoon at Akumal, located just between Cancun and Tulum. To explore this body water which meets the sea, need to spend more than an hour, time is worth for a full view of colorful fish and, if you are lucky enough, barracudas and turtles. The crystal clear water, with typical turquoise tone, generates the sensation of flying over cliffs that appear suddenly to wonder and enjoyment of the visitor.
A similar experience happens in the cenotes of Aktun Koh, a place closed to the public, who only has access with Mayan Adventures agency, which also organizes the tour to Yal-Ku. The area offers three types of cenotes that exist. First the closed, which is practically a cave, illuminated to swim up inside. In it can be seen dark shades fish and casually hear the almost mystical toh bird song, which usually rest on the inside upon a rock.
The half open cenotes, as the name implies, are caverns collapse, and a portion of water is exposed to the human eye and another in caves. They can have up to ten meters deep and, although it seems impossible that there is life, it is common to see fish and urchins. The open cenote is completely exposed to sunlight. In the latter, there is a tyrolean to eight meters high: who dares to take a dip in cold water, you descend a rope with special equipment and released just before making contact with the water. There are many stories about the cenotes and their guardians, the Aluxes, and probably influenced by what is said of them, a strange energy in the environment is perceived.
Travel in the jungle
Otoch Ma’ax Yetel Kooh is a national protected area since June 2002, which in Mayan means “House of the spider monkey”. This ecological reserve, about 15 minutes from Tulum, is guarded by people who are responsible for 5,367 hectares of forest. The route is converted on a hike full of adrenaline. It is known that there is no cougars in the route traced the guides, but the way the howler monkey calls the others, seems to be a feline roar. Its population is estimated at about 800 copies coexisting with other species such as spider monkeys, ocellated turkeys, quail, wild boar and white-tailed deer and cabrito. A bluish lagoon is guarded by crocodiles that inhabit wetlands and are the terror of visitors, with the jaguar, ocelot and puma.
In the silence of the forest, without the city noise, no signals for telephone network and Internet, only hear the rustling of leaves of the trees, and the whispers of admiration from tourists. The peace was breaks with the roar of the guides, which mimic howler monkeys to attract them. After several attempts, appear, maybe entrusted by the power of their throats.
The wonderful Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve
Nothing compares to a biosphere reserve that lives up to its name Maya, which means “Gift of the sky” or “Where the sky begins”. Sian Ka’an is a stunning water zone, a lagoon with a connection to the sea. To get there, you must take a tour by boat and have to cross several islets. The first is grassland, divided by a small freshwater canal, drawn by the ancient Mayans that remains to this day; seems Savannah fragment parked there.
The tour continues surrounding mangroves leading to a pre-Hispanic construction, the guides say worked as the office of the Mayan Empire. The building has slight reconstructions, but does not hide the passage of time. After seeing a piece of history, comes to relaxation. The crew of the boat down and immersed in the warm and calm waters make their way through the mangroves. The rule is just float and drift with the current during a distance of just over 40 minutes enough time to contemplate the stillness of the sky, listen to the whisper of the water and feel the protective attitude of vegetation.
Probably there is a special energy in these ancient Mayan lands, may not have mystical events around, but the majesty of the Riviera Maya and its breathtaking beauty disarm the destructive instinct which characterizes the human being. Both original inhabitants like those who moved there and tourists develop a marked respect and even a kind of protective instinct towards that area, which seems to have its own life.