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Weather in Riviera Maya

Weather in Riviera Maya

Weather in Riviera Maya - Playa del Carmen - Cancun - Tulum.

The beautiful weather is just one of the many reasons that the Riviera Maya is so popular as a tourist destination. The Riviera Maya is located in a humid subtropical climate area, which means that it enjoys warm temperatures all year long, with humidity levels that hover around 90% most of the time. Its annual average temperature is between 75 and 82°F (24 and 28°C), which is perfect for both sunbathing and swimming since the Caribbean Sea always stays warm.

Winter

If you come from a snowy climate, then you probably won’t agree that the weather in Riviera Maya from November through February deserves to be called “winter”. While temperatures fall to their coolest levels during these months, it’s still quite comfortable to stroll through the city and take part in all the exciting activities it offers. In the evenings, you’ll probably want to trade your sandals in for closed-toe shoes and grab a light sweater to wear, as temperatures can reach as low as 65°F (18°C).

Spring

Springtime is gorgeous due to the flowers that bloom everywhere. Between March and May, the weather warms up to the point that you’ll rarely need a sweater in the evenings. The sea also gets calmer and warmer, which makes swimming even more enjoyable than it is in the winter.

Summer

It should come as no surprise that summers are hot!!! You won’t mind though, since the crystal clear water is gloriously warm, meaning you can swim and dive all day long under its spectacular blue skies. Rain showers and thunderstorms are common between June and August, but they generally only last for an hour or two. Come prepared for the sun – you’ll want a hat and sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn.

Autumn

September and October are the windiest and rainiest times of the year in the Riviera Maya, though the temperature stays warm. If you’re planning a visit this time of year, you’ll want to keep up to date with weather information by using forecasts from meteorological services, since this is the season when tropical storms and hurricanes tend to pass through the area. You can stay safe by following the recommendations provided in local travel advisories.

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Good to Know when Visiting Riviera Maya

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Good to Know when Visiting Riviera Maya

Sunscreen & Insect Repellent

When visiting the Riviera Maya, it’s important to remember that you can only use natural sunscreen and insect repellent in order to maintain natural wonders like our reefs and cenotes.
We highly recommend swimming in a long-sleeved shirt or rash guard when snorkeling, or we can provide you with a wetsuit to use on our tours. All of these options help to protect your skin from the sun and also keep the environment free of harmful chemicals.
Another option is to purchase a biodegradable sunblock or repellent, which means that it will break down naturally in the environment over time instead of leaving unnatural chemicals in the water that harm the ecosystem.
If you’re worried about purchasing the wrong product or don’t have access to biodegradable products, just let us know when you reserve your tour and we can get it for you!

Safety

You can rest assured that Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya as a whole are known to be very safe places. As long as you use common sense and follow the same safety precautions you would when visiting any other new location, you shouldn’t have any problems.
It’s also very easy to get around Playa del Carmen and travel between the many fascinating cities, archaeological sites, and recreation areas in the Riviera Maya. You’ll be in good company – according to The Playa Times, over 4 million visitors came to the area last year from all over the world, particularly the United States, Europe, Canada, South America, and other parts of Mexico.

Taxis

One of the easiest ways to get around Playa del Carmen is by taking advantage of its extensive network of taxis. Not only can you find taxis all over the city, but they are also usually an affordable way to get around town. You can find available taxis in the streets or at one of the city’s designated taxi stations, though prices are slightly higher when you get a taxi from a station.
Playa del Carmen’s taxis aren’t metered, and instead calculate fares using a zone chart. When you depart from your hotel, first ask to check the official price list so that you know what you can expect to pay. Before you get into a taxi, always ask the driver what the ride will cost and compare it to the official price list – that way you won’t have to worry about being overcharged. However, you should keep in mind that taxi fares in Playa del Carmen are more expensive late at night when people are returning home from nightclubs.
Finally, we always recommend that you make a note of your taxi number – that way you can more easily retrieve any lost or forgotten items or file any necessary claims.

Currency

The official currency in Mexico is the Mexican peso, but the U.S. dollar is also widely accepted at establishments in the Riviera Maya. However, most businesses determine their own exchange rates, which can sometimes be quite high, so it’s generally a good idea to exchange your currency and pay for everything using pesos throughout your stay.
If you decide to wait until you arrive in Playa del Carmen to exchange your currency, you can do this at a “casa de cambio”, or exchange booth. Many hotels also provide currency exchange services.
Another option is to withdraw money from an ATM. If you’re from another country, you will probably have to pay a bank fee for international withdrawals as well as an ATM fee, so it’s generally best to withdraw large sums of money that you can use over a few days in order to avoid repeatedly paying these fees.
Finally, keep in mind that Mexico does have a tipping culture, so be sure to reward anyone who provides you with good service.

Electricity

If you’re planning to use your phone, laptop or other electrical appliances during your stay in the Riviera Maya, you may need to bring along an adapter. Electrical sockets in Mexico use 110-120 volts, which is the same as those found in the United States and Canada. However, if you’re from these countries you may still need an adapter if your appliance is designed for grounding (has a third round pin on the plug) or polarization (the left vertical blade on the plug is bigger), since such plugs will not fit into Mexican sockets. Visitors from other areas of the world, including Europe and Asia, will definitely require an adapter.

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Chichen Itza – 7th Wonder of the World!

Temple and columns, Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza – 7th Wonder of the World!

Visitors staying in Cancun or Playa del Carmen should definitely include a Chichen Itza Tour on their bucket list. Located less than 3 hours’ drive from these resorts, this famous Mayan site will be an unforgettable highlight of any Riviera Maya vacation.

Often referred to as the 7th Wonder of the World, this remarkable attraction includes the landmark El Castillo Pyramid, the biggest Ball Court in Mesoamerica, a remarkable Observatory and a host of temples and pillared platforms.

The very best way to enjoy a visit to Chichen Itza is with a local English-speaking guide. Enjoy comfortable air-conditioned transport on a private tour to Chichen Itza at affordable prices.

Reasons to Book a Chichen Itza Private Tour

Independent visitors may be impressed by Chichen Itza, but understanding the Mayan way of life and the purpose of the buildings really makes the tour worthwhile. During your Chichen Itza Tour, your private guide will help you:

  • Get an insight into ancient Mayan culture
  • Admire the engineering feats of pyramid-building (unfortunately not possible to climb)
  • See well-preserved carvings of serpents, eagles and jaguars
  • Learn how a shadowy serpent appears to descend the pyramid at the spring and autumn equinoxes
  • Appreciate the astronomical understanding demonstrated in the El Caracol Observatory
  • Visit the Sacred Cenote, a place of sacrificial offerings to the gods
  • Understand the purpose of the many monuments spread across this large site

Tips for Visiting Chichen Itza

The best time to visit Chichen Itza is early in the morning to avoid the crowds and heat. Our tours take advantage of this quieter time to visit and you can relax and nap on the journey.

As part of your Chichen Itza Tour, we include a stop at Valladolid on the way back. It’s a great place to have lunch, shop and explore this delightful colonial city. Don’t forget your camera!

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6 Unique Things to Do in Cancun

Cancun Isla Mujeres beach

6 Unique Things to Do in Cancun.

Sunshine holidays in Cancun offer plenty of things to do in and around your resort. However, you won’t want to miss the “real” Cancun by booking some fun tours and activities beyond “The Strip”.

1. Downtown Cancun Activities

Hop on the local bus and head to downtown Cancun for some retail therapy in the charming old town. Hang out for dinner and drinks at very affordable prices. You can also visit local archaeological ruins at El Rey in the Hotel Zone or El Meco in North Cancun.

2. Visit Isla Mujeres

Cancun is just a short boat ride from Isla Mujeres, a peaceful traffic-free island with beaches, shops and a mayan temple. It’s a perfect day trip from Cancun.

3. See the Famous Pink Lakes at Rio Lagartos

Book an all-inclusive tour to Rio Lagartos National Parks. Relax on the van, eat lunch and take a boat trip with a fun local guide. Learn what makes the extraordinary Las Coloradas Salt Lakes so pink, and take stunning photos of the flocks of flamingos that live there.

4. Swim with Whale Sharks!

During the summer, one of the most unusual things to do in Cancun is swim with whale sharks. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is part of a small group tour as you swim with the biggest fish in the ocean.

5. Explore Mayan Ruins near Cancun

Take a tour to Chichen Itza or the Tulum Ruins direct from your Cancun resort. These unique Mayan sites include remarkable pyramids, temples and other structures. Your English-speaking tour guide will explain Mayan culture and the extraordinary purposes of the temples, observatory, ball court and pyramids built by these advanced people.

6. Cool Off in a Cenote

Combine your Mayan Ruins Tour with a visit to a nearby cenote. Enjoy a unique swimming and diving experience in these rare limestone sinkholes.

As you can see, there are plenty of fun things to do in Cancun for all ages and interests!

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6 Exciting Things to Do in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen

6 Exciting Things to Do in Playa del Carmen.

The town offers some unique attractions.

Whether you are visiting Playa del Carmen as a couple, a family or with a group of friends, Playa del Carmen has plenty of activities for all ages. Beyond the beach and downtown, the area around Playa del Carmen offers some unique attractions.

1. Enjoy Beach Activities and Watersports

Most people book a vacation in Riviera Maya for the stunning sandy beaches and warm Caribbean Sea. It’s a great destination for snorkeling and scuba diving tours. The nearby reef offers amazing opportunities to see shoals of brightly colored fish, huge sea turtles, anemones and coral in their natural environment. Closer to shore, you can sunbathe, parasail, kitesurf and paddleboard. You’ll find equipment rentals and watersports tuition right on the beach.

2. Explore Downtown Playa del Carmen

You may be surprised to find yourself shopping on Fifth Avenue! The downtown area is a great place for drinks, Mexican dining and nightclubs. More cultural attractions in Playa del Carmen include the new Frida Kahlo Museum and the 3D Museum of Wonders.

3. Tour Mayan Ruins

Playa del Carmen is well located for visiting the world-famous Mayan Ruins in the Yucatan peninsula. Check out tours to the Tulum Ruins, Coba Ruins or Chichen Itza with its famous El Castillo pyramid.

4. Swim - Snorkel in a Cenote

Snorkeling or scuba diving in a limestone sinkhole known as a cenote is another unique thing to do near Playa del Carmen. The clear waters provide a surreal experience in amazing surroundings.

5. Explore the Jungle

The warm tropical climate means that the Yucatan is covered in lush rainforest. Jungle tours from Playa del Carmen include ATV rides, jungle ziplining and other adventure activities.

6. Visit National Parks

Finally, one of the best national parks to visit is Sian Ka’an, a UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve. Floating through the mangroves along Mayan Canals is a relaxing way to cool off while spotting birds and wildlife.

Which things to do in Playa del carmen will you try first?

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5 Reasons to Visit the Tulum Ruins

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5 REASONS TO VISIT THE TULUM RUINS

One of the Best Conserved Mayan Sites

Vacations in Mexico are far more than sunshine, sand and sea. One of the reasons that makes the Riviera Maya a top year-round tourist destination are the amazing Mayan ruins, like Tulum ruins,  just a short drive from Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

1. Short Trip to Tulum Ruins

Tulum’s well-preserved Mayan ruins are one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. They make a popular half-day trip for those staying in the Riviera Maya being much closer than Chichen Itza. The amazing ruins at Tulum are just 70 miles (115km) south of Cancun, and 38 miles (62km) from Playa del Carmen.

2. Spectacular Sea Views at Tulum

Located overlooking the azure Caribbean Sea, the walled Mayan city at Tulum was built as a center of trade. You’ll definitely want to share the spectacular views and “screen saver” photos with friends and colleagues via social media!

3. One of the Best Conserved Mayan Sites

The ruins of Tulum were one of the most recent Mayan sites, built between the 13th and 15th centuries. This pre-Colombian Mayan city has three main highlights: the impressive El Castillo (Castle) right on the headland, the Temple of the Descending God, and the impressive Temple of the Frescoes with its beautiful carvings and paintings.

4. Fascinating Half-Day Tulum Tours

The walled city of Tulum is compact, so you can see all the main buildings in about 90 minutes. Visiting with an English-speaking guide as part of a Tulum Tour provides you with fascinating information even if you are not a fan of history or archaeology. Discover how the Mayans lived, who built Tulum, and why it was abandoned.

5. Combine a Swim in Cenote with the Ruins visit

Visitors can enjoy a swim from the stunningly beautiful beach within the Tulum Ruins site, provided there’s no red flag. Look up at El Castillo for a moment you’ll never forget! And combine this popular activity with another unique Mexican experience - a cool swim in a cenote (limestone sinkhole), you'll get amazed!

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Coba Ruins

Coba ruins

Coba Ruins

The Best Mayan Site for History and Adventure

The Coba ruins provide many top reasons for tourist to visit, especially if you have visited the Yucatan before. Less popular (and far less crowded) than Tulum or Chichen Itza, Coba has many unique highlights. For example, you can still climb 130 steep steps up the highest Mayan temple pyramid in Mexico at Coba. You’ll see amazing jungle views from the top!

What to See at Coba Ruins

What makes Coba Ruins Tours so exciting is the fact that many of the buildings still remain covered by dense jungle. Just imagine what archaeological secrets lie undiscovered beneath the dense rainforest!
Coba is much older than similar Mayan sites at Tulum and Chichen Itza. In fact, evidence suggests that Coba was inhabited as long ago as 50BC, although the majority of the city was built during the Late Classical Period (500-900AD). It’s hard to imagine that the city was flourishing when the Roman Empire was at its peak.
In addition, Coba has many ancient stelas with Mayan symbols carved into the stone. They probably marked important events in ancient Mayan civilization.

Ruins of Coba for Young and Active Travelers

Families, teenagers and those who enjoy fun adventures will love exploring this unique archaeological site. Unlike other Mayan sites in the Yucatan, the ruins of Coba are very hands-on and definitely not boring. The 30 square-mile (80km²) site is so widespread, the best way to explore it is by bicycle, taxi-tricycle or rickshaw.

Coba Ruins Tours

Coba is less than two hours from Playa del Carmen. Why not opt for an affordable Coba Ruins Tour with private guide? Learn the mysteries of when and how Coba was built and why it was abandoned in 1550 before lying undisturbed for over 300 years.

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Cenote Chikin-Ha

Cenote Chikin-Ha

CENOTE CHIKIN-HA

Explore 3 different cenotes in one location!

Cenote Chikin Ha

The main cenote is Chikin-Ha that in Mayan Language means, “water from the east”. The cenote Chikin-Ha has two entrances, underneath the water you would find an underground world. Cave divers from all around the globe come to explore this flooded caves, you would have the opportunity of see them going into the deeps. The sunlight touches different parts of the cenote, so the colors of the cenote changes every time.

Cenote X'tabay

Cenote X'tabay is a beautiful open cenote, which display several plants and animals. Here you could find fishes, turtles, water lily, Ceiba trees and more.
This cenote is perfect for kids where they can swim and snorkel in relative shallow water and they still can explore a cave. If you are not a water person you could put your toes in the water and enjoy the display of plants, birds and water from the cenote side.

Cenote Ta'ak Bil-Ha

Cenote Ta'ak Bil-Ha (hidden water in maya) is a ceremonial cenote where mayan priest still doing some rituals. You cannot swim here but this cenote offers a several trees that reach the water with their roots and you can hear and see one of the most beautiful birds in the peninsula of Yucatan, the Bird Toh. This bird has the blue color of the Caribbean in their tails. Is a magical cenote and you would love take some photos of this mystical place

Visiting Cenote Chikin-Ha complex is all in one experience! If you are in Cancun and you want to have a full experience of cenotes without expending a lot of time in transportation, this is the best option.

Every cenote is different; we resume the special features of Cenote Chikin-Ha:

  • Activities: Swimming / Snorkeling
  • Special for: Stalactites and stalagmites, spectacular views, nature
  • Type of Cenote: Cave Cenote, Open cenote, Ceremonial Cenote
  • Depth: 3-50 ft
  • Access: two different platforms / several steps
  • Facilities: bathroom/ parking/ rest zone /
  • Location: in between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum

Cenote You could combine Chikin-Ha with other activities during your private tour, like:

Swimming in cenotes is a really peaceful experience, you can relax and enjoy from the nature and your siblings. Contact us and book a private tour with us!

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Cenotes in Coba: Choo-Ha and Tankach-Ha

CENOTES IN COBA: CHOO-HA AND TANKACH-HA

Discover two cenotes in a day, both of them are caves cenotes, but each one offer different features that would complete you experience at fullest.
The two cenotes are close each other, therefore is really easy to explore both of them.
Enjoy the surreal sensation of swimming in a Cenote!

Cenote Choo-Ha

Choo-ha in the Mayan language means “dripping water”, after going down slowly in narrow stairs, the cenote will opens widely, and you would found stalactites dripping water everywhere! The show is amazing. When you are in the platform, you could swimming around the cenote and admire the pristine water and ceiling above you.

Cenote Tankach-Ha.

Tankach-ha, means in Mayan language “deep water”. The cenote deeps goes from 14ft to 114ft, If you have diving skills or you are a daredevil this is the perfect place for jump to the water from two platforms. There is no better way to cool of, than jumping in this clear water cave cenote.

If you are not an adventures person, you don’t have to jump to the water, there are two wood platforms where you could go to swim around the cenote and relax and enjoy this big cave cenote.

Swimming in Cenote Choo-Ha and Tankach-Ha is a relaxing and refreshing moment, especially appreciated after visiting the mayan ruins of Coba.

Every cenote is different; we resume the special features of Cenote Choo-Ha and Tankach-Ha:

  • Activities: Swimming / Snorkeling
  • Special for: Stalactites and stalagmites, spectacular views
  • Type of Cenote: Cav Cenote
  • Depth: 6-114 ft
  • Mandatory: lifejacket (for non experienced swimmers)
  • Access: two different platforms / several steps
  • Facilities: athroom / parking / rest zone
  • Location: close from Coba

You could combine this cenote with other activities during your private tour, like:

  • Visit Coba Mayan ruins
  • Custom Tours (We can custom tours)

Swimming in cenotes is a really peaceful experience, you can relax and enjoy from the nature and your siblings. Contact us and book a private tour with us!

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Habanero

MEXICAN HABANERO

Never trust to a Mexican who says “no, it’s not spicy! – no picante”

Eating with salsa (any type of chili / habanero crushed with spices and water) is part of our Mexican culture. In any meal we usually add little bit of picante!

Mexicans cannot eat a taco without salsa. Spicy is making people addicted, and people get used to eat it, but to which level? Are Mexican just Macho and brave!?

What’s happening when I eat spicy?

When you are eating a chili, the substance that triggers the sensation of burning in the mouth and the eyes is the capsaicin. This sensation makes a reaction of endorphins, which are in charge to giving you pleasant moments in your life!

Is eating chili good for your health?

There aren’t verified studies about it but some Scientifics said it could help you with the flow of the blood and regenerate part of your intestinal flora.

The origin of Habanero:

The Local chili from here is the Habanero. Habanero is originated from the amazon. The first habanero plant is dated 8,500 years old, it was found at an archaeological site in Peru. Today the largest producer in the world is Yucatan, Mexico. And they are many species of Havanero, you find it in all the colors of the rainbow!

Which is the hottest chili in the world?

The spiciness of a chili is measured with the scoville heat unit. The habanero ranks 5th! It is not so bad if you know that the number one is used as a gas pepper for self-protection.
If you’re asking about the Carolina reaper, it gets the 2th place of the ranking.

3 Golden rules about Havanero:

  • Don’t cut Havanero with bare hands
  • Don’t touch your eyes after touching Habanero
  • Don’t kiss your lover after eating Havenero!!

 

Come on a a private tour, you will have the opportunity to try and taste local fool and maybe you’ll be courageous enough to add the salsa Havanero!