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Tulum Magic Town

tulum magic town

TULUM MAGIC TOWN

A Stronghold Before – An Amazing Wonder Now

Tulum has undoubtedly become one of the most visited destinations after Chichen Itza in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. And the primary reason for that is the very fact that it is located near the Caribbean Ocean. Moreover, Tulum has also officially become a Pueblo Magico along with the beautiful and magnificent island of Isla Mujeres and Bacalar. So, in essence there are a total of 3 Pueblo Magico in the Quintana Roo state.

Tulum Magic Town: A Stronghold Before – An Amazing Wonder Now

It is no wonder Tulum has been named Pueblo Magico – after all the place overlooks the Caribbean Sea, what a sight to behold! The entire place is full of archeological wonders with landscapes you haven’t seen before, anywhere in the world.

The ruins you see now played a significant role when the Mayans thrived – it provided them with different routes via land and sea, giving them economical advantages for trading. The Mayans also built an astronomic observatory and the walls so provided a solid defense. The main temple refers to Venus. Did you know that Venus was the most important planet to the Mayans after the Sun and the Moon?

There is a plethora of activities you can indulge in while enjoying your trip here. You can go on a tour of the entire Mayan city, taking pictures of various archeological discoveries, you can go snorkeling or diving in vast, exhilarating cenotes (underground rivers) – and who can forget swimming in the beautiful ocean!

The Ruins of Tulum

The ruins of Tulum are nothing short of magical; the palaces and houses there are exhilarating and will take you back in time when the Mayans thrived.

The most famous structure in Tulum, which is what most tourists come to look at from around the world, features an ingenious fortress with a temple on top. The temple has three different entrances riddled with various statues of deities, columns made to shape as serpents and you will also see zoomorphic masks. After you enter the ruins, you will be greeted by an exhilarating view of various rolling hills.

Temple of the Frescoes

In front of the El Castillo you will also see the Temple of the Frescoes. This temple was primarily utilized as an observatory for tracking how the sun moves. You can also see various frescoes dating back to the 13th century.

Temple of the Descending God

If you move towards the left of El Castillo, facing directly the sea, you will see the Temple of the Descending God, which consists of a small staircase. There is also a figure carved on the door to the entrance.

Overlooking the Caribbean Ocean

After you are done taking pictures and dozens of selfies in the temple, the next unforgettable and truly magical thing you should do is take a walk near the cliff that overshadows the beautiful ocean. This experience is guaranteed to leaving you awe-inspired, the majestic view is alone to make your trip memorable.

Tulum’s archeological site is one of the best conserved Mayan cities of the coast. All in all, the once great city of Tulum still remains popular because of the ruins and because how it built on limestone cliffs.

Book one of our tours that includes Tulum Magic Town!

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Las Coloradas Pink Lakes

Las coloradas pink lakes

Las Coloradas Pink Lakes

Do you dream to go to a surreal landscape, making people ask you if it is real?

The “Las Coloradas” pink lakes is the place to go while you are on holidays in the Peninsula of Yucatan! Located at approximately 170 miles/3h30 driving from Cancun or Playa del Carmen, Las Coloradas, known as well as “pink lakes” are lagoons close to the ocean with bright pink color.

Salt Production:

Las Coloradas are the place of the production of a daily basic condiment, the salt. Salt was extremely important in the Mayan culture for the preservation of the food as well as a nutritional need. Once produced, it was shipped by canoe or transported via the mayan roads (Sac be) to get sold and exchanged in all Mayan cities. Ek Balam was one of the cities that controlled the salt production of las Coloradas.

Mayans, like several ancient cultures, produced salt by the natural process of evaporation: salty ocean water from the mangroves nearby floods onto hard flat salt plains, creating shallow lagoons. The sun then slowly evaporates this water, leaving fresh sea salt behind.

While this “solar salt” production process is a natural one, the large pink lakes of Las Coloradas we see today were constructed by a company who produces salt on a much larger scale (500,000 tons per year). Las Coloradas is one of the biggest salt area of Mexico, making the country 5th largest salt exporter of the world.

The vibrant pink color of these lakes is due to red-colored algae, plankton, and brine shrimp that thrive in the salty environment. As the water evaporates, these organisms become more concentrated, glimmering pink in the bright Mexican sunlight. In other hand this shinning pink is transferred to a special guest in the complementary stop of our private tour, is a beautiful bird… do you guess… of course flamingos!

Because it is a long ride from the Riviera Maya to Las Coloradas we recommend you add to your trip a stop at a beautiful and peaceful town in Yucatan called Rio Lagartos (Alligator Reserve) where you can find flamingos and more!

Rio Lagartos is a small village approx. 1000 habitant. It is a Unesco Biosphere Reserve and an International Important Bird Area (IBA), with more than 350 species of birds (flamingos, herons, eagles, ospreys).The place is small just as 120000/150000 acre (50000 hectares!). Taking a boat tour is the best option to observe the flamingos, many birds and species live in the national park.

Meanwhile you explore this National Park, you will find around the mangroves alligators and perhaps horseshoe crabs that are ancient animals from the Paleozoic. On top of that you can get a special mud therapy making your skin softer than ever, with the salty mud of the lagoons!

Every time we go to this place we discover more natural wonders. Don’t hesitate to book a private tour to better enjoy this amazing destination!

 

NB: its is strictly forbidden to swim in the lakes of Las Coloradas and it could hurt your skin due to high level of salt and chemicals.

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Valladolid City

Valladolid

VALLADOLID CITY

Pueblo Magico “Magic town”

Valladolid city is located in the middle of the Yucatan Peninsula, 2 hours driving from Cancun or Playa del Carmen (+/- 90miles/150km). It is the ideal stop before/after visiting one of the famous New Wonder of the world, Chichen Itza ruins, which are located close by.

In order to develop tourism activity in Yucatan, Valladolid was elected Pueblo Magico (Magic Town) in 2012. Its colourful houses and haciendas make this colonial city one of the most iconic of the Peninsula.

The city was founded 1543 by Francisco Montejo. It was the second city built by Spanish colonizers (after Merida in 1542).

Valladolid city key facts…

  • The city was first build in 1543 but relocated to its current location in 1545 on the Zaci mayan village. Some of the corners of the buildings are constructed with rocks from the Mayans buildings.
  • Valladolid is known for the Caste War. Mayans rioted in 1848. They won but the Spanish took the city again.
  • In 1910, the insurrection initiated by the independent electoral center started in Valladolid. This event is called “The first spark of the revolution”.
  • The city was the first to open a manufacture of threads and fabrics (made from Sisal).
  • 48,000 inhabitants nowadays

What to visit…

  • The Cathedral of San Gervacio, located on the main place (built in 1545, destroyed in 1705 and rebuilt in 1706).
  • The Ex-Convent of San Bernadino de Siena, the second biggest one after Izamal.
  • Cenote Zaci (sink hole located in the center of the city) or the close by cenotes Xkeken Samula

Yucatan food…

Valladolid is a perfect place to stop and enjoy a delicious meal during your tour to a Mayan archeological site. Many restaurants offer the local cuisine of Yucatan. We recommend you to order the famous Cochinita Pibil (pork meal specialty of the peninsula cooked in a banana leaf), or to try panuchos (refried tortilla stuffed with refried black beans and topped with meat, onions and avocado) or to ask for some tasty chorizo made in the small villages around … And of course they usually serve real hand made tortillas.

Walking, shopping…

You can also walk around the streets and look for some handcraft market and artisanal clothes from the area. The downtown is a nice place to see the life going around.

Valladolid is the perfect city where you can see the mix of cultures (Spanish, Mayan). We include a stop to visit this beautiful city in all our tours to Chichen Itza.