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Carnival warmth at Cozumel

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Carnival warmth at Cozumel

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Welcome to the first entry of the blog and wishing you a happy new year 2017 from Cozumel, we want to invite you to visit Coumel, a gorgeous island located 11 miles away from the coast of Mexico, in the Caribbean Sea. The island is filled with historical references from our past and Mayan heritage, and these traditions are still alive today. One of these traditions is without a doubt the emblematic Carnival of Cozumel celebrated from February 22nds until the 1st of March. This carnival has been addressed by the Mexico Tourism Board as one of the 8 most representative ones in the country, and it sure is. This event is in fact so important that has a prequel that starts from January 28th to the 19th of February, which serves as an amazing colorful display of dances and costumes that represent without a doubt the vibrant joy of this celebration.

As it is costume, a king and queen will be selected from different categories such as juvenile, children, diversity and major, with its respective crowning and celebration dance from each. This contributes to create expectation towards the actual dates on February and it is a very merry celebration to be a part of! Besides this exciting carnival full of music, culture and delicious cuisine, is only one of the many events prepared for our visitors this 2017.

Mrs. María Beatriz Solís Ramírez, our eldest participant of 60 years old. 2016.

Some of this events are the Aeroshow Cozumel, on April 1st and 2nd which features a world-class show that involves pilots and some incredible aero displays, The Cozumel Scuba Fest which as its name shows it is all about the incredible and colorful marine life that attracts professional divers all around the world to participate in this event from May 4th until the 8th. Also on May there is the 9th Annual Cozumel Island Golf Tournament an international sports event that lasts all weekend and starts on the 6th. We must mention the Sacred Maya Journey, a canoe trip from the coast of Quintana Roo to the island, in which participants from all cultures and nationalities train in advance for months to prepare for this endeavor, and pay their respects and ask good fortune to the moon goddess Ixchel from May 26th to 27th. From August to October, the annual nesting season of marine turtles takes place in Cozumel, which you can prepare for in advance since July and learn all about caring and protecting these magical animals. If we are talking about our incredible events and traditions we must highlight the 15th of September, one of the biggest fiestas in the country in which we celebrate, eat and drink for the anniversary of our independence and freedom. Also on September, we invite all athletes around the world to participate and compete in the Metlife Ironman 70.3 Cozumel, an incredible and extreme experience biking, swimming and running along the island. Iron Kids is followed closely on the 30th of September and has plenty of fun and entertainment while completing the serious triathlon. Day of the Dead starts on October 30th and lasts until November 2nd, and while we celebrate this tradition nationally, the Mayan called it Hanal Pixan which means food for the souls and as you can guess, it is an especially delicious event to attend to!

These are only a few of all the events throughout the year, we have many more cultural, ecological and festive activities you can attend to. Follow our blog to keep yourself updated on these and visit Cozumel!

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Woman in Catrina costume setting the Hanal Pixan altar. 2016.

Hanal Pixan at Cozumel

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2If you are looking to experience the Day of the Dead at Cozumel, do not miss the incredible events the island has for you! From October 31st until November 2nd you can be part of this tradition from our Mayan ancestry in which we celebrate Death as another step in our existence. Death conceived by the Mayas was a natural and spiritual process in which we will meet our makers gladly, but that will mean that we won’t be able to enjoy the mortal pleasures of seeing our friends and family, and most importantly eating and drinking. This is why Hanal Pixan means food for the souls, because we pay our deceased tribute with their favorite dishes and drinks while they were alive.

On October 31st we will welcome you to the contest of Death Altars, typical in these traditions, in which the contestants decorate the altar to welcome our deceased. The altar is full of symbolical gestures and levels which generally mean the three states of the spirit: heaven, earth and hell. The altar has sugar skulls with the names of the deceased and delicious food, such as hot chocolate or tamales. It is also decorated with copal incense and beautiful flowers. A path is made to guide the souls towards the altar and is made of candles and flower petals.
On November 1st there will be an exhibition of the altars and a contest of literary skulls. These literary skulls could be best defined as poems with humoristic depictions of death, mocking the deceased or death herself. There will be also a Catrina runway, which is an image that holds an important cultural and artistic meaning in our history, and used to represent the upper class during the 19th century; its male counterpart is called Catrín. It was first invented by illustrator and print maker José Guadalupe Posada, and was popularized later by painter Diego Rivera. There will also be a spectacle of poems, legends and songs which you cannot miss! And the parade in the 5th Avenue from the Cemetery to Benito Juarez Park where the festival will continue.

1On November 2nd a race called Catrines and Skulls will be held with family participation, the contestants will run 1.5 miles dressed as Catrines and Catrinas. Afterwards you can feast your eyes with the show of typical dishes of the Day of the Dead. The folkloric ballet will make an appearance you cannot miss in which you can enjoy music of our cultural heritage. Argelia Chacón will give a concert to delight your ears and finally you can enjoy the Night Mexico musical arrangement.

All these events will be held at the Benito Juárez park, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

Do not miss the events we have for you on this Hanal Pixan celebration and follow us in social media to keep in touch with the newest updates!

TOP 10 BEACH CLUBS IN COZUMEL (Part 2)

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We continue with the second part of the Top 10 Beach Clubs in Cozumel, and present the following options to convince you to come to the island and spend an incredible day! Let us begin:

  1. Isla de la Pasion

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Isla de la Pasion is a beautiful all inclusive island and is located in the northern part of Cozumel. Alike the entire area, local care facilities and much of the local fauna, among which you can see different species of endemic birds. While enjoying drinks and a delicious meal, you can sunbathe on the soft white sand beach, facing an unparalleled view of the Caribbean Sea. The mangrove forest and coral reef make up the landscape of this beautiful island. Another of the most important details that Isla de la Pasion has is that you can celebrate your nuptials, baptisms or important religious and social events, the island’s staff is dedicated to make your event an unforgettable day! For more information, we invite you to visit their website.

7.- Papito’s Beach Club & Restaurant Bar

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Papito’s Beach Club has a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016 and is located in the southwest point of Cozumel, at Punta Sur Park which is the largest ecological reserve in Cozumel. You can access to the beach walking a short road from Punta Sur while enjoying the sea on your left and the beautiful vegetation all around. Papito’s Beach Club has one of the most beautiful beaches of Cozumel, with soft white sand, clear water and a restaurant with delicious local dishes and Caribbean flavor. The best of all this is the location, allowing it to retain its natural essence surrounded by exotic birds and coral formations, in an exclusive setting where nature is still the main attraction. In addition to sunbathe and enjoy fantastic food, you can perform various activities such as snorkeling, which you can read about it on their website clicking here.

8.- El Pescador at Chen-Rio Beach

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El Pescador, is located strategically at Chen-Rio Beach and its beautiful white sandy beaches with rock formations and crystal clear waters. It is ideal for families with young children as the beach is surrounded by rocky blocks forming a huge natural transparent pool. It offers a wide variety of seafood and fresh fish, which will be a healthy and delicious experience you must try! Check their website to convince yourself of all the things you can enjoy at El Pescador.

9.- Nachi Cocom Beach Club & Water Sport Center

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It is a private beach club with a capacity of 100 people per day, white sand –always present around the island of Cozumel–, personalized service and attention in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, make this club one of the best of the island. Families, couples and friends can enjoy the calm away from the crowds that could happen in other beach clubs. With its delicious lunch, swimming pool, jacuzzi, bathrooms, private parking and lounge chairs to enjoy the warm Caribbean sun, Nachi Cocom Beach Club & Water Sport Center is an excellent choice for your holidays! Check their website here.

10.- Punta Morena

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Last but not least is Punta Morena Cozumel. Your perfect beach for surfing in big waves, the only pool at the east side of Cozumel. Delicious dishes of Mexican and international cuisine as well as vegetarian, make this restaurant a cozy and versatile place to satisfy your appetite. Besides the natural beauty there are also massage cabañas, a bar, souvenirs shops, hammocks, swings for children and more. On their website you can see the various amenities and operation hours.

 

This concludes our Top 10 Beach Clubs in Cozumel, we hope you like these options and feel free to leave your comments below. Visit our social media on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter where we commonly share pictures of these beautiful places! Discover Cozumel and visit us soon!

TOP 10 BEACH CLUBS IN COZUMEL

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TOP 10 BEACH CLUBS IN COZUMEL

Welcome back to Cozumel’s blog, this edition will present a selection of the top ten beaches that we recommend for you to enjoy during your stay on the island. We divided the selection into two parts, in each we will talk about 5 of our Top 10 Beaches in Cozumel, and I will highlight its important attributes to convince you to come visit and fall in love with Cozumel!

1. Playa Palancar

We started with Playa Palancar is located south of the city of San Miguel to 20 minutes from downtown, at kilometer 19.5 of the coastal road. It is the nearest Heaven beach and reefs with less influence by man, being one of the few unspoilt beaches on the island with all amenities, including a large palapa restaurant, hammock area where you can enjoy some of the best Mexican Caribbean dishes such as fish fillets, and shrimp or fish ceviches, seafood soup and the house specialty: shrimp Palancar. Dare to live and enjoy this delicious experience in Cozumel and have fun with jet skis and parachutes. Playa Palancar awaits you in its large beach with chairs and umbrellas at the seashore. Visit the web site and convince yourself website and see for yourself!

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2. Sky Reef

Sky Reef, as the name implies, is super popular for activities such as snorkeling where you can observe corals and other endangered species such as elkhorn, as long as you remember to care for the ecosystem because, as you can see, in near the beach and corals, live many colorful fish. At Sky Reef you can not only enjoy a unique snorkeling experience, but many amenities like food, mattresses, showers, bathrooms, long chairs, lockers and showers. In addition to the snorkeling and diving equipment, you can count on a guide for these activities. For more information visit their website here.

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3. Paradise Beach

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ked among the 10 most popular beaches in Mexico, Cozumel Paradise Beach offers crystal clear waters, beach umbrellas and towering palm trees to enjoy the sea breeze on a hot day. It has all the services which include water slides, kayaks, snorkel gear, paddle boards, Wi-Fi and a pool with temperature control. Visit their website to learn more about it.

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4. Playa Mia Grand Beach Park ®

With first class services and modern facilities, as well as accessibility for wheelchairs and various amenities such as slides, kayaks, rowboats, sailboats, water trampoline, water roller, hammocks, shopping, underwater Mayan city, pools, beach chairs umbrellas for the beach and much more, it is a beautiful beach club in Cozumel. It also organizes trips to Colombia and Palancar reefs, and remember that it is the first theme park in the world that has earned the distinguished Cristal
Certification, awarded by “Check Safety First”. This recognition shows that Playa MIA® has achieved excellence in the management of food and beverage. Visit their website for more information here.

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5. Mr. Sancho’s

The Beach Club Mr. Sancho’s is located in the western part of the island with over 500 meters of beach with clean white sand. One of the best cuisines on the island with quiet and familiar but very fun atmosphere. In Mr. Sancho’s, you will find a great beach, incredible facilities, an amazing water park, friendly and professional staff, plus food and drinks. It is the perfect place in Cozumel for water sports such as snorkeling, diving, jet skis, parasailing and activities experienced in the forest and on the beach, horseback riding and ATV’s and Tequila tasting and a massages area to have a full day of relaxation at the beach. Commercial area full of Mexican art, a wide range of accessories, unique pieces of black coral, ceramics, clothing and precious jewels. On the website you can find lots of information that will be useful to plan your stay.

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Remember to visit our blog for the next edition, in which you will find out the second part of our top ten beaches of Cozumel selection. Wait for it!

The Natural Paradise you must visit in Mexico

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The Natural Paradise you must visit in Mexico

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Panoramic photograph taken from the top of the Celarain Lighthouse, to the south of Cozumel Island, where part of the Colombian Lagoon can be seen on the left side of the picture, and the Caribbean Sea on the right side of the image.

Cozumel Island is located 28 km from the coast of Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is the third largest island in the country, with several endemic species of flora and fauna. Cozumel has conservation activities, protection and environmental rehabilitation, including voluntary participation of its inhabitants. Cozumel has peculiar environmental characteristics with brackish lagoons and endemic species such as the dwarf raccoon, the inhabitants of the island have joined efforts with various authorities to ensure the protection of fauna and flora. Some of the noteworthy efforts are made by non-profit organizations such as the Foundation of Parks and Museums which administers the Chankanaab Park. In the park there is a program of rehabilitation, protection and conservation of American crocodiles, as these magnificent specimens usually become very territorial in breeding season, often resulting in injuries among them because domain displays. Caregivers at the Chankanaab Park medically and nutritionally attend these crocodiles, nursing their wounds and feeding them so that they can subsequently be rehabilitated to their natural environment. Another feature that should be noted is that the park has unique vegetation of the region, recreating in its eco-archaeological tour the living conditions in Mesoamerican cultures, particularly the Mayan civilization. Chankanaab Lagoon is the only one in the world that has a coral formation in land, and which also houses different species of colorful fish that thrive in the reef. Punta Sur Park is a protected area that also takes important steps to safeguard and protect the ecosystem. The work being done in Punta Sur, especially in the Colombia Lagoon, is also an effort to integrate the community since a very young age, as children are contributing to this research mangrove reforestation. International Children and Youth Conference was recently held for the twenty fourth time in honor of the World Enviroment Day and in this edition had the presence of Peru, with community of Oxapampa. In this congress, children and young people who debate among them, propose and promote various projects, and share experiences and thus get feedback. They focus since October 2005 to restore and reforest the mangrove in Colombia Lagoon, as Hurricane Wilma was responsible for devastating the area that held beaches and lush vegetation, affecting populations of birds and mammals, as well as marine animals and flora. The efforts have paid off and many programs are being re-evaluated for application in different areas of the island for the future. Reforestation and protection natural areas contributes to the proliferation of flora and fauna that inhabit the island, including coral reefs in addition to 1,192 marine species. If you visit Cozumel you will witness the laying eggs and birth of sea turtles, see the information by clicking here, and find out how you can contribute to this noble activity! For this and many other reasons, we agree on the important work of care and natural conservation is done in this paradisiac island is of upmost importance, and also allows you to participate and fall in love with Cozumel. Visit Cozumel and contribute to the conservation of our planet!

Cozumel awaits

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Cozumel awaits.

Do you want to embark on an adventure to an exotic destination full of beauty, delicious food, unbelievable activities, incredible nature, history, culture, and live new experiences? Excellent! Because Cozumel is waiting for you.

Some tips to enjoy a great stay, start at home. Prepare your suitcase according to the warm weather, use fresh clothing, shorts, comfortable sandals and tennis, also pack your swimsuit and get ready for adventure. If you come to Cozumel Island there are many ways to arrive, you can go directly to Cozumel’s International Airport, where airlines from the United States and Canada have flights to the island. Check the availability of these in advance. You can also come on a cruise, or through the coast of Playa del Carmen, where you can get to Cozumel Island via ferry, which usually takes a salsa band to liven up the journey. This ferry leads to a main avenue of Cozumel Island, where shops and restaurants nearby immediately will welcome you. There’s even an air bridge between the city of Cancun and Cozumel, the trip takes about 15 minutes. If you travel with car, there is a ferry that transports cars and leaves from the coast of Calica, a ferry port in the south of Riviera Maya located 15 min. away from Playa del Carmen. Consult the prices beforehand of the different types of transport to trace a route that suits your needs and tastes, and choose your preferred view to reach paradise!

Another thing you can do from home is to investigate the hotel you have chosen about any registration requirements or schedules, as well as the various amenities and activities offered for your enjoyment. Cozumel is a destination that offers more than 50 lodging options for all tastes and possibilities. Consider a European Plan or All Inclusive for your stay. Based on your considerations among which may include costs, days, luxury, attention, location or some other peculiarity that influence your choice, you can check out some hotels on our website, you only need to click here. If you do not want to take care of the details, contact the tour operator of your choice and enjoy Cozumel!

When you get to Cozumel, you will believe you’ve traveled further, because you will find a beautiful island with white sand beaches, spectacular, incredible sunsets, exuberant life and delicious cuisine of the region. Inspired by its oldest traditions, Cozumel celebrates them in various ways throughout the year, check in advance the dates of festivals and tournaments to participate in these activities. Some of them are sporting activities such as Mexico Iron Man, Ironman 70.3 Metlife, Iron Kids, ITU World Cup and GFNY Cozumel, including activities such as cycling and triathlon, which require excellent physical condition.

Other festivals include the Sacred Mayan Journey, an ancient tradition that involves the participation of brave canoeists to cross from the mainland towards Cozumel. This current year 2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the rescue of this tradition, for more information about the event, check our blog post on the Sacred Mayan Journey by clicking here. On May the day of Santa Cruz is also celebrated in the beautiful village of El Cedral. This tradition of over 160 years, commemorates the arrival of the founding families to the island of Cozumel, who fled from the mainland by the Caste War, a conflict that happened in the Yucatan Peninsula in the second half of the nineteenth century. El Cedral has some of the most beautiful and important cenotes of the island, for example the Cave of Jade and the Chadznot cenotes whose name means “little place of fresh water” and Chempita, all of them in the middle of the green tropical jungle. Due to the prevailing microclimate on these sites, the body can cool down in this area, compared to the normal temperature of the tropics, making this trip is a surreal and refreshing experience.

There are many beach clubs to enjoy the sun and the Caribbean breeze, many spaces as San Gervasio offer visitors tranquility and history. An example of this is the Ecotouristic Park Punta Sur, where you can enjoy more than 1’000 hectares of beautiful natural landscape, with mangroves, coastal dunes, museums, archeology and areas of wildlife observation. The Colombia lagoon offers a different route, on a boat for about 30 people, where you can spot local bird species and admire sea turtles on their protected reserve. To the south of Chankanaab, on the road, you will reach the Punta Sur beach, where you can rock calmly in a hammock area while contemplating the various shades of blue Caribbean Sea. A few meters away, you’ll find the pier of the Colombia lagoon, reforested and preserved by the Cozumel people, mostly children. Remember to respect nature in your visit, and help keep the beaches free of litter. Nearby is the Ixtacún and Chunchakaab lagoons that along with Colombia, set up the lagoon complex. At the end the day you can enjoy a cool drink by the sea near the Mirador de Cozumel, in a large palapa called Welcome to Miami.

During your visit remember to make room in your schedule to enjoy the lush marine life through diving. Cozumel has many places to practice this activity and guides and tours to these areas, who will attend your journey and will provide important information about the surroundings. Consultation with locals or the tour operator of your choice on these beforehand, so you can live this magnificent experience. The island of Cozumel has an international reputation for diving , which began when Jacques Cousteau came to visit for the first time in 1962. Since then Cozumel is in the top 10 destinations worldwide for its exceptional variety of marine life, diving wall, advanced diving and certified operators, including popular resorts dedicated to this activity. If you love diving, you must visit the National Park of Cozumel Reefs!

Enrich your experience visiting the impressive archaeological sites of the island and tasting the local cuisine, which is a mix of the Yucatan cuisine including local seafood. A feast of flavors and experiences that you cannot miss! San Gervasio is one of the most important archaeological sites as I mentioned earlier, and is located 30 min. away from the Palancar beach club. Nearby, you can cool off at the beach El Cielo –heaven in English–, which naturally does justice to its name. To reach El Cielo you must take a boat called El Nazareno that will lead you to the white sand beach, with the bottom full of starfish, perfect for snorkeling. Remember to admire the starfish, and avoid disturbing them by taking them out of the sea as you could affect their delicate balance. Back in Palancar, you can enjoy its coral formations found on the seabed, with its beautiful and colorful fish. Do not miss the beaches Playa Punta Sur, San Martin or forget to visit Pearl Farm and of course Passion Island. In addition we recommend to include in your itinerary a visit to the Cozumel Planetarium, the Museum of the Island and Benito Juarez Park.

Before you go and pack the suitcases, remember to enjoy the Caribbean once more, by relaxing and recharging your energy on a beach, with the sea breeze, in the shade, while the warm Mexican sun illuminates the beaches of Cozumel. Visit us!

Let’s save the marine turtles

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Let’s save the marine turtles

Welcome once more to the Cozumel blog. In this post I would like to share about the important work of education and natural conservation, in regard of the World Enviroment Day this past June 5 th, 2016, and I will talk about the Protection of the Marine Turtle Program, promoted by the Fundación de Parques y Museos de Cozumel, Quintana Roo (FPMCQROO).

Tortuga 1To visit Cozumel Island is like visiting another world, its an oasis in the Caribbean that deliver to its visitors many rich experiences, allows to appreciate nature’s beauty and discover its traditions and gastronomy , but it also offers to the visitors the option of learning about all that beauty, traditions and the importance of the environmental preservation and its delicate balance. The Fundación de Parques y Museos de Cozumel, is a non profit government organization that, through its donations and the participation of tourists and locals, has the capacity to create various activities in benefit of the Cozumel community. It has also been a pioneer in different activities on education and preservation of the environment, such as the Protection of the Marine Turtle Program. The turtles are oviparous animals which are also pacific and shy, born in Cozumel. The female turtles remember its place of birth and, by unknown reasons, comeback years later to reproduce and lay their eggs in the beaches where they were born. In 2015, around 3’500 nest were reported and classified, it is expected to surpass this number for this 2016. The efforts put in this labor are trying to address the diminishing of the turtle population due to pollution made by man.

Marine turtles are impressive and incredible animals. They are capable of swimming at velocities from 17 miles per hour up to 35 miles per hour, and hold their breath for 10 minutes before surfacing to breathe. There are seven species of marine turtles from which six lay their eggs on the beaches of Cozumel Island, and they lay between 50 to 100 eggs each. It is important to educate visitors on to the dangers posed for a turtle crossing into the sea, and tell them they should not cross its path to the ocean, as even a human footprint in the sand can be a big obstacle for turtle hatchlings.

These marine animals have fins adapted to aquatic life, so they find it very difficult to move on the ground and do so slowly. It is therefore important to educate participants in the activity of protection of this magnificent animal, and avoid making mistakes during the process that could affect the trajectory of the hatchlings into the sea. Adult turtles reach sexual maturity at about 6 or 8 years, and return to their birthplace beaches where they make trips around the coast to find the ideal nesting place for their eggs. The Programa de Protección de la Tortuga Marina follows the stages of breeding, hatching arrival nesting sea turtles by trained and experts in the field. Biologists spend months a year observing this activity, detailing their findings in each nest. This search for female turtles laying eggs, starts from May 15, at 5:00 hrs using a reflector with a red light, since turtles do not perceive this color of light it does not affect them. The nest is dug into a cylindrical shape by the mother turtle and is about one meter deep, to finish spawning, the nest is marked by program workers with a plastic tape containing the number of the nest. The date of each nest is buried in the sand surface, as it serves for monitoring purposes. Near the nest, a stake with the same information is placed to make it easier to find the eggs on the beach, and a corresponding number is written on the Cozumel road with spray paint.

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All of this information is recorded at the time of marking the nests. The information gathered is of upmost importance for knowing the time of hatching of each nest, and to avoid natural predators or people, who are unfamiliar with the processes nesting sea turtles, to interfere with the path of hatchlings into the sea. The baby turtles can take up to three days to reach the sea, and it is very important that most hatchlings reach the sea on their own, and avoid for anyone to interfere with the natural balance of the nesting process. They can take up to three days to reach the sea, and it is very important that most hatchlings reach the sea by themselves, to avoid interfering with the natural balance of the nesting process. During these times, the nests are emptied and the eggs that hatched are noted and counted through the empty shells, number of hatchlings alive, and unhatched eggs. The latter may occur due to environmental factors or unfertilized eggs. During the process and if you have the opportunity to see the baby turtles running towards the sea, remember the following: 1. Avoid walking on their way because, as I mentioned earlier, human footprints in the sand can pose a major obstacle to the offspring. 2. When you reach the sea, be careful not to step on them and try to stay very still and quiet so as not to startle or distract the hatchlings. 3. If you take any pictures, remember to turn off the flash of your camera.

In addition to the protocols to follow , if you participate in the Program for the Protection of the Marine Turtle learn useful and more specific about what it means to protect and care for the planet data. To sign up for the program and consult requirements or other programs of the Department of Ecology, visit the offices that are located on the island Toruga 3of Cozumel, in the Cenote Park on Avenue 65 between 13 and 31 south. You can also contact the number 9878725795 with the biologist Lemuel Vega who speaks English and Spanish. Help save the planet and leave your support in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Stay informed of this or more attractions for your holiday in the Cozumel blog and wait for our next publication. See you soon!

Kuzamil, Polé, the mayas and the Goddess Ixchel.

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Kuzamil, Polé, the mayas and the Goddess Ixchel.

Imagine traveling back in time, and finding yourself in a trading port next to the coast, of white sand beaches and fresh air, the song of the seagulls and the crashing waves on the shore. You are in Polé, ancient trading port of the mayas, near to the city of Xaman Ha, ready to enjoy of fresh fruits, different kinds of grains, honeyblog2logo1 and even get salt and wax, some of the principal trading products of such port. You are also preparing with discipline and a tenacious attitude, to sail through the sea towards Kuzamil island and ask for the favor of the goddess Ixchel for your family and the townspeople in the Sacred Mayan Journey. The journey that your ancestors participated in since its creation, and the one the sons of your sons will also take part in, a voyage of strength, courage, adventure and humbling in which, with fortune, the goddess Ixchel will favor and take into consideration for the luck and future of your loved ones. This is Polé, this is the history of our ancestors and one of its most significant traditions: the Sacred Mayan Journey.

Back to the present time, the 21st of May of the current year, an event full of tradition, history and culture took place: The Sacred Mayan Journey. In its tenth consecutive year, the journey that begun with the objective of redeeming a millenary tradition, it is now an anticipated yearly celebration in which many oarsmen both Mexican and foreigners, whom prepare with much effort and dedication for it. The journey is an antique ritual of peregrination practiced by our maya ancestors, to address to the Ixchel goddess’ oracle and awaiting its predictions, its temple was located in Kuzamil: today Cozumel. The mayas went through the sea into the island, from Polé – today Xcaret Park– which was located close by the city of Xaman Há –Playa del Carmen– to ask the favor of the white goddess. This year 2016, the 10th anniversary of the Sacred Mayan Journey was celebrated, with 2’660 oarsmen that have dedicated more than 383’000 hours to their training including 80 hours of navigation in the sea and a 359 miles along this ten years. It is an unforgettable experience, that will make you feel the vitality of the history and its ceremonial recreation. The oarsmen, brave and strong, prepared each year to ask the favor of the moon goddess, Ixchel, for the whole town. The goddess was considered the creator of painting and weaving, and regent of fertility, health, water and vegetation. Along this ten years there are already 3’300 participants and volunteers that during the organization of the event serve different kinds of functions for example makeup and costume designers, technicians and artists, to recreate the historical conditions of the Sacred Mayan Journey and make of the occasion something unforgettable, and that is without the 38’000 assistants that with much enthusiasm and interest attend to the event since 5:30 hrs., before sunrise. The oarsmen live the Sacred Mayan Journey in a unique manner, because this implies a physical and spiritual development. For that matter and besides the hard and particular training that they practice to participate in the Journey, they develop a close relationship with their teammates, their leader and even their oars, these ones having gone through a personalization or decoration process and pampering with care for the event. Participants are allowed from 18 to 65 year old, without any difference about race, condition, socioeconomic level, gender or religion.

blog2logoThe Sacred Mayan Journey is an example of redeeming traditions, history and millennial culture promoted by the group Experiencias Xcaret, with the support of the National Institute of  Antropology and History, the Centre of Mayan Studies of the UNAM, the Secretaría de Marina y la Dirección General de Marina Mercante thanks to whom they could analize and investigate how the mayas went through that zone in canoes, trace navigation routes, identify the different sea currents and create an event of transcendence and integrity for all their participants. For that and many other reasons, the Sacred Mayan Journey is without a doubt an event you cannot miss in your next visit to Kuzamil or Xaman Ha to enjoy and participate in this tradition and, sail on a new adventure!

 

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