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Playa Del Carmen - Paradise

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A November 2000 trip to Playa del Carmen by lwoodie

Mike learning to windsurf at Club Viva Maya Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Playacar, a subsection in the town of Playa Del Carmen in the state of Quintana Roo (The Riviera Maya). A secret to many Americans who stop at Cancun for fun in the sun. Just a short drive, no more than 30 minutes away, lies paradise.

Playa Del Carmen - Paradise

Overview

Mike learning to windsurf at Club Viva Maya Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Xcaret, Chichen Itza, swim in a cenote, the town of Playa del Carmen - if you are interested in Mexican Mayan culture, you can't miss these places.

Quick Tips:

The resorts are typically all inclusive here so renting a car is not necessary - activity shuttles will pick you up at the resort and cab fares are reasonable.

Best Way To Get Around:

Cab or shuttle.

Club Viva Maya

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Hotel

Club Viva Maya Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Best Things Nearby:Xcaret, TulumBest Things About the Resort:The activities, the accomodations, the FOOD, the beach - excellent place!Resort Experience:Where do I start? Club Viva Maya is exquisite. The room was done in yellows and greens for a Mayan feel. The resort sits on 15 acres ofland - it has three restaurants (all great!), swim up bar, theater with shows every night, tennis courts, and archery, not to mention it is on an incredible beach where you can kayak, catamaran, jet ski, snorkel, etc. We took salsa classes at the resort (they also offered Meringue). There is a dive shop on site, they have Spanish lessons, bocce, beach volleyball, and aerobics cl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 12, 2002

Club Viva Maya
Xa Man Ha Lote Hotelero 5
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
52 984 8734600

Xcaret

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Attraction

Xcaret Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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This place is beautiful - pelicans, maccaws, as well as flamingoes greeting you as you come in. Xcaret is actually set on a Mayan Ruin - you can see the relics throughout the park. This isn't a park in the traditional sense - it combines a zoo with a waterpark. We did snuba - a cross between snorkeling and scuba. The tank sits on a raft floating abve the water while you can go down 25 feet using the regulator. Teeming with fish!!!!! Sergeant Majors, Angelfish, a gated off dolphin - you can swim with dolphins at the park too! Really a wonderful time! There is a mock Mayan ball game - the winner of the game was sacrificed in Mayan culture, considering it an honor to be sacrificed for their god....Read More

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Xcaret
Riviera Maya - 5 miles from Playa derl Carmen
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Ruins of Chichen Itza

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Attraction | "Chichen Itza"

Ruins of Chichen Itza Photo, Chichen Itza, Mexico
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Chichen Itza is one of the more famous of the Mayan Ruins – and was one of the most populated cities in their time. When we got there we were taken along a guided tour that taught us about Mayan culture and advances the people made in terms of time keeping, astrology, and mathematics. In Old Chichen Itza we saw the ruins of tombs that held High Priests in the society, The Observatory, which was used to determine the equinox, The Nunnery, which was used to hold the young girls (aged 18-21) until they were to be sacrificed, the cenote (fresh water sink hole) within which the young girls were sacrificed, and several statues erected for the Rain God that Mayan people worshiped. New Chichen Itza he...Read More

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Ruins of Chichen Itza
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Chichen Itza, Mexico

Cenote

Attraction

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This is the most incredible thing to do if you ever get the chance. A cenote is a fresh water sink hole. The one that we went to was just outside Chichen Itza, although there are many in the Quintana Roo state - you don't have to go all the way to the Yucatan to do this. We went into a cave that was 90 feet below the ground and stood around a basin of a dark hole filled with crystal clear water. Vines and greenery hun from the hole above - the centoe itself can be seen above ground, but can't be accessed by any other way except the cave. I jumped in - and it is cold. I mean freezing! But the water is so light - it is like swimming in a bottle of Evian, if that makes any sense. The hole, ...Read More

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Mike at the beach at Viva Maya Photo, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Playacar, a subsection in the town of Playa Del Carmen in the state of Quintana Roo (The Riviera Maya), is a secret to many Americans who stop at Cancun for fun in the sun. Just a short drive, no more than 30 minutes away, lies paradise.

Filled with culture that people are readily interested in sharing with tourists, this place was breathtaking! If you were to walk along a road in Playacar you could stmble upon Mayan ruins tucked away in the bushes. The shopping in Playa Del Carmen was pretty good too - excellent trinkets and a manageable price. You can bargain there as well.

There are so many places to go too - Tulum, Chichen Itza, Xcaret - you won't stay on the resort long.