20 Xotic Adventures
Chichen Itza - One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chichen Itza is a magnificent display of Mayan culture and the ceremonial center of the Yucatán. The highlight of Chichen Itza is the Kukulkan Pyramid, known as "El Castillo", 79 feet (24 meters) high of steep pyramid construction.
Other impressive buildings at Chichen Itza are: the Temple of the Warriors, the Thousand Columns, and the Platform of Venus, the Tzompantli (the Ball Court) and El Caracol (the Observatory). The Cenote Sagrado is another natural site at Chichen Itza, featuring a sinkhole gateway into an underground body of water 197 feet (60 meters) in diameter.
Cenote Ik-kil is another natural site close to Chichen Itza, featuring a sinkhole gateway into an underground body of water, having a diameter of 197 feet (60 meters and) a depth of 40 meters, is a beautiful cenote which was considered sacred by the Mayans; many prehispanic jewels and artifacts were found here, showing proof of the Mayan sacrifices.
Valladolid – This magical town was founded in 1543. It combines features of its pre-Hispanic past, of the colonial period and of today. Its architectural beauty shows in: the San Bernardino de Siena Convent, the Municipal Palace, the Church of San Gervacio and the Chapel of the Candelaria, the San Roque Museum, the Casa de Los Venados Museum and the Centro Artisanal Zaci (Zaci Handcraft Center).
Cenotes Xkeken and Samula, The Xkeken Cenote is about 170 miles from Cancun and is stunningly lit with electric lights, the only natural light source being a tiny hole in the cavernous ceiling dripping with stalactites.
Legend has it that this Cenote was found when a pig fell through a large hole in the ground, which turned out to be the ceiling of the Cenote, and the owners went to look for it.
Locals created a stairway down to the water and have been enjoying it ever since. This Cenote could actually be labeled a cavern since there is a limestone ceiling with stalactites still in existence there.
Ek Balam: The amazingly well-preserved sculptures uncovered at Ek Balam, 175 miles west of Cancun, are exciting for every visitor. Dating from between 100 BC and 1200 BC, Ek Balam is unlike any other Mayan site.
The main temple is impressive with its massive size of over 500 feet long and 200 feet wide.
The X’canche Cenote is located just one mile from the archaeological site of Ek Balam and is the perfect place to cool off and practice some adventure sports such as snorkeling, mountain biking or rappelling. A "cenote" is a floooded cavern where the limestone has collapsed into the underground water system, sometimes creating an opening and an amazing swimming hole.
Tulum has become the hottest vacation spot for young people from all over the world, and has grown into a world-class tourism destination.
H The ruins of Tulum are located approximately 81 miles south of our Hostel and are considered by many as the most beautiful of the Mayan Ruins sites.
Built on a bluff facing the rising sun, this ruin site is the only Maya settlement located on the beaches of the Caribbean.
The views continue to be described as spectacular.
Rio Lagartos - On the northern shore of the peninsula, Río Lagartos (Alligator River) is a fishing village that also boasts the densest concentration of pink Caribbean flamingoes in Mexico; approximately 40,000 have been registered.
Within the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, a mangrove-lined estuary, are 395 bird species as well as the crocodiles that gave the town its name.
San Felipe is a small fishing village in Yucatan that has an intact beauty.
The picturesque town has houses painted with a variety of bright colors and its people are very friendly.
The virgin white sand beaches are located only a half mile from town where there is a small dock.
Hol-Box is the best keep secret fishing island in Quintana Roo, 28 miles long and 1.5 miles wide.
It is really a paradise on earth.
There are no paved roads on Hol-Box; everything is maintained as in the old times.
The beaches are just beautiful: white, powder sand alongside the emerald/turquoise and pristine water of the Caribbean Ocean.
At Hol-Box, you will feel in perfect harmony with nature.
Solferino – In the northern part of Quintana Roo, is the Mayan village of Solferino, a magical place to visit. East of the village is the primeval and tropical forest of Yum Balam, 155,000 acres, having exuberant wildlife in various ecosystems.
It is the habitat of: jaguar, wild boar, puma, fox, ocelot, margay, deer, badger, spider and howler monkeys, wild turkey, boa, pit viper, pheasant, turtle and a large variety of migratory birds.
The adventure through El Corchal's wetland and flooded jungle is a 4 hour tour, starting with a drive 8.5 miles deep into the thick jungle, and then continuing on a nature walk to a wooden pier.
Cancun is the gateway to the Yucatan Peninsula and is headquarters of Xotic Adventures and Eco Hostel.
It is a tropical paradise that remains one of the world’s top tourist destinations, a place with some of the most beautiful white-sand beaches in the world contrasting with the clear, turquoise Caribbean waters, great weather, incredible nightlife, world-class restaurants, shopping and casinos. Cancun is the ultimate place for all aquatic sports and adventure activities.
Isla Blanca is very close to Cancun and at the same time it is very far because tourists never make a trip there... it is a place only known by locals, situated just twenty five minutes north of Cancun.
It is actually an isolated peninsula, having on one side the Chacmuchuc Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea on the other. This beautiful area features white, sandy beaches and flat sandy stretches on the lagoon side that have a few mangroves.
ISLA MUJERES 1 - The best way to see the beauty of Cancun from a distance is by boat on the way to Isla Mujeres, an Island five miles long by three miles wide that sits just 4 miles off the coast to the northeast of Cancun.
Isla Mujeres’s outstanding aquatic conditions: clear, warm water, abundant marine life, reefs and caves attracted Jacques Cousteau who was first guided by local dive legend Ramon Bravo.
Scuba diving and/or Snorkeling sites are abundant.
ISLA MUJERES 2 - This will be one of your lifetime adventures!
A full day for fun and enjoyment onboard a luxury catamaran, your route is Cancun direct to Isla Mujeres. On your way, there will be time for snorkeling with colorful tropical fish, then you will spend time at a private beach club, swimming in the turquoise colored ocean and wiggling your toes in the white sand.
Afterward, of course you will be so hungry, so you will enjoy an excellent Buffet Lunch. On the way back, you will enjoy dancing music, an open bar in order to have your refreshing favorite drink admiring the turquoise colors of the ocean.
ISLA MUJERES 3 -
JACQUES COUSTEAU'S FAVORITE PLACE FOR SCUBA AND SNORKELING
The best way to see the beauty of Cancun from a distance is from a boat on the way to Isla Mujeres, a five mile long by three miles wide Island sitting just 4 miles off the coast to the northeast of Cancun.
Isla Mujeres’s outstanding aquatic conditions: clear, warm water, abundant marine life, reefs and caves attracted Jacques Cousteau who was guided by local dive legend Ramon Bravo. Scuba diving and/or Snorkeling sites are abundant.
The town is home to excellent seafood restaurants, beach clubs, handcraft shops, and the ferry dock near the Island’s northern tip is where you will disembark to enter the Island’s main settlement.
Isla Contoy is located approximately 15 miles north of Isla Mujeres. Experience a true adventure tour, Contoy is only 8.5-Km in length, a quiet, island where wildlife reign supreme. Discover the wonders of this unique sestination of unparalleled beauty, sandy white beaches and palm trees, the island is a popular destination for bird watching, because the island boasts more than a hundred and fifty migrating and resident bird species, but is also home of a wide variety of sea life, is an important nesting place for Sea Turtles: carey, blanca and caguama. also the friendy manta ray. From may to september we include swimming with the spectacular whale sharks.Full Information
Enjoy the wonder of the caribbean, Puerto Morelos is located Halfway between Cancún and Playa del Carmen, its nickname is “La Joya del Caribe” (Jewel of the Caribbean). tranquility reigns with open skies, long stretches of beach and a small town atmosphere. Watch the sunrise on the beach. While it offers enough restaurants and bars to keep you entertained by night, it’s really the shallow Caribbean waters that draw visitors here. Brilliantly contrasted stripes of bright green and dark blue separate the shore from the barrier reef a tantalizing sight for divers and snorkelers, while inland a series of excellent cenotes beckon the adventurous. The community, a mix of locals and foreigners,Full Information
Cozumel is known as the "Island of Swallows", an island 30 miles (48 km) long and 10 miles (16 km) wide. Cozumel is a charming town with stunning beauty, only 35 minutes away from Playa del Carmen, people from every corner of the world come to discover this underwater Caribbean paradise for themselves, after Jacques Cousteau declared Cozumel to be one of the most spectacular diving sites in the world, full of tropical fish and marine life.
Its incredible crystal-clear water with 200-foot underwater visibility makes it one of the finest places for practicing snorkeling and scuba diving.
Playa de Carmen is a vibrant town, located in the center of the Riviera Maya.
It's beaches are just beautiful, it is the top destination for shopping, dining and nightlife, it is famous for it's trendy and fashionable beach clubs.
Walking through the pedestrian main street (Fifth Ave.) at any time of the day you can hear different languages from all over the world: international travelers looking for restaurants, boutiques, cafes or simply having refreshing Ice cream.
As the evening advances in Playa del Carmen it's transformed into a great party with the sounds of rock, salsa and reggae, full of people just having a good time.
The beach at Akumal, where the water is really calm, has no waves near the beach, due to the reef or barrier being just off shore.
You are going to spend time in the Yal-Ku lagoon where salt water mixed with freshwater, creating an incredible habitat.
The natural coral reef and calm water will deliver you to the best snorkeling in the Yucatan Peninsula, the water depth is between only 6 and 15 feet.
Check out the rays, sea turtles and of course the brilliant colors of the tropical fish.
Muyil (300-50 B.C.)- You will be impressed with the beauty of the pre-Columbian Mayan City of Muyil, located between two lagoons: Muyil and Chunyaxche.
It is part of the biosphere reserve of Sian Ka'an, meaning "Door to the Sky", having a surface of 617,000 acres, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Coba In the Maya language means “water stirred by wind” and it is surrounded by a dense jungle.
You will climb the pyramid of Nohoch Mul, more than 130 feet high,
Nohuch Mul, which means “large mound” in the Mayan language, is the tallest pyramid at Coba archaeological site and on the Yucatán Peninsula.
The Maya culture flourished here between 400 and 1100 A.D.
Two small lakes nearby made it a desirable location for the Mayans.