CENOTES.The purifying legacy of the Maya.

Crystal clear waters, sweet and deep, purifying and healing. The cenotes were considered as source of life and are unique in the Península of Yucatán y Quintana Roo.

Going through the Riviera Maya and not venturing into its wildest and lush side to find the heart of the jungle would be an unforgivable mistake. These imposing reserves of water contained in authentic caves that the same rain or underground currents formed when their domes collapsed and leaving fascinating spaces that we can enjoy to swim and dive … is an authentic gift of the Mayan Gods!

Across the peninsula there are hundreds of them; there are open air, in caves, in cavern and semi-open. Each one, although in its essence is the same, they keep a proper form that will make you experience a spectacular sensation.

The crystalline waters of an intense turquoise blue, its majestic stalactites and stalagmites will not disappoint you. The waters are cool and crystal clear that will allow you to see the species that live in this ecosystem, in some you can even see nice turtles, eels and beautiful fish that will convey a beautiful serenity.

The cenotes were of great importance to the ancient Maya of the area who used the cenote to throw virgin women in sacrifice to satisfy the God of rain. Today it becomes an ideal place to let your imagination fly and meet yourself and your ancestors.

Some cenotes are enabled for tourism and have great access, facilities with railings, platforms to accommodate, ropes to hold and rest while swimming and travel its wide and deep spaces safely.

Most of the cenotes open to the public from 10am – 5pm. The entrance prices vary according to the type of cenote that is but goes from $ 75  to $ 155 pesos. You can hire a snorkel or cenote dive tour with qualified personnel and cost between $ 400- $ 650 pesos. There are also agencies that offer a tour of 4 cenotes combined with other activities such as kayaking, zip lines, abseiling and picnics.

Here we leave you a link with several names of cenotes to choose the most attractive for you, most are located near Playa del Carmen and one or more further away if you are off the Riviera Maya route. Check them on internet for detailed price information, photos and reviews.

Take a refreshing moment and meditate connected to natural…

written by Lisette Guerra

Prepare your trip to the Mexican Caribbean. ( Part 2)

Hello Travelers! Surely they were already anxious to read this second part of the answers to the most frequent questions that travelers ask us, right? Well we too so without further ado check this we prepare for you ….

                     WIFI- CONNECTIVITY – BUDGET PER DAY

> Wifi: It is free in almost all the places you only have to ask the password. In the Resorts they have a cost and it is usually high.

> Plugs and Adapters: Type “A” and Type “B” (see image)

> Budget per day per person (food-walks-nightlife):

Survival: $ 500 pesos ($ 30usd)

Moderate: $ 1,500 pesos (85usd)

Luxury: + $ 3,000 pesos (+170 USD).

Not included the lodging.

                          FOOD – TIPS – WATER

> Tipping: In Mexico unlike other countries, tips are not included (except all inclusive resorts) and therefore we always leave between 10% and 15% for a service received (restaurant, tour guides, hotel staff , etc) but tip is always voluntary.

In Mexico it is customary to tip for almost everything (in the supermarket there are seniors who help you store your food in bags and give you a couple of coins as a thank you.

In the gas station you will always be taken care of by a person who will do the service of filling the gas tank to your car, collect and even clean the glasses, we also give them a couple of coins as a tip). But we repeat, the amount you choose and it is always voluntary.

> Water: From the tube or wrench DOES NOT DRINK. You will always have to buy a gallon to cook and drink water. Fill a bottle from home and take it with you. Water in Mexico is not free and is not drinkable (sadly).


> Supermarket: In Playa del Carmen there are supermarkets in the center (Walmart, Comercial Mexicana) open from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm. You can reach them by walking.

> Typical food of the region: Cochinita Pibil, Fish Tikin xic, Empanadas, Poc-chuck (pork with beans), salbutes and panuchos; if you consume it outside the tourist area the price is very cheap ($) if you consume it in the 5th avenue will be more expensive ($$).

> Spicy food: When a mexican people tell you:

“No tiene chile” = Eat at pleasure as much as you want. (Level -cero kids can eat)

“No pica” = Has chili and is little bit spicy but very tolerant (Level 1- tasty)

“Pica poquito” = Its Spicy and you may have to clean your nose at the end. (Level 2 moderate)

“Pica” = Very Spicy and maybe you do not manage to finish your food. (Level 3- For brave people)

                                                   “Si Pica” = Super Spicy…Fire!!! You will fall into tears if you are not used to it. (Level 4-For Masters) 


> Convenience stores: “OXXO” is a store of very basic products open 24 hours. They sell alcohol with restricted hours. They do not sell fruits or vegetables.


> Popular Sites in Playa del Carmen: 5th Avenue, Playa Mamitas, Calle 12 (nightlife), 3D Museum, Frida Khalo Museum and Aquarium. Shopping mall.

> You can not go without knowing:

The Ruins of Chichen Itza (one of the 7 Wonders of the World today).

Swimming in a cenote (crystal clear water, unique throughout the country)

Ruins of Tulum and beach (The only ruins in front of the sea with fascinating view of the turquoise Caribbean sea)

Cozumel and its coral reefs (Diving or snorkeling on the second largest reef in the world),

Xcaret Theme Park.

* We highly recommend you to approach the reception of your hotel, there you will receive all the information of walks, schedules and prices; They usually have special prices for their guests and the service has a guarantee for you so any changes you can make easily.

> On Sundays archeological sites offer free admission to all national people.

> The archaeological sites are open every day from 8:30 to 5:00 pm.

> Most popular beaches in Playa del Carmen: Playa mamitas, Playa Esmeralda, Playa Playacar, and Playa del Muelle.

All beaches are public access. Come to walk the one you like.

> Beaches close to Playa del Carmen: All beaches are public access. You can arrive by public transport or by means of a previously contracted tour.

Tulum (45min)

Xpu-Ha (25min to Tulum)

Akumal (45min to Tulum)

Xcacel (30min to Tulum)

Xcalacoco (10min to cancun)

Puerto Morelos (25min to cancun)

Playa Maroma (15min to cancun)

Cancun (45min).

Cozumel (30min by ferry).

We hope this section has helped you to better prepare your trip!

Remember that if you have more questions or want to book with us you can do so by sending an email to info@rivieramayarentals.com

We will be happy to help you resolve all your doubts and it will be a pleasure to receive you at our Condo Hotel for a MEMORABLE vacation !!….


written by Lisette Guerra