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Seven Wonders of the Yucatan

Seven Wonders of the Yucatan

Whale Shark Expedition

An experience highly unique to the region, this first ”wonder” allows guests to swim with whale sharks, the largest living fish species that is believed to have originated approximately 60 million years ago. Nutrients available in the water surrounding the Yucatan Peninsula attract whale sharks to the region to feed from June to mid-September.

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Guests are invited to partake in this unique experience in pairs accompanied by an expert guide.   

Half Day Sea and Cave Snorkeling Expedition

An expedition that combines a snorkeling journey to one of the largest underground river systems in the world with a visit to a semi-virgin inlet on the Caribbean Sea. While swimming the crystal waters of the underground sacred rivers, guests are exposed to formations of stalactites and stalagmites that decorate one of the most impressive underground caverns in the region.

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They continue the expedition towards an exclusive inlet surrounded by clear, calm and inviting Caribbean waters – perfect conditions for snorkeling. Underwater rock formations create a fascinating sub-aquatic terrain and the ideal habitat for exotic marine creatures.   

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

 Participants spend an unforgettable day exploring the beauty of Sian Ka’an, the first established Biosphere Reserve in Mexico. It is currently a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to 800 plant species and provides a habitat for 350 species of birds and different kinds of animals.

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While at Sian Ka’an, visitors witness native flora and fauna, enjoy a ride in the natural mangrove canals and visit a small archeological site once used by the Mayans as a trading post. Guests will conclude the day with a unique swimming experience and lunch on the beach.  

The Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza

 Chichen Itza once served as the political, economic and ceremonial center on Mayan civilization. The famous Mayan pyramids are over 1,500 years old and are dubbed one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

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 A certified guide will escort guests through “El Castillo,” the pyramid located roughly at the center of the site, and enlighten listeners with a vast amount of information about Mayan culture so as to provide a better understanding about the unique civilization whose presence can be felt while walking along the same path as its ancient inhabitants. After visiting Chichen Itza, there is an opportunity to visit Valladolid, a colonial city once known as the capital of Spanish power. Highlights  include  a  look  at  the  city’s  ornate  architecture,  special  market  places  and  a Franciscan convent.   

Great Mayan Reef Dive

 Located in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean and nestled between the shores of Quintana Roo, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize, the Great Mayan Reef spans over 600 miles, making it the second largest in the world. A quarter of the ocean’s marine life calls the Great Mayan Reef home, allowing guests to come in contact with 500 different species of fish, mollusks and crustaceans.

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Sixty-five different varieties of coral function as a natural barrier to protect the coastline from the effects of erosion, the current and hurricanes.  

Kuxtal Sensory Garden Journey   

Guests will partake in an abbreviated version of the newly launched spa treatment inspired by the Mayan’s deep respect for nature and belief in the symbiotic relationship between humans and plants. 

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A highly trained therapist guides participants on a journey through the four life phases of plants using indigenous herbs to the Riviera Maya region. Guests then select a plant using a traditional energy-recognition method, which becomes the primary ingredient in a luxurious scrub, wrap and massage. 

Gastronomical Tour 

For the ultimate culinary experience, guests will enjoy a multi-course, gastronomic  journey  throughout  the  property’s  newly  refurbished signature  restaurants.  Beginning with appetizers served al fresco on the rooftop terrace or patio of the suite, guests are then transported via private boat to Punta Bonita, the resort’s modern Mexican restaurant, for the main course complemented with one-of-a-kind views of the Caribbean Sea.

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 The boat then leads to Casa del Lago for an innovative dessert conceptualized by Pastry Chef Fidel Baeza.  Guests top off the night with a tequila and mezcal tasting at the lagoon-level deck at Agave Azul.  

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