Mexico travel story
My travel experience is concentrated in the tourist area of Yucatan, a short holiday that however has allowed me to visit this part of Mexico that offers a combination of sea and culture decidedly interesting. The coast of Yucatan facing the Caribbean Sea is in fact very well known, here tourism proliferates offering different accommodation solutions based predominantly on resort small and large if not enormous.
The most northerly, i.e. that around Cancun, is in fact a territory of American Conquest, closeness with the USA carries large amounts of tourists from this nation for which the structures are adapted to the taste of this population, large hotel (of skyscrapers) with large swimming pools even if located practically on the sea and green areas unrealistic. This terrible tourism model for luck changes going toward the south even if the concept of major infrastructure remains. Europeans prefer the areas toward Playa Del Carmen that represents a destination exclusively resort much frequented and developed in a stretch of coast very nice. Descend further, beyond Akumal, settlements parting by returning the coast to its natural appearance, solitary and wild.
My base for this holiday was at the Paraiso Maya near Porto Morelos about halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Situated in an isolated area, the resort has compact dimensions (especially if compared to other structures of this area) and overlooking a stretch of white sandy beach and is not very long, thus limiting any relaxing strolls in contact with nature. The level of service offered you can define standard, finishes and equipment modest, clean enough both in the room common services, with a Food & Beverage International, but little varies, with friendly staff and reserved. The sore point is the sea in front of which, close to the shore, it is in Carib style with light and sandy bottoms and clear water but little more in the turns with a bottom covered with algae and this, especially at certain times, leads to detachment of large amounts of algae which float and normally they move towards the shore. It must be said that during my stay the resort undertook several men and means to remove every morning large quantities of algae which were deposited in the bank so trying to mitigate the phenomenon.
Who is in this area of Mexico, can not fail to visit two of the most important archaeological sites of the Yucatan, Chichen Itza and Tulum reachable with excursions organized by all the resort or relying on multiple agencies scattered in all the localities of the coast. I preferred to rent a car and make myself completely independent and free to decide the times and ways in which to discover these two sites in addition to seeking to discover the reality less touristy and more real of Mexican life.
Chichen Itza is a site located on the inside of the peninsulas in the middle of the forest that covers almost all of the Yucatan. It is a site with a good state of preservation that develops around the great pyramid said the "Castle" seat of religious power and a place of prayer and of burned offerings. Very curious the great ball court, a sport very male and very dangerous that consisted in trying to do "goal" in the port of the opponent, port represented by a small ring located at a considerable height within which had to pass the ball (see photo album).
Tulum is certainly a site archaeologist lower than Chichen Itza both for the vastness of the area and the number and size of buildings. Here the maintenance of the site leaves a little to be desired and several buildings are decadent. The characteristic that makes famous Tulum, so much so as to be often present in many promotions mexican tourist, is its location on a ridge of the rock that overlooks the beautiful Caribbean sea after a short white sand beach. The most important building, the "Castle", overlooks the sea in a very suggestive typically from postcard.