Tulum & Riviera Maya

PRANA Boutique Hotel

Tulum and Riviera Maya

The Mayan World is one of the most fascinating and unexplainable mysteries of the world.

There are few places in the world that offer ancient history and natural beauty in equal measure. Tulum is one of those rare places. This Caribbean jewel has been known amongst a privileged group of world travelers, and spiritual seekers for decades but has now over the last few years immensely grown in popularity amongst travelers as more and more people escape here to get away from the stress of their every day lives. Tulum was also recently voted "Pueblo Magico", a distinction rewarding the villages of Mexico with great cultural interest. Under the Caribbean sun, where nature is Queen, now Mayas and foreigners are united by the love for the same place.

Tulum has a very rich history, a visit to the site of its ruins overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea is essential to understand the Mayan civilization. Indeed this mystical archaeological site composed of Templos (temples) and Castillos (castles), was an indispensable trading hub for the Mayas. In the XIII and XIV centuries, the Mayas exploited the maritime routes of the entire coast with merchandise transiting the Yucatan Peninsula and Central America.

Riviera Maya

Natural Paradise

The region that we call the Riviera Maya of which Tulum forms a part is an area of 130 kms stretching from Puerto Morelos in the north to Punta Allen in the south. This area of flat terrain covered by tropical dry forest and mangrove, offers numerous activities. Visitors will find delight and relaxation in the beauty of the Caribbean Sea. Its many stunning beaches offer many activities, like snorkeling, diving, kite surfing and other watersports. Food lovers will appreciate a cuisine rich in flavor and often spicy. In the evening there are numerous bars where menus are filled with local cocktails, and festive music is always an ingredient for a fun evening. Visitors can not leave the region without having visited at least one Cenote. These natural fresh water caves have formed from the collapsing limestone bedrock which formed a network of underwater caves and river systems stretching hundreds of kilometers all over the peninsula. Masterpieces of nature, sacred spaces for the Mayas, connecting the underworld to our world, they are still magical and mysterious places where a calming atmosphere to relax and connect with nature prevails.

Cenotes

Natural Caves and Rivers

The cenotes are water holes in the jungle. They are produced by a process of dissolution and collapse of limestone terrain located above an underground network of caves and rivers. These geological formations are typical in the Yucatán Péninusle, which thus form natural sometimes large sinks.

 
Swimming with whale sharks

Mexico is one of the few places in the world where you can have an unforgettable experience of swimming with whale sharks. Spotting whale sharks in season is almost guaranteed.

Whale sharks, often called the gentle giants of the ocean, despite their size, do not pose a threat to humans. Whale sharks are the largest feeder fish on the planet. Whale sharks are docile fish, they do not have sharp teeth like most sharks and their food consists mainly of plankton and small fish. While migrating to tropical and warm temperature waters, they can be spotted in Mexico, Belize, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, the Galapagos, Honduras, South Africa, Mozambique, Seychelles, and India. They gather in feeding areas, and will undertake long migrations to reach areas with abundant food sources. The season to see and swim with the whale sharks in Mexico starts at the end of May and finishes mid September. After that they head south towards the warmer waters of Central and South America until the following year. There are a few places from where you can head out to see these beautiful animals. Isla Mujeres is one of them. It is located 10 miles off the coast of Cancun. Isla Mujeres is renowned for its cristal clear Caribbean beaches and is a divers paradise. Other options are the island of Holbox, the marina of Puerto Juarez in Cancun, or the island of Cozumel. Whale sharks now unfortunately have an endangered status. The threats to these gentle animals includes habitatdue to coastal development resulting in marine pollution, collisions with boats, and disturbance and harassment by boats and divers engaged in irresponsible tourism activities. In Vietnamese culture, the whale shark is revered as a deity called Cá Ông, which literally translates as "Lord Fish”. In the Philippines, the whale shark is featured on the reverse of the Philippine 100-peso bill. By law, snorkelers must maintain a distance of four feet from the sharks or otherwise there’s a fine or even jail time for anyone who touches the animals. Swimmers are also advised to wash off any sunscreen before getting in the water to maintain it pollutant free. *** Mexican conservation authorities have recently decided to drastically limit the number of whale shark boats due to heavy congestion in the past several years and resultant injuries to whale sharks. Reductions in departures are approximately 50% on a daily basis and will continue for 2016. There are even talks of limiting the number of turns each group will get.

Swimming with dolphins

When you swim with dolphins in the Riviera Maya or other tourist destinations around Mexico and the world, you are supporting the cruel captive dolphin entertainment industry.

Annual slaughters that kill thousands of dolphins every year are directly incentivized, and indirectly funded by tourists who pay to take part in dolphin shows. We highly advise our guests to stay away from these businesses. The dolphins smile is natures greatest deception, it creates the illusion that they are always happy. Don’t fall for all the publicity you see along the Riviera Maya. For more information please view the following links:
Swim with Dolphins - The Cove documentary - Blackfish documentary trailer.