While all cultures have their traditions surrounding death and the deceased, Mexico’s Day of the Dead Celebration, or Dia de los Muertos, is arguably the country’s most important holiday. Falling on November 1 and 2, this celebration marks a happy time of the year when the living feel closest to their beloved family and friends who have passed away.
With its roots thousands of years old in Pre-Hispanic indigenous traditions,
Many people find travel to the Riviera Maya to be a relaxing experience and a break from their ordinary, mundane lives. Tulum, in particular, has earned a reputation as a Mecca for those seeking physical well-being, spiritual healing, and peaceful mental relaxation. Visitors to Tulum hotels can benefit from the following holistic practices.
Holistic massage: “Holistic” therapies are those which treat the body and spirit as a whole and not simply the sum of its parts.
One of the Riviera Maya’s most exciting events, the Annual Turtle Festival, which celebrates the end of turtle hatching season in the area, kicks off in Tulum, Akumal, and Xcacel on October 16, 17, and 18. A variety of activities are planned for 2014, the 12th year of operation for this important event which honors the sea turtle–one of this area’s most beloved residents.
A common misconception in the US and Canada is that May 5, aka Cinco de Mayo, is Mexico’s Independence Day. In fact, Mexico celebrates Independence Day–arguably the country’s most important national holiday–on September 16.
El Grito de Dolores (the Cry of Dolores) refers to the Mexican “cry” for independence, first begun in the town of Dolores, near Guanajuato, on September 16, 1810, which marked the beginning of Mexico’s War for Independence.
While Tulum has become a popular tourist destination, there are still months of the year less busy than others. Visitors to Tulum hotels will find Tulum’s low season to be from May to about mid-December, with the slowest month to be September.
Some people worry about hurricanes during this season, and while it is possible, it certainly isn’t common. Buying trip insurance is an economically sound decision for those traveling during the rainy season;
So you planned your trip and you’ll be in Playa del Carmen for Valentine’s Day. What? You haven’t yet?
Well take a look at our Romance page if you haven’t seen it yet, for some great ideas to make this day special for you and your partner.
Whether you’re into V-day or not, we have something to suit your needs.
Like other parts of the world such as Canada and the United States,
If you’re the type of Tulum hotel visitor who prefers extraordinary adventures over simply lying on the beach all day, Whale Shark Season 2014 is for you!
Roughly beginning in May and ending in September (with July and August being the most active months), giant whale sharks begin migrating from all over the world to swim in the warm, clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean Sea.
Ask about typical Mexican souvenirs, and most tourists would mention things like tequila, sombreros, blankets, and some of the brightly painted, mass-produced trinkets like skulls or maracas. While these items and more are popular and widely-available in the Riviera Maya, a discerning traveler to Tulum Hotels might prefer to take home a souvenir unique to the Yucatan peninsula and not something trucked from halfway across Mexico.
Here’s a short list of unique souvenirs that are all made or produced in this area:
One of the Riviera Maya‘s most exciting natural events has begun–the annual Sea Turtle Nesting Season. Beginning each year around mid-April and stretching into around early November, adult female sea turtles, primarily Loggerheads (Caretta caretta and Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas), make their way to the area’s beaches to dig nests and lay up to 150 eggs twice each season. Approximately 2 months later, these baby turtles hatch and instinctively head toward the sea with moonlight as their guide.
Visitors to Tulum hotels in May have a wonderful opportunity to witness one of the Riviera Maya‘s most unique spectacles: Xcaret park‘s annual Gran Travesia Sagrada Maya, or Great Sacred Mayan Journey, held this year from May 22-24. This awe-inspiring event pays homage to a tradition of the ancient Maya, who yearly braved the ocean in dugout canoes, crossing from the mainland to the Island of Cozumel to worship the goddess Ixchel.