Travel Contests: Week of June 26, 2013

Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International

This week’s contests include: Win 22,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points Win a trip for four to the Riviera Maya Win a vacation for two to Italy Win a chance for two to take a polar-bear themed tour in Canada

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen Beach

As I stepped out of Cancun International Airport this October, the humidity hit me like a ton of bricks. Thanks to LivingSocial Adventures, my girlfriend Alanna and I were just beginning a four-night stay in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Although we had an itinerary, we weren’t sure what to expect. This was the first group […]

Things to see and do in Playa del Carmen

Rappelling into a cenote at Jungle Maya

The only thing we found we were lacking in Mexico’s Riviera Maya was time. You can visit Mayan Ruins, zip line through the Jungle, dine at a world-class restaurant and explore a thriving downtown nightlife scene all within the same day. Even after doing all these things, we had only just begun to uncover all […]

Exploring the Mayan Ruins of Cobá

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Cobá is less than two hours from Playa del Carmen, and is different from the other major Maya sites in the Yucatán for three reasons. One, it is not as fully excavated as sites like Chichén Itzá  and Tulum, and excavation is still in progress on parts of the site. Two, it is located near […]

Tulum: Maya Heaven

El Castillo at Tulum

The Mayan ruins of Tulum are located about an hour from Playa del Carmen, and have undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking settings of any Mayan site. In fact, it is the only significant Mayan ruin that lies on the coast, perched high on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. It wasn’t until the late […]

Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá, El Castillo

My Mundo Maya excursion in the Yucatán began at the pre-Hispanic world’s most celebrated archaeological site, Chichén Itzá. Possibly one of the most complex Maya sites, it was originally built by the Maya and later conquered by Itzás and Toltecs, and ultimately defeated by princes of Mayapán. Having seen so many photos of the site […]

Blue Diamond Resort, Riviera Maya

The lagoon suites

The Blue Diamond Resort in Riviera Maya is located 40 minutes south of Cancun international airport and just 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen.  The property (formerly the Mandarin Oriental) is stunning. All of the resorts along the main stretch of highway have impressive gates and walls to identify them, then a security gate, […]

Why the Maya calendar does NOT mean the world is coming to an end in 2012

Resident iguana at Chichen Itza

There has been a tremendous amount of hype surrounding the year 2012 and predictions that the end of the world as we know it is upon us. Movies have been made, books have been written, and hysteria has been created. But rest assured, the Maya calendar did NOT predict the end – at least not […]