Season 2 Episode 4 – Location Info
Riviera Maya, Region
The Riviera Maya Region straddles the coastal Highway 307, along the Caribbean coastline of the state of Quintana Roo, located in the eastern portion of the Yucatán Peninsula. Historically, this district started at the city of Playa del Carmen and ended at the village of Tulum, although the towns of Puerto Morelos, situated to the north of Playa del Carmen, as well as the town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, situated 40 kilometres (25 mi) to the south of Tulum, are both currently being promoted as part of the Riviera Maya tourist corridor.
It’s in the continental region, so there is a semi-tropical climate with an average temperature of 26 degrees Celsius and can reach 35 degrees Celsius in summer. May and August have the record of the highest temperatures. The rain season goes from September to October.
Playa del Carmen is approximately 70 km south of Cancún and it is at the centre of the Mayan Riviera making it a popular tourist resort with over 4 million visitors to the area each year. A major attraction throughout the Riviera Maya are coastal and reef aquatic activities dependent on the coastal water and Belize Barrier Reef which begins near Cancun and continues along the whole length of the Riviera Maya continuing southward to Guatemala. This barrier reef system is the second longest in the world. Activities include jet-skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming in cenotes, swimming with dolphins, zip-lining, horse riding, sailing, and guided jungle tours.
Located in the heart of the state of Quintana Roo, the Mayan zone is made up of small communities dedicated to agriculture. Inhabited by the descendants of the Mayans, which were once called “cruzoob”, rebels of the Caste War of Yucatan. Their territory expands to the municipalities of Felipe Carrillo Puerto and Jose Maria Morelos, both represent the cultural identity of the Mexican Caribbean and are important historical sites due to their involvement in the Caste War of Yucatan in 1847. The communities of the Mayan Zone were witnesses for more than half a century to the wars between the Mayan people and the government at the time.
Muyil, a magical archeological site deep within the jungle of the Mexican Caribbean, this is the place where the Mayan Zone is considered to begin. Located approximately 15 kilometers south of Tulum, Muyil is a place for those who are interested in discovering and appreciating an archeological site surrounded by wilderness. It is home to an abundant and diverse collection of vegetation and wild life. Besides having such a rich ecosystem, Muyil is also the third most visited archeological site in the Riviera Maya.
For more information contact Riviera Maya
Plaza Paseo Cobá, Callle 5 Sur (Av. Apto.) Mz 29 Lt 3
Planta Alta, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico 77710
+52 (984) 206 3150 http://rivieramaya.com
Contact Abril Martínez and Liz Perea, Riviera Maya
Mexican Embassy in Dublin, Ireland
19 Raglan Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland Ph: 01 667 3105 Fax 01 664 1013
Contacts: Azucena Macouzet, Cultural Affairs / Cinthia Molina Mcdonnell, Consular Section
Aktun-Chen is a Mayan word that means cave (Aktun) and underground river (Chen). This Yucatan enterprise was founded in 1977 with the idea of showing the beauty of the Mayan jungle not only at the surface, but also underground. We are located in the heart of the Riviera Maya just 20 km North of Tulum ruins. For the most part, it is a 400 acre rainforest preserved in its primeval virginity, with no traces of human interference. We use less than 10% of the extension trying to emphasize the importance of protecting endangered species of Yucatan flora and fauna. In our park, you can still find such animals as the whitetail deer, spider monkey and lowland paca. We hope our ecological initiative will help increase reproduction of rare species in the region.
Caving – There is a whole new world waiting for you underground! Venture into the depth of a 5 million year old cave in the depth of the forest used to be of special importance for Mayan people full of astounding formations and walk in the tracks of the Ancient Mayas whose shadows still lurk here! The cave extends for over 700 yards ending with a spectacular cenote, the jewel of our park. Our guide will show you around and tell you the captivating story of this place.
Zip lining –
Are you an extreme-loving person? Then welcome on a dizzy ride through the canopy 25 feet above the ground! Our nature park sports a total of four zip lines connected by a system of suspension bridges to accommodate any number of visitors. Our park features a total of four zip lines, each 25 feet high, connected by a system of secure suspension bridges to move between them. When zip lining, you can see the entire jungle spread out below in full splendor – a rare sight that can’t be compared to anything else.
Underground river– Aktun-Chen boasts one of the underground rivers Yucatan is famous for.
Once a sacred place and the sole source of fresh water for ancient Mayas, it’s now a great snorkeling
loction with fabulous underwater views. The maximal depth of the cenote is only 10 feel, but even if you can’t
swim, we’ll make sure you stay afloat wearing a safety belt. Attentive divers might even spot one of the river
dwellers lurking between the rocks.
Snorkelling – Splashing among corals and fish swarms is certainly fun, but have you ever tried snorkelling
underground? In Aktun-Chen, you can! The emerald mirror of our cenote holds many secrets for you to u
cover. Explore every nook and cranny of its underwater tunnels and keep your eyes peeled for one of those
bizarre creatures you’ve seen in biology books!
Forest tours – Mexico is known for its incredible nature and Aktun-Chen will show it to you in full splendor. Here, in this virgin lushness, you can feel the wild pulse of the jungle beating in every leaf. Take one of our picturesque hiking trails and enjoy sightings of exotic flowers and rare animals that roam unhindered all over the forest.
Address: Located at 25 min from Playa del Carmen in the heart of the Riviera Maya, 4 km south of Akumal and 16km before Tulúm, is the natural park Ph: +529848064962 and +018000990758
Lorenzo Alcantara +52 1 984 879 0804 firstname.lastname@example.org
Set off on the tree-lined stretch of road between 5th and 10th Avenues on 34th Street in Playa del Carmen is nothing less than one of Playa del Carmen’s top restaurants. Known as Axiote, pronounced Ash-ee-oh-teh, this superb eatery is a tribute to the depth, diversity, and outright deliciousness of Mexican cuisine. Xavier Perez Stone, the culinary mastermind behind Axiote, started the restaurant in 2011 following his being crowned as Mexico’s best chef. Part of the prize included a capital investment to help start up a restaurant.
The atmosphere is inviting and rustic, with an open kitchen at the back providing a welcoming view of a complete culinary experience for the senses. The winner of Iron Chef Canada in 2014, Xavier continues to garner recognition for his talent and dedication to Mexican cuisine both nationally and aboard.
Dishes tasted were: Shrimp Ceviche with local lime, coconut and avocado
Kidney Scallops, burned habanero sauce and roasted red onion
Address: Calle 34 norte #128, Municipio de Solidaridad, Col.Gonzalo Guerrero, 77720 Playa del Carmen,
Q.R., Mexico Contact Person: Xavier Perez Stone (Owner) Email Address: email@example.com
Phone No: +52 984 803 1727 https://www.axiote.rest
Tequila is a world-famous liqueur made from the extracted sap of the blue agave plant.
The first rule of buying tequila is to look for those that are 100 percent agave this guarantees that it’s real tequila that hasn’t been mixed with other, cheaper alcohol. There are essentially five categories of tequila to choose from:
Blanco (a.k.a. silver, plata, white, or platinum): Clear blue agave liquor that has not been aged.
Gold (a.k.a. Oro or Joven): generally less expensive tequila with added colors or flavors, although some are
a more upscale blend of blanco and aged or resposado tequilas
Resposado: golden tequila aged in barrels or steel tanks for 2-11 months.
Anejo: dark amber tequila aged for at least one year.
Extra Anejo: dark tequila aged for at least three years.
Mezcal is a strong spirit distilled from the maguey plant, another type of agave. It is mezcal, not tequila, that traditionally contained a worm, though not all mezcal does. It is typically consumed as a straight shot, not mixed.
Tequila Town is a tequila boutique, restaurant, and bar where you can buy Tequila or Mescal by the bottle or the glass from their huge range as well as take Tequila or Mescal tasting with Carlos (Carlito) Gonzales their expert. Address: Tequila Town Calle 34 Entre 5ta y 10 Ave Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Contact: Carlos Gonzalez +52 1 984 147 1727 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tamaleria de la abuela,
Anna will introduce Catherine to some local foods that are unique to Mexico, such as tamales. Tamale is a traditional Mesoamerican dish made of masa or dough, which is steamed in a cornhusk or banana leaf. The wrapping is discarded before eating.
Tamales have a long history dating back to the Aztecs. They called the tamales, tamalli. In the Aztec language, the word means “wrapped food”. They were made in different sizes and shapes in dishes and often served at festivals and ceremonies. The dough was very time consuming to make. The Aztecs would cook the tamales by burying them under hot coals. Once the Spanish conquistadores arrived, the Aztecs cooked the tamales in underground pits or uncovered pots. The outside of the tamale is dough with the insides being the filling. Tamales have a variety of fillings which include beef, pork, and green corn. Many Mexicans add other main ingredients. Chicken and pumpkin are also common fillings. Sweet tamales will include raisons and cinnamon. Sometimes you might even find fruit tamales. Once the tamales are made, it is wrapped in corn husks. After being wrapped, they can be steamed in a kettle.
Tamaleria de la abuela- 28 de Julio, 77712 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Juan Manuel Aguera Cel. 52 1 998 321 2140 email@example.com
It’s a native style cafe/restaurant with a banana leaves roof where they prepare easy local dishes and huge fresh juices and smoothies. Catherine + Anna will enjoy one of their freshly made smoothies plus a mexican corn based pastrie called “tlacoyo”, cactus, onion, avocado and cream.
Mayan Community – “Chanchén Primero”
* Traditional Mayan dishes preparation
* Mayan honey procedure (“Melipona” Bee)
* Organic compost
Mayan Family dishes:
1. Pipian of Boiled eggs (In Spanish: Pipián de huevo cocido) (In Maya: k’oolbi’ je ) – the yellow soup
Ingredients: Axiote, grounded seeds, spring onion, “recado blanco”, dough, salt, water, boiled eggs
2. Scrambled eggs with chaya (In Spanish: Huevo frito revuelto con chaya) (In Maya: tsajbi’ je’ yeetel chay)
Ingredients: Chaya (mayan spinach), eggs, oil, salt
3. Bean’s chilmole (In Spanish: Chilmole de frijol) (In Maya: bo’ox k’oolbi’ bu’ul) – the black one
Ingredients: “recado blanco”, tree chilli, purple onion, tomato, lard, dough, salt and beans
5th Avenue – is a really long touristic street full of restaurants, cafes, bars and all kind of craft, souvenir shops and stalls. One of the most popular areas in Playa del Carmen.
Fundadores Park & Mayan Arch – This immense archway depicts a man being pushed by a spiral of wind and a woman being pushed b y a spiral of water, joining hands at the top of the arch. The main columns
include a mixture of elements from the region’s Mayan past, honoring ancestors as well as people of today interacting in this exciting city. Standing over 50 feet high and 50 feet wide, Portal Maya is made primarily of bronze. The Mexican creator of Portal Maya designed the monument as part of Playa del Carmen’s 2012 festivities celebrating the end of the Mayan long count calendar and the beginning of a new era.
The sculpture is a testimony of Mayan knowledge like astronomy and mathematics, but it also represents Playa del Carmen’s transformation from a small fishing village to a full-grown city.
Paradisus Playa del Carmen
Located in the heart of the Mexican Caribbean, Playa del Carmen has become one of the world’s most famous tourist destinations thanks to its idyllic fine white sandy beaches, its unparalleled turquoise waters, its luxurious beachfront resorts, lush tropical surroundings, and its lively atmosphere…
Meliá has four hotels in Playa del Carmen: The Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla, the Royal Service at Paradisus La Perla, the Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda and the Family Concierge at Paradisus La Esmeralda.
These luxury All Inclusive resorts in Playa del Carmen have been designed for couples, honeymooners, families and friends and offer a wide range of restaurants, bars with delicious cocktails, activity and sports programmes and entertainment and shows. For couples and friends we recommend the Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda; for families the Family Concierge at Paradisus La Esmeralda; for adults only the Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla and for those who want to experience the pinnacle of luxury the Royal Service at Paradisus La Perla.
Mole Mexican Restaurant
Mexican contemporary cuisine starring a special “Live” quesadilla area “Tres Marias” style! Diners have two options: air-conditioned restaurant and outdoor terrace.
Passion by Martin Berasategui –
A touch of retro elevates elegant signature cuisine by 6 Star Michelin Chef Martin Berasategui, served in air-conditioned atmosphere with a private dining room with Chef Maximiliano Sola