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post #6871 of 9418
Purple sure does suit me!
post #6872 of 9418
Oh yeah, almost forget to talk you something very important about Yucatan,
the Cenotes:
To See the pics use the link please:


The natural wonders of the state of Yucatan are innumerable and some of the most important and unusual are the cenotes (say-NOH-tays) or sink holes. In the Yucatan there are over 3000 cenotes, with only 1400 actually studied and registered.

There are four different types of cenotes - those that are completely underground, those that are semi-underground, those that are at land level like a lake or pond, like the one at Dzibilchaltun and those that are open wells, like the one in Chichen Itza. Some of them are accessible for swimming and cave diving, but this is a sport that should ONLY be practiced with a professional guide.

The town of Cuzamá is becoming well known for the large number of cenotes found there. Especially unique is a tour that you can do in this area where you will visit three cenotes. If you go to the hacienda in Cuzama, you can hire a guide who will put you on a platform buggy pulled by horses. You will travel this way for 4.5 miles on interesting paths through the surrounding countryside. The main cenotes are: Chelentun (laying down rock), Chansinic'che (tree with small ants) and Bolonchoojol (nine drops of water). The Chelentun Cenote is located about 1.8 miles from the Chunkanan hacienda and about 1.8 miles south of Cuzama. The water is incredibly blue and clear with excellent visibility. Stalagtite and stalagmite formations add to its unique beauty. For more information, check out our Cuzamá daytrip.

Located in the heart of Valladolid, this is a semi-open cenote that has a diameter of 150 feet and is 260 feet deep. This is a popular cenote for swimming in the refreshing turquoise waters. You will see a rare species of eyeless black fish known as "lub." A third of the cenote is covered with stalagtites and stalagmites and there is a walkway around the entire cenote. There is also a great restaurant on the property.

Located 4.3 miles southeast of Valladolid, this cenote is underground with a hole in the ceiling. It is probably one of the most photographed cenotes in the Yucatan. Deep, refreshing, crystal clear waters await you and it is a great cenote for swimming. There is lighting and a guide rope to make it easier to enter. Don´t forget to buy a picture postcard from the kids at the entrance as taking a picture just never turns out right and you WILL want a picture of this to show the family.

Located in the Eco-archeological Park Ik Kil, just 1.8 miles from Chichen Itza and Pista. Called the "Sacred Blue Cenote," it is a perfectly round well-type cenote with exuberant vegetation and waterfalls. This is another ideal place for swimming in the clear blue water. 196 feet wide and about 130 feet deep, it is an open cenote about 85 feet from the surface. A grand stairway leads you down the steps into the water.

Entrance is 35 pesos and it is open daily from 8 AM to 6 PM. There is also an excellent buffet style restaurant here and bungalows for overnight stay.

This village gets its name from the large number of cenotes located within the town and the outskirts. According to locals there are more that 150 cenotes, some of which are located in open fields. It is necessary to ask a local to take you. The main ones are Kaipech, Xayin and Ucil.

Located at the Mayan site of Dziblichaltun, just north of Merida, this is the closest to Merida. Meaning "old village," it is an open ground level cenote, great for swimming. It is more than 140 feet deep at one end.

Open from 8 AM to 4 PM, it is a great place to jump in after a visit to the ruins.

If you are interested in diving cenotes, here is a website with some good information on local cenotes for diving.
post #6873 of 9418
Wow, thanks for sharing!
post #6874 of 9418
Thank you for all of that information, Rigel!
post #6875 of 9418
Is not common find sharks in the beaches of Yucatan, i think `cause is hot temp the reason but some facts about it are here

Whale Sharks

As scuba divers, we have always wanted to see a whale shark. Having spent a whole week in Roatan without seeing even a glimpse of one, we made it our mission to find one and were pleased to learn that we might get lucky on Isla Holbox. On a sunny day last September, we drove to the coastal town of Chiquila, parked our car, and took a boat to Isla Holbox. Once there, we easily found a fisherman with a "lancha" (a small motor-powered wooden fishing boat) who used his not-so-quaint GPS locator in order to find the spot where the whale sharks, known locally as Dominos were feeding the next day. After about an hour of motoring, we found ourselves in the middle of the ocean, with no land in sight. Suddenly, there were four or five whale sharks slowly swimming around us (and three other boats that were there to observe). They were joined by a large manta ray who was also fishing in the area.

The whale shark is the largest fish on the earth, usually measuring between 15 and 50 feet (5 -15m) in length and weighing as much as 10 tons. These gentle sea creatures range all tropical waters and infrequently stray into temperate ones.

The whale shark's body is stout but streamlined, like that of a shark. In fact, they probably got their name because they look like a shark with a whale's head. They are dark brown or grey with white or yellow spots, with a white or yellow underbelly.

The whale shark has nothing in common with whales except for its size and the fact that it only eats minute plankton by scooping it up with an open mouth. Unlike most sharks, the whale shark has its mouth

at the front of its head rather than on the underside and unlike other sharks, it does not eat meat. It normally feeds on or just below the surface by literally vacuuming food from the water.

Very little is known about whale shark reproduction with most information coming from a single egg found in the Gulf of Mexico. It is thought that the young develop in egg cases that are retained in the mother's body until hatching. Despite their large adult size, whale sharks are very small at birth, probably 40 to 50 centimeters.

The whale shark is a docile fish who will not attack, even on provocation. Despite their impressive appearance, they are harmless to humans. They are mainly solitary in nature, they roam widely and are often difficult to find. The expedition from Isla Holbox is an exceptional adventure. Being in the presence of these great creatures, with enough time to observe and enjoy them, is a special privilege indeed. Please look, take pictures, enjoy, but as with many of the wonders of the ocean, please do not touch them or harass them in any way!

For several years now, whale sharks have been coming to the northern tip of the Yucatan peninsula to feed and mate during the months of May through October. Tourism based on whale shark watching has increased dramatically in the last few years and Government agencies have taken steps to protect these magnificent animals so that the species will not be harmed and so they will continue to return to this area. For that reason, Holbox has recently been named by the Mexican government as the only port that can offer trips to swim with the whale sharks and there are strict rules against scuba equipment being used to view them in the area. Local guides have been trained to give tours that are as safe for the whale sharks as they are for their human visitors.

Ask around at the docks or downtown for someone to take you to the whale sharks. The Faro Viejo Hotel, who was kind enough to give us the use of our cover photo, can arrange an excursion to see these magnificent creatures. Be prepared to spend about five to six hours on the water, with all that entails. Most tour guides will provide drinks, but be sure to ask before you go. And don't forget a hat and sunscreen!
post #6876 of 9418
Originally Posted by dawnofsierra
Thank you for all of that information, Rigel!
you welcome Chick, hope you really are interesting some day to Visit us here in yucatÃ:censor:n
post #6877 of 9418
just came back for a quick peek -- I really should be working

I'd love to see the whale sharks! Rigel, there's such a lot of really interesting attractions around here. I hope I DO get a chance to visit sometime. I'm not much for travelling, IRL, you know, but you've certainly made the prospect very inviting.
post #6878 of 9418
Originally Posted by rapunzel47

1.-just came back for a quick peek -- I really should be working

2.-I'd love to see the whale sharks! Rigel, there's such a lot of really interesting attractions around here. I hope I DO get a chance to visit sometime. I'm not much for travelling, IRL, you know, but you've certainly made the prospect very inviting.

2.- hope you can realize Frannie!

Well another fabolous beach is :

El Cuyo

El Cuyo is the hidden treasure of the Yucatecan emerald coast. You can find this charming fishermen's village on the northeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, where the turquoise blue Caribbean mingles with the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It is located only two hours from Cancun and three and a half hours from the colonial city of Merida, capital of the Yucatan state.

El Cuyo is a small beach community where you will enjoy the tranquil ambience of a port. Everything about it invites you to relax and enjoy the beauty of the nature.

This hidden paradise is nestled in the National Park of Ria Lagartos, which is internationally famous for the 20,000 pink flamingos that come to the area between January and September for reproduction.
It is also the home of the Sea Turtle that visits the beach shores between June and August to lay their eggs in the warm sand. With more than 250 different birds visiting Rio Lagartos, it is also a fantastic place for bird watching. In addition to the diverse wildlife, you will find a tropical forest full of Royal palms, coconut plantations and majestic Ceiba trees, the national tree of Yucatan.

Ria Lagartos National Park is considered a true jewel for lovers of peace and nature…far away from telephones, pagers, and computers.

As you arrive in El Cuyo, you will cross the Ria Lagartos causeway over a red lagoon whose color is the result of a high concentration of salt. This lagoon separates El Cuyo from the mainland of Yucatan.

The lighthouse that is built on the remains of old Mayan ruins welcomes you as you drive into town. The village is home to 1500 permanent residents that are dedicated fishermen and live in colorful wooden houses.

While strolling along the beach you will find an abundance of sea shells that follow the ocean current to shore. El Cuyo's special location provides breathtaking sunrises and sunsets over the beach. And at night, you can enjoy a romantic campfire on the beach and gaze into an infinite sky filled with stars.

To get to El Cuyo, go north from Valladolid to Tizimin, go East to Colonia Yucatan, and then North to El Cuyo. You can refer to our Map of the Yucatan for more information
post #6879 of 9418
La Hacienda es muy bonita.
post #6880 of 9418
Wow very interesting! Now what's to eat?
post #6881 of 9418
Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
Wow very interesting! Now what's to eat?
Well we`re on Celestun rigth now I think Sea food should be fine isn`t?


Here in the Yucatan, you can visit several towns on the coast, such as Celestun, Chelem, Progreso, Chicxulub and Telchac Puerto, where you will not only find beautiful beaches, but also restaurants that offer a great variety of fresh seafood, from starters like Ceviche and Cocktails, to exquisite specialties for all tastes and palates. If the beach is not on your agenda at some point, there are also great seafood restaurants in Merida.

As locals we have some recommendations for you so you can enjoy the best of our restaurants.

If you are visiting Celestun, don't miss the restaurant called La Palapa which offers as a specialty fish filet stuffed with seafood. Definitely a must.
post #6882 of 9418
Sam have you ever try Crab?
post #6883 of 9418
post #6884 of 9418
here`s the menu:

Ceviche - Fish marinated in lime juice with tomatoes, onions and chilis
Pescado Frito - Fried Fish
Filete - Fillets
Empanizado - Breaded
Al mojo de ajo - In garlic
A la Veracruzana - Smothered in onion, tomato and bell pepper
A la Crema - In a white cream sauce
Relleno - Stuffed

Please for me a beer and Pescado Frito - Fried Fish
post #6885 of 9418
I'll have the Fried Fish and a Corona.
post #6886 of 9418
Munch, munch...
JASPER & MILKY! what are you doing???? the crabs should be on the table!! no on the floor and playing with them!!!! ......
post #6887 of 9418
Oh that sounds so yummy, Rigel - but I'm not very hungry so I'll just have a coke!
post #6888 of 9418
Originally Posted by babygirl
I'll have the Fried Fish and a Corona.
Here you have beautiful Señorita

Tina, looks Gordo really enjoy his fried fish? isn`t?
post #6889 of 9418
Hi Tina!
post #6890 of 9418
for Pitufo & Princess here are Fillets of Fish too
post #6891 of 9418
Yes, Gordo loves his fried fish.
post #6892 of 9418
Hey Friends look at the Sunset, is beautiful isn`t?
post #6893 of 9418
Oh that is beautiful!
post #6894 of 9418
Very beautiful.
post #6895 of 9418
Another coke please waiter!
post #6896 of 9418
Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
Another coke please waiter!
here you have Sam

well the day is almost finish, time to Return to Merida, everybody at the catbus:
post #6897 of 9418
before to go at home to rest we can go at the mall to shopping if you wanted
heres the Gran Plaza
post #6898 of 9418
The restaurant area of the mall
post #6899 of 9418
Hi, Rigel! Looks like another lovely day that I missed out on. We are having a work meeting in Cancun tomorrow and a couple of people that work with me will be there. You should just drive on over and say hello to them. They will only be there until Sunday though
post #6900 of 9418
As I tell you another great store of depts (like a mall) is Liverpool you can see here the front:

Inside the gran Plaza exist a Zara store too
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