Welcome to an exotic, diverse and beautiful Celestun. It's been a Biosphere Reserve since 1979 and is located in the Yucatan Peninsula. The main attraction of this area is the living things and places that make it up, such as Pink Flamingos, termites and crocodiles living in places such as mangroves. Why is it home to these species? Well, it's "plain and simple". A fragile ecosystem was formed by hypersaline estuaries and shallow lagoons and high concentration of salts. Under these conditions it became perfect for a large number of other migratory birds (osprey, ducks pinto, albatrosses and blue herons). It's best two see them between November and April. Their main predators are crocodiles. As I mentioned in previous corners, you can enjoy a motorboat ride. Those in charge of taking the boat will stop a few meters away from the flamingos so you can contemplate the full extent and beauty of them without scaring them away. A spectacle of nature at your fingertips!.
We continued our journey through one of the most exotic places on the Yucatan pensinsula, Celestun. We went slowly to one of the most wild yet impressive places in the Celestun Estuary, the tunnel between mangroves. The boat slows and slowly shows us all the vegetation and fauna that this spectacular place offers. What struck me was the colour of the water!, Red, yellow, green and even purple mixed with the sunlight. A light and colour spectacle worth seeing. By the way, the reddish colour of its waters is due to the high levels of sulphur present here. Something else that struck me was the monstrous nests of termites (if you do not believe me have a look at the picture).
We are in the inredible archaeological site of Uxmal known as "the three times built". This place, called The Nunnery Quadrangle stands behind the Pyramid of the Magician with its big courtyard . It is a big open square of about 120meteres. From here you can see all the lovely structures that also have a lot of quarters. Hence the Spanish when they were comparing it to a convent. And so they called it: The House of the Nuns. To be more precise and say that you put yourself in the set include 5 distinct zones: The temple west of the Nunnery, Temple East in the Nunnery, South Temple and large Bow, Central Patio of the Quadrangle of Nuns and The Temple of Venus or North Temple Nunnery. In this part I show her lovely decor. Everything is mixed: Grecas, snakes, lattices, Owls, human figures, heads of turtles and Chac masks of God. And what is the selling point of this place? Well that mixes the tourist with its share of show. From the Nunnery Quadrangle witnesses the light and sound show at Uxmal in the fantastic legends which are told Maya in the region that gave life to this mystical place. All lights, lighting goes beyond the quadrangle itself illuminating parts of the peripheries and temples. It is great to see!. It is daily at 19:00 during winter and 20:00 in summer time . I leave you in this corner several photos of the show at night in the quadrangle of the nuns and other day to give you an idea of how beautiful and sacred place.
From the city of Merida (Yucatan), our Mexican friend took us to see the Chicxulub crater. At first glance, it looks like a wasteland, a vast expanse of nothing, but it really holds great mysteries for natural history and evolution lovers. This depression is where a huge asteroid impacted Earth 62 million a few years. The fall of this meteorite had to have produced a massive explosion and caused tremendous changes throughout the biosphere. Some scientists say it could be responsible for the mass extinctions of species that characterizes the end of the secondary era. This meteorite could be the main cause for the extinction of dinosaurs, which allowed for subsequent expansion of birds and mammals and the evolution of life as we know it.
Visiting a cenote is one of the experiences that you should not miss if you plan to travel to the Riviera Maya. No matter which one you choose: an open cenote, an underground cenote, or a cave, any one will surprise you and leave a lasting memory on your retina. The cenote Suytum (although it would be more appropriate to speak of all Suytum cenotes) is located in the Cattle Ranch - Ecological Suytun Fernandez and Mendoza, at approximately kilometer 8 of the Valladolid road connecting Puerto Juarez. Under a relentless and sweltering sun, which is a general trend in these latitudes during August, we headed for the stairs leading into the denote. The stairs promise excitement, adventure, beauty, and above all, relief, since, as we move into the heart of the vast cavern that houses the cenote, the temperature becomes cooler and the overheated feeling gradually disappears. As our eyes grew accustomed to the darkness, the structure of the cenote slowly took shape in all its magnitude. We were more than 20 meters deep in the bowels of a huge cave full of great stalactites, the temperature was ideal, and allowed our senses to focus on enjoying the beauty that unfolded before them. The silence, the magnitude of the cavern, and the gentle turquoise waters seemed to be lit by a magical light from an opening in the top of the cave, creating a dream atmosphere. A primitive halo surrounded us, caught us. In this scenario, it is not difficult to imagine the ancient inhabitants of these lands taking offerings to place before their ancient gods. Here, they worshipped gods from Chac, the rain god, to Yum Kaax, the maize god, and Xchel, the goddess of beauty and fertility. The cool waters, crystal clear, invite visitors to enjoy a relaxing bath in the cenote while watching freshwater fish swim around you unapologetically. We left the sacred area - Suytum was once a ceremonial cenote - emotionally charged, relaxed, and ready to regain our strength in the restaurant located on the site of a cattle ranch which also organizes horseback riding or cycling. After lunch, local youths, brightened up our desktop for about 20 minutes with a musical performance and dance of Mayan origin. An experience you shouldn't miss.
Butterflies begin as tiny insects and then become giant colorful beings. Observing them, time stops and one contemplates the finest creatures: capricious, they settle wherever they want. Nature serves as a gateway for the flowers and you turn around and see beauty without parallel.