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New ways to earn Royal Resorts Rewards

We have some exciting news for you about the Royal Resorts Rewards loyalty program: it now offers you even more ways to earn Rewards. Starting June 27, you can now earn Rewards when you book eligible stays and products through the Royal Resorts Reservation Center, either by contacting the Call Center or online at www.royalreservations.com or www.royalresorts.com. That’s not all; we have added a new way for you to use the Rewards in your account. You can now redeem them to pay for additional nights and other products booked through the Royal Resorts Reservation Center.

Earning Rewards
• You’ll now earn Rewards whenever you book eligible stays and products through the Royal Resorts Reservation Center* (Call Center and the Royal Reservations and Royal Resorts websites) NEW
• Earn Rewards during your vacation at participating** Grand Residences and Royal Resorts restaurants and facilities
• By purchasing Life Extension products or Skymed memberships
• By participating in the Friends & Family referral program

*Applicable for new reservations
** Purchases you make during your stay must be charged to your room to earn Rewards.

Redeeming Rewards

You can now use Rewards to pay for eligible stays and other products booked through the Royal Resorts Reservation Center*. Enjoy even more vacation time in your home away from home NEW
• Pay your annual Club Service Fee
• Pay the resort bill on your next vacation
• Make a donation to the Royal Resorts Foundation

* Redeem Rewards by phone only to pay for stays and other products booked through the Royal Resorts Reservation Center

Want to enjoy additional vacation time at Royal Resorts this year, book through the Royal Resorts Reservation Center and start earning Rewards. Visit www.royalresortsrewards.com for more information.

If you haven’t enrolled in the Royal Resorts Rewards program, JOIN TODAY
Royal Resorts members, if you are not enrolled in Royal Resorts Rewards yet, simply visit www.royalresortsrewards.com, click on Log in and accept the Terms and Conditions to activate your account.

Guests can now earn Rewards too during their stay at Royal Resorts
Royal Resorts Rewards is now open to non-member guests too. This means that your friends and family can earn Rewards during their Royal Resorts vacation and when booking eligible stays and products through the Royal Resorts Reservations Center. First they must activate a Royal Resorts Rewards account by visiting www.royalresortsrewards.com and clicking on Join Here. They have to type in their confirmation code and email and accept the Terms and Conditions and they will be ready to go.

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The Royal Resorts Family: Chef Oscar at Hacienda Sisal

An evening at Hacienda Sisal restaurant next to The Royal Sands in the Hotel Zone is a must if you want to dine on Mexican cuisine during your Cancun vacation. Hacienda Sisal is one of Cancun’s top Mexican restaurants and Chef Oscar Ortega is the man behind the traditional dishes on the menu. He tells us about his inspiration.

Originally from Cuernavaca in the state of Morelos, Oscar’s passion for preparing Mexican cuisine began when he was a child. “I have an aunt from Veracruz who always cooked Christmas dinner in my grandparents’ house when I was little,” he says. “I liked to help her, she was a really good cook and she taught me the secret of flavorings and the need to go back to our roots and use time-honored recipes passed down through the generations. I got my first job in a restaurant when I was 17 and still in Senior High School and I never looked back.

“I combined work with studying for a degree in Gastronomy and Restaurant Management at the UNILA University in Cuernavaca,” Oscar explains. “With my wages I was able to put myself through college and then take specialist courses at the Corbuse Gastronomic Institute in Mexican Cuisine, Cooking with Chocolate and Molecular Cuisine.

“I worked in Los Cabos for two years in hotels and a contemporary Mexican restaurant. I then returned to Cuernavaca with the idea of starting my own business but it didn’t happen and I decided to come to Cancun. I was working at a hotel in the Riviera Maya when I met Enrique Garcia, the former Royal Resorts Executive Chef. He convinced me to interview and I was hired to work in La Veranda restaurant at The Royal Sands.

“One of my college teachers was Juancho Sanchez, now one of Mexico’s top chefs, and I also worked with him in Cuernavaca. He invited me to join his team for the opening of a new restaurant in Polanco, Mexico City. In terms of professional development it was an amazing opportunity for a young chef and I was there for eight months before returning to Cancun. By that time I had fallen in love with the beaches of the Mexican Caribbean and decided that I wanted to make my home here.

“In December 2016, our Executive Sous Chef Juan Manuel Orozco invited me to return to Royal Resorts as the Chef at Hacienda Sisal and I jumped at the chance. My first love is Mexican cuisine and I felt as though I was coming home.

“My first project when I started at Hacienda Sisal was to change the dinner menu; we kept some of the favorites but added many new dishes from different parts of the country. The lunch menu came next and I am always introducing new dishes, sometimes as chef’s specials. We received great feedback about the menu, which is immensely satisfying. I often get called out by diners wanting to congratulate me. I recall one couple on a gourmet tour of Cancun, they told me that they couldn’t believe that someone so young could produce the delicious flavors and recipes that they remembered their grandmothers preparing when they were children. It feels really special and is a tremendous honor. I work hard every day, looking for new ways to improve and I want my team to feel as passionate as I do about our cuisine and dishes. I have nine staff working with me, five of who are women. It is the first time I have worked with so many women in the kitchen and they are fantastic, very hard working and conscientious with great attention to detail. I think we have a good team.

“I try to remember the recipes of my aunt and grandmother and try to incorporate their flavors and seasoning into my dishes,” Oscar explains, “I am from a village near Cuernavaca and I remember the smell and taste of tender corn cobs that are freshly harvested, fruit that you gather from the orchard and vegetables that still have the dew on them when you cut them. That’s what we should strive for.

“Mexican cuisine is one of the richest and most complex cuisines in the world and it didn’t surprise me when UNESCO included it on the World Heritage list for its sheer diversity,” Oscar says. “It comes from the days of our ancestors and has evolved incorporating new flavors and spices brought by settlers from Europe and the Middle East. Wherever you go in Mexico there are different native fruits, vegetables and herbs to try, for example, here in the Yucatan, there are tropical fruit I had never seen before like the huaya and nance. I like to experiment with them.

“What are my favorite dishes? Well the humble taco can actually be a masterpiece; you can be really inventive with the fillings and salsas and they will all be delicious. And I love cooking with pork, every joint tastes different and look at all the ways in which you can prepare it, everything from tacos al pastor to the Yucatan classic Cochinita Pibil, tender pork leg or suckling pig marinated in achiote and Seville orange juice and slow cooked in a pit. I recently did a special of duck carnitas, which proved very popular; grilled octopus, fish tacos and of course our most famous Independence dish, Chiles en Nogada from Puebla are others.

“When I was growing up there was a certain stigma attached to food preparation in Mexico. I’m happy to say that this is no longer the case, there is a lot more appreciation of how complex our traditional recipes are, the time-consuming techniques used and the ceremony and artistry that goes into their preparation. There is always something to learn.

“We Mexicans are a happy people and we transmit this to everything we do, including our cuisine,” Oscar adds. “We have a vast selection of fruit and vegetables to work with from temperate and tropical climes, seafood, poultry, beef, pork and lamb, cheeses, herbs and spices, all produced here. We have a sense of mischief, always trying things and experimenting with flavor combinations. Look at all the different varieties of mole sauces that exist; they are the result of mixing different spices, chili, chocolate and other ingredients and seeing what tasted the best. Our cuisine is not as formal as French cuisine, you can let your imagination run free. I am always smiling and joking in the kitchen and constantly trying new dishes, giving them to my team to sample, asking their opinion on the seasoning and whether they think there is anything missing.

“Just like our Oscar-winning film directors, a number of Mexican chefs now have their place on the world stage and are taking our cuisine to new heights.They include Patricia Quintana, Marta Chapa, Enrique Olvera, Aquiles Chavez and Benito Molina, among others,” explains Oscar. “I particularly admire Enrique Olvera, he has gone back to our roots and his dishes have the ancestral flavors I remember from childhood visits to see relatives in a Guerrero community where everything was cooked over a wood fire. Olvera sources all his ingredients locally and this is good for farmers, artisanal producers and for the rural economy. He makes his own tortillas from blue corn and his own mole spice mixes. He is passionate about our cuisine and Mexico.

“Here in Hacienda Sisal we make our own sauces and by popular request, we are now producing two of them for sale in The Royal Market. If you want to try some of my dishes at Hacienda Sisal, they include Chicharron de Res, Tortilla Soup, Marquesa-style Quesadilla, Pork Steak with Guajillo and Tamarind Sauce and Pescado a la Talla with rice. For dessert, don’t miss the Crème Brûlée with Mexican chocolate or the deconstructed Tres Leches Cake.

“Where do I find inspiration?” muses Oscar, “I find it in our flavors and also in the spectacular landscapes of Mexico. For example, here in the Mexican Caribbean, just look at the shades of blue and turquoise in the sea and when in central Mexico, the beauty of our mountains takes your breath away. I love visiting villages wherever I go, meeting the inhabitants and getting them to talk about the olden days. You learn so much and they will share family recipes with that special touch of flavor. It’s my passion and I put it into everything I do.

“We have many more projects here in Hacienda Sisal, for example we would like to start wine tasting dinners to showcase Mexican wines, tequilas and mezcals. The menus will continue to change, we’ll have more chef’s specials and we are making different artisanal ice creams with tropical fruit in season, spices and other ingredients. We also have our Pozole Thursday and a very popular Sunday Brunch buffet, both showcasing popular Mexican dishes.

“Do I have a message for our guests?” says Oscar, “Yes, I hope that they visit Hacienda Sisal and try our cuisine. To visitors who might think that Mexican cuisine is too spicy for them, I would tell them that it isn’t and that they should try it. There are many dishes that have smooth, sophisticated sauces that aren’t hot at all. Our chili sauces are served on the side and they can add as little or as much of them as they wish. We want them to leave Hacienda Sisal after having had an excellent meal and for them to return, over and over again.”

Book your table at Hacienda Sisal
In the mood for Mexican cuisine now? Book your table at Hacienda Sisal, one of Cancun’s top Mexican restaurants and a TripAdvisor Hall of Fame member. Open daily for lunch and dinner 2 p.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday Brunch from 8 a.m., Pozole Thursday for lunch and dinner.

 

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Great news from the Royal Resorts Spa! The Spa at The Royal Sands in Cancun and The Royal Haciendas in the Riviera Maya are now offering a selection of facials and body wraps from the Babor line of luxury skincare products.

A family-owned company from Germany, Babor is a world leader in luxury spa skin care and research. Only the purest natural ingredients are used and its active formulations are designed to deliver maximum results and a pampering experience tailored to individual needs.

The Royal Resorts Spa has five fabulous Babor facials and two body wraps for you to try for a radiant look. Let’s take a look at one of them, the Cleansing Facial with Enzymes, we’ll be showcasing the others in the months to come.

Cleansing Facial with Enzymes for Women (90 min)
This antioxidant facial contains a vitamin complex, it cleanses the skin’s immune system, eliminates toxins and protects against ageing.

Benefits
• Antioxidant and detoxifying facial treatment with a vitamin complex to boost skin cell growth
• Boosts your skin’s immunological system
• Acts against ageing caused by external factors, eliminates toxins and protects your skin against environmental damage

Active ingredients
• Extract of nasturtium: Due to its high content of isothiocyanates, this extract activates the formation of antioxidants and detoxifying enzymes in your skin, protecting it against damaging free radicals and boosting the skin’s DNA
• ACE Vitamin complex: Reinforces your skin’s immunological system against free radicals, UV radiation, pollution and nicotine, helps skin regeneration
• Keratin butter
• Panthenol
• Grape seed oil and sesame seed oil
• The mask is applied and your face is completely covered in bandages for maximum absorption.

Ready to book?
Vacationing at Royal Resorts soon? Pamper yourself with some Royal Resorts Spa time. Click here to book a facial, body wrap or your favorite massage from the collection.

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Have fun and keep fit on your Royal Resorts vacation

Have fun and keep fit during your Royal Resorts vacation. From tennis and beach volleyball to a morning swim in the lap pool, aqua aerobics and sail boating, there’s something for everyone. Work out at the resort gym, join a yoga or zumba session or go bike riding, it’s all here and for golfers, Royal Resorts members and guests even get special green fees at several local courses.

There are fitness centers at The Royal Sands, The Royal Caribbean, The Royal Cancun and The Royal Haciendas in the Riviera Maya. Daily and weekly rates are available and a multi-gym pass. Use of the fitness center is included in the REFINE All-Inclusive package. If you want something different, the Activity Centers also offer a full program of fitness sessions, games and sports. There’s yoga, zumba, pilates and aqua fitness in the morning and don’t miss the Latin dance classes. Join in the pool fun with a game of water polo and at 3 p.m. it’s time for beach volleyball!

Visit the Sports desk at your resort during your Royal Resorts vacation to book a tennis court and sign out rackets and balls. Ask about the singles, doubles and mixed doubles tournaments at the different resorts during the week. If you would like to book a class, clinic or game with the tennis Pro you can make a reservation with Sports desk staff. There are also full and half basketball courts at The Royal Sands, the Royal Cancun and The Royal Islander and a multi-use sports court at The Royal Haciendas.

The Sports desk also has snorkeling gear, basketballs and footballs, board games and more available for you to sign out.

If you want to get out on the waves, book a sailboat through the Sports desk at The Royal Cancun and go sailing on the bay with Isla Mujeres in the distance or in Nichupte Lagoon if you are staying at The Royal Sands, The Royal Caribbean or The Royal Islander. There’s a regatta every Friday morning at the Royal Marina beside Captain’s Cove restaurant. Sailboat classes are available if you have never been sailing before.

Guests staying at The Royal Cancun can also try their hand at kayaking and paddle boarding. The Activity Center organizes a weekly kayak tour of the lagoon and the mangrove forest for a glimpse of the local wildlife such as herons, kingfishers, iguanas and the occasional crocodile basking in the sun. Reservations are required for all these activities.

The Royal Haciendas in the Riviera Maya offers kayaks and you can sign up for snorkeling, kayak and bike tours at the Sports desk. Paddle boards may be rented from a concession on the beach.

Keen golfers can take advantage of special discounted green fees at several prestigious courses in the Cancun area and the Riviera Maya to get out on the fairway during their Royal Resorts vacation. The Royal Golf program offers members and guests discounted rates to play at Playa Mujeres, Puerto Cancun and Iberostar Cancun golf clubs in the Cancun area and at Iberostar Playa Paraiso and Grand Coral in the Riviera Maya.

Each of these courses offers a Royal Tournament day too so that you can pit your golfing skills against fellow Royal Resorts guests. The current schedule is Monday at Grand Coral, Tuesday at Playa Mujeres, Wednesday at Iberostar Cancun, Thursday at Iberostar Playa Paraiso and Friday at Puerto Cancun. A minimum of 12 players is required for the tournament to take place at the Iberostar Cancun and Iberostar Playa Paraiso courses. The Concierges can help with golf reservations, call ext. 172 or you can call the Golf & Restaurant Reservations Center at ext. 165.

If you didn’t bring your golf gear with you, the Sports desk has a limited supply of single golf clubs for sign out and you can also rent full golf bags from the Royal Market.

And if this isn’t enough activity for you, there’s plenty more fun in store on your Royal Resorts vacation, Thomas More Travel offers a variety of day trips, action-packed zip lining and jungle adventures, snorkeling, diving, water sports and much more.

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Planning your trip, shop online at the Royal Market

Preparing for your Royal Resorts vacation? Save yourself some time on arrival by shopping online with the convenient Royal Market ordering service. The Kitchen Starter Kit selection has everything from snacks, coffee, cereals and fresh fruit for breakfast to deli produce, wines and beers and even organic and health foods. Choose the items you need and place your order. The Royal Market will deliver your purchases to your suite the day you arrive. It’s quick and easy. No tiring supermarket trip needed, you can head straight to the beach!

 

 

During your vacation pop into your resort store – there’s a Royal Market in all the Royal Resorts – for freshly baked pastries, fruit and vegetables, dairy and deli products, snacks and candies, frozen and canned goods, Mexican coffee and salsas, beers, wines, tequila and much more. There’s a drugstore counter, Internet, flower orders, scooter and golf gear rentals and other convenient services to save you time.

The Royal Market is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily and from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at The Royal Haciendas in the Riviera Maya.

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Guide to great snorkeling in the Riviera Maya

Summer means it’s time for snorkeling in the Riviera Maya. Lazy days spent swimming through crystal-clear waters and an ever-changing parade of colorful marine creatures of all shapes and sizes. Dive right in on your next vacation; snorkeling is easy, fun for all the family and you’ll soon be hooked. Try it once and you’ll never want to stop! There are plenty of shallow water reefs, sheltered bays and inlets along the Riviera Maya coast where you can indulge your passion. Here’s a guide to some of the best spots for snorkeling in the Riviera Maya:

Cancun-Isla Mujeres Area
Protected by a marine reserve, the chain of shallow water reefs in the bay between Isla Mujeres and Cancun and off Punta Nizuc, the southern tip of Cancun island, is an excellent place to start exploring the Mesoamerican Reef, the second longest in the world. Trips are available to the reefs off Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc in Cancun and El Farito and Manchones Reef in the bay between Cancun and Isla Mujeres. Snorkeling is also a popular activity in El Garrafon Park on the southern tip of Isla Mujeres.

Marine life ranges from elk horn coral reefs and brain coral formations to gardens of sea fans gently waving in the currents. They are a habitat for a variety of fish from sergeant majors, grunts and porkfish to damsel and angelfish, jacks, rays and moray eels.

 

Cancun Museum of Underwater Art
The Cancun-Isla Mujeres National Marine Park has another attraction to offer snorkelers, the world’s largest underwater museum of art (MUSA), inaugurated in 2009. Around 500 statues by British sculptor Jason deCaires-Taylor and other sculptors have already been submerged in different locations in the Cancun-Isla Mujeres Reef Park, including Punta Nizuc and Manchones Reef and more are planned.

Apart from their artistic appeal, the figures are a habitat for marine life. Corals, sponges and sea fans, small fish and even lobsters are colonizing them. New reef communities are being created and this will give popular coral reefs in the area a chance to recover.

 

Puerto Morelos
Our guide to great places for snorkeling in the Riviera Maya starts in Puerto Morelos, 20 minutes to the south of Cancun Airport. Protected by a national marine park, the reefs are home to species such as angelfish, trunkfish, snappers and octopus and are some of the most beautiful and pristine along the Mesoamerican Reef.

The biodiversity of reefs in the Puerto Morelos area has attracted marine biologists for many years and the fishing village is the site of two marine research centers: the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) field station and a Mexican Fisheries Institute facility.

 

Xel-Ha Park
Always a good place for a family outing, Xel-Ha is hailed by locals as the world’s largest natural aquarium. It is an enormous caleta or inlet of crystalline waters fed by cenotes in the surrounding mangroves and jungle.

Rainbow-colored fish from nearby reefs feed and breed in the inlet and swimmers will see shoals of sergeant majors, blue chromis and one of the park’s emblems, the parrotfish, as soon as they venture into the water. Snorkel over to the rocks where fish shelter and further into the lagoons and you’ll see even more marine life. There is a floating bridge over the mouth of the lagoon and it is here that larger fish such as snappers and jacks congregate.

 

Yalku
Located just to the north of Akumal Bay, Yalku is a smaller caleta than Xel-Ha and is also a great snorkeling spot. Look out for parrot, surgeon and butterfly fish, blue tangs and sergeant majors. Take the coast road north from Akumal Bay past Half Moon Bay and follow the signs, it is a five to 10-minute drive.

 

Akumal
This picturesque bay has a palm-lined beach and an offshore reef for diving and snorkeling. You can also walk or drive north along the coast road to Half Moon Bay or Bahia de la Media Luna where the corals are much closer to the shore. You’ll need reef shoes here because the seabed is rocky.

Marine life is varied and abundant in Akumal, even in the shallows. Royal grammas, spotted drums and damselfish dart through the corals and parrotfish and eagle rays are often sighted. The greatest thrill of all, however, is to spot a green or loggerhead turtle grazing on the sea grass. Watch from a distance, do not approach her or make a noise and she may swim past you, giving you the chance to see her beautiful markings. A vacation memory to treasure, no wonder Akumal means “place of the turtles” in Maya.

 

Cozumel
The reefs girdling Cozumel’s west coast and southern tip are world-famous in scuba circles but the island offers plenty of spectacular snorkeling spots too and is just a short boat ride from the Riviera Maya. Start with snorkeling in Chankanaab Park and book trips to other shallow water reefs. Another attraction is El Cielo, a stretch of seabed off the north coast of the island that is inhabited by thousands of starfish.

Reef Tips
If you decide to go snorkeling in the Riviera Maya, please follow these guidelines and help preserve the reefs for future generations.
* Do not apply sun lotion or any kind of lotion or perfume if you are going snorkeling, wear a t-shirt to protect your skin instead. Sun products and the oils and chemicals in creams and cosmetics damage the coral and pollute the water.
* Do not touch the coral or stir the sand up in the vicinity of the reef. The slightest touch can cause damage that will take the coral centuries to recover from.
* Do not remove shells or other marine creatures from the reef.
* Watch your step; spiny sea urchins can cause nasty wounds.
* Don’t forget your underwater camera!

Booking your Riviera Maya snorkeling trip
Want to go snorkeling in the Riviera Maya or the Cancun-Isla Mujeres area this summer? Thomas More Travel offers a variety of trips to great snorkeling spots. You can even charter a boat with your own crew and escape fellow swimmers on your own adventure.

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Mayan discoveries in southern Quintana Roo

Mexican archaeologists studying the ancient Mayan cities of Dzibanche, Kinichna, Tutil and Ichkabal in southern Quintana Roo have identified a network of sacbes or highways that once linked the sites. This discovery was made possible by the use of LIDAR remote sensing technology so sophisticated that it is capable of seeing what lies beneath the dense mantle of jungle vegetation.

In addition to residential areas and the palaces and temples of the ruling class, they have also identified the outlines of raised fields and cultivation terraces, irrigation canals and reservoirs, evidence of agriculture and water storage facilities to support the area population in the pre-Classic period of Mayan history.
(Source: Sipse)

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News about jaguar conservation in Mexico

At an international conference on the jaguar and other tropical felines found in the Americas held in Cancun, June 8 -15 and attended by representatives of 20 countries, Mexico shared some important information about the country’s population of jaguars. The Second National Jaguar Census revealed that there are around 4,800 jaguars in Mexico, an increase of 20 percent over that reported in 2010.

The Census was coordinated by the Institute of Ecology in the National University of Mexico (UNAM) with the support of the National Commission of Protected Areas (CONANP) and the World Wildlife Fund-Fundacion Telmex Telcel Alliance. Twenty-five groups from 16 different academic institutions took part, installing 396 camera traps in 11 different sites throughout Mexico. The census locations were Montes Azules and La Sepultura Biosphere Reserves in (Chiapas), Sierra del Abra Tanchipa (San Luis Potosí), Los Chimalapas (Oaxaca), Laguna Om and El Edén Reserve (Quintana Roo), Nevado de Colima (Jalisco), Sahuaripa (Sonora), Meseta de Cacaxtla (Sinaloa), Sierra de Chilpancingo (Guerrero) and Punto Puuc (a point in the center of the Yucatan Peninsula where the states of Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo converge).

Fitted to trees beside jungle trails used by wildlife or near water sources, the camera traps detect motion and take photos of jaguars, pumas and other creatures that pass by. For 60 days, the census cameras took photos of 20 different species, including peccaries, deer, agouti and wild turkey, all important prey animals for jaguars and pumas.

The survey results reflect heightened efforts to protect the jaguar, the largest feline in the Americas. The creation of new reserves in Mexico, improved coordination and census techniques, reforestation and increased awareness about the dangers this magnificent creature faces from habitat loss and illegal hunting are helping but more work is needed to bring this big cat back from the brink of extinction.

The creation of biological corridors linking reserves where jaguars are known to roam can help, as can reforestation, the protection of important swathes of forest under threat from development and adding wildlife passes (underpasses and bridges) on highways. Biologists are also working with rural communities and ranchers that see jaguars, pumas and ocelots as a danger to their livestock.

The largest populations of jaguars in Mexico are found in the southeast of the country, in the jungles of Quintana Roo, Campeche and Chiapas. In the Americas, the jaguar’s range extends from Arizona to Patagonia with the largest jaguar populations in the Amazon and Pantanal regions of Brazil. The number of jaguars in the wild stands at around 64,000. Throughout the region, governments, biologists and conservationists are looking to join forces in a global initiative to protect the species.

(Census information source: WWF)

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Cancun flight news

Here is the latest Cancun flight news, Canadian airline Sunwing has announced weekly flights from Val-d’Or, Quebec to Cancun for the winter season, operating from December 11 to April 16, 2019.

In more airline news, Southwest Airlines inaugurated new flights to Cancun from Pittsburgh and Raleigh-Durham in June. Air France has announced that it will be adding an extra flight to Cancun on its Paris route to meet growing demand. American Airlines will soon begin using larger capacity Dreamliners on its New York and Dallas routes to Cancun.
(Source: Sunwing news via Caribbean Journal)

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Upcoming Cancun, Riviera Maya & Yucatan events

Here’s our guide to upcoming Cancun, Riviera Maya & Yucatan events.

July Sport Fishing Tournaments
Punta Allen 2018 Fishing Tournament, Punta Allen, Sian Ka’an, July 13-15
Copa Punta Herrero 2018, Punta Herrero, Sian Ka’an, July 27-29

Feria del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, July 7 – 16
Masses, processions, music, a fair and more to honor Playa del Carmen’s patron saint.

La Diosa del Mar Women’s International Fishing Tournament, Puerto Morelos, July 13 & 14
Catch and release international fishing tournament.

Whale Shark Festival Isla Mujeres, July 20-22

164th Anniversary of the Foundation of Holbox, Holbox, July 22
Folk ballet and live music in the main square, July 22 at 7 p.m.

Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Izamal, August 15, Izamal
Masses, processions, traditional dances and music in Izamal, a historic town in the Yucatan famous for its colonial convent and surrounding buildings all painted in bright yellow with a white trim. Izamal shares the distinction of being one of the Yucatan’s twin Pueblos Magicos or “Magical” Towns with Valladolid, a name given to smaller Mexican communities that are rich in history and traditions or are the site of natural wonders.

168th Anniversary of the Settlement of Isla Mujeres, August 17
Isla Mujeres celebrates its anniversary in August, 168 years since the first settlers in the modern era founded the village of Dolores. Isla Fest events include processions, dance performances, live music and more.

Mexican Independence, September 15 & 16
Mexico celebrates the anniversary of its Independence from Spain with delicious food, music and colorful festivities the night of September 15 and processions on September 16.

Fiesta del Cristo de Las Ampollas, September 27, Merida
The patron saint of Merida is honored with masses, pilgrimages, processions and traditional dances.

6th Cancun International Festival of Music, Cancun, October 18 – 27
More than 300 musicians of 12 nationalities will take to the stage during the festival. Different musical genres and venues.

7th Festival of Maya Culture (FIC Maya), Merida, October 19 – 28
This year’s FIC Maya Festival showcases the Maya of today, the descendants of the ancient temple builders. Scattered across Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas in southeast Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, parts of El Salvador and Honduras, they speak 31 different languages and keep faith with many ancient beliefs and customs. Learn about their traditions, farming, cuisine, their art, textiles, timeless rituals, music, dance and festivals. The program will feature seminars and round tables, concerts, film, theater, dance performances and more.

This year, the Mexican state of honor is Aguascalientes, also famous for its textiles and embroidery. The guest country is India, another nation rich in traditions that is home to ancient cultures dating back thousands of years.

Festival de Vida y Muerte, Xcaret Park, October 30 – November 2
Hosted by Xcaret Park, the Festival of Life and Death Traditions showcases one of Mexico’s richest and most colorful customs, the Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos, which takes place on November 1 and 2. At this time of year, Mexicans believe that the souls of the departed come back to the world of the living for a short time. They welcome their loved ones with altars laden with flowers, food, treasured possessions and other offerings, and with candlelit vigils, masses and serenades.

The Festival program features processions, altars, traditional cuisine, art exhibits, music, dance, theater, children’s events and a visit to the colorful Mexican cemetery. Each year, a different Mexican state is invited to participate in the Festival and showcase its Day of the Dead traditions and this year it is the turn of Zacatecas. Located in the northern uplands, Zacatecas is a state rich in history.

OHL Classic at Mayakoba, PGA golf in the Riviera Maya, November 5 -11, 2018
A field of players that includes some of the PGA’s leading young players and former champions gathers for the OHL Classic at El Camaleón Golf Club in Mayakoba.

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, Playa del Carmen, November 29 – December 1, 2018
Playa Mamitas in Playa del Carmen will be the venue for one of the year’s most popular events, the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival. The festival program has yet to be announced.

Visit this for listings of more Cancun, Riviera Maya & Yucatan events during the year.

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