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Cancun flight news

Here’s the latest Cancun flight news with several airlines expanding routes from cities in the US and Europe.

Southwest Airlines will be inaugurating two new routes in June linking Pittsburgh and Raleigh-Durham with Cancun.

In other flight news, Iberia Airlines will soon be operating direct flights to Cancun from Madrid, Spain and Evelop will boost the number of flights it offers from Portugal and Spain.

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Mexico expands protection for whale shark sanctuary

The Mexican government has expanded the management plan for the whale shark sanctuary in the Mexican Caribbean. The waters to the north of Holbox and the zone of deeper “blue water” to the east of Contoy and Isla Mujeres are now included in addition to the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve that was created in 2009.

This decree protects the transition zone between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, an area of upwellings rich in nutrients that attracts species such as the whale shark and manta ray during the summer months to feed on the plankton that proliferates due to the higher temperatures.

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New museum to visit in Valladolid, Yucatan

The colonial town of Valladolid in Yucatan has a new museum to visit if you are interested in Mexican culture. El Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico or Mexican Ethnic Clothing Museum (MUREM) showcases traditional clothing worn in 12 different regions of the country.

The MUREM collection includes clothing worn by indigenous groups such as the Amusgo, Huastec, Chinantec, Yucatec, Tseltal and Tsotsil Maya, Mazahua, Mazatec, Mixtec, Nahua, Otomi, Tarahumara, Triqui and Zapotecs.

Embroidered cotton huipiles or dresses for everyday wear share space with splendid ribbon bedecked ceremonial dresses. Whatever their use, they are works of art full of color and creativity, decorated with designs featuring flowers, birds and animals or stripes, crosses and geometric shapes, symbols of the natural world and ancient beliefs.

There are brocaded blouses from Mayan communities in the highlands of Chiapas that are normally worn over black woollen skirts and tied with woven sashes. Each village has its own color and design and the styles have not changed that much in a thousand years. Other huipiles from Oaxaca, Yucatan and the central Mexican highlands also resemble the garments worn by women in pre-Hispanic times.

After the Spanish Conquest in the 16th century and the arrival of settlers from Spain, European fashions began to appear in Mexico, such as frills, lace, ribbons, shawls and fans. Many of Mexico’s most famous dresses show Spanish influence. They include lacy white dresses from Veracruz and colorful dresses worn in Campeche, Puebla and Jalisco.

Hats and headdresses, ribbons, traditional belts, shawls and jewelry complete the outfits on display and there is a collection of men’s clothing too. Other exhibits show contemporary items such as the masks worn by lucha libre wrestlers.

MUREM museum is located in Valladolid town center on Calle 41, No. 195, between Calle 38 and Calle 40. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and there is a shop selling Mexican crafts.

During a trip to Valladolid don’t miss the opportunity to visit Casa de Los Venados, a privately owned restored colonial home and museum that has a collection of over 3,000 pieces of Mexican folk art. The exhibits include giant trees of life, colorful wooden and papier mâche alebrijes, clay figurines, jaguar carvings, Day of the Dead sculptures, Talavera ceramics, textiles and paintings by Mexican artists. Guided tours are available at 10 a.m. Location: Calle 40 No. 204 x 41, just off the main square.

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Puerto Morelos Botanical Garden turns 36

The Yaaxche-Alfredo Barrera Marin Botanical Garden in Puerto Morelos celebrates its thirty-sixth anniversary this June. With 65 hectares of jungle and wetlands, it is the second largest botanical garden in Mexico.

Trees and plants native to the Yucatán Peninsula grow in the garden, in addition to species from other tropical regions. There is a herb garden full of plants that the Maya use for healing and an exhibit about chicle, the gum harvested from the chicozapote tree that is the original raw ingredient for chewing gum. Wooden observation towers offer great views across the jungle and wetlands to the sea.

A visit to the Botanical Garden is a must for nature lovers. It is home to spider monkeys, coatimundi, deer, agouti and a variety of bird species ranging from parrots and motmots to forest falcons, toucans and hummingbirds.

The Botanical Garden is located just south of Puerto Morelos on Highway 307. It is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Take a camera, binoculars and use eco-friendly insect repellent to ward off biting insects.

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Mexico’s record-breaking visitor numbers continue

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Cancun Airport News

In order to speed up passport control for passengers arriving at Cancun Airport, 40 kiosks have been installed in the Immigration Hall for automatic registration. Mexico City International Airport also has 40 and there are 20 at Los Cabos Airport.

The kiosks are for the use of Mexican passengers and international visitors arriving on flights from countries with a visa waiver for travel to Mexico. Utilizing biometric data such as fingerprints and passport information, they are expected to boost the capacity of each Immigration agent to process visitors by as much as four times.

In more Cancun Airport news, Southwest Airlines is now offering weekly flights from New Orleans to Cancun. Starting June 9, United will also be flying from New Orleans and San Antonio to Cancun on Saturdays.

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Mexico is now the sixth most visited country in the world

Welcoming 39.3 million visitors in 2017, 12 percent more than in 2016, Mexico has climbed two more places in the World’s Most Visited Countries listing and is now in position number 6. Since 2013, Mexico has climbed from number 15 to number 6, representing growth of more than 62 percent. The rankings are calculated by the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

The state of Quintana Roo welcomed 17 million visitors in 2017, accounting for 43.2 percent of the total for the country.

From its spectacular shorelines, breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife to ancient cultures, colonial cities and rich traditions, Mexico has endless tourist attractions and something for everyone.

In addition to its world-famous Caribbean and Pacific beaches, Mexico offers historical and cultural trips, visits to communities with timeless traditions, handicraft workshops and festivals; gastronomic tourism, ecotourism and adventure sports such as caving, mountaineering and hang gliding; sailing, fishing and diving, golf and spas, among others. The hospitality of the Mexican people is legendary and accommodation options range from ultra luxurious resorts to historic haciendas and thatched cabañas.

Endless discoveries await visitors to Mexico. In 2017, the Mexico Tourism Board launched a new marketing campaign called Mexico, A World of its Own that showcases the country’s diversity and reveals its landscapes, history, communities and colorful festivals, showing that there’s so much more to discover beyond its beautiful beaches.

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New Cancun attraction, Parque Maya opens

Cancun has a new fun park called Parque Maya combining adventure with a dash of Mayan history. Located just to the south of Captain’s Cove restaurant and opposite the Cancun Maya Museum, Parque Maya offers a zip lining circuit with five towers, a fun rope course over the lagoon and a lagoon cruise which takes park visitors through the mangrove forest in search of birds.

There is an interesting short film to introduce you to the Mayan culture and hanging bridges take you across a sacbe or Mayan path through the forest lined with the replicas of ancient temples, carved stelae and the statues of Mayan gods. Your guide will explain the workings of the Mayan calendar.

There are two Parque Maya options, the aforementioned activities and a longer four-in-one package which includes Parque Maya activities, a visit to the Cancun Maya Museum opposite Parque Maya for more ancient Mayan culture and exhibits of pottery, jewelry and figurines found at archaeological sites in the state of Quintana Roo and Yucatan and elsewhere in the Maya World and to the adjacent archaeological site of San Miguelito. It also includes admission to Ruinas El Rey, the largest of the archaeological sites in the Cancun area, and a ride on the Cancun Turibus.

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New vacation activity, ride the Cancun Big Wheel

Cancun has joined a select group of cities around the world with their own big wheel for a birds’ eye view of the urban landscape, London, Paris and now Cancun! The brand new Cancun Big Wheel or Rueda de la Fortuna is located at La Isla Shopping Village and takes its passengers 60 meters up in the air for stunning vistas of the Caribbean, Nichupte Lagoon and the Hotel Zone.

The big wheel is built with the latest Dutch technology and has 42 glass viewing pods for up to six people. The ride takes around 25 minutes and the wheel operates day and night.

La Isla Shopping Village is set to expand and the Cancun Big Wheel will eventually be moved to the second phase of the shopping center, which is currently under construction.

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Cancun Flight News

Here is the latest Cancun flight news for you. Sun Country Airlines will be offering direct flights to Cancun from Austin, Texas starting June 15. This new summer service will operate until August 2018 with three departures a week on Monday, Friday and Saturday.

American Airlines also announced in late March that it is expanding its direct flight service to Cancun from Dallas Fort Worth. It is also adding more flights to Los Cabos from Dallas and will be inaugurating a new route to the colonial city of Oaxaca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on December 19, 2018.

For those who would like to discover more of Mexico, on June 22, Mexican airline Interjet will begin daily flights between Houston and San Antonio, Texas to the city of Leon in the historic Bajio region. The international airport of Leon, Guanajuato is the starting point for trips to the twin colonial cities of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites and many other historic towns along the Ruta de la Independencia.

[Source: Novedades, American Airlines, Travel Pulse]

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