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Cancun tours: Xavage Adventure Park to open in May

A new attraction is coming to Cancun this May. The latest park from Grupo Xcaret, Xavage Adventure Park offers visitors a day of thrills on land, water and in the air.

Built with an investment of more than 50 million dollars, Xavage Adventure Park is located to the south of Cancun Airport in an area of old limestone quarries near the popular Mexico-themed Xoximilco Park. There are six different activities for park-goers to try at Xavage, all named after different wild creatures found in the Yucatan and with varying degrees of difficulty, from soft to extreme adventures.

  • Barracuda – White water Rafting
  • Puma – Rock Crawler vehicle
  • Dragonfly – Fierce Jet Boat
  • Hawk – Zip line flight
  • Howler Monkey – Intense Rope Course
  • Crocodile – Ultimate Kayaking
  • Serpent: Tough Cubs adventure playground for children

Xavage is the seventh park by Grupo Xcaret and complements the activities offered in Xplor Park and the Xplor Fuego evening adventure. Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m, Xavage also has shaded rest areas with hammocks, lockers and rest rooms, a restaurant and a gift shop.

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Cancun flight news

Here is the latest Cancun flight news. The growth of the Cancun air route network continues with more flights from Canada and Europe and new routes from new markets.

Quintana Roo state tourism officials recently announced that Cancun Airport will receive new flights from Turkey, Quebec and Russia this year. Additionally, Spanish airline Evelop is boosting the number of summer flights from Madrid to five a week on larger planes with 432 seats.

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New Government Environmental Fees for all Hotel Guests in Puerto Morelos and Cancun

Are you staying at Grand Residences in Puerto Morelos or will you be traveling to Cancun this year? If so, we would like to share information about two new municipal taxes that will affect you. As part of their work to protect the environment, the Benito Juarez (Cancun) and Puerto Morelos Municipal Governments will begin charging an Environmental Sanitation Fee to all hotel and resort guests in their districts.

In Puerto Morelos, the new environmental tax came into effect on January 1, 2019 and applies to owners and guests staying at Grand Residences by Royal Resorts.

The Benito Juarez municipal authorities will begin charging the new tax on March 1 and it will apply to members and guests staying at the Royal Resorts in Cancun.

In accordance with Municipal Finance Laws in Puerto Morelos, and to be implemented in Benito Juarez (Cancun) on March 1, the Environmental Sanitation Fee that will be charged to your account at check out is as follows:

Room:                                                $24.18 pesos per night
Suite:                                                  $24.18 pesos per night
Villa (2 or 3-bedroom):                  $48.36 pesos per night

This fee is not covered by the annual Club Service Fees for Royal Resorts or Grand Residences members or by All-Inclusive room rates.

What will the taxes be used for?

The proceeds from this new Green Fee will be used to contribute to environmental protection and sanitation initiatives in Cancun and Puerto Morelos, such as:

  • Beach cleaning
  • Water treatment
  • Waste collection
  • Reduction of carbon emissions with LED lighting
  • Reef conservation
  • Coastal wetland management
  • Reforestation and other programs geared towards making Cancun and Puerto Morelos more sustainable destinations

Why is an Environmental Tax needed?

The white sand beaches and coral reefs of the Mexican Caribbean are world-famous; its jungles and wetlands are home to rare species of birds and animals. Yet visitor numbers and population growth are outpacing public services and placing pressure on area ecosystems. More action is needed to improve water treatment and waste management for the health of the environment. The new Green Fees charged by the Benito Juarez and Puerto Morelos Municipal Governments will be used for such programs.

In the Riviera Maya, the Solidaridad Municipal Government began charging an Environmental Sanitation Fee to all hotel guests in Playa del Carmen and the surrounding area in the fall of 2017. The Isla Mujeres municipal government has also introduced an eco tax for hotel guests.

Worldwide, popular tourist destinations ranging from Barcelona to the Maldives have implemented similar green taxes.

 

 

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Cancun flight news

Cancun flight news

Here’s your latest Cancun flight news round up with details of Cancun International Airport’s continuing expansion. On December 18, it welcomed passenger number 24 million on a flight from Paris and one week later it broke its own record by welcoming passenger number 25 million from New York.

As part of its expansion in Mexico, American Airlines is planning to make Cancun Airport its hub for the Caribbean region, making Cancun and Riviera Maya even more accessible for passengers in the US and Latin America.

Finally, this January, Canadian budget airline Swoop begins flying from Hamilton (Toronto) to Cancun three times a week.

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Events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan

Here’s our round up of festivals and events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan in the next few months.

Anniversary of the Founding of Merida, January 6

On January 6, inhabitants of Merida, state capital of Yucatan celebrate the 477th anniversary of the founding of the city in 1542 by Spanish conquistador Francisco de Montejo. The evening of January 5, a procession of city dwellers and local trova musicians makes its way to the main square to sing the traditional Mañanitas birthday serenade as a tribute to their hometown, followed by a fireworks display. The next morning there is a Mass in the Cathedral and a packed program of concerts, dance performances, art exhibits and more as part of Merida City Fest.

Merida City Fest, January 5-20

More than 150 dance and theatre performances, concerts, movies, art exhibitions and literary workshops to celebrate the 477th anniversary of Merida.

Valladolid Food Festival, January 12

Celebrating Yucatecan cuisine, the Valladolid Food Festival takes place on Calzada de los Frailes from 4 p.m.

Feria de la Candelaria, January 25 – February 10, Valladolid

This traditional fair is dedicated to the patron saint of Valladolid, the Virgen de la Candelaria. Events include livestock, craft, jewelry and food exhibitions, processions, concerts and dances.

Cozumel Carnival, February 2-13

Dating from 1876, Cozumel Carnival is the oldest Carnival in the Yucatan Peninsula and one of the oldest in Mexico.

Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Merida, Campeche and Valladolid will also be holding their own Carnival celebrations; the dates may vary slightly in each location. The Cancun Carnival is from March 1 to 5 and in Merida from February 26 to March 6.

Isla Blanca Kite Festival, Feb 24 and 25

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Isla Blanca north of Punta Sam.

Spring Equinox at Chichen Itza, March 19-22

The famous light and shadow serpent of Kukulcan appears on El Castillo Pyramid at Chichen Itza and descends from the heavens at sunset on the day of the Spring Equinox (March 20-22). It is also visible the day before and after, cloud cover permitting.

Elsewhere in the Yucatan, at dawn on the day of the Equinox the rising sun appears through the doorway of the Temple of the Dolls in the ancient city of Dzibilchaltun to the north of Merida.

The spring equinox officially falls on March 20 in 2019 but the largest gathering at Chichen Itza takes place on March 21, a national holiday in Mexico.

Visit the Royal Resorts blog for details of more events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan during the year.

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Cancun flight news

In preparation for the winter season many airlines are expanding their Cancun flight networks, adding routes or extra departures. Frontier has new routes from Raleigh-Durham and Las Vegas, and Southwest Airlines from Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham and San Antonio.

Canadian visitors can take advantage of WestJet’s new flights from Calgary, Saskatoon and Vancouver. Low cost carrier Swoop also recently announced new three flights a week from Calgary to Cancun, starting on January 14, 2019.

In Latin America, Aeromexico has a new service from Medellin, Colombia, GOL Airlines is flying from Brasilia and Copa Airlines is upgrading to 737 aircraft on its Panama City – Cancun route due to growing demand.

Air France also has plans for expansion in the years to come.

In more flight news, Cancun Airport expects to receive 25 million passengers by year-end, a new record. The number of passengers for 2018 is six percent up on 2017.

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Xcaret’s macaw success story

Over the past few years we have reported on Xcaret’s remarkable mission to bring the scarlet macaw back from the brink of extinction in Mexico. To date, 242 macaws raised in the Riviera Maya park have been transported to jungle reserves in the Palenque region of Chiapas and Los Tuxtlas in southern Veracruz, where they have been released into the wild after a period of adaptation. Thanks to this project, the wild macaw population in Mexico is now almost double what it was in 2013 and in Los Tuxtlas flocks of these beautiful birds are now seen where they had been extinct for 50 years.

There’s more good news. The released macaws are beginning to form breeding couples and the first chick was born in Nanciyaga Reserve in Veracruz during the summer and is doing well. Hopefully it will be the first of many.

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Xcaret named World’s Best Park 2018

At IAAPA Expo Attractions, the entertainment industry’s largest trade fair held in November in Orlando, Xcaret Park received the Liseberg Applause Award as the Best Park in the World 2018. It beat other finalists such as PortAventura World in Spain and Universal Studios in Japan.

Presented every two years, the Liseberg Applause Award is considered the Oscar of theme parks and it is given to parks that excel for creativity, originality and commercial success. Xcaret was honored for the experiences that it offers visitors, based on a celebration of Mexico’s natural and cultural heritage, its sustainability projects and its commitment to the local community.

 

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Holbox bans single-use plastics

The island of Holbox has taken the lead in banning single-use plastics from its shores. The new management plan for the Yum Balam reserve, which includes Holbox, prohibits the entry of plastic bottles and containers, PET, polystyrene and plastic bags.

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Seaweed update

For those of you wondering about the seaweed that has been washing ashore from time to time along parts of the Quintana Roo coast during the summer, we are happy to report that it has disappeared and our turquoise waters have returned.

The decline in the amount of sargassum is due to cooling sea temperatures that come as the first cold fronts begin to affect the Yucatan. Floating patches of seaweed may also be blown off course and prevented from making landfall by northerly winds.

The authorities and a committee of marine scientists continue to study the sargassum, monitor its movements through the Caribbean and look for better ways of disposing of it should it return in the future.

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