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Posts Tagged ‘Yucatan’

Where Would You Like to Be for the End of the World?

  • WHL Group
  • 20 December 2012

This Friday, December 21, 2012, marks the end of the 5,125-year-long Mayan calendar. It’s a date that has had some new-age astrologers speculating about the possibility of cataclysmic world events, possible even a doomsday scenario. Just what are some of the best places to hide out for the end of the world? We sat down with WHL Group staff to hear their thoughts about where to they’d like to be during the earth’s final hours.

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Seven UNESCO World Heritage All-Stars and Alternatives

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 12 December 2011

UNESCO recognition through its World Heritage List and time in the subsequent travel spotlight can be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, a new site gets a big status boost and some protection. On the other hand, an influx of tourists adds pressures and more need for protection. One way to curb this effect is for travellers to visit alternative heritage destinations where high tourism congestion isn’t causing problems.

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The Mexican Temazcal: An Experience in a Maya Sweat Lodge

  • Heather Rath
  • 25 April 2011

Sweat is pouring from my pores. I am saturated with my own perspiration. Near Mérida on the Yucatán Peninsula, I have opted for detoxification and rebirth through a unique spiritual journey practised in similar ways by indigenous people worldwide: a Mexican temazcal.

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Top Five Picks for Volunteer Holidays

  • whl.travel
  • 15 November 2010

For whl.travel, a company dedicated to improving the travel experience and the ethical standards of tourism from the bottom up and for everyone involved, it is hardly surprising that many local partners are actively involved in voluntourism initiatives. Here we spotlight a few whl.travel destinations that encourage travellers to get involved in local projects with the promise of a true cultural experience and exchange.

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Exploring Mayan Ruins in and around Cancun, Mexico

  • Rocío Soto
  • 2 November 2010

Away from the modernity and sophisticated of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, visitors usually delighted to discover that there are 12 ancient archaeological sites standing as living testimony to the ancient Mayans, one of the greatest civilizations in the entire history of the world. Read on for a glimpse at the four probably best known to locals – Tulum, Coba, El Meco and El Rey.

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Local Food: A Culinary World Tour

  • WHL Group
  • 18 October 2010

When it comes to life’s simple pleasures, food definitely ranks near (if not at) the top of the list for most people. It’s probably fair to say that the way to a whole nation’s heart is through its stomach, so finding out what makes a country tick is often as simple as checking out what dishes regularly make it onto the dinner table. Thanks to the efforts of our local partners around the globe, we’ve assembled an extensive selection of typical local appetisers, soups and stews, main dishes, vegetarian dishes, desserts, drinks and snacks and street foods.

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Exploring Along the Riviera Maya of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

  • Lindy Coberly
  • 21 September 2010

Mexico’s Yucatan is home to countless ancient sites that offer important archaeological clues about the Mayans, one of the world’s most advanced ancient civilisations. They were skilled engineers and architects able not only to build pyramids on a colossal scale but to construct them in a fashion that demonstrated their awareness of astronomical phenomena and the constellations. Along the Riviera Maya, I recommend visiting at least one of the following incredible sites, for they are truly magical and convey a sense of the rich culture Mexico has to offer to the world: Chichen Itza, cenotes and Celestun.

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Mexico Celebrates 2010, the Bicentennial of Its Independence and Centennial of Its Revolution

  • Michelle Rodrigues
  • 15 September 2010

In Mexico, 200 years ago, leaders in their communities started an uproar for independence from Spanish rule that would last more than 10 years. Almost 100 years later, revolutionaries would go on to defy the social and economic unrest for which the then-President Porfirio Díaz was held accountable. Now in 2010, all of Mexico will celebrate the bicentennial of the independence of the country and the centennial of the revolution that led to social and political freedom.

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Urban Adventures Open a Whole New World

  • WHL Group
  • 1 October 2009

On 1 October 2009, Urban Adventures opened a whole new world to travellers yearning to unlock the secrets of some of their favourite urban centres. A global range of city-based tours, Urban Adventures is a franchise-based network of local tour operators specialising in high-quality experiential tour and activity services.

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