We decided to rent acar to move with the greatest of facilities and try to take better advantage of the day and enter our route through this area of the Caribbean, something highly recommended if you want to visit the different geographical and cultural points available in this area as well as be able to get as close to the South possible, what 3 years later would be renamed as Riviera Maya, a coastal length along the coast of the Mexican Caribbean, in the state of Quintana Roo that in 1999 would take on special fame in Spanish tourism.
Yesterday (Chichen Itza) We left the "bug" in the body to know more about the Mayan Civilization, so the ruins of Tulum was our next goal: Tulum was a large walled city and now converted into a national park, which in the Mayan culture was called Zamá, because of the numerous records and works that have been done on it, it can be considered an important center of worship where the Mayans revered a so-called "Descending God." Unfortunately, it was not only raining, but also the ruins of Tulum we would have to leave later in our trip because they were closed. A pity not to have enjoyed them that day but we will not be without seeing them and soon we will return to these lands.
So we turned around and headed to our next destination on our route where we would spend the day: The Carmen beach
We're going to Playa del Carmen!
Formerly, a small town, Playa del Carmen is today one of the most visited sites, regularly receives tourists of all nationalities. It is also located in the heart of the Riviera Maya and has the best restaurants, shops and nightlife centers, where being bored is impossible; especially his Fifth Avenue, an impressive pedestrian street near the beach where you can find the best shops, restaurants and boutiques, art galleries, ice cream shops, jewelers and a long etc., which becomes a mandatory tour
Although we went by car, it has its own airport, 45 minutes away, or if we do not have the option of going by ferry.WE RETURN IN 2013 TO PLAYA DEL CARMEN:
In 2013 we returned to the Yucatan, this time to Riviera Maya, and we made a very complete and updated diary with all the necessary information to choose your vacations, hotels and / or excursions (among them Carmen beach). Expand your information in the side menu or directly in
Playa del Carmen was not always the "capital" of a tourist coast, but in Mayan time it had its own name, Xaman Há or Agua del Norte and it was from the pre-Hispanic pilgrimage to Ixchel on Cozumel Island. During the 16th century, when the Spanish invaded, they conquered most of the Mayan towns, but Playa del Carmen never became a Spanish settlement, in 1908 a bubble company from the eastern coast of Yucatan achieved government exploitation of forest resources, resulting in the foundation from the city, where until the mid-eighties, Playa del Carmen was a small town with less than 1500 inhabitants, gradually growing year by year thanks mainly to tourism.
This newspaper, as I said, is before 2006 and therefore I write it in the past and I find it very interesting to see what has changed everything since 1996. In the following photos you can see how the main promenade that gives access to the city has changed in 12 years Beach. UPGRADE: The current photo, from 2013, is taken from our return years later
Little remains of that old fishing village with small taverns next to a beach that did not allow excuses to take a good dip and enjoy a whole day in its surroundings. Although now exploited by its tourism, Playa del Carmen still has that appeal that will last for years.
Finally, we spent the rest of the day enjoying the tranquility it offered, the good gastronomy, the restaurants and the occasional purchase. So, from Playa del Carmen, until tomorrow ...
Isaac & Family, from Cancun (Mexico)