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3 great underwater tours on the Riviera Maya

The vacation-oriented coast south of Cancún on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula is famed for its resorts as well as their various shopping, dining, nightlife, and a broad menu of daytime activities. And one of the Riviera Maya's top activities is diving and snorkeling amid the corals that lie offshore, part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef - the world's second largest after Australia's Great Barrier Reef. For snorkeling you don't need any prior training or experience, and here's a trio of the top…

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5 of the best things to do in Cancún

Located at the northeast coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, this L-shape resort island, alongside a city home to hundreds of thousands of Mexicans, many of whom work in the tourism industry, was essentially created by the Mexican government in 1974. Its core appeal has always been its beaches and nightlfe (along with the chance to take day trips to incredible Mayan archaeological sites; there's even a tiny one right here, called Ruinas del Rey). And over the years many other options have…

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Flying with the 'bird men' of Papantla, Veracruz

  They fly through the air with the greatest of ease, these Totonac "bird men" re-enacting ancestral traditions in their home town of Papantla, located on forested hills a four-hour drive or one-hour flight from Mexico City in this country's northern Totonacapán region of Veracruz state (it's four hours by bus from the city of Veracruz). It's truly a great show - and furthermore a true slice of authentic Mexican culture with pre-Hispanic origins dating back to 600 AD. read post

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  • Hi Cessie, I might be interested for inclusion with our current edition of Mexico Traveler Magazine.
  • @Emma Krasov: how did your Vallarta visit go? If you haven't been yet, I'd love to give you my two cents about it. I've lived here for over 13 years. Southside IS great but North has developed alot and there are a few very nice places that should be recommended to readers if possible. Saludos!
  • Hola Cessie, Please tell me more about the press trip. Are you sponsoring or taking trip? Saludos, John
  • I have a FABULOUS press trip to Cancun Feb 27-March 6! Its VERY flexible & has fantastic fashion, culinary & adventure angles.I'm looking for fashion, food & adventure media outlets. Help me spread the word! ♥
  • Many thanks, Darryl. Very helpful. Hope to help you one day... Ask me about Russia/Ukraine when you go there.
  • See my comments on places to eat in the Drinking/Eating group. To see in PV, of course the Malecon in the center of town, snorkeling at Los Arcos. There is also good snorkeling at Playa Conchas Chinas, just south of town, when the waves are calm and the tide is out. There is a nice, small historical museum on the island in the middle of the Rio Cuale. You can take the bus to Mismaloya, a few miles south of town, for a great, but popular, beach.

    My tip in general, look to the downtown area and southward for the best the area has to offer. The area north, towards the airport isn't as nice.

  • My readers sent great feedback to my Days of the Dead (Riviera Maya) story. My next assignment winter in Puerto Vallarta - a destination of choice for Californians. I will have only one full day in town. You all more experienced in Mexican travel than I am. Please advise on thing(s) not to be missed:-)
  • MEXICO -- land of the free and home of the brave? In the capital, at least. (And yes, it's a great gay city break, highly recommended!. http://www.eturbonews.com/13556/mexico-tourism-secretary-invites-ga...

    Happy 2010, todo el mundo!
  • Igualmente David Paul!
  • Well, John -- I could certainly have written a piece double the length, but had to pull up somewhere! And BTW, here's wishing you and everybody in the Mexico group a muy Feliz Año Nuevo!!
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