Thursday, April 5, 2018

Adventures of a Family Vacation in Cancun

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My wife and I have been to Cancun once before and did zip lining during that trip. When we decided to take the kids with us on this trip, zip lining was at the top of the list to do. I reached out to Martha from Cancun-BestDiscounts.com and booked our Selvatica excursion through her. Before I talk about Selvatica, I need to let you all know about my experience with Martha. Martha was extremely helpful and polite throughout my experience with her. She kept in constant contact with me via email and even called my hotel room when I didn’t respond to an email fast enough! She truly wanted to make this Cancun excursion the best it could be for my family and I!
 

 

I had done some shopping online and knew the prices of the zip lining at Selvatica. The prices were the same as the Cancun-BestDiscounts.com but I’m so glad that I used Martha. It made the experience a lot more personable for me. Martha recommended that we do the Gimme All experience at Selvatica. The Gimme All experience consists of 10 ziplines, swimming in the cenotes, bungee jumping off a tree, skywalk bridges, and either ATV or RAZR offroading! I’m going to spoil this Selvatica review by saying how awesome this family fun Cancun excursion was!
 

 

The zip lines at Selvatica are superior to any others that we had done in Cancun. The grounds are more beautiful and the zip lines are more thrilling! My wife and I thought the best ride at Selvatica was the Superman ride. You lay flat on your stomach and zipline for about ¾ of a mile over the jungle. My two sons thought the Tarzania ride was the best. The Tarzania is very similar to a roller coaster. You sit down in a harness and zipline for about 2 minutes on a roller coaster track system.
 

Driving the RAZR’s were a blast. Our 17 year old son drove with mom and I drove the other with our 11 year old son. This is no slow-motion ride! You truly go off-roading and drive at about 35 miles per hour. It was an absolute blast! I highly recommend the RAZR’s over the ATV’s. From what I could see the ATV riders had fun but it was a little more slow.
 
 

Through out the entire day, the staff at Selvatica was very friendly and helpful. They truly took the time to get to know each person on the excursion. They have two “paparazzis” that follow you the entire day and take photos and video of you. At the end of the day you have the option to buy the pictures. DO IT! We took our camera and were able to get some good pictures but it took away from the fun of the zip lines. The “paparazzis” literally stop in the middle of the zip line and take your picture as you zoom past them. The pictures are high quality and worth every penny.

Overall, I highly recommend Selvatica for zip lining. This is by far the best zip lining park in Cancun and you will have a blast!
 
 
 
More Information
 
Information about Cancun can be found at http://www.mexonline.com/cityguide-cancun.htm
 
Adventure courtesy of http://cancun-bestdiscounts.com/
 
Editor's Note: Contributor Jeff Raybould and family travel throughout Mexico a couple times a year. His stories and accounts of family adventures in the country appear periodically in our blogs and websites.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Las Labradas Petroglyphs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

North of Mazatlán, you will find one of Mexico's largest natural parks; La Meseta de Cacaxtla. I recently had the opportunity to visit park to see the pre-historic Las Labradas Petroglyphs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, within the nature reserve.

A tour group bussed in from Mazatlán enjoys the petroglyphs and scenery


Established in 2000, this 125,000 acres eco reserve is home to 26 species of amphibians, 59 species of reptiles, 79 species of mammals including jaguar, and over 350 kinds of birds.

Although we didn't see a jaguar, we did see these incredible petroglyphs on the boulders along the Pacific Ocean coastline. The local community provides guides (inquire in Mazatlan first - only 45 minutes north), a small museum and sometimes fresh Mexican food available for purchase.

Visiting this vast wild area is not only awe-inspiring, but helps some of the poor communities that are now the guardians of the park such as Barras de Piaxtla and La Chicayota.

Boulder petroglyphs at Las Labradas

Tourists enjoying the park


More unique petroglyphs
 

Jaguars, pumas, lynx and ocelots are among the fauna found here
Living cactus fence


Yaqui deer dancer in the local museum


Do you see any figures in these petroglyphs?

Outside the museum, local building and plants


Unfortunately there is not a lot of information in English, but here are some links with more information.

http://www.mexonline.com/cityguide-mazatlan.htm

http://mesetadecacaxtla.conanp.gob.mx/

https://www.facebook.com/Área-de-Protección-de-Flora-y-Fauna-Meseta-de-Cacaxtla-509527049098027/

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Puebla / Mexico City 7.1 Earthquake 9/19/17

Mexico was hit again with another earthquake on September 19th. The epicenter of the earthquake was in the state of Puebla near Mexico City. Damage in Puebla and Mexico City as well as other surrounding states in Central Mexico. We've put together images and videos from social media so you can see what is happening and we will keep updating. #MexicoEarthquake #PrayforMexico

Last Update 10:53am PDT 9/20/17


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Los pueblos de #oaxaca y #chiapas afectados en el terremoto pasado no contaban con grandes edificios ni todos los servicios de la #cdmx la ayuda tardo en llegar, hubieron muchas bromas y memes al respecto, yo observé y escuche comentarios, estados de gente insensible ante la situación que estos estados estaban pasando. Es muy triste ver todo lo que pasa en nuestro país, pero es más triste saber que aquellas personas que hace 13 días se reían y hacían memes, bromas sobre el sismo ocurrido mueran hoy de miedo, diciendo en la red que no es gracioso que paren esos memes que halla respeto. Mi pregunta es ¿A caso tiene que pasarnos algo en carne propia vivir padecer lo que otros sufrieron entender que no es bueno hacer bromas sobre el sufrimiento ajeno? #meduelesmexico #temblor #sismo #terremoto2017 #mexico #cdmx #morelos #puebla #veracruz #oaxaca #chiapas #mexicounido #miedo #angustia #desesperacion #muerte #tragedia #solaridad #somosmexicanos #cruzroja #morelos #mexico #Cdmx #mexicocity

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Nuestras oraciones por una de las comunidades más afectan #Jojutla #Morelos 🙏

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Iglesia de Los Remedios church in Cholula, Puebla


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Todo por México #SEDENA #SEMAR #EjercitoMexicano #Sismo #Temblor #Terremoto #México #FuerzaMexico

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Here's an article on how to help.
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2017/09/19/mexico-earthquake-here-what-you-need-know-and-how-help/682644001/

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Popocatépetl volcano erupted right after the earthquake


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42 people reported dead in the state of Morelos: http://www.vozenvoz.com/paises/mexico/42-muertos-en-morelos-por-sismo-de-7-1/

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