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Buy pre-sale properties in the Riviera Maya

Mexico is one of the world’s favorite destinations. More than 40% of the tourism that visits this country is concentrated in the Riviera Maya, which enjoys a strong economy thanks to tourism and real estate. Playa del Carmen is the second fastest growing city in the world and stands out for its significant resale and pre-sale investment opportunities.

  • Excellent international air connectivity
  • Annual increase in the number of tourists visiting the area.
  • Access to high quality goods and services

 

How do I know if I should buy a pre-sold or finished home?

Both options have advantages depending on your needs. Know the advantages of each one now:

When we decide to make an investment and buy a home, we have the option of purchasing it in the pre-sale phase or choosing a home that is already built. Here we explain what both options offer so that you can invest your money wisely.

Price

Projects that are not yet completed have a lower price. You can find discounts of up to 30%, depending on location and stage of construction.

More affordable payments

Buying a pre-sale home allows you to make the most of your capital because you can set it aside with a minimum and pay the down payment during the months of home construction.

Time to plan

Whether you want to sell your current home or get acquainted with the neighborhood of your new home, pre-selling allows you to make plans while construction is being completed. You can plan your move, take care of utilities, or start preparing the paperwork for a change of address where you need it.

 

Some examples of our offers:

Playa del Carmen:

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THE RESIDENCE

Residencia Condos is a development characterized by a great contemporary architecture, the tropical wood walls create a warm atmosphere, accentuating the Caribbean context of the place.

The spaces of the Residence are spacious and clean, perfectly detailed and decorated with contemporary art. In addition to having the good fortune of being surrounded by the few mangroves in the Playa del Carmen area.

Tulum

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VILLAS JARDIN CARACOL

An enthusiastic and professional architectural firm located in Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is characterized by its warm and contemporary designs that reflect the essence of the natural finishes of the Mexican Caribbean, highlights the natural landscapes of the region and recreates spaces of conviviality, providing design, architecture and construction services.

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EL TEMPLO

TEMPLO LUXURY CONDOS has unparalleled facilities and amenities that are very different from what is already known. It is an exceptional development composed of :

  • 3 towers of 19 levels each
  • 154 condominiums
  • 9 Penthouses

Its inventory includes 2, 3 and 4 bedroom condominium units, distinguished by the generous spaces of their interior areas. Around the majestic towers. Four extraordinary and spacious Villas are planted.

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Playa del Carmen,

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Learn more about the cenote of the Riviera Maya

What is a cenote?

You may ask yourself, what is a cenote? Here is a brief explanation of what a cenote is and how each one of the cenotes you can visit in the Riviera Maya is formed.

A cenote is called a deep water well that is fed by rivers and seas. Formed over the years, turning it into a natural pool surrounded by the beauty of nature.

SIGNIFICANCE IN THE MAYAN CULTURE

For the Mayan culture the cenotes, or tz onot, were considered sacred. The Mayas believed that it was a source of life with a sacred level, having been their main water supply.

Types of Cenotes:

There are different types of cenotes, however, there are 3 classifications. These are the most important ones you should know to identify which one is the most suitable for you to visit on your trip to the Riviera Maya.

OPEN CENOTES:

This type of cenotes are the oldest that exist, because they are those cenotes that were formed by the fall of the roof that covered them, leaving them outdoors, allowing direct sunlight to enter and the water becomes crystalline.

It can be said that they are among the most beautiful cenotes, as they are surrounded by cylindrical walls full of plants and flowers as the habitat of thousands of birds and butterflies, which makes them have a unique natural beauty.

CLOSED CENOTES :

Also known as cavern cenotes, these are the youngest cenotes because they are completely covered and have only a few holes in the roof of the vault.

This type of cenotes are usually the most attractive or suitable for recreational and adventure activities due to their depth and natural beauty.

SEMI-OPEN CENOTES:

These cenotes are known as the middle-aged ones, because they are not too old to be completely outdoors, but not too young to be completely covered, meaning that some parts are exposed and others are not.

Most of them will be able to offer us crystal clear waters, in which we can enjoy relaxing activities such as swimming or rappel and at the same time you can contemplate its incredible underwater areas full of life and nature.

Which cenotes to visit in the Riviera Maya?

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HUBIKU CAENOTE

Cenote Hubiku is a wonderful young cenote, located very close to Valladolid and Chichen Itza. It has a very peculiar characteristic that differentiates it from others, being a cenote with a hole in the center that allows the sun’s rays to enter in a unique way, offering a unique natural visual spectacle.

It has emerald waters and a great depth of 27 meters, which you must reach through a stone staircase that will allow you to admire the beauty of the water eye from the first moment.

 

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CENOTE CHOO HA

This cenote is located in Coba, where you can observe stalactites around its interior, with crystalline and shallow waters in which you will surely enjoy swimming with relaxation. It is an ideal cenote for family recreation because there are plenty of fish that you will find at the bottom of the waters and you will also hear the singing of the birds that live around.

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CENOTE IK KIL

This cenote is also known as the sacred blue cenote, because it has turquoise blue waters and a medium depth that allows great divers to have a good time.

This place is ideal for after your tour in Chichen itza, you can take a dip in fresh, crystal clear water to relax your body.

The Ik Kil cenote is one of the best known in the Yucatan Peninsula, because it has unparalleled long liana-like roots that hang from the large trees that surround it.

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GRAN CENOTE

The Gran Cenote is another of the most famous cenotes in the Tulum area, since it is the ideal place for all those snorkeling and diving lovers.

It has completely crystalline, refreshing and relaxing waters inhabited by many species of harmless aquatic animals such as turtles and fish that will allow you to be in direct contact with nature.

It has different attractions such as recreation and relaxation area with chairs and tables, as well as all the necessary services for your unforgettable adventure.

Conclusions

As you can see, the Riviera Maya has a great variety of cenotes, because besides knowing the history of each one of them, you can also enjoy recreational and adventure activities with your family, surrounded by nature.

Mexico is one of the countries that can offer many magical places and corners full of life and nature that you will surely love. Book your tour and learn more about the cenotes of the Riviera Maya and live the experience with us.

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Why invest in the Riviera Maya?

Invest in the Riviera Maya

Mexico’s Riviera Maya is one of the most popular destinations for buying property. With its white sandy beaches and turquoise Caribbean seas, the region has a temperate climate all year round, making it a fantasy for investors.

In addition, Mexico is full of paradisiacal locations as well as beautiful historical sites. All these reasons motivate investors to buy real estate. The Mexican government has decided to relax the laws regulating real estate investments in order to attract foreign investors.

It is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and offers warm winter holidays while others battle winters by the fire. Rather than being an expense, this type of property investment offers an excellent return and is guaranteed all year round.

Areas such as Puerto Morelos (north of Playa), Akumal, Puerto Aventura or Tulum (south), continue their progression with house and land prices continuing to rise. With almost 17 million visitors in 2017 and a 5% increase in tourism compared to 2016, the Riviera Maya has now become the destination of choice for tourists, but also for foreign investors, who are achieving rental rates of around 10% per annum.

 

In addition, the Riviera Maya offers many opportunities with very contrasting cities.

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PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Playa del Carmen is one of the fastest growing cities in the state. It attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world. To cater to them, many world-class restaurants and residences have sprung up. The amazing nightlife of this city is one of the best in the area. In addition, the stylish bars and nightclubs offer the most amazing experiences. You can really enjoy your life and live in comfort. Therefore, owning a house in this part of the state will be the investment you make.

Everyone always wonders what there is to do in Playa del Carmen and what is the “must see”. When visiting, you must see Playa Del Carmen’s Quinta Avenida or “Quinta” as the locals call it. This pedestrian street runs parallel to the beach and has most of the tourist attractions including shops, restaurants and street entertainment and it’s not just about the “Quinta”. Playa del Carmen is one of the best cities strategically located to visit many other places such as Cancun, the cenotes, Mayan ruins, Tulum, Bacalar and much more.

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MÉRIDA

Located less than 50 km from the Gulf of Mexico in the northwestern part of the State of Yucatan, it is the most populated city and capital of the State. It is characterised by its colonial architecture, of sober style, where there are buildings with high ceilings and large windows. The central point of the city is the Plaza de la Independencia, which is flanked by the Merida Cathedral and the white limestone Church of the Third Order. The city was built on the site of the Mayan city of T’Hó. It was named Mérida after the Mérida of Extremadura, Spain, the place of origin of some of the conquerors, precisely because the buildings found in the abandoned Mayan city reminded them of the Roman ruins of Emérita Augusta, today’s Spanish Mérida.

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CANCÚN

It is a Mexican city located in the east of Mexico in the state of Quintana Roo, head of the municipality of Benito Juárez. It is currently considered the main tourist destination in Mexico and one of the largest internationally, with certification from the World Tourism Organisation.

Cancun has spectacular white sand beaches and turquoise blue sea, the natural sites are unique, the area is rich in Mayan culture, you can perform various water and adventure activities, the cuisine is international, it also has spectacular golf courses, sophisticated spa facilities, exclusive shopping centres, bars and nightclubs that give fame to its incomparable nightlife.

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COZUMEL

It is the largest island in the Mexican Caribbean, with an extension of 640 km2. It is world famous for being part of the Biosphere Reserves named by UNESCO.

Cozumel is the first place in Mexico to receive the first rays of the sun. Its fine white sandy beaches frame the turquoise blue of the sea and thanks to its great marine biodiversity it is considered an ideal place for scuba diving.

Besides offering dreamlike landscapes, it has a wide variety of eco-tourist activities such as: zip-lines, rappelling, kite-surfing, windsurfing, surfing, windsurfing, windsurfing, windsurfing, surfing and windsurfing. Kitesurfing, windsurfing, surfing, swimming with dolphins, snorkelling, fishing, golf, motorbike rides, bicycles, canoes, kayaks. This makes it without a doubt an ideal Mexican paradise to enjoy.

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PUERTO MORELOS

A young and growing municipality, strategically located just 22 minutes from Cancun International Airport, with fine dining restaurants, supermarkets, shops and everything you need to live in harmony, while enjoying the rhythm of Caribbean life on the paradisiacal beaches of this place, and having the opportunity to admire the second largest barrier reef in the world, a privilege that not many have.

Puerto Morelos is in essence a small fishing port but it has the infrastructure and tourist services of first level, being this the perfect combination for those who want the tranquillity of a Mexican village with the option of finding resorts of great tourism.

 

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Comprar propiedades en preventa en la Riviera Maya

Comprar propiedades en preventa en la Riviera Maya

México es uno de los destinos favoritos a nivel mundial, más del 40% del turismo que visita este país se concentra en la Riviera Maya, que goza de una economía sólida gracias al turismo y a los bienes raíces. Playa del Carmen es la segunda ciudad con mayor crecimiento a nivel mundial y destaca por sus importantes oportunidades de inversión. Es el lugar perfecto para comprar una propiedad

  • Excelente conectividad aérea internacional
  • Incremento cada año en el turismo que visita la zona
  • Acceso a bienes y servicios de primera calidad

¿Cómo saber si comprar una casa en preventa o en obra terminada?

Ambas opciones tienen beneficios dependiendo de lo que necesites, conoce las ventajas de cada una ahora:

Cuando decidimos hacer una inversión y comprar una casa, tenemos la opción de adquirirla en etapa de preventa o elegir una ya construida. A continuación te contamos lo que brindan ambas opciones para que inviertas tu dinero de manera inteligente.

Precio

Los proyectos que aún no se terminan de construir presentan un precio más bajo. Puedes encontrar descuentos de hasta el 30%, dependiendo la ubicación y la etapa de construcción.

Pagos más accesibles

Comprar una casa en preventa te permite aprovechar al máximo tu capital pues puedes apartarla con un mínimo e ir pagando el enganche durante los meses de construcción de la vivienda.

Tiempo para planear

Ya sea que quieras vender tu casa actual o familizarte con la zona de tu nueva casa, la preventa te permite hacer planes mientras se termina la construcción. Puedes planear la mudanza, la contratación de servicios o comenzar a planear los trámites para realizar el cambio de dirección en donde lo necesites.

Algunos ejemplos de nuestras ofertas:

Playa del Carmen:

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LA RESIDENCIA

Residencia Condos es un desarollo que se caracteriza por tener una gran arquitectura contemporánea, los muros de maderas tropicales crean una atmosfera cálida, acentuando el contexto caribeño del lugar.

Los espacios de Residencia, son espacios amplios y limpios, perfectamente detallados y decorados en arte contemporáneo. Además de tener la fortuna de estar rodeados por los pocos manglares de la zona de Playa del Carmen.

Tulum

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VILLAS JARDIN CARACOL

Una empresa entusiasta y profesional en el ámbito de la arquitectura, ubicada en Tulum, Quintana Roo, México. Se caracteriza por sus diseños cálidos y contemporáneos que reflejan la esencia de los acabados naturales del caribe mexicano, enfatiza los paisajes naturales de la zona y recrea espacios de conviviencia, poniendo a tu disposición los servicios de diseño, arquitectura y construcción.

Cancun:

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EL TEMPLO

El TEMPLO LUXURY CONDOS en Cancun cuenta a su interior con amedidas e instalaciones inigualables muy distintas a lo ya conocido. Es un desarrollo excepcional conformado por:

  • 3 torres de 19 niveles cada una
  • Albergan 154 condominos
  • 9 Penthouses

Su inventario incluye unidades condominales de 2, 3 y 4 recamaras, mismas que se destacan por los generosos espacios dentro de sus áreas interiores. Alrededor de las majestuosas torres. Están plantadas cuatro extraordinarias y espaciosas Villas.

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The 8 best Cenotes in the Riviera Maya

Worldwide known, the Cenotes of the Riviera Maya are famous tourist destinations in Mexico, however, we know what a Cenote is, what makes them so special, and which ones are the most famous? We will now answer these questions.

What are Cenotes?

The first thing you should know, is that a cenote is a natural well supplied with fresh water from a system of underground caves that extend along the Yucatan Peninsula, so there are more than 7 thousand of these natural formations in the area.

Especially, The origin of the word Cenote comes from the Mayan word “dzonot” or “ts’onot” which means “cave with water”; these wells were considered by the Mayans as sacred places.

But, you may still wonder how these wells are formed. Here is a brief explanation

Cenotes are formed by the erosion of limestone resulting from the passage of fresh water through the underground rivers below them, resulting in the creation of natural wonders with crystal blue waters.

Also, To date, there are 3 types of cenotes: open skies are those that are completely open and can be defined as the most mature; semi-open ones have vertical walls and are accessed through an opening in their dome and underground or in a cave. Spectacular, isn’t it? !…

Since we have explained a little what they are, we are eager to present some of the most spectacular cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, which will take your mind to incredible places and if you have had the privilege of knowing them you will see that REMEMBERING IS LIVING !

Top 8

  • Cenote Zapote Eco-park

Ecological park located in Puerto Morelos, made up of 3 cenotes, 2 open concept and 1 closed, offers the opportunity to perform various activities such as zip line, snorkeling, diving and more.

  • Sac Actún Cenotes

Located north of Tulum, is a set of underground caves that have as their entrance to the Great Cenote Sac Actun, you can perform activities such as diving and snorkeling, has a semi-open concept.

  • Kantun Chi

Located in the Riviera Maya, 15 km from Playa del Carmen, it is a park made up of 5 cenotes and an underground river, with an open and closed concept, in its variety.

  • Tankah Cenotes

Located near Tulum, considered a park composed of 4 cenotes, open concept, offers a variety of activities to do as zip line, kayaking and more. It is one of the most visited cenotes.

  • Hidden Cenote

Located west of Tulum, a few minutes away, it is an open cenote that shares entrance with Cenote Cristal, it has cliffs of 3 meters approximately, ideal for snorkeling.

  • Cenote Xunaan-Ha

Located in Chemuyil, north of Tulum, it has an approximate depth of 8 meters, is an open cenote with a zip line and diving dock.

  • Cenote Chaak Tun

Located outside of Playa del Carmen, it consists of two cenotes, and is still an unknown site compared to other large cenotes.

  • Two Cenote Eyes

Located to the north of Tulum, it is a cenote with an open and closed component, that is, semi-open, it has a depth of approximately 120 meters.

Finally, We invite you to discover the wonders of the Riviera Maya and to know why it is the best destination in Mexico to live or invest.

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FIDEOCOSMICO

What is a fideocosmico and why you may need one? If you don’t have the Mexican nationality but want to buy a house to live or to invest in Mexico, you need to know what a fideocosmico is, why is it mandatory to have one to buy a property in the “restricted zone” of Mexico (we will explain you what it means later) and obviously what are costs that come with it.

 

WHAT IS A FIDEOCOSMICO

To put it simply, the fideocosmico is a bank trust. There are three party involved in the bank trust:

  • The bank
  • The seller
  • The buyer

The buyer, which becomes the owner of the bank trust, has all the rights about the property. Which means that he can rent it, sell it, or modify it.

The bank is the trustee, who is working for the buyer. The bank holds the title but has no right to make any decision about the property.

The seller is the Mexican Government.

You also need to know that the Bank Trusts are active for 50 years and are renewable after that. Do not be confused, this is NOT a “lease”.  A small annual fee must be paid annually to the bank holding the trust. Finally, the buyer designates a substitute beneficiary, who becomes the beneficiary in the case of death (this makes inheritance much easier

 

 

WHAT IS THE RESTRICTED ZONE

The restricted zone is defined in the Mexican constitution by the following limits:

  • Within 50 kilometers (33 miles) from all the Mexican coastline
  • 100 kilometers from any borders of the Mexican territory

WHAT ARE THE COSTS

The initial cost to establish a bank trust is approximately $2000-$2500* USD and this fee is part of your closing costs. Your real estate attorney works with the bank to set up the trust prior to closing. There is a yearly fee of $500-$700* USD that is paid to the bank.

Now, a little history on the origin of the fideicomiso. Legal ownership of real estate in Mexico for foreigners comes from the Foreign Investment Law that was approved by President Luis Echeverria in 1971. It became law in 1973.

The Foreign Investment Law of 1973 allowed a different treatment of real estate within and outside the Restricted Zone. Foreigners can own land outside the RZ without the need of a trust.

The investment trust program was very successful, and in 1989, the Mexican government signed into law the ability for foreigners to have successive extensions of the trust thorough a simple application process when time for expiration of the original trust period came due.

In 1994, the new Foreign Investment Law allowed a beneficiary to have a trust for 50 years, with the application for extension or renewal still intact.

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Why should you invest at Tulum and Playa del Carmen

TULUM

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Both cities are a must on the Riviera Maya. Tulum is best known for its Mayan fortress overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Playa Del Carmen is best known for its festivals and nightlife.

But why choose one over the other? The choice is not easy but we will try to understand why these two cities, very different, are both so attractive.

 

This ultra trendy place dominates the Yucatan coast with its legendary fortress and keeps intact its charm of a small New Age village. It is one of the 111 “Pueblos Magicos”. It is one of the best places in Mexico and is recognized worldwide.

 

One of the most important sites in Tulum are its Mayan ruins, located on a cliff facing the Caribbean Sea; with its warm, starry nights and clear, turquoise waters, it is the only archaeological site on the seashore. It is the most photogenic site in the region and perhaps in the whole country.

 

Despite the strong interest in Tulum, the town retains a traditional appearance, taking care to preserve its vegetation in order to be an authentic city while offering high-standard comfort.

 

Investing in Tulum remains very attractive due to its growing real estate market. Indeed, the city, which attracts more than a million visitors a year, is internationally renowned for its white sandy beaches and clear, warm water. Tulum has quickly become a favourite destination for eco-chic travellers, fashionistas and discerning tourists looking for something away from the big destinations. If you buy with the intention of renting when you are not there you are guaranteed an annual return of around 8-14%. The growth in value appreciation for real estate investors in Tulum is also around 8% to 14% a year and is more than that for beachfront properties.”

 

In addition, the tourism market on the Riviera Maya is growing year after year. In fact, over the last decade, tourism figures have shown a strong and constant upward trend. There are no signs of a slowdown on the horizon, quite the opposite in fact. Occupancy rates throughout the Mayan Riviera have been steadily increasing, with an annual average of around 85% to 90%, and all future infrastructure projects planned by the state and the government will contribute to the growth of tourism. This means that this is an opportune time to invest in real estate in Tulum and enjoy unbeatable rental income. It is also a way to diversify your financial portfolio with an attractive real estate investment.

 

In addition, the future of Tulum is promising as there are plans to build an international airport in Tulum and a railway network along the Mayan Riviera. These two projects would change the real estate market in Tulum and the evolution of prices.

 

 

PLAYA DEL CARMEN

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Playa del Carmen is one of the favourite holiday destinations for tourists, especially in summer, according to Trip Advisor, because it is an idyllic place located in the heart of the Riviera Maya with fine white sand and turquoise waters, you will always find a hammock and a parasol to sunbathe and rest, especially on the edge of the town which offers the most quiet beach areas.

If you prefer action, in Playa del Carmen you will find nautical activities such as windsurfing, jet-skiing, kayaking or diving in the impressive Mayan coral reef. Great Mexican and international jazz musicians offer concerts every year. The beauty of the beaches and the many activities that Playa del Carmen has to offer will keep you coming back.

 

Playa del Carmen is different from Tulum, it’s a larger city, with nearly 300,000 inhabitants and has upscale restaurants, shopping malls, cinemas and especially the “Quinta Avenida”. The Quinta avenida is the most touristic place in the city where you can find a multitude of shops and it is also the ideal place to have a drink in a warm atmosphere. Of course, Playa Del Carmen is not really similar to Tulum, but it’s just as pleasant. The Quinta is full of people!

 

Investing in Playa Del Carmen is very attractive because it is the fastest growing city in all of Latin America. Over the last ten years Playa del Carmen has enjoyed a huge growth spurt in all areas – commercial, residential, retail and services. New condominium developments are typically sold during construction, as eager investors seek to enter the market as quickly as possible. For this reason, most of the condos for sale in Playa Del Carmen have appreciated before their completion. In addition Playa del Carmen is considered the epicenter of the Riviera Maya with its services, commercial, housing and entertainment sectors.

 

In addition, the tourism market on the Riviera Maya is growing year after year. In fact, over the last decade the tourism figures show a strong and constant upward trend. There are no signs of a slowdown on the horizon, quite the opposite in fact. Occupancy rates throughout the Mayan Riviera have been steadily increasing, with an annual average of around 85% to 90%, and all future infrastructure projects planned by the State and the government will contribute to the growth of tourism. This means that this is an opportune time to invest in real estate in Tulum and enjoy unbeatable rental income. It is also a way to diversify your financial portfolio with an attractive real estate investment.

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Playacar, an idyll in paradise

The province of Yucatan is one of the most popular areas in Mexico, with its history, its landscapes as incredible as they are varied, its culture, its gastronomy, there is a lot to say about this region. But today we are going to focus on one place in particular. In the most popular cities of Yucatan we find of course the majestic Cancun, the incredible Tulum, and of course the magnificent Playa del Carmen. But in the latter, one place stands out more than the others, standing out from the crowd with its subtle beauty, quiet strength, and discreet magnificence.

Playacar is right in the centre of Playa del carmen. Just a few minutes from the beach and the most famous avenue in the city, “la Quinta”. Avenue where you will find everything you need for your entertainment, such as bars, cafes, nightclubs and more.

Playacar is an exclusive community, which means that only Playacar residents and employees who work there have the opportunity to enter, which greatly reduces (if not totally eradicates) the risk of theft, assault or other inconveniences.

This place, populated by condominios, luxury hotels, villas and luxurious houses, each one more beautiful than the other, is divided into two parts.

Playacar Fase I, which faces the beach with direct access, will allow you to enjoy an absolutely splendid view of the ocean and its waves, turquoise water and fine sand. This is a celebrity favourite and there are even rumours that Brad Pitt may own a house here.

Playacar Fase II, is built around a very large golf course designed by Robert Von Hagge, and therefore has an 18-hole golf course, shops, and just like Fase I, a large number of condos, villas and 5-star hotels. You can also find a bird park, Xaman-Ha bird sanctuary, where you can observe some of the local birds and admire their shimmering colours. This is definitely a place not to be missed in Playa del Carmen.

You can also find restaurants and convenience stores in Playacar. In fact, there are several Oxxo convenience stores, one at the Riu Palace Hotel and 2 more towards the back of Playacar. There are also several restaurants close to the Oxxo’s towards the back of Playacar, and we recommend l’atelier de Fred. This is a French bakery which is simply excellent.

The roads in Playacar are very well maintained by the staff, you’ll most likely get the chance to see the security doing regular patrols, and these roads are great for jogging or cycling.

You should also know that Mayan ruins, called Xaman-Ha, are located close to Playacar, very interesting and rewarding they can perfectly serve as an introduction to Mayan history, discover how they lived, what they ate and what their customs were. They also have the advantage of being completely free of access.

Finally, we must tell you about the beaches of Playacar, which are among the most beautiful in Playa del Carmen. Very wide, they are very appreciated by locals and tourists who do not hesitate to come from the center to settle down on these beaches.

On that note, I hope this article has helped you, and have a good stay in Playacar.

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The animals we know best in the Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya is rich in exceptional flora and fauna. The whole region is very green, unlike some of the desert places in Mexico. The tropical climate enjoyed by the Yucatan Peninsula is at the origin of such diversity. But also the underground rivers that hold great reserves of water.

In this article, we will discover the animals you are sure to find in this region.

The tzereque

If you want to see an agouti you must pay close attention, as they are very shy animals.

The funny Tzereque, with his tiny front legs and huge butt makes us laugh every time we see him running. It can reach 62 cm long and weigh 4 kg. It is a diurnal animal that feeds on fruit that it holds with its front legs while resting on its hind legs. It buries fruit that it does not consume so it plays an important role in dispersing seeds. The Tzereques form monogamous pairs for life that defend a territory of approximately 2 hectares. They build burrows in hollow trunks or under tree roots. They live for about 13 years.

These rodents are very often present in forests and often travel in groups.

The iguana

Iguanas are very present in the Riviera Maya. We even met some in the city. These totally harmless animals are beneficial because they hunt mosquitoes. They are also very fast and can reach a speed of 35 km/h!

The donkey

The donkey is a heritage of humanity, an integral part of the environment and culture.

  It has long ears, an erect mane and various shades and thickness of hair. They are docile to unsuspected limits, with an unquestionable capacity for endurance, rough and delicate, coarse and tender, intelligent and grateful.

There are many of them in the Riviera Maya and generally they are not afraid of humans.

The Macaw

The macaw has an iridescent red plumage. Part of the wing feathers are blue, yellow and to a lesser extent green. The area around its eyes is yellow and its face is dotted with white feathers. This is a medium-sized macaw, measuring 80 to 90 centimetres in length, but some can reach 120 centimetres. There are many people who own this fabulous animal. It is capable of repeating and imitating human speech.

Sea turtles

Sea turtles are a vital link to marine ecosystems.  They help maintain healthy seagrass beds and coral reefs, which benefit commercially valuable species such as shrimp, lobster and tuna.  Sea turtles are living representatives of a group of reptiles that have existed on Planet Earth and have roamed our seas for the past 100 million years.  Turtles have a very important cultural significance and considerable tourist value.  Sea turtles can lay more than 150 eggs per nest and can nest several times in each season, compensating for the high mortality rates that prevent most sea turtles from reaching maturity.

The coati

The coati is a raccoon-like animal, but brown in color, with an elongated snout and a stylized banded tail, similar to that of a lemur; it has even been confused with these primates. It has powerful paws and double-jointed ankles, allowing it to walk on all fours on vertical surfaces without any problem, as well as to descend upside down from trees.

This species of procyonidae can reach a length of 1.4 metres, although its height is very reduced.  The coatis live in groups of 5 to 20 individuals, almost always composed of females and small males. So if you see one, you don’t have to wait long for its friends to appear nearby.

The raccoon

These cute little animals are popular because they are very skillful with their front paws, used to take the food they want. They are sometimes called “wash bears” because they wet their food, but they do this to remove poison (like frogs) and other substances.

The Spider Monkey

These small monkeys are very present in the tropical forests of the Riviera Maya. It is not unusual to meet them if one ventures into the forests or on excursions.

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The 10 best tours in Riviera Maya

The 10 best tours in Riviera Maya

 

This list of the best excursions in the Riviera Maya will help you complete a trip to one of the most famous jewels in Mexico, which we are sure you will fall in love with upon your arrival.

In this area, located on the coast of the state of Quintana Roo, you can enjoy white sand beaches and turquoise waters, cenotes, coral reefs, ruins of the ancient Mayan civilization, hotels with all the amenities in addition to one of the best cuisine in the world, making it one of the most popular destinations in the world.

Excursion to the Cenotes

 

The Riviera Maya has its wildest part in the cenotes, some limestone caves that are the result of erosion, where you can take a relaxing bath or even go scuba diving.

Although there are hundreds of cenotes in the Riviera Maya, you have to take into account that the ones located closer to the coast are open sky while the cenotes around Valladolid are cave-like and located in the middle of the jungle, something that in our experience, makes them more spectacular.

Many cenotes can only be accessed if you have a rental car or a taxi such as those in Samulá, X’kekén, Palomitas, Agua Dulce, Xcanahaltun, Hubiku and Suytun, but if you don’t want to drive you can visit some of them by public transport, taking advantage of the fact that they are near archaeological sites such as the fantastic Il Kil or take a tour that passes through several cenotes.

man swimming at Cenotes
man swimming at Cenotes

Excursion to Chichén Itzá

 

Visiting Chichen Itza, the most famous Mayan ruin and one of the seven wonders of the modern world, is one of the best excursions in the Mayan Riviera that you can do.

This archaeological complex has several buildings and structures such as the Pyramid of Kukulkan or the impressive Ball Game, which will take you to the era of greatest splendor of the Mayan civilization.

Being the place that receives more tourists in Mexico, it is advisable to arrive early, taking into account that they open at 8 am, to enjoy the site with more tranquility and be able to take pictures without many people.

The duration of the visit is usually between three and five hours, depending on the time you spend at the site, and can be completed with a swim in one of the most spectacular cenotes in the country, Ik Kil, which is very close to the archaeological site.

To get to Chichen Itza, if you don’t have a rental car, you can take a bus from the ADO bus station in Cancun or Playa del Carmen, which will take you directly there.

chichen Itza
chichen Itza

Excursion to Coba

 

The ruins of Coba are one of the largest Mayan sites in the Yucatan Peninsula, with several structures and pyramids scattered throughout the jungle, which can be easily visited on foot or by bicycle.

Its most outstanding place is the pyramid Nohuch Mul, the highest in the Yucatan with 42 meters high, where you can climb to the top using support ropes because of its steep slope and from where you will have magnificent views of the area.

ruins of Coba
ruins of Coba

Excursión a Tulum

 

In Tulum, you will find the typical Caribbean postcard where you can see the castle of an ancient Mayan city, located at the edge of a cliff, on a white sand beach and turquoise waters.

Visiting the Mayan ruins of Tulum will take you about 2 hours and in addition to protection for the hottest days, it is advisable to take your swimsuit with you to finish with a refreshing swim on the beach below the ruins, one of the most famous in the world.

If you have extra time you can walk to one of our favorite beaches in the Riviera Maya, the spectacular Playa Paraiso and eat or drink at one of the seafront restaurants.

coast of Tulum
coast of Tulum

Excursion to Isla Mujeres

 

Isla Mujeres, a beautiful island located 13 kilometers from the Yucatan Peninsula, in front of Cancun, is another of the best excursions in the Riviera Maya. Its calm waters and the incredible coral reefs on the west side are perfect for snorkeling or scuba diving. You can also rent a golf cart or a motorcycle to tour the island in search of some of its turquoise water beaches and visit the famous marine park El Garrafón.

To get to Isla Mujeres you can take a ferry from the hotel zone in Cancun or from Puerto Juarez, which will take you to the island in about 20 minutes.

Islas mujeres
Islas mujeres

Excursion to Holbox

 

Holbox Island is a small paradise and another of the must-see places in the Riviera Maya. Its white sand beaches, transparent waters of an intense turquoise green and sunsets are for the memory.

If you add to all this a delicious gastronomy, based on local and international food, and that it is a relatively uncrowded island, Holbox automatically becomes one of the best excursions in the Riviera Maya.

In addition, all the points of interest on the island can be reached on foot or by renting a golf cart, since in Holbox motor vehicles are not allowed, making it a very pleasant destination for relaxation.

The only way to get to Holbox is by ferry from Chiquilá.

Holbox
Holbox

Excursion to Xel-Há

Xel-Ha Park, a true paradise for nature lovers, is another essential excursion in the Riviera Maya.

In this great natural aquarium with transparent turquoise waters from the Xel-Ha River and the Caribbean Sea, you can do several water activities, one of the most requested being a walk on a floating tire, where the current of the river will take you to different points of interest in the park.

In this park you can also practice snorkeling in different coves, discover cenotes, jump from natural trampolines, go on a zip line or on a vine, go hiking or cycling in the jungle, among many other activities.

To get to Xel-Ha Park, located 13 kilometers from Tulum and 110 kilometers from Cancun, you can choose either the car or the ADO buses.

Xel-ha
Xel-ha

Excursion to Xcaret or Xplor

One of the best excursions in the Riviera Maya for all ages is the visit to Xcaret natural park and Xplor recreational park. These two parks, located in a beautiful environment of jungle and Caribbean Sea, offer a lot of fun activities outdoors and in hidden caves, where besides releasing adrenaline with its many attractions, you can see several shows that reproduce Mexican dances and traditions.

If you don’t have a car, the cheapest option to get to the park is to take a bus in Cancun or Playa del Carmen that will drop you off at the entrance.

 

Xcaret visiting hours: every day from 8:30h to 22:30h.

Xplor visiting hours: Monday to Saturday from 9h to 17h and from 17:30h to 22:30h.

Xcaret
Xcaret

Excursion to las Coloradas

 

In the north of the Yucatan Peninsula, near the coastal town of Río Lagartos, you can find Las Coloradas, which has become very fashionable lately thanks to the power of social networks.

This area of singular beauty, where several artificial lakes are dyed with colors, a product of the concentration of salt and microorganisms, is another essential place to visit in Mexico.

To get to Las Coloradas, if you do not have a car, you can take a collective taxi in Rio Largatos.

coast of las coloradas
coast of las coloradas

Excursion to Rio Secreto

 

Rio Secreto, an underground nature reserve with transparent waters and rocky formations of stalactites and stalagmites, is another of the best excursions in the Riviera Maya.

Located very close to Playa del Carmen and Xcaret park, this reserve with more than 30 kilometers of shallow tunnels and galleries, offers you the possibility to swim and walk through an underground cave for about 600 meters accompanied by a specialized guide.

To get to Rio Secreto, if you don’t have a car, you can take a bus in Cancun, Tulum or Playa del Carmen and get off at Akumal.

cave of rio secreto
cave of rio secreto

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