Sea Turtle Releases, Equinox at Chichen Itza, and Other News From Cancun

What's New — By Susan Vincil on September 22, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Riviera Maya beach | Photo by Rivieramaya26

Even though today is the first day of Fall, it doesn’t mean Summer is over in Cancun, by any means.  The weather is gorgeous year-round, with average high temperatures in the mid-80s.  This is a great time to visit Cancun and Riviera Maya because it’s not a busy time for tourists, which means prices are low.

News about Cancun and Riviera Maya:

  • From now until November, throughout the entire region, sea turtles will be hatching and making their way back to the sea.  Many hotels, including Ritz-Carlton Cancun, have sea turtle release programs in which guests are able to participate, by helping the baby turtles reach the water.
  • ME by Melia resort will become a fully all-inclusive property on January 1, 2011.  Unlike other all-inclusive hotels, that do not allow non-guests on the premises, ME by Melia still plans to have all restaurants and lounges open to the public.  Their famous beach parties will continue to be open to the public, as well.
  • Live Aqua (formerly AQUA) will be also become a fully all-inclusive on November 1, 2011.
  • Ritz-Carlton Cancun now offer guests the option of purchasing an all-inclusive package.
  • The Underwater Museum, which consists of approximately 300 statues under water, in 3 locations, off the coast of Cancun, will finally be open in November 2010.  More information on snorkeling tours to the Underwater Museum will be posted in the coming weeks.
  • Yesterday, was the autumnal equinox.  For both the vernal and the autumnal equinox, crowds of people make their way to Chichen Itza to marvel at El Castillo, the large pyramid that is the main focal point at the world-famous site of Mayan ruins.  During the equinox, shadows appear on the stairs of the pyramid in such a way that it resembles a snake slithering down the side of the structure.  It is usually less crowded in the Fall than it is for the vernal equinox, in the Spring, but yesterday’s turnout was impressive.
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