Stand up paddle surfing and stand up paddle boarding (SUP) are sports originating in Hawaii as an offshoot of surfing. Unlike traditional surfing where the rider is sitting until a wave comes, stand up paddle boarders maintain an upright stance on their boards and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water.
A temazcal is a type of sweat lodge which originated with pre-Hispanic Indigenous peoples in Mesoamerica.
In ancient Mesoamerica it was used as part of a curative ceremony thought to purify the body after exertion such as after a battle or a ceremonial ball game. It was also used for healing the sick, improving health, and for women to give birth. It continues to be used today in Indigenous cultures of Mexico and Central America that were part of the ancient Mesoamerican region for spiritual and health reasons. It is currently being recovered by all sectors of society in Mexico and Central America and is used as a cleansing of mind, body and spirit.
The temazcal is usually a permanent structure, unlike sweat lodges in other regions. It is usually constructed from volcanic rock and cement and is usually a circular dome, although rectangular ones have been found at certain archeological sites and this shape is also used. To produce the heat, volcanic stones are heated.
Labnaha’s Eco park is exclusively open for small guided groups. This Park offers different activities surrounded by an exuberant jungle and a subterranean world known as magical and sacred in the Mayan culture. Experience a unforgettable descend on a zip line into the Sacred Lakes which leads to into most spectacular Kayac traverse in the area. Refresh yourself afterwards in the Cenote Labnaha on a once a life time snorkel tour.
Labnaha operates only with small groups and counts with a visitor limit per day to avoid mass tourism and the negative impact on the Eco system which allows you to enjoy without being surrounded by hundreds of people.
Labnaha makes a big effort trying to teach how to enjoy this Magic Mayan World in full terms without destroying it. All activities are conducted with highly qualified and professionally trained guides.
To get away from it all, spend the day on Isla Contoy, an uninhabited island that is a nature preserve. The island is approximately 42km/ 26 miles from Cancun and can easily be visited on a day trip. Isla Contoy is filled with various species of birds, some live on the island year-round, while others are migratory. Sea
turtles lay eggs on Isla Contoy each summer.
Tours are given by biologists, who live on the island in order to study the flora and fauna. Tours to Isla Contoy normally stop along the way to allow people to snorkel. Then on the island there is a beach barbecue of fresh fish. While waiting for lunch to be served, you can explore the island or simply relax on the pristine beach.
Isla Mujeres, the Island of Women, where time passes slowly. Located just eight miles across the Bahia de Mujeres (Bay of Women) from Cancun, Isla Mujeres is only 5 miles long and half a mile wide at its widest point. Isla Mujeres offers many activities to fill your days. Scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing, swim with the dolphins or sharks, visit the Turtle Farm and delight in these magnificent creatures!
There are art galleries to visit, workshops to attend, massages to have, shops to browse through, tours to nearby wonders and the beautiful white sand beaches to enjoy.
How to get there? Go to Puerto Juárez which is 15 minutes north of downtown Cancun. There are two express ferry services that will bring you to Isla. The Express boats leave every half hour and the crossing
takes 15 – 20 minutes. We advise to book an accommodation in advance.
Located to the northwest of Cancun, Mexico, Holbox Island is just 42 km/26 miles long. Holbox is separated from the mainland coast of Mexico by a shallow lagoon which gives sanctuary to thousands of flamingos, pelicans and other exotic birds and creatures.
Most of the people of Holbox Island make their living fishing. It is common to see fishermen walking through Holbox Village with their catch of the day or carrying their nets. The streets of Holbox Island are made of white sand, common of Caribbean islands, and there are very few cars.
Holbox is considered a virgin tourist destination because very few outsiders visit the island.
In spite of Holbox’ natural beauty, inaccessibility has left it unspoiled by mass tourism.
Xel-Ha boasts the “largest, most beautiful natural aquarium in the world”. You can swim in grottos & cenotes (natural sinkholes) and see local sea life, explore Mayan ruins, jump off the Stone of Courage, cross the floating bridge, ride bikes or fly kites. There are plenty of other activities and exhibits to keep you occupied for the entire day or you can simply spend your time relaxing in the sun or napping in a seaside hammock. Xel-Ha features a buffet restaurant and offers a children’s area.
UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve encompasses more than a million
acres and numerous habitats. The variety of flora and fauna here is astounding, and the site is known to include 23 archaeological sites, some of which date back 2300 years. The Centro Ecologico handles all the activities within the reserve. To get a good feel for the area, take a canal or sun set tour. Guided kayaking trips and rentals are also offered. You can also arrange a fishing excursion and there are cabins available for rental if you’d like to spend more time here.
The Mayans knew good real estate when they saw it and the main pyramid of Tulum sits on a cliff above an amazing beach. Once a major port for the Mayan empire, the ruins site is the main attraction of Tulum.