Two features which many Americans and Canadians look for when they buy Yucatan real estate are the area’s lush, green jungle, and the other is the relaxation of living in close contact with the mysteries of the ancient Mayans. The recently opened “Mayan Cenote Park” in Chemax, Yucatan (February 2, 2012) combines the best of these two factors for residents.
The park, designed so that visitors can enjoy an unforgettable experience with nature in the Mayan jungle and ancient traditions is 10 hectares in size (about 25 acres) and is the largest ecological park in the area.
Part of offering experience with the ancient mysteries of the Mayan people are the natural wonder of the area’s “cenotes.” These magical sites, which were sacred to the Mayan religion, are naturally occurring fresh-water pools at the entrances to the area’s underground cave and waterway system.
The main attraction is a cenote with an 80 meter diameter (about 260 feet), a depth of 24 meters (about 80 feet) and a height of 22 meters (about 72 feet) from ground level, at the opening of the cave, to the water’s surface.
A tour is offered inside one of the caves where visitors can enter by means of a traditional ladder, 34 meters long (about 110 feet). Visitors can practice sports like zip line and rappelling.
The park is located in the municipality of Chemax, near Valladolid, about 1 hour away from Merida. The town is also about 2 hours away from Playa del Carmen, hence benefiting Playa del Carmen real estate owners as well as yet another beautiful attraction and place to relax in harmony with nature.
The construction of the park cost $56.6 million pesos, or about $4 million USD.
The park also includes areas for hammocks, thatched-roof “palapa” shades, handicrafts for sale, lockers, a restaurant with seating for 800 people, a kitchen and space for those who enjoy photography.
New attractions like this park promise to make Yucatan grow not only as a world-class tourist destination, but also as one of the leading Mexico real estate destinations.
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