Chichen Itza and the Pyramid of Kukulkan were recently named among the new Seven Wonders of the World. The pyramid was built so that on the Spring and Fall Equinox (March 21 and September 21), the movement of the sun creates the illusion of a giant snake of light gliding down the pyramid’s main flight of stairs. To the Mayans, this symbolized the return of Kukulkan, the Plumed Snake.
The state of Yucatan provides sanctuary for 443 of the 546 bird species registered in the Yucatan Peninsula. Along with Campeche and Quintana Roo, Yucatan is home to 50 percent of Mexicos bird species.
Amount of sand that was transported to Cancun to restore the beaches after hurricane Wilma in 2005: 95,000,000 cubic meters (3,354,893,338 cubic feet).
Cozumel Island has an average of 350 days of sunshine, 150 - 250 feet of underwater visibility, a warm 80+ degree year-round average sea temperature and some of the friendliest fish you can imagine. The reefs lie just off the shore - about 200-500 yards. All of this adds up to incredible conditions for some awesome snorkeling!
Cenotes in the Yucatan Penisula
Today, the world's three longest underwater Cave Systems are located in the Mayan Riviera: • Ox Bel Ha (146.7Km.) • Nohoch Nah Chich (61Km.) • Dos Ojos (57.7 Km.)
The state is most famous for its Mayan ruins, which number between 2,600 and 2,700. Seventeen sites have been restored and are open to the public, the most famous being Chichén Itzá, Ek Balam and Uxmal.
The Palancar coral reefs were discovered by marine explorer Jacques Cousteau off the island of Cozumel in 1961; he subsequently proclaimed Palancar to be one of the world's best places for scuba diving.