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New shopping mall to be built north of Puerto Morelos

Construction is underway on a new shopping mall north of Puerto Morelos not far from Cancun Airport. Grand Outlet Riviera Maya Mallentertainment will be the largest mall in the area and is expected to open in time for the winter season of 2020.

In addition to a selection of stores featuring some of the world’s leading brands, the plaza will have the concept of “mall entertainment” and will offer a variety of restaurants, an aquarium, an ice rink, go-kart track, manmade lakes for water sports, an auditorium with capacity for 7,500 people, a hot air balloon, and more.

Source: Novedades

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Cancun is 49 years old this April

Cancun is gearing up to celebrate its 49th anniversary on April 20 with a series of commemorative events organized by Pioneros de Cancun, the Cancun Pioneers Association.

Comprised of members of the founding families who moved here in the early 1970s to work in the construction of Mexico’s first master-planned tourist center, the group celebrates the occasion with masses, a procession, exhibitions, a picnic and a gala dinner.

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Amazing discoveries in Chichen Itza

Members of the Gran Acuifero Maya research expedition led by Mexican archaeologist Guillermo de Anda who are exploring the caves, cenotes and underground rivers of the Yucatan Peninsula recently made an amazing discovery in Chichen Itza.

They rediscovered a cave called Balamku (Cave of the Jaguar God in Maya) that was once a shrine used by Mayan priests over 1,000 years ago for rituals to honor the rain god. After crawling through a tunnel and worming their way through the tiniest of spaces, they found seven offerings of pottery, incense burners, grinding stones, jade and shells in chambers and galleries in the depths of the cave.

Located 2.7 kilometers to the east of the Pyramid of Kukulcan, Balamku had been discovered in 1966 by some local farmers and reported to archaeologist Victor Segovia who ordered the cave mouth to be sealed up again for reasons unknown.

Guillermo de Anda and Professor James Brady of California State University stated that the ceramics and other offerings constitute the largest discovery in the Chichen Itza area for decades and will help rewrite the history of Chichen Itza.

(Source: INAH)

 

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Cancun flight news

Vacation Express is adding a new weekly flight from Memphis to Cancun on Saturday, starting May 25 to July 27.

In other airline news, Air France is boosting the number of weekly flights on its Paris-Cancun route from five to seven. The airline’s recently codeshare with Virgin Atlantic, Delta and KLM is also likely to lead to more trans-Atlantic flight options for passengers later this year.

(Source: Caribbean Journal, Novedades)