Puerto Morelos municipal district celebrates its 4th anniversary

On January 6, the municipal district of Puerto Morelos celebrated its fourth anniversary. Although the story of this fishing town actually began 105 years ago when it exported chicle and tropical hardwoods, it only became an independent community in 2016. Home to 30,000 people, it welcomed one million visitors in 2019.

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Cancun flight news

Here’s the latest Cancun flight news for January 2020. Starting February 16, Vacation Express will be offering a new flight from Kansas City to Cancun on Sundays. The flight will operate until April 5 and will move to Saturday on May 23 until August 1, 2020.
For Canadian travelers to Cancun, Sunwing is offering a new weekly flight from Hamilton and Air Canada has increased its Vancouver service from four to seven flights a week and has a weekly flight from Quebec City.
Starting March 10, Frontier Airlines will offer a new daily flight from Newark.
Viva Aerobus is now offering charter flights to Havana three times a week.
On March 7, Southwest Airlines will inaugurate a new Houston-Cozumel route with two flights day (new route subject to government approval).
[Source: Sipse, Riviera Maya News, Caribbean Journal]


Riviera Maya beaches are looking beautiful

The beaches of Cancun, Riviera Maya and elsewhere in the Mexican Caribbean are looking beautiful. They are free of sargassum and have been for months. You can check on the Royal Resorts beaches every day by clicking on the webcams for the Cancun resorts, The Royal Haciendas and Grand Residences.
The authorities are planning for the spring and summer in the event that patches of sargassum approach the Mexican Caribbean shoreline. One of the six sargassum-collecting boats known as sargaceras commissioned by the Mexican Navy has already arrived in Cancun and will be deployed if needed.


Mayan discoveries

Archaeologists working for the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have made several major discoveries at three of the Yucatan’s archaeological sites: Chichen Itza, Uxmal and Kuluba.
At Uxmal, archaeologists discovered a hidden passageway under the Palacio del Gobernador dating from AD 670 to 770 and built in the Early Puuc architectural style. Together with the remains of arches and three stairways, this secret tunnel changes the history of the building and the site and may have been used to conceal ancient rulers in times of strife.
During recent excavations at Chichen Itza and using Lidar sensing technology, archaeologists discovered five clusters of buildings in the forest between Las Monjas and Templo del Serie Inicial in the area known as Chichen Viejo. Four of the groups appear to be residential areas but the fifth is a small pyramid 5 meters high
They also found and restored a stone table in the Casa de los Caracoles depicting bound captives surrounded by warriors.
Additional restoration in the Temple of the Warriors revealed a rare pyrite disc that was part of an offering dating from the Early Post-Classic period (AD 850 to 1200).
This follows news of Chichen Itza discoveries earlier in 2019 when the Gran Acuifero Maya exploration team led by Mexican archaeologist Guillermo de Anda was exploring a cave system near the ancient city. As they explored Balamku, the Cave of the Jaguar God, they found seven chambers filled with offerings of pottery, including incense burners in the form of the central Mexican rain god Tlaloc.
The final discovery of 2019 was at the archaeological site of Kuluba in the district of Tizimin, eastern Yucatan. This site is not open to the public yet as archaeologists are still exploring and restoring the buildings that emerge as they clear the undergrowth. During their work in the C Group of buildings, they discovered a palace to the east of the plaza that is 55 meters long and 6 meters high. From the artifacts recovered in the building, it appears to have had two phases of occupation: during the Late Classic period AD 600-900 and the Terminal Classic period AD 850-1050.
Archaeologists think that Kuluba may have been conquered by Chichen Itza in the Terminal Classic period.
[Source: INAH]