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The Mayan Train – A New Project That Will Benefit the State of Quintana Roo

The Mayan Train is a new infrastructure project in Mexico that is still developing. This initiative of economic and tourist development will connect the main cities and archaeological sites of the Yucatan Peninsula.

The train will travel through 5 states Quintana Roo, Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, and Yucatan and it is intended to stretch on tourist’s stay in these regions. Moreover, the Mayan Train is an ambitious project that will cause a major impact on economic growth, generating an approximate of 20 thousand permanent jobs.

Also, it will communicate popular archaeological Mayan sites such as Balancan, Chichen Itza, Palenque, Tulum, and Calakmul. As a result, the government expects to attract around 3 million national and international tourists per year.

It is important to mention that the Mayan Train will not cause a severe damage to our environment since the engineers behind it plan to use compensation measures. Additionally, the train will make use of existent rights-of-way to reduce the environmental impact.

The Mayan Train Tren Maya

The Mayan Train and its characteristics

The Mayan Train will feature a biodiesel and hybrid train engine and it will run 932 miles of track. The train will pass through a total of 15 stations going through 264 miles of jungle, 277 miles of the Caribbean, and 405 miles of the Gulf.

This project will provide service to both, tourists and local passengers as well as load services. The Mayan Train will have an approximate cost of $6 to $8 billion. The budget will be obtained from the private and public sector.

The construction of this massive project should begin in early 2019. Although it’s in the plans to complete this project in 4 years, this is only an estimation.

Mexico currently ranks as the 6th place in tourism worldwide. Therefore, projects such as the Mayan Train will generate a higher impact on the tourist industry. Also, this is a huge step into a better infrastructure system.

The Mayan Train is a striking project that will link cities with great cultural and historical importance. Projects as the metro bus system and the Mayan Train will position Quintana Roo as an advanced city in the tourism sector.

The Mayan Train Tren Maya

A New Metro Bus System Will Arrive to Cancun and the Riviera Maya

This year, a new metro bus system will start operating in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Due to the high demand for transportation from Cancun to Tulum and vice versa, it has been decided to build a metro bus that will cover this busy route.

Francisco Palma Leal, president of the Board of Directors of Autocar, has announced that the metro bus will start operating this year. This will not only help people who travel daily to these directions but also reduce the negative impact caused by cars.

Metro Bus Riviera Maya

The Metro Bus will Transport Around 50,000 Passengers per Day

The metro bus will require an initial investment of 250 million pesos. However, the project will be in alliance with companies like Turicun, Autocar, Maya Caribe, and Cooperativa Buenfil. Palma Leal also mentioned that the metro bus will transport around 50,000 passengers per day. The metro bus fleet station will be in Cancun and Tulum.

He also added that the metro bus will depart from downtown Cancun and will pass through the Hotel Zone before directing towards Cancun International Airport. There will be numerous stops during its route throughout the Riviera Maya. The metro bus will traverse a total of 104 kilometers.

Metro Bus Riviera Maya

An Affordable Price for Locals and Tourists

In order to provide an excellent service, each car will measure from 16 to 18 meters in length, with a capacity of 160 people. Additionally, it will have comfortable seats and free Wi-Fi access. Moreover, it will be affordable for both tourists and locals.

The vehicle motor will run on natural gas and will meet the Friendly Vehicles Advanced Environment standards. As a result, it will reduce particulate matter emissions and will not pollute.

Finally, this ambitious project is highly important not only because of its efficiency but also for being the first metro bus built in Quintana Roo. Furthermore, this transportation system will help many people and it is a modern, comfortable and safe alternative.

Read our latest entry about Xavage, Xcaret’s new adventure park!

Don’t Miss Xavage, the New Adventure Park by Xcaret!

If you’re into bold adventures, Xcaret has brought one of the most adventurous parks in the Riviera Maya. Xavage is the latest adventure park designed for adrenaline lovers. Nonetheless, it will also include fewer extreme activities so everyone can enjoy it!

This park offers 4 types of levels, depending on your boldness:

Xavage Soft:

This is where you begin to develop your sense of adrenaline. This level includes 3 activities such as Crocodile, a kayak and paddle adventure in an aquatic tour that promises lots of fun. The second activity is the Howler Monkey, an intense rope course where you can test your ability to climb and move over hanging ropes. Prove your strength, coordination, and balance. The third activity is designed for kids from 5 to 12 years old. The Tough Cubs area includes activities such as waterslides, bridges, fountains and a wading pool.

Xavage Xcaret

Xavage Hard, Extreme and Ultimate:

Add two, three or four extra activities! You can choose from these four extreme attractions:

Dragonfly: if you’re into speed, enjoy a thrilling fast jet road while an expert captain drives with unpredictable turns, twists, and changes of direction!

Barracuda: this activity is perfect to prove your teamwork. Barracuda is an electrifying rapid where you and your team will have to test your resistance and coordination to defeat the force of the water.

Hawk-Flight: this uncommon zip-line is perfect to experience how it feels to be a bird! Open your wings and fly through a horizontal zip-line while you enjoy a perfect view of paradise and the rush of the height.

Puma: drive an off-road vehicle and overcome a trip full of obstacles. It will be an enormous challenge to reach the finish line!

Xavage Xcaret

Xavage Food and Beverages:

After a long day full of adventures, visit the buffet! Xavage will feature a buffet restaurant with a variety of food. The park will open its doors on December 10th, 2018. It will be open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Sunday.

Don’t miss out this adventure park, enjoy all the benefits of living in a wonderful city such as Playa del Carmen!

 

Good News for Families and their Children!

It happens to all of us. We finally get to live in Playa del Carmen and we swear to go to the beach every day. Rain, shine or lightning, nobody is going to stop us from enjoying the Caribbean!

A few years pass and now we are parents of children who were born and grew up in Playa. However, these children may not be in love with the idea of going to the beach. Yes, it is possible.

If you are a parent and you do not know what to do with your kids over the weekend, we have good news for you! There are two amazing waterparks being developed, that will guarantee fun evenings for the whole family.

Wibit: A Floating Waterpark

A new aquatic park in the Riviera Maya is about to open, with an extension of 3,000 meters of inflatable games on the waters of the Caribbean Sea!

The new park will host several of the most popular beaches in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. In Cancun, they were placed in: Playa Langosta, Chac Mool, and Plaza Forum. In the Riviera Maya, you can find them in: Playa Mamitas, Playa Maya, and Playacar.

These recreational areas promise to be an additional attraction for families in the area. Moreover, these areas will have jumpers, slides, towers with climbing ropes, bridges, domes, curves, canals, and tunnels, among others.

Amikoo: Theme park based on the Mayan Cosmology

This park will be opening its doors in November 2018, with areas like the Museum of Mayan Anthropology and Archeology and Amikoo Downtown, which will have: hotel, restaurants, entertainment areas and convention center.

This theme park will also have Amikoo Park, an area with 24 latest-generation mechanical rides. If your children are in love with waterparks, we are sure they will enjoy Amikoo Surf Spot, as it is an ideal setting for surfing and body surfing.

So great news for families, the Riviera Maya is expanding the entertainment options focused on children.

Read our latest article Mexican Education Equivalences in North America

UN World Water Day 2018

On March 22nd, the UN celebrates World Water Day. A celebration to highlight the importance of this resource. The theme this year is “Nature for Water” which focuses on the preservation of ecosystems as a way to ensure access to water for everyone.

Planet Earth is home to 2.1 billion people who do not have access to a source of clean water. In addition, contamination and scarcity are hitting hard on a growing number of communities worldwide. California, Cape Town, Mexico City and other areas are experiencing a water shortage. Even worse, this is only the tip of the iceberg.

In the Yucatan Peninsula, we have a large aquifer system, water is abundant and not so hard to find. Yucatan is mainly formed by limestone, which dissolves and erodes; allowing water to get to the subsoil, forming enormous rivers below the surface.

The system of underground rivers that runs along the peninsula is more than enough to meet the demand of the local population. Unfortunately, the nature of the soil makes these rivers are also subject to pollution, destruction, and depletion.

The growing population in the Riviera Maya has put this fragile system under a lot of pressure. Water problems in the region are mainly due to:

  1. The destruction of natural absorption zones (jungle), and excessive use of non-porous materials such as concrete.
  2. Pollution of underground rivers, through the injection of raw sewage directly into the subsoil; and the use of chemicals that end up filtering into our only source of drinking water.
  3. The excessive use of water, which depletes these rivers and increases the concentration of pollutants in it.

World Water Day – How can you contribute day-to-day to preserve our ecosystems

While it is difficult to control these factors, there are many things we can do at home:

  1. Avoid covering the garage or the patio of the house with concrete, use porous materials such as gravel to allow the passage of rainwater to the aquifer.
  2. Investigate where the gray and black waters of your house are going. Many houses in the Riviera Maya connect directly to the subsoil via sumideros or septic tanks. This allows the sewage of thousands of houses to be deposited in the aquifer.
  3. Replace your “sumidero” with a biodigester, they are economical and allow you to treat the wastewater before returning it to the aquifer.
  4. Limit the use of detergents, soaps, shampoos and other hygiene items. Look for biodegradable and environmentally friendly alternatives, in general vinegar can replace many modern cleaners and is economical and safe.
  5. Avoid excessive use of water at home: repair leaks, try to use the gray water for your garden, do not water the sidewalks, water your garden at night to avoid excessive evaporation, etc.

  1. While these small changes will not dramatically affect our daily lives, multiplied by thousands can make a difference. Remember that the underground rivers are vital to keep our paradise alive. Without their transparent waters, we would lose the beautiful color of our beaches! Start celebrating World Water Day by taking care of it!

Read our latest blog entry: 3 Ideal Destinations to Spend the Easter Holidays in the Riviera Maya

3 Ideal Destinations to Spend the Easter Holidays in the Riviera Maya

Easter Holidays are just around the corner. This year the holidays for schools and government employees will cover the week of March 25 to April 1, 2018. If you are lucky enough to be local, you will know that life becomes difficult. This is because of the number of tourists that saturate the destinations of the Mexican Caribbean.

Every year thousands of tourists plan their vacations in the Riviera. At the same time,  locals look for new places to spend these days in an atmosphere of tranquility. Those looking for ideal destinations to escape from the city as a family, particularly look for less popular destinations near the Riviera.

Here are 3 ideal destinations for Easter Holidays in the Riviera Maya:

Bacalar, Quintana Roo

Bacalar is a small gem unknown to many national and international tourists. Besides being a magical town, Bacalar offers a beautiful destination next to the lagoon of the seven colors; an ideal place to relax and enjoy the family.

Bacalar is ideal for people looking for a low-key holiday, a place surrounded by turquoise waters and many attractions. It offers an ideal environment for relaxation as well as adventures, such as paddle boarding, kayaking, and other disciplines.

Valladolid, Yucatan

Valladolid is a traditional Yucatecan village, located only two hours from the Riviera. If you are looking for the ideal destination for your holidays, Valladolid is the ideal place to enjoy nature, listen to the birds and slow down.

Valladolid has everything for a vacation: beautiful views, tourist-friendly hotels and much more, that’s why it is one of the best places to visit. Also, if you are looking for spectacular archaeological sites, beautiful colonial views and the tranquility of a town; Valladolid is for you.

Sian Ka’an, Quintana Roo

Sian Ka’an is the last frontier of the residents of the Riviera Maya: it is close, it is beautiful and we are sure that you will experience the magic of the places. If you are looking for a place to disconnect from the pressures of daily life, Sian Ka’an is for you.

Sian Ka’an distributed the areas of the lagoon, so only a few visitors can be seen at a time in Bacalar. If you travel with children, you’ll find that Bacalar is an ideal site to visit at any time of the year, with many attractions for every member of the family.

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Pre-registration Time – Choose the Best School for Your Children

February is the month of pre-registration for schools in Mexico. Do not miss the opportunity to send your kids to the ideal school!

Valle Bambu is the best family-friendly residential subdivision. It has a privileged location and an infinity of amenities to satisfy even the most demanding. That is why we have become an area with great value, in addition to the ideal home for hundreds of families.

Valle Bambu not only has easy access to the main roads and other services, but it also has a prestigious private school within the subdivision.

We have a handy list of the best schools in the area and less than 10 minutes away!

Britt Academy

Address: Arco Vial with Avenida 115

Bambu Valley CP 7712 Playa del Carmen

Phone: +52 984 122 7385

E-mail: info@brittacademy.com

The ideal school for your children since it is located within Valle Bambu. It offers levels from Nursery to high school. Another advantage of Britt Academy is its modern campus, its 100% bilingual education and its Pearson English certificate.

Manuel Acosta School (EMMA)

Address: Paseo tikal, Mza 29 Lots 102, 103, 104

Playa del Carmen Q. Roo. C.P.77710

Telephone: 01 (984) 80 31 05 6 and 01 (984) 87 30 65 2

Manuel Acosta is right in Playacar, just 6 minutes from Valle Bambú. EMMA offers classes for children from nursery school, to high school and even the teaching career (normal) at kindergarten and elementary level.

One of the advantages of EMMA is the option of half- boarding school, which allows your children to have extracurricular activities until 4:30 in the afternoon. In this time also has support for homework, as well as sports and artistic activities.

Instituto Tepeyac  Xcaret Campus

ADDRESS: Carretera Federal 307, KM. 282,

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo. C.P. 77710

TELEPHONE: 01 (984) 877 25 00

Instituto Tepeyac is a very popular option among the parents of Playa del Carmen, since its campus is one of the largest and most equipped as well as being surrounded by the jungle and the prestigious Xcaret park. Instituto Tepeyac provides bilingual education from Nursery to high school, as well as a series of sports and artistic activities that will surely hook your child’s attention.

Educational Community “El Papalote”

* coming soon (Summer of 2018)

Address: Main Avenue of residential Bali

El Papalote is a school of Waldorf inspiration, located in the center of Playa del Carmen. They are currently under construction on the new campus, and will be located on the entrance to Fraccionamiento Bali, just 8 minutes from Valle Bambu.

So this is the list with the schools closest to Valle Bambu, so you can explore and choose the best one for next school year. It is important to approach the school of your interest to request more information and secure the space for your children, so do not wait any longer!

 

Mexican Education Equivalences in North America

So many families have chosen Arcos Bambu as the ideal home for their children. As a result, we’d like to inform you about the Mexican education equivalences and the pre-registration process for the 2018-2019 school year.

As every year, the Secretary of Education of Quintana Roo (SEQ) requests that parents pre-register their children at public and private schools.  Therefore, if your children go to public schools from Primary to Secondary levels, the online registration will take place from February 1 to February 15, 2018.

On the other hand, children attending private schools, the process can be done directly at the schools. However, in both cases it is important to have your children’s CURP and birth certificate. As a result, you will expedite the pre-registration process and ensure a place at the school of your choice.

Educational System in Mexico and its equivalences with the system in North America (United States and Canada)

Playa del Carmen is a cosmopolitan community, in fact it’s home to residents from different parts of the world. If you are looking for enrollment information for your foreign children in Mexico, or do not understand the equivalences… this article will help you!

Maternal:

Ages: from 6 weeks to 2 years

Equivalent to Nursery School

This level is available only in private schools. In addition, it is an educational daycare service. It is a child care service that can include early stimulation, recreational and artistic activities.

Required: NO

Kinder 1 and 2

Ages: 3 and 4 years

Equivalent to Pre-school

In these grades, children develop their skills to be more independent. Teachers include activities such as gross and fine motor activities, songs, games and socialization activities.

Required: NO

Kinder 3 or pre-primary

Age: 5 years old

Equivalent to Kindergarten

In this grade, students initiate essential reading activities to attend primary school. Motor stimulation is continued, as well as the social development of the child.

Required: Yes, it is necessary to have completed this degree to be able to start primary education.

Pre-first

Age: 6 years old

Equivalent to pre-first

This grade is required in some bilingual schools, where all the subjects are taught in the English language. This grade aims to develop the ability of verbal, comprehension and written communication of the English language, before starting with the official contents of 1st grade.

Required: it depends on the school and the English language proficiency of the student.

Primary

Age: 6 to 12 years

Equivalent to Elementary School (grades 1st to 6th)

Primary is the educational level that covers the ages of 6 to 12 years. In addition, it initiates the student in branches of knowledge such as reading, writing, mathematics, science, history, etc.

Required: Yes, it is necessary to have the primary certificate to start secondary education.

Middle school

Age: 13 to 15 years

Equivalent to Middle school (grades 7th-9th)

This level initiates the student in the study of specific sciences such as chemistry or biology, as well as pre-algebra in mathematics. In Mexico, schools usually offer job training workshops, where students learn skills such as drawing, cutting and making, computing, etc.

Required: Yes, it is necessary to have a high school certificate to start high school education.

High school

Age: 15 to 18 years

Equivalent to Middle school (grades 10th-12th)

The preparatory education has many variants, since there are specialized preparatory courses (pre-medicine, pre-engineering, sciences, etc.) or vocational high schools where the student attends his baccalaureate study at the same time as a technical degree.

Most of the private schools offer a traditional preparatory education. Nonetheless, in some cases it is more on focused subjects that can be taken according to the selection of university or degree.

Required: Yes, in case the student seeks to continue with university studies.

What do I need to register my foreign son or daughter in a Mexican school?

Luckily the schools in the Riviera Maya have experience managing foreign students. In most cases to register your children to school you will need the following documents:

  • Migratory document (visa, temporary or permanent resident)
  • Birth certificate (apostilled and translated, if it is in a language other than Spanish)
  • Report card of the school where the previous year was held
  • Passport or other form of identification
  • Vaccination card

These requirements may vary from school to school. Therefore, we highly recommend to verify in advance the necessary documentation at the school you have chosen.

Your children’s education is very important for us, so we want to  share  the different options available. We hope this information has been useful to you and please follow our blog to keep informed about everything that happens in Valle Bambu.

Arcos Bambu: 5 Reasons That Make it the Best Family Friendly Subdivision

Playa del Carmen started as a sleepy little town, just a stop for those taking the ferry  to Cozumel. Just to put into perspective the growth of Playa del Carmen, in 1980 the census registered 1500 inhabitants. Nowadays, there is a population of 300, 000 inhabitants.

Although most people believe that Playa del Carmen is  a destination for young people, its population has been aging and establishing families. This evolution has gradually created the educational, recreational and health infrastructure to satisfy the needs of an increasing number of families.

Many of our clients ask themselves, what is the best place for my family? And even when there are many well-established neighborhoods in the area.

Also, we honestly think that Arcos Bambu is the best place, and here are some reasons why:

Cost

Something especially attractive of Arcos Bambu is that despite being a premium development, it is an affordable option. There are developments in nearby areas where prices are handled in dollars.

Location:

Steps from all the amenities, schools, hospitals and more! Forget traffic and long commutes, as Arcos Bambu has direct access to the main roads of Playa del Carmen. It is also within walking distance from a shopping mall, has a in-house school and other benefits.

Amenities:

Arcos Bambu is a development that has top-level amenities: walking paths, swimming pools, social areas, gardens and even a dog park. These amenities are exclusive for our residents and surpass those of other developments of its category.Ar

Flexibility:

Many new developments offer identical prototypes, without taking into account the needs of their customers. On the contrary, in Arcos Bambu you will find options for all: residential lots, condominiums, condo-hotel and customizable homes.

New and custom construction

There are many developments in Playa del Carmen, but few with new construction … which causes costs to increase due to the remodeling to fit your taste and needs. In Arcos Bambu all our residences and condos are new. Also, there are even customizable options to fit each family particular needs.

There are thousands of options available for those looking for a home in the Riviera Maya, however Arcos Bambu is without a doubt one of the best areas to live in Playa del Carmen. Visit our office, visit our subdivision and talk with our agents, they will answer all your questions.

Come and convince yourself that Arcos Bambu is the best family friendly subdivision in Playa del Carmen!

 

Riviera Maya: Things to do on Cold Days

Once that you arrive to the Riviera Maya, it is easy to fall in love with the beautiful beaches. If you are here in the winter and the beach is not an option due the weather conditions, we have a cool list of things to do on cold days!

The last weeks there has been unusual cold days in the Riviera, most days the temperature at night is around 70F. These cold days don’t seem to affect visitors used to freezing conditions, but you can see the local residents are wearing long sleeves, jackets and even scarves.

If you are stuck at your home or hotel wondering what to do on those cold days, fret no more… We have put together a list of cool things to do on cold winter days. Luckily, the Riviera Maya is much more than beautiful beaches, so get ready to have a blast!

Cool things to do on cold days:

Xoximilco

From the creators of  Xcaret & Xel-Ha some of the best-selling attractions in the Riviera Maya, Xoximilco is a great way to spend a winter night. Located in Cancun, this amazing park recreates the traditional Xochimilco lake and its colorful fiestas on a boat.

Xoximilco will offer a night full of fun, drink and food on a boat floating on picturesque canals full of color and live music. It is ideal for groups up to 20, but if you decide to come on your own it is a great opportunity to make new friends aboard.

Cold Days

Archaeological sites

A winter day is ideal to connect with the enigmatic Mayan culture, who dominated the region for centuries. This is an ideal activity because it requires walking for long periods of time; and the cool breeze will make the experience much more bearable.

The Riviera Maya is less than an hour away from archeological sites such as: Xel-Ha, Tulum, Coba and Muyil; while Chichen Itza is only 3 hours away.

Cold Days

Aquariums, museums and more

A decade ago the options for cultural activities in the Riviera Maya were almost non-existent, but luckily there are a growing number of attractions in the area.  If you want to spend a different afternoon, here are some options to check out.

Cold Days

Do not let the bad weather discourage you! There are many option for those willing to think outside the beach, the pool and the frozen margaritas. What about you?  What do you do to have fun on cold days in the Riviera Maya? We would love to hear!

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