The travel documentary about the Yucatan Peninsula will show you some of the most beautiful destinations in the Mexican Caribbean.
The journey begins in the tourist center Cancun, with its 20 km long hotel zone on a headland, which encloses a 3,000-acre lagoon. Here you will find hotels in all price categories, but especially expensive luxury hotels. Very charming are also smaller inexpensive hotels, because sometimes they are located right on the beach. Here you can also see animals like iguanas or birds, that are native to the Caribbean.
The journey continues on two islands near Cancun, first on Isla Contoy. This island is uninhabited and since 1998 a national park. Isla Contoy is home to more than 150 bird species and nesting area for sea turtles. On the island only a supervised ecotourism is allowed. Only 200 guests are allowed to visit the island every day. From Isla Contoy the journey continues to Isla Mujeres, the Island of Women. This island is inhabited, mainly by tourists. Many day-trippers visit the island by catamaran from Cancun.
On the next trip we visit the ancient archeological site in Tulum. Tulum is located south of Cancun. It is the only Mayan archaeological site right on the coast. There is also a very nice beach embedded in historic scenery. In the 13th and 14 Century Tulum was one of the largest cities on the Yucatan Peninsula. Only a few kilometers from Tulum there is located the Tankah Ecological Park. Tankah is a settlement of the present-day Maya inside the tropical rainforest. In addition to visiting a traditional Mayan village here you can drive with jeeps through the jungle or swim in a cenote. One of the highlights there is certainly the ride on a zip line above the cenote.
The aim of the penultimate tour are the cenotes themselves. Cenotes are underwater caves, that exist only on the Yucatan Peninsula. For the Maya they were important for survival as drinking water storage. Certain trees in the jungle still today show the way to the cenotes, because their roots extend into the underground water courses. One way to explore the cenotes is a visit of Hidden Worlds. Hidden Worlds is a Cenote Adventure Park north of Tulum. Here you can snorkel in different cenotes and explore the underworld of the Maya.
The last tour on the Yucatan Peninsula is a visit of the aquarium park Xel-Ha. The lagoon of Xel-Ha is considered as the largest natural aquarium in the world. The lagoon has an opening to the sea. That results in a mingling of the freshwater of the cenotes with the salt water of the Caribbean. You can watch it while snorkeling. But not only this is worth seeing under the water surface. Here you can swim with different kinds of fishes of the Caribbean, such as with stingrays or dolphins. You can also watch Manatees here. Outside the water there are also other attractions, that make a day at Xel-Ha to an experience.
There’s no narration, but beautiful scenery set to music and original sound. The DVD has subtitles in English and German language with explanations of the destinations.
Director(s): Steffen Welsch
Format: Dolby Digital, PAL, Widescreen
Languages: English, German (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Region: Region 0 (All Regions)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Sun Travels
Release Date: 04 August 2013
Run Time: 54 minutes