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Yucatan Peninsula - Land of the Maya
The Yucatan Peninsula is comprised of three Mexican states: Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche and rather prides itself on being "different" from the rest of the country. Aside from its relatively flat, scrubland terrain which is in contrast to the rest of mountainous Mexico, what sets the Yucatan area apart from the rest of the country is its distinctive culture rich in Mayan origins. This notion of seperateness is a feeling shared by the people living in this region who consider themselves "yucatecos" first, and Mexican second.

The ancient Mayan heritage of the Yucatan area emerged over centuries as Maya migrated northward from Honduras and Guatamala of Central America to the present day states of Campeche & Yucatan where they dispersed throughout the peninsula. Although it is believed that the Maya were decendants of the Olmec civilization which settled and flourished in present day Tabasco area, their exact origin is not known. During their dominance of the Yucatan region, the Maya constructed more than 1,500 major cities and tradeposts such as Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Tulum, Mayapan, Edzna and Coba.

As direct decendents of the Maya, the Yucatecan people are one of Mexico's largest indignea groups. Living throughout the entire peninsula area, thier short stature, dark complexion and sculpted cheekbones are predominant features which leave no question concerning their Mayan heritage. Even though the Yucatan is widely a tourist area and Spanish as well as English is spoken by some, many Maya dialects are just as readily spoken by the locals.

Prior to the conquest, the Yucatan peninsula was alive with trading and commerce amongst Maya villages who bartered such things as fruits and honey. Following the conquest, early records of economic activity for the region indicate that only one product, sisal hemp, was grown in any abundance and exported from the Yucatan plantation owners. The long sword shaped sisal hemp leaves were used in the making of rope and mats. Then in 1869, with a US patent in place on chewing gum, chicle became a viable export as well. Chicle is actually resin from the sapodilla (Acras zapota) tree.

Economic development in the Yucatan thrived for awhile with these exports until techniques for making synthetic chicle and sisal were invented. With these synthetic replacements, the Yucatan agricultural export economy slowly declined. Today the largest industry in the Yucatan is tourism which was spawned in the 1950's as several highways finally penetrated the dense tropical jungle of the area. More recently the development of Cancun as a resort destination and the addition of airline and cruise line service, the economy of the Yucatan continues on a path of growth and modernization.

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 Dreams Puerto Aventuras - Dolphin Royal Swim
This is the newest dolphinarium and by far one of the most exclusive ones. It is situated in the heart of Puerto Aventuras, in an exclusive luxury resort. It is a quiet and the ideal place to relax as the only distraction you will have are the charming beaches and exotic jungle. Not only this is an exclusive and unique location in Quintana Roo, but it also has amazing facilities so you can enjoy the activities that you will be able to enjoy with the dolphins. Among these activities you can enjoy the Kayaks, a total new experience and exclusively at this location, you can have fun on the kayaks with family or friends while the dolphins play and swim all your way.
US$ 159/Adult & US$ 89/Child
 Dreams Puerto Aventuras - Dolphin Swim Adventure
Your next vacations will have it all as Puerto Aventuras gives you the perfect place to spend your vacations with pristine waters, sun and great activities to enjoy adventure in the best destination. This vacations will be memorable and the best experience of your life!
US$ 129/Adults & US$ 89/Child
 Playa del Carmen - Dolphin Royal Swim
Dolphin Playa at Maroma stands in the beautiful beach of Maroma Adventure, one of the top ten places in the world. Our newest and largest dolphin habitat in the Mayan Riviera is located just 10 minutes driving from Playa del Carmen. Here you will be able to live an unforgettable experience, closely interaction with cute and friendly dolphins.
US$ 149/Adult & US$ 89/Child
 Playa del Carmen - Dolphin Swim Adventure
Meet, greet and touch one of the most amazing marine animals of the Caribbean Sea, the dolphins that have captivated humans since we know they existed. The program has a great opportunity for an up-close interaction with our friendly and playful dolphins. You will learn everything you wanted to know about their diet, activities, behavior and many more facts. The Dolphin Swim Adventure program includes the famous belly ride. The belly ride consists of you holding on to the dolphin’s fins as he swims backwards. Beside this exciting activity, you will play with the dolphin, receive a kiss, a handshake and will learn how they sing and dance on the water.
US$ 119/Adult & US$ 89/Child
 Riviera Maya - Dolphin Swim Adventure
Share a series of sensational and safe activities while establishing a unique bond of trust. With a handshake, kiss and belly ride will enjoy moments of great spontaneity during your free time together. It is an unforgettable experience!
US$ 119/Adult & US$ 89/Child
 Riviera Maya - Dolphin Royal Swim
This most popular program can be described in two words: "action" and "speed". Get a handshake, a kiss and then you give them one. Feel the strength of your new friends as they push you across the water from the bottom of your feet in the thrilling foot-push. It is "the experience of a lifetime!"
US$ 149/Adult & US$ 89/Child
Glide through the water as dolphins push!
Riviera Maya - Dolphin Royal Swim

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