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Bring light ponchos for rain gear. These can be purchased from most camping stores. Many stadiums also carry a light poncho to sell to fans of local football teams. These work great as well. They are small and light and easy to carry anywhere you go as a rain cloud can come in no time and dump a monsoon on your head.


Experience the Tortuga Liberation!
Every year hundreds of baby Green Sea Turtles emerge from the sandy beaches of the Mayan Riviera and head into the vast ocean.

Mexico peso (Mex$) = 100 centavos

In 1998 there were 9.6 million telephones main lines in use.

There are 31,048 km of railways in Mexico.

Females are allowed to volunteer for military service.

In 1997 Mexico had 31 million radios in use.

Mexico's exports partners: US 89.3%, Canada 1.7%, Spain 0.6%, Japan 0.5%, Venezuela 0.3%, Chile 0.3%, Brazil 0.3%.

Mexico produced 176.055 billion kWh of electricity in 1998.

The main industries are: food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel, petroleum, mining, textiles, clothing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, tourism.

The Mexican name for the Atlantic coastal region of the Yucatan Peninsula is Riviera Maya. The English use is either Maya Riviera or Mayan Riviera. It is used all three ways in this web site.

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OPEN-WATER DIVING

If you are a diver then chances are the Great Maya Reef may very well be the focus of your trip. This ancient reef was directly responsible for settlements that rose along its shores. Trade routes were established that helped fuel the Mayan's economy. When the Spaniards arrived the reef became the seagate for the Conquistadors and sanctuary for pirates and buccaneers. From colonial times to this day, it is responsible for thousands of shipwrecks that now lay scattered along its coral tentacles.

The Great Maya Reef is not one single barrier reef but a chain of shallow patch reefs, drop offs and coral gardens. It is also home to a weave of coast-hugging sandbanks, fringing reefs, islets and coral atolls. The whole myriad stretches from the tip of Yucatan 600 miles southward to the Bay of Honduras.

There are more than 500 species of fish and 4 species of sea turtles to be found in the reef. There are 72 dive sites between Punta Maroma and Tulum providing divers with numerous reef formations, giant coral buttresses deep walls and shallow plateaus. Diving Cozumel and the Maya Riviera will produce several different dive experiences.



WHERE TO DIVE

1 La Mancha Grande
2 La Mancha Chica
3 Punta Maroma
4 Cerebros
5 Los Arcos N.
6 Los Arcos S.
7 El Cofre
8 Xcalacoco N.
9 Xcalacoco S.
10 Moc Che
11 Chen Zumbul
12 El Esfuerzo
13 Sabalos
14 Barracuda
15 Wreck: Mama Vina
16 Ina
17 Islote
18 Punta Venados
19 Punta Venadito
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Most divers prefer to go straight to Cozumel and set up base-camp there. Others prefer to stay on the mainland and travel up the coast diving here and there. You can stay in Cancun and dive at Cozumel if you wish.

There are dive centers all along the coast and you can stay anywhere and find tanks and a boat to take you out. Many of the dive centers employ Europeans and Americans, so English is spoken quite often.

From Cancun to Tulum there are numerous resorts, cabanas at the beach and small hotels. Many resorts have dive centers and most if not all beaches have a local dive center and boat. After Tulum there is not much except Punta Allen until you get to Majahaul where you will find the Chinchorro Reefs. Beyond Majahaul is Xcalak then you are in Belize.

In Majahaul there is a reputable dive center at Maya Ha resort which is a nice place to stay and close to Majahual town.

TIP: When you dive be sure to check with your dive operator to know if they are affiliated with a Chamber Service. Typically each diver pays $1 dollar per day to have full coverage against diving accidents. A form is completed and you sign it. Do not assume you are covered. BE SURE!

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In Mexico they speak: Spanish, various Mayan, Nahuatl, and other regional indigenous languages.

90% of Mexicans age 15 and over can read and write.

Mexico Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.81 male(s)/female
total population: 0.97 male(s)/female (2000 est.)

Mexico has a population of: 100,349,766 (July 2000 est.)

There is 61,000 sq km of irrigated land. (1993 est.)

Mexico's natural resources are: petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber.

There is 9,330 km of coastline.

The life expectancy is: male 68.47 years, female 74.66 years. (2000 est.)

The geographic coordinates are: 23 00 N, 102 00 W

Mexico had 38.6 million people in the labor force in 1999.

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