QUINTANA ROO

In Southeastern Mexico, in the Eastern part of the Yucatan peninsula lays the sultry lure of the Caribbean Sea bordering the state of Quintana Roo.

Here is where the famous city of Cancun, the islands of Cozumel and Isla Mujeres and the towns Bacalar, Playa del Carmen and Akumal render you breathless with the awe of their beauty.

Quintana Roo is home to the important Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve as well as the ruins of Chacchcoben, Coba, Kohnunlich, Muil, Tulum, Xel-Ha and Xcaret.  Tulum, facing east, is perched on a bluff on the Caribbean Sea.  This Maya site was originally called Zama, meaning City of Dawn, as it faces east from where the sun rises.

The state of Quinatan Roo is named after Andres Quintana Roo, who as a young lawyer, was an ardent supporter of the fight for independence from Spain in 1810.   Andres Quintana Roo was originally from the neighboring state, Yucatan but in 1902 was honored with the state given his name because he was instrumental in shaping the formal Declaration of Independence for Mexico as well as his various posts in legislative and judicial government.

Quintana Roo was a huge area of various types of forestry and ecosystems.  Early in the 20th Century, tourism began to build rapidly and has become the main stay of the economy in this peninsula state.

FAST FACTS:

  1. Quintana Roo has a celebratory folk dance called the ‘rubber tapper dance’ reminiscent of the peasant dance done in search of the chicozapote tree from which rubber is produced.
  2. Quintana Roo offers first-class International cuisine, including an endless supply of sea food from the Caribbean, catering to the great tourism areas of the state.
  3. Quintana Roo offers local crafts made of small shells and the coveted black coral.
  4. Quintana Roos has a large number of fabulous diving sinkholes under the limestone surface throughout the state.