The Stars are out at Grand Velas Riviera Maya
Imagine yourself on a beach lit by amarantos (traditional Mexican candles) with drinks, snacks and Maya-themed cocktails settling in to watch the stars! Grand Velas Riviera Maya has launched a new stargazing series for guests lead by an expert astronomer from the Astronomic Society of Quintana Roo (SAQROO). The Maya used the alignment of the stars and planets to help with agriculture, time keeping and the creation of their calendar and believed that celestial events allowed them to communicate with the gods. When you stargaze at Grand Velas Riviera Maya, you’ll get to explore these connections against the backdrop of the beautiful Caribbean Ocean. State-of-the-art telescopes are provided so you’ll be able to get a close look at constellations, planets and the detail of the moon. SAQROO’s experts unravel Mayan mythology and will help you take pictures of what you discover as you journey through the skies. Stargazing is offered weekly and is part of a series of complimentary activities focused on ecological issues and nature. There’s also an Ecological Tour and Mayan show that both explore the importance of the stars in the Mayan culture.
A new sea turtle experience also debuted recently at Grand Velas Riviera Maya’s sister resort Velas Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. In this experience, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in conservation training, hatchling releases, nesting patrol and cleaning of hatching nests. Available through December, the new program at the EarthCheck-certified Gold resort is in addition to on-site behind-the-scene Eco Tours.