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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News
Ancient Mayan ruin certified at hotel

The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has certified the Mayan ruin Xaac at Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort. Though much smaller than the structures found in the Tulum ruins, the Xaac temple is the only other pre-Hispanic structure in the area.

Named after the Mayan word for “fear,” Xaac sits on a caleta, a formation of limestone rocks in the midst of the bay. The Xaac temple was used as a lighthouse facility for merchants navigating maritime routes with trading products from Central America to the Gulf of Mexico during the post classic-late period (1200-1550 AD).

The main room of the temple has a beautiful vaulted ceiling. The temple’s interior walls reveal  remnants of paintings in blue, red, yellow, orange, and black dyes that have lasted over the centuries.

Lighted driving range in Cabos

Cabo San Lucas Country Club recently unveiled a new lighted driving range to allow golfers to practice after sunset. Located minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas, it is the region’s only course with views of the iconic sea arch at Land’s End.

Situated adjacent to the clubhouse, it offers 16 driving stations (12 artificial turf stations and 4 natural grass stations), with LED flagsticks marking the target greens on the driving range. The club offers the use of free equipment and has short-distance target nets, a floodlit putting green, and a chipping green.

Laid out in 1995 by Roy Dye and completed by his son Matt Dye, Cabo San Lucas Country Club has one of the longest (7,238 yards) and most challenging courses in Los Cabos. The gently rolling parkland-style layout compares favorably to courses in Palm Springs, CA.

International News
Colorado to open US’s first cannabis resort

CannaCamp is scheduled to open in Durango, Colorado, on July 1. There’s a lot more to the 170-acre all-inclusive mountain resort than a ploy to capitalize on the emergence of marijuana tourism. According to the Associated Press, it will offer guests a scenic outdoor environment where they can unwind and use cannabis legally.

The ranch boasts nine cabins that combine to accommodate up to 40 guests. Rates start at US$395 a night per person, and adventure activities include hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and zip lining. Unique activities include“Canvas and Cannabis” art classes, tie-dyeing, yoga, and tea tasting. The resort also boasts a plethora of dining options that guests can pair with cannabis.

The plan is to bring an element of luxury to the vibe of childhood summer camp in a beautiful setting where visitors can enjoy marijuana in a safe, comfortable, social environment. Ironically, it is illegal for the resort to provide cannabis. A concierge is available to connect guests with local dispensaries where they can purchase it to use for the duration of their stay.

Ancient discovery in Ethiopia

Paleoanthropologists recently discovered a jawbone belonging to a new species of ancient man that lived 3.5 million years ago. It was unearthed within the Woranso-Mile region of Ethiopia.

The new discovery was found just a few miles from the site where “Lucy” was found in 1974. Scientists believe that the two species may have lived during the same period yet had key differences.

Australopithecus deyiremeda, the most recent finding, has larger jaws but smaller teeth, suggesting a more human-like diet than the famed Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis). Since Lucy’s discovery, scientists have believed that these were the only types of bipedal creatures living during the middle Pliocene. The discovery shows that there were two species of ancient hominid roaming the ancient African plains.

Eurostar 30 percent savings

Book Eurostar Standard Premier tickets through July 6, 2015, and get 30 percent off. In Standard Premier, passengers ride comfortably in spacious seating with generous leg room and enjoy a complimentary light meal with drinks, tea, coffee, and magazines while traveling between London and Paris or Brussels in just two hours and 15 minutes or less. Eurostar offers city center terminals, high-speed trains traveling up to 186 mph, frequent departures, and comfortable classes of service.

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After spending time in the arty city of Galway, the tour continues into Northern Ireland, where guests can see the incredible natural wonder that is the Giant’s Causeway. The tour ends with a visit to Belfast and the Titanic Experience, followed by a two nights in Dublin, one of the liveliest cities in Europe.

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August 4-15, 2015 US$1899, single supplements US$555
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Judy Newell heads the travel company Perfect Journeys, which specializes in crafting personalized cruise and land itineraries for couples, singles, families, and small groups. She designs trips that are carefully tailored to suit clients’ interests, ability and budget. Please contact Judy for reservations or further information on any of the Travel News topics; cell phone 415 111-8765; Vonage 949-300-3682; email or view the latest travel specials on the website where you can book your hotels, tours and cruises online.

Sources: Travel Pulse, Travel Agent Central, Travel Marketing Worldwide, Eurostar, Indus Travel

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