Prepare: Tulum, Mexico
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- I have never done yoga before. Will you teach to different
Fit Ventures teaches the Yogafit® style, which is a style of
yoga that is inclusive of all abilities and levels. Modifications
and props together with progressive flowing movements ensure
that your experience is safe, relaxing, and fun.
- Do I need to bring a yoga mat or any other yoga class equipment?
Fit Ventures provides all yoga equipment, however, if you own
your own mat and are partial to it, please feel free to bring
it with you.
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- Do I need to do any specific physical training/exercises
to prepare for this venture?
If you are currently following an exercise regime, continue. If
not, rest assured you do not need to have specific training
for your Tulum Venture. During scheduled activities professional
instruction will offer choices for all abilities with your
safety and success in mind. You might want to align your
preparation with any goals you may have for your trip —resting,
walking, yoga, swimming. It is recommended, however,
that you do seek your physician’s approval before beginning
any new physical activity.
- Do I need to bring my own snorkeling or other equipment necessary
for the outdoor activities?
If you own your own gear (i.e. for snorkeling, boogie or skim
boarding) go ahead and pack it. Fit Ventures supplies
equipment for all organized group activities. There
is a separate nominal charge for equipment rental offered by
the resort for usage other than during the organized tours.
- What level of physical activity does the visit to
the Sian Ka’an Biosphere entail?
This one-of-a-kind adventure will involve walking, swimming
(snorkeling is optional), and riding in small boats through
lagoons with a professional guide. This experience is
meant to be both educational and enjoyable for everyone.
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- In which time zone is Tulum located?
Although Mexico operates under 3 different time zones, Tulum
recognizes Central Standard Time.
- If I travel alone, is it possible to share a room?
Yes, absolutely. When you submit your reservation request
please note your interest in sharing a room. Fit Ventures
will make the rooming arrangement if there is another single,
same gender, traveler interested. You will
be charged the Shared Room rate if we are able to accommodate
your request. If not, you will be charged a Private
- What is the average temperature for this time of year?
The Yucatan peninsula has a tropical weather pattern. During
May the weather is transitioning from the dry season into
the beginning of the wet season. The average year-round
temperature is 78-82o, with June-September being the hottest
months. No matter what time of year you visit, there
will usually be a pleasant and cool Caribbean breeze.
- Does the hotel have air conditioning?
No. However, each room has a ceiling fan and has
been selected based on its proximity to the beachfront to feel
the almost constant breeze off the Caribbean.
- If I do not travel with the group from/to Denver, can transportation
still be arranged to the hotel upon my arrival?
Yes. Just notify Fit Ventures ahead of time to provide you
with a price quote for this service.
- Can I reserve a spa treatment prior to the tour?
Yes. Reservations can be arranged through Fit Ventures prior
to your arrival if you wish. Contact us for the spa
- Does the hotel offer additional tours not included in your
Yes. The hotel offers half-day tours to a variety of sites
at an additional cost. If you are interested, just sign up
the evening before at the front desk.
- What is the expected resort attire?
Hotel Mayatulum is a relaxing atmosphere where clothing
choice is dictated by the current weather, and nothing more. Loose,
comfortable clothing for yoga sessions is suggested as well
as cover-up for beach attire when dining in the restaurant. Shoes
are optional throughout the resort.
- Should I purchase travel insurance?
It is highly advisable to purchase travel insurance prior to
leaving. There are a variety of policies which cover,
for example, loss or theft of baggage, accidents, illness,
hospitalization, and other emergency situations. Please
contact Fit Ventures if you need a referral.
- Should I worry about Mosquitos?
Mosquitoes are mostly active around dusk (please be assured that mosquitoes
are not malarial in the Yucatan). For your comfort, bug repellent is
advisable to bring.
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- Can the restaurant provide optional meals for special dietary
Yes. With advance notice the resort kitchen can prepare special
meals which may incur a supplementary charge. The resort
cuisine uses fresh, local ingredients and is primarily vegetarian,
with some seafood selections. You may also order any
of the a-la-carte items on the menu at the listed price.
- Is the water in Mexico safe to drink?
Yes. At the hotel, fresh water is provided daily in your room. Tap
water is potable as well. When you are away from the hotel,
it is advisable to purchase bottled water.
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- Do I need to bring beach towels?
Yes. The hotel offers fresh room towels as needed, but
requests that you bring your own towels for use at the
- Why do I need a flashlight?
The evening beauty of Tulum is that there are no citylights! Flashlights
are handy walking the beach at night, and may even help you
avoid stepping on a nesting turtle.
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- Do I need to have a passport to travel to Mexico?
Yes. Beginning in December, 2006, all travelers to Mexico
will be required to carry a valid passport. No visa
is required for stays shorter than 90 days.
- Are credit cards accepted at Hotel Mayatulum and
Yes. The hotel accepts credit cards for any additional
charges you may incur. Certain stores also accept credit
cards, however, a commission of 2.5% of the purchase value
(for a maximum of $9.20) is deducted per transaction. Most
small shops and restaurants still accept cash only.
- Does the hotel exchange money? Is
there an ATM?
The Hotel Maya Tulum does exchange money and also accepts
U.S. currency. Traveler’s checks can also be
exchanged and provide safety when traveling (make sure to
keep your receipts separate from your checks in case they
are lost). There is no ATM at the resort, however,
there are ATM’s nearby in town. Be aware that
banks charge a 2% commission of the sum withdrawn (up to
a maximum of $9.20), plus a charge of $3.60 per transaction.
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- What if I should need medical attention while in Mexico?
The American Hospital in Cancun (998) 884-6133, is available
to all travelers who have purchased full travel health insurance,
or who have international coverage through their domestic
policy. There are also nearby pharmacies in Tulum and
Playa, most of which stay open 24 hours. If this is
an emergency situation the local Police can be of assistance
(998) 885-0569. The
US Consulates, in either Playa (987) 872-4574, or in Cancun
(998) 883-0272, are also available to help any U.S. citizen.
- Is there telephone, fax and/or internet service available
at the resort?
Yes, limited telephone service is offered respective to the
quiet, soothing atmosphere at Hotel Maya Tulum. The
hotel will only accept emergency incoming calls, and only during
office hours. There is also internet access during office
hours at the front desk. Two pay phones (operable by
credit cards or phone cards) are located adjacent to the hotel