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Magic of the Mayan Culture: 3 Unique Spots to Uncover it

Located on the renowned beaches of Tulum, the renewed hotel Bahia Principe Grand Tulum is designed to provide a unique, distinct and immersive experience under the “Origin” concept. This new concept is inspired by nature, the roots, and the origins of the magic of the Mayan culture. Façades inspired by Mayan architecture but offering the ultimate expression of modernity and functionality.

The lobby is the central axis of the Hotel. It is full of symbols, but the most spectacular of all is the majestic column that dominates everything around it and is a symbol of welcome to all visitors. The three “layers” or realms of the Mayan world are engraved on this column: ​

The Underworld: A watery place where souls went to purify themselves. This is represented in the column, at the water level, by a priest who is making a journey of purification. He is accompanied by four guides who will facilitate the journey: ​

The Iguana: represents man’s connection to the earth. ​
The Monkey: between the earth and the celestial space. ​
The Parakeet: represents flight, the celestial space. ​
The Dog: the guardian of this particular expedition.

The Middleworld or Natural World: In the middle of the column there are three human figures representing life itself, and the three most significant aspects of life for the Mayans: Happiness, Knowledge, and Fear of the Gods.

The Upperworld or Cosmos: The engraving of a serpent with two heads represents infinity, cosmic life.​​

Finally, and as a symbol of orientation, the palapa column emerges and at its end, it has the four cardinal points engraved in Mayan ideograms. ​

The hotel recreates Tulum in this Mayan leisure space, as part of a return to tradition, and other symbols of it such as masks, the union between gods and men, the pure jungle and its many species. The Zamá Fun Area will have children discover the Mayan civilization that surrounds them through archaeology, exploration, courage, curiosity and appreciation of the culture.

Did you know? The first inhabitants of Tulum named their city Zamá, meaning “Place of the Dawning Sun,” it was among the first places in the Maya kingdom to receive sunlight each day. Consequently, the name Tulum means “trench” or “wall” in Mayan.

The fantastic mise-en-scène of the Mayan performances and other events that take place in the amphitheater is legendary.  The theater is inspired by the garments and pigments used by the Mayan warriors, with an environment created to generate great expectations about what is about to happen on stage.

Do not miss the Origin night show. Performance on the origins of the Mexican culture and identity is put together in what can only be described as magic. Get to explore the traditions passed down from generation to generation from more than 60 local artists of Mayan descent.

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