15 surprising facts about Quintana Roo. Part 1

Quintana Roo a state surrounded by beautiful nature, the beauty of the Caribbean and an amazing history. It belongs to the newest states in Mexico but at the same time it is characterized by an old history. Here are 6 of the 15 amazing facts about Quintana Roo that will surprise you.

  • Andrés de Quintana Roo

The name of the state comes from Andrés Quintana Roo (1787-1851), politician, writer, poet and journalist. He and his wife, Doña Leona Vicario, helped in the fight against Spain, for the independence of Mexico. Andrés presided over the Constituent Assembly that formulated the Declaration of Independence (1813).

  • Natural sinkholes

The mysterious cenotes are natural sinkholes found on the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. They are the result of collapsed bedrock, exposing the hidden pools of groundwater underneath the soil. It is said that there are around 6,000 cenotes at the peninsula, many of them still remain undiscovered. In Quintana Roo exist more than 2,500 cenotes it covers an area of 39 square miles (61 km²).

  • Treasures of the ice age

There are many treasures of history in the underground flooded caves of Tulum. An almost complete skeleton that is up to 12.910 years old, surrounded by bones of saber-toothed cats, pumas, giant sloths and primitive elephants was found there. It is the oldest and best studied skeleton of the American Pleistocene. Around 10,000 years ago, the cave systems could be entered by feed, because the sea level at the end of the Ice Age was much lower than today. With the melting of the ice, the water rose in the sea and also in the groundwater, the caves started to fill up.

  • Public beaches

All of the beautiful beaches in Mexico are public property. Even the ones attached to resorts. It is possible to own property in Mexico, even by the beach. However, you cannot own the beach. In legal terms, there is no such thing as a ‘private beach’ in Mexico. The Mexican Constitution decrees all beaches to be publicly-accessible federal property and as such people have right of access to them anytime.

  • Fastest growing area

Declared one of the 31 states of Mexico, on October 8, 1974, Quintana Roo it’s the youngest state is one of Mexico’s, and one of the fastest growing areas. The rapid growth of the tourism industry has brought construction and service workers from across Mexico streaming into Quintana Roo for employment. In addition to foreigners who come to live here attracted by the beauty of the Caribbean Sea.

  • Meaning of the coat of arms

Quintana Roo’s coat of arms uses images to represent natural features. At the top is the sun located whose rays correspond to the state’s municipalities. In the upper left corner of the shield, you can see a snail’s spiral, that signifies earth. To the right is a star, that stands for heaven. The large panel at the bottom displays the Mayan symbol for wind. The four Mayan elements represent: Day (sun), Night (star), Earth (snail) and Wind (three triangles).

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