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 7 of the 15 amazing facts about Quintana Roo that will surprise you.
- The longest underground river in the world
There is a connection between the two caves Sac Actun and Dos Ojos in the state of Quintana Roo. Both systems are the longest underwater caves in the world, at almost 350 kilometers. It is now called after the larger Sac Actun.
- First intercontinental battle
The first battle between Native Americans and Europeans, the confrontation that triggered the New World War of Conquest, took place on 5 March 1517 in Mexico, now Quintana Roo.
- The second largest Great Mayan Reef in the world
The Great Mayan Reef is at the coast of Quintana Roo located, the largest in the Western Hemisphere and the second largest in the world. It is about 1000 km long and stretches from Isla Contoy in Quintana Roo via Belize, Guatemala to the island of the bay in Honduras.
- Snake nest
The meaning of the word “Cancun” comes from the Mayan language. Can (Kan) stands for snake, while Cun “refers to nest. Cancun means in Spanish “nido de serpientes”.
- The island of Cancun
According to a research Cancun was actually an island. It is estimated that 5,000 years ago, an elongated sand dune with a length of 14 km was created. At that time, the sea level was about 5 meters below its current level. Thousands of years later, Cancun was formed by their sand arms and the characteristic shape number 7was created.
- Frightening pirates
The Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean were popular places during the colonial era when pirates attacked and plundered boats full of the Spaniards’ treasures.
- Underwater Museum
The submarine museum serves as a tourist attraction, the aim is to reduce the burden of visits to natural reefs, to leave them in better conditions. It is also intended that the Museum will become a cemetery in the future, where funeral ashes could be deposited in submerged pieces, or sculptures were built with the mixture of funeral ashes and cementing materials.
- Chewing gum of the Maya
The Maya chewed the juice of the Chicozapote tree thousands of years ago. Chicza is the most important gum producer in Quintana-Roo, in Mexico. For this, the milk juice of the tree is harvested, making the world’s only commercially distributed organic gum. Hundreds of tons of this gum mass are exported to the world every year and are buried only in the best chewing gum varieties.
- Creation and disappearance of Quintana Roo
Quintana Roo was created three times in the years 1902, 1917 and 1935 and has disappeared twice in the years 1913 and 1931.