On Jan 6 the largest island in the Mexican Caribbean, Isla Cozumel, played host to the first-ever Riviera Maya Bike Adventure, an eight-day bicycle tour exploring cultural and ecological attractions throughout the Yucatan Peninsula.
In excess of 40 cyclists traveled to Cozumel on Day Two of the Riviera Maya Bike Adventure, receiving a warm welcome from the Isla Cozumel city representatives, including Director of Tourism Raul Marrufo and Manager for the Cozumel Promotion Board Javier Aranda.
The 40-mile Cozumel circuit began in the heart of downtown at the Church of San Miguel, the Patron Saint, and continued along the coast, circling the entire island utilising the variety of terrain and azure vistas of the Caribbean waters. The Riviera Maya Bike Adventure will offer a second event April 18 through 25, 2003.
Named “Cuzamil” by the Maya who inhabited it more than 2,000 years ago, Isla Cozumel or “land of the swallows” is located in the state of Quintana Roo, east of the Yucatan Peninsula. Cozumel, approximately 30 miles long and 10 miles wide, has an international snorkeling and diving reputation with the world`s second-largest reef network featuring limestone caves, tunnels and rare black coral.
Cozumel Reefs National Park, a protected 30,000-acre national area covering 85 percent of the island`s dive sites and embracing the southern section of Cozumel, was created in 1996 for the purpose of conserving, monitoring and researching the reef formation and its natural habitat. In 2002 a U.S. News & World Report Travel Agent Survey recognized Isla Cozumel as the North American/Caribbean destination offering the best vacation value. Visit Cozumel on the World Wide Web at www.islacozumel.com.mx