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Tentative Shore Excursions

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SHORE EXCURSIONS AT PORT

Cabo San Lucas:
Sun. Apr. 9, 2023
(In port 12:30 pm to 8:00 pm)

"AUTHENTIC MAYA FIRE CEREMONY"

O
n the Beach with Maya Elder
Grandmother Elizabeth Araujo

Shore Excursion Departure Time:
12:15 pm

Approximate Duration:
4 hours

Early Bird Fee: TBA Nonrefundable

Elizabeth Araujo is a warm, compassionate person manifesting a discernment that crosses cultural boundaries. She travels extensively throughout the world. Wherever Tata and Elizabeth are called to do ceremony and hold council with Elders, they bring unification, balance and harmony to Mother Earth. Her gentle spirit and clear intent create an atmosphere of acceptance, love and allowance. Elizabeth works through the Maya traditional healing ceremonies with the Sacred Fire and serves as a guide for spiritual journeys to sacred sites.

Grandmother Elizabeth was born and raised in El Salvador and lives in Guatemala. "I had the joy of traveling with Elizabeth throughout Guatemala, Peru and Bolivia in addition to being a guest in her home in Antigua. Her gentle spirit and clear intent creates an atmosphere of acceptance, love and allowance for all who come into her presence to enjoy. Elizabeth works through the Maya traditional healing ceremonies with the Sacred Fire and is a guide for spiritual journeys to sacred sites", said Les Carney - Co-Creator of Centers of Light Directory.

Recently, Elizabeth answered some questions that have been on all of our minds. We thought we'd post it here for all to enjoy!

Here are the questions:

"Must we prepare for the change or continue living as we are accustomed to?"
"Why won't everyone go into this ascension?"
"Who will go?"
"How do we prepare to go into this ascension of the planet?"

Elizabeth says:

"We prepare every day by living with honesty, helping others...especially those in need. Caring for Mother Earth, avoiding any more contamination of the Earth, etc, etc. The change is an end of a Cycle of the Sun and the beginning of a New one. Live well and only God knows who will stay, it has always been this way and that is why we are here. This is all I can say for you, my Dears." --Elizabeth

Traditional Maya Fire Ceremony

Elizabeth will guide us in a powerful ceremony at a gorgeous beach at a beautiful resort in Cabo. The Maya Ceremony is an offering given to our Creator. In this occasion it will be to give thanks for being together and to ask for peace and unity in the world.

The Fire Ceremony is the spirit of the Maya Tradition. The fire transforms, the fire purifies. Through the fire we connect with our Creator. Elizabeth draw a glyph on the ground and explains the meaning of it before placing our offerings in it. Elizabeth explains the meaning of the day in the Maya Calendar.

Elizabeth invites the spirit of the water, mountains, the spirit of our ancestors, etc, to accompany us, we present ourselves to the sacred fire who will take our petitions and prayers to our Creator. We greet the 4 directions and then proceed to call the 20 days of the Mayan Calendar explaining their meaning. After calling the days and before closing the Ceremony, there is time for anyone to speak if so desires. We give thanks to the spirits that accompanied us, we give thanks to Our Creator and Mother Earth and close the ceremony, at this time the fire is all consumed.

Itinerary:
- 1:00 pm: Meeting time (You will receive meeting place on the information sheet you will get with your ticket).
- 1:15 pm: Walk to tender as a group.
- 1:45 pm: Arrive at tender port in Cabo San Lucas.
- 2:00 pm: Board bus from tender port to resort.
- 2:15 am: Arrive at resort and proceed to the beach.
- 2:30 to 4:00 pm: Authentic Maya fire ceremony and explanation.
- 4:00 to 4:30: Free time to walk or sunbathe on beach.
(no swimming allowed due to dangerous currents)
- 4:30: Take bus back to Cabo San Lucas tender port.
- 4:45: Free time to explore Cabo or tender back to the ship. Must be onboard ship by 7:00 pm.

What to Bring:
- SeaPass card and photo identification
- Camera
- Cash small bills/credit cards
- Sun protection
- Umbrella for shade from intense sun.

What to Wear:
- Hat
- Sunglasses
- Sturdy shoes and socks for walking in sand on the beach.
- No swimming will be allowed due to dangerous current.


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Mazatlan, Mexico:
Mon. April 10, 2023
(In port 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM)

"VOICES OF ANCIENT TESTIMONIES"

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Las Labradas Petroglyphs, Including Box lunch

Shore Excursion Departure Time:
8:30 am

Approximate Duration:
6 hours

Early Bird Fee: TBA Nonrefundable

We invite you to relive thousands of years of mythological traditions and come to explore one of southern Sinaloa's most enchanting archeological treasures.

One of the nearly unknown, secret mystical sites of Mexico, just 45 minutes north of Mazatlan, near the fishing village of Barras de Piaxtla, a mythical group of petroglyphs lie on the beach called "Las Labradas."

This UNESCO World Heritage Archeological Site is a magnificent beach strewn with 1000 amazing black rocks, carved with spiritual symbols of an ancient people that inhabited this land long before the Spanish conquered it.

These petroglyphs are of Tolteca origin, carved by pre-Columbian ancestors of indigenous Indians that Spanish Conquistadors encountered when they arrived in Sinaloa in 1531. The oldest petroglyphs on the site are estimated to be 4500 years old. The site was in use for over 3000 years, and finally abandoned in 1200 A.D., making it some of the oldest art in northwest Mexico. They were carved with sharp and solid rocks, and it is surprising to see that most of them are in good condition, in spite of being hammered by the sea.

These inspirational artistic expressions are a gateway to the spiritual life of these peoples. The petroglyphs are the voices of ancient testimonies, of hundreds of years of mythological traditions made by the indigenous peoples of the American continent. They are beautiful abstract and symbolic expressions for the continent's original inhabitants.

These petroglyphs are believed to be the way ancient Toltecas communicated with their Gods. They were most likely made during rituals and ceremonies in which priests petitioned their Gods for benefits, such as rain, bountiful harvest, or successful hunt. It is believed these rocks were carved by priests and that they represent their dreams and visions, often enabled by the use of hallucinogenics..

The Toltecs, the ancient settlers of this part of the country, made long hunting trips and were always led by a religious leader, who was the protector of tradition, the artist that maintained the social equilibrium, and the one who carved on rocks what he saw in his dreams and visions, often times spurred by the use of hallucinogenic plants.

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What to Bring:
- SeaPass card and photo identification
- Camera
- Cash/credit cards
- Sun protection

What to Wear:
- Hat
- Sunglasses
- Sturdy rubber-soled shoes and socks for walking over slippery rocks on the beach.

Itinerary:
- 8:30 am: Meeting time (You will receive meeting place on the information sheet you will get with your ticket).
- 9:00 am: Walk through port together as a group. Bus pick up at departure point.
- 9:15 am: Departure and transfer to the Labradas Beach by bus.
- 10:30 am: Arrive at Las Labradas and take break.
- 11:00 pm: Guided tour of most important petroglyphs.
- 1:00 pm: Box lunch on bus.
- 1:30 pm: Bus transportation back to Mazatlan.
- 2:30 pm: Return to ship or optional downtown drop-off.






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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico:
Thurs., April 11, 2023
(In port 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM)

"DOLPHIN EXTREME"

Shore Excursion Departure Time:
TBA

Approximate Duration:
TBA

Early Bird Fee: TBA Nonrefundable

Looking for an immersive, small group dolphin encounter that goes beyond a simple meet-and-greet? Dolphin Extreme is a 60-minute excursion that’s designed to give you just that.

Your day begins at our world-renowned dolphin and sea lion center where you’ll get a tour from our Marine Mammal Specialists who will share fascinating facts about dolphin physiology and behavior. After you’ve been briefed, we’ll equip you with a wetsuit, mask, and fins so you can join our Pacific Bottlenose dolphins right in their element: floating, twisting, gliding, and diving alongside them. Dolphins aren’t the only mammals you’ll get to meet however; you’ll also get the chance to have a hands-on encounter with our quirky sea lions!

This excursion also includes a complimentary 60-minute visit to Los Arcos National Marine Park to view Puerto Vallarta’s impressive rock formations. Dolphin Extreme is a free swim experience unlike any other in Puerto Vallarta and is one you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Our Dolphin Extreme includes a complimentary 60-min sightseeing visit to Los Arcos National Marine Park, one of the most iconic landmarks of Puerto Vallarta. This series of impressive rock formations is home to a myriad of endemic bird species, and definitely a must-see in the area. Get on board a comfortable speed boat, and enjoy an exciting ride to Los Arcos. On your way back, you’ll also have the opportunity to admire the charming downtown Puerto Vallarta coastline and the hillside houses of the rich and famous. This is, without a doubt, the perfect complement to your dolphin & sea lion experience! This sightseeing is limited to children over 5 years old.

Equipped with a mask and fins, you’ll join our Pacific Bottlenose dolphins right in their element, floating, twisting, gliding and diving alongside them as if you were part of the pod.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to actually be a dolphin, this is the encounter you’ve been searching for. And best of all, your day will include a bonus sea lion encounter!

Experience the Underwater Environment Like Never Before

Exhilarating is the best way to describe this hour-long dolphin encounter that includes not only education and play, but also thrills!

After a short introduction by our marine mammal specialists, you’ll have the opportunity to skim across the surface of the water on a boogie board during a two-dolphin foot-push, speed through the deep on an underwater dolphin ride, and watch a private acrobatic performance by our talented Pacific Bottlenoses.

Meet a Sea Lion!

As part of Dolphin Extreme, you’ll also enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime hands-on encounter with one of our quirky and lovable sea lions. After one of our marine mammal specialists introduces you to the sea lion’s fascinating physiology and behaviors, it’s time to get up close and personal!

These animals are full of personality and love to have fun, so be ready to clown around with your new friend.

Dolphin Extreme Lets Us Learn from One Another

Swimming with dolphins is an experience unlike any other, but these encounters are about more than just excitement. Marine mammal researchers still have a lot to learn about dolphins and how to protect them.

When people meet these curious, intelligent creatures face to face - whether they enjoy a shallow water encounter or swim with dolphins - they are inspired to learn more about how human beings can care for dolphin habitats and support conservation and research efforts.

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What to Wear:
- Swimsuit under clothing
- Shorts, t-shirt, rubber sandals
- Hat and sunglasses

What to Bring:
- SeaPass card and photo identification
- Camera
- Cash/credit cards
- Dry clothing to change into: shorts, tee shirt, underwear, socks, walking shoes
- Towels from ship swimming pool
- Insect repellent
- Biodegradable sun protection
- Bottled water
- Sunblock, jewelry, watches, rings, bracelets, or any object that might scratch the dophins is not permitted in the water with the dolphins.

Itinerary:
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TBA: Meeting time (You will receive meeting place on the information sheet you will get with your ticket).
- TBA: Pick up at cruise ship pier.
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TBA: Transfer to Vallarta Adventures (Vallarta).
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TBA: 60-minute Dolphin Swim.
- TBA: Boat ride to Los Arcos.
- TBA: Transfer to Malecón Boardwalk in Puerta Vallarta and free time for sightseeing and shopping.
- TBA: Transfer to cruise ship pier.

SPACE VERY LIMITED ON THIS TOUR

We Take Animal Welfare Seriously

Dolphins and sea lions need downtime just like people, which is why we limit the length of our Dolphin Extreme encounters and other wildlife experiences.

Our dolphins and sea lions spend less than two hours each day interacting with people and then spend the rest of their time playing and interacting with one another, working closely with our trainers and relaxing in a safe and stimulating environment we have created just for them.

All of our animals are given regular checkups and their diets are closely monitored to ensure they stay healthy and happy. To learn more about how we care for our dolphins and sea lions, please take a look at our Corporate Responsibility page.

Please take a look at the Humane Conservation program in which Dolphin Adventure is certified, to learn more about how we care for our dolphins and sea lions.



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