Called Parque Los Fundadores or 'Founding Fathers Park”, it is one of the original areas in Playa Del Carmen just at the tip of Avenue Juarez and next to the Cozumel Ferry Pier. It commemorates the Founders of Playa del Carmen and is a significant historical location within the city. Originally a community gathering spot where residents obtained their water, food and basic living essentials, this seaside location was the market hub for the then small village. As the population grew and the city expanded, the park evolved into a center for entertainment and events, with local businesses and vendors setting up shop around this central point. There are many things to do at Fundadores Park to brighten up your day tour.
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Portal Maya Statue
The first thing to do at Fundadores Park is sitting near the statue. At the beach front of the park is a new bronze sculpture placed there in late 2011. It is entitled 'Portal Maya 2012”. It celebrates the Mayan calendar and the date of December 21st. 2012. The sculpture was designed by artist Arturo Taravez who is from Guanajuato, Mexico. The sculpture is 16 meters high or about 52 feet high. It has since become an iconic image of Playa Del Carmen. It is a beautiful work of art that you need to see up close to appreciates it. You can walk around this statue and see it up close. It is also a good place to watch the sunrise.
Visit the Neustra Senora del Carmen Church
If you have ever dreamed of having a quaint little wedding in a small whitewashed chapel near the sea, the next thing to do at Fundadores Park is see this place. This stucco church is located in one corner of the park. This is used for many wedding and church services. On Sundays you will see a line of people out of the church. It is a pretty iconic building in Playa Del Carmen with the ocean in the background and white church in the foreground. There are nice palms and tropical plants surround this small church.
Watch the Flying Papantla Performance
The last thing to do at Fundadores Park for your tour is watching the flying Papantla performers. A new addition to the park is the flying Papantla performers. Called Voladores de Papantla, these performers literally fly around a 30 meter (98ft.) pole from which four of the five participants then launch themselves tied with ropes to descend to the ground. The fifth remains on top of the pole, dancing and playing a flute and drum. According to one myth, the ritual was created to ask the gods to end a severe drought. This ritual is most commonly associated with the Papantla, Veracruz area of Mexico. This ritual is performed throughout the day and something that should not be missed if you have not seen it before. After the performance a donation is taken from those in attendance. This is how these performers are supported and giving something helps keep this art form alive.
How to Get Tickets?
Your tour at Fundadores Park is free. There is no admission fee to do a day tour here.
How To Get Around?
Walking is the best way to get around this area. It is located by the beach, so no automobiles allowed here.
What Should I Wear?
Wear summer clothes and flip-flops on your day tour here. You will be walking on the sands and it is more comfortable to wear flip-flops rather than shoes. Don't forget to bring your sunscreen, it is quite hot during the day.
Best Time to Visit
Please note that Fundadores Park is a very touristy area. Most tourists hangout here in the afternoon at around 3pm to watch the cultural performance or shop. This place is most beautiful on sunrise, so if you want to enjoy the tour when it's less crowded and more beautiful, wake up early in the morning.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, it's a small area where you can just walk around. You can also find anything you need on this website to help you.
How To Get There?
The ADO bus station is located on the opposite corner of the taxi bay on Juarez and 5th Avenue. You can take the bus and stop here, then walk for a couple minutes. Also, there is a Colectivo bay located on 2nd Street between 10th and 15th Avenue. If you take taxi, ask the price before getting in. All taxi drivers know where the park is, so you can get there and do your tour.