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4th Annual Rally Maya Mexico to Finish in Playa del Carmen
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4th Annual Rally Maya Mexico to Finish in Playa del Carmen

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(Last Updated On: April 14, 2017)

The Rally Maya Mexico, returns to the Yucatan Peninsula May 19th through the 28th of May with the participation of 110 competitors from Mexico and around the world.

This traditional competition and exhibition, which brings together antique car lovers, will promote the natural, cultural, gastronomic, and historical wealth of the Yucatan Peninsula as well as contribute to the well-beings of kids and women in the Mayan communities of the Riviera Maya.

The race will finish in Playa del Carmen on May 26th. After cruising down 5th Avenue, the antique cars will cross the finish line in Mayakoba.

2017 Rally Maya Mexico

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The 2017 Rally Maaya will celebrate its fourth edition with the presence of 110 vehicles brought in from around the Mexico and the world, making this antique cars event one of the most important of its kind on both a national and international level.

All cars in the Rally Maya Mexico must be at least 40 years old, have at least 90% original parts, and fall into one of the following categories of cars built between the years 1915 to 1931, 1932 to 1949, 1950 to 1970, and 1961 to 1965.

Along a 1,200 km circuit traveling the Yucatan Peninsula highways, the Rally Mally seeks to highlight the love for antique cars within a framework of hospitality and cordiality as well as social responsibility activities such as wheelchair donations, hearing aids, and orientation in issues of sexual education in benefit of the Mayan communities of Campeche, Yucatan, and the Quintana Roo.

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The 2017 Rally Maya Mexico will begin with the reception and exhibition of cars May 18-20 in the Carmen XXI Convention Center located in Ciudad de Carmen, Campeche.

The starting flag will be waved on the 21st, with the first stretch reaching from Ciudad de Carmen to Champoton, Campeche.  Here, wheelchairs will be handed out to children from the community.

The rally continues on the 22nd, going from Champoton to Calkini, where more wheelchairs will be distributed to needy children.

On the 23rd, the Rally Maya Mexico will depart Campeche in direction of Uxmal in the state of Yucatan, with programmed visits to Ticul, Tikut, and a stop for a cenote swim in the region of Santa Barbara in Omun before arriving in the evening to the city of Merida for a awards ceremony for the three most elegant vehicles.

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“In addition to promoting sports tourism among the antique car collectors, we also want to show the participants the cultural, gastronomic, and archaeological wealth of the Mayan World,” said Benajim de la Peña Mora, founding president of the Rally Maya Mexico.

The 24th will keep the Rally Maya in Merida with an exhibition, motor maintenance, and a bus tour to visit the Flamenco Reserve in Celestun.

The rally will continue on the 25th toward Motul, Temax, and Uayma, where more donations will be handed out to the children before continuing on to Valladolid for some cultural and folkloric activities.

The Finish Line: Playa del Carmen

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Then, on the 26th, the rally will the drivers and their co-pilots will drive to Coba, where they’ll visit the archaeological site before making their way to Playa del Carmen’s 5th Avenue.

From there, they’ll continue on to the finish line located in the Mayakoba complex of eco-resorts which includes Andaz Mayakoba, where the participants will be staying.

Finally, on the 27th, the participants of the 2017 Rally Maya Mexico will join sponsors and organizers in the Rally Maya Mexico Mayakoba 2017 Golf Tournament on the El Camaelon Mayakoba golf course followed by a closing dinner and award ceremony.

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Warren Allan Warren is the content curator and social media manager at PlayaDelCarmen.com. His travels have taken him through Europe, the U.S., South America and now Playa. A foodie at heart and belly to prove it, Warren enjoys sharing the local culture and hidden treasures with you. Have questions? He’s your man.

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