All the Splendor of the Mayan World in Second Life
April 3, 2008, 3:44 pm
Filed under: rl architecture

I tried to snag a few teaser screenshots for this post, but I don’t think they really convey the quality of this build the way a personal visit would.  You’ll just have to go see it for yourself!  Here’s the release:
You are cordially invited to the GRAND OPENING of two new sims at Visit Mexico – Ruta Maya, Thursday April 3, 2008.  Experience Mexico in Second Life (SL) like never before.  Thrill to the exciting zip line ride through the rainforest canopy.  Soar over the beautiful Misol Ha Falls and view the ruins of Palenque by hang glider.  Marvel at the Olmec heads in La Venta Park. Explore Tulum’s beaches and ruins by horseback.  Shop for beautiful Mexican artifacts in the colorful city of Campeche.  Everywhere you look there is something new and exciting to do and see when you Visit Mexico!

The wonders of Quintana Roo, Chiapas, Campeche and Tabasco, the other four states that make up Visit Mexico Second Life, were added on to Chichen Itza, which was inaugurated in 2007 and has been visited by thousands of virtual tourists.

The inclusion of these four states in Second Life, and the opening of the two Sims in which they are located (Visit Mexico 2 and Visit Mexico 3), will enable visitors to become familiar with the major attractions of southeastern Mexico, and enjoy a special tour that goes beyond the imagination.

Destination Url:

Grand Opening festivities will include:

o    2 – 4:00 p.m. SLT – SL Press and Bloggers admitted for sim preview.  Please contact Valiant Strangelove or Lester Nefarious for press access.

o    4 – 6:00 p.m. SLT – Sims open to the general public for exploration.  Dance to the Latin beats of DJ Madame Maracas.

o    6 – 7:00 p.m. SLT – Jano Runo, SL’s Latin sensation, takes the stage for a LIVE Latin music concert.

o    7 – 8:00 p.m. SLT – More LIVE music from SL phenom Dann Numbers who will sing many of his crowd favorites in Spanish.

o    8 – 9:00 p.m. SLT – The incomparable Max Kleene wraps up the night with all of your favorite requests.

As an added bonus, all virtual tourists will receive a beautifully replicated Mayan outfit and jewelry created by noted SL designer Aries Bricklin FREE of charge.

When exploring the new Ruta Maya sims, please remember to enable your in-world audio feature to experience the wondrous, immersive soundtrack custom created for the Ruta Maya Second Life project by composer Dizzy Banjo.

We are expecting a large crowd for the opening.  Please remove any unnecessary prims and/or scripted accessories prior to attending.

Visit Mexico is sponsored by the Mexico Tourism Board.  For information about Visit Mexico Ruta Maya contact Valiant Strangelove or Lester Nefarious in world.

“Visit Mexico in Second Life is a milestone of which we are proud of. It allows us to share with a greater number of people one of the most important heritages that Mexico has and at the same time, show the vast array of amenities presently offered so that visitors can enjoy it to the fullest extent.” said Eduardo Chaillo, Director of the Mexico Tourism Board’s Strategic Business Unit in the United States and Canada.

About the Mexico Tourism Board

The Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) brings together the resources of federal and state governments, municipalities and private companies to promote Mexico’s tourism attractions and destinations internationally. Created in 1999, MTB is Mexico’s tourism promotion agency, and its participants include members of both the private and public sectors. The MTB has offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Ruta Maya Development Team:
Lester Nefarious,  Advanced Virtual  – Developer, On-going Management
Valiant Strangelove, Advanced Virtual – Developer, On-going Management

Music and Sound Engineering:
Dizzy Banjo, Custom Soundtrack and Environmental Sound Design
Hastur Pierterson : Additional Environmental Sound Effects Consultant

Mayan Clothing and Accessories Design:
Aries Bricklin

Build Team:
Selena Gateaux – Tulum Ruins, Palenque Ruins, Chichen Itza Ruins, Welcome Area,
Kriss Lehmann – Chiapas Rainforest, Misol Ha Falls, Complete Project landscaping
Neil Robinson – Colonial City of Campeche
Fiona Branagh – Animated Horses, Stable Area
ArchTx Edo – Animated Wildlife
Mathieu Basiat – Hang gliding
Taurez Zabelin – Olmec Heads and Altars of La Venta Park
Nyna Slate – Culinary Delights
Sandusky Kayvon – Chichen Itza Ball Court and Game

Kaiser Bogomil, Zip Line and Audio Tour

Film and Video:
Kronos Kirkorian

Tripp Dean

Nardya Rousselot
Dimi Van Ludwig
SunQueen Ginsberg
Fiona Branagh
Ray Holgado
Fellon Kelt
DBDigital Epsilon
Moby Randt
Leira Vaughan
Juanita Deharo
Aries Bricklin
Snaptick Laxness
Ginah Dinova
Ferugina Luna
Roldan Noel
Bronco Graves
Keala Mimistrobell
Brent Renard


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