Along the northern coast of the turquoise Caribbean Sea, the Riviera Maya
extends over more than 95 miles of silky sand beaches, emerald jungles,
millenary sinkholes, archeological sites, ecological reserves, theme parks,
picturesque villages and many tourist developments.
Discover this region rich in
history and tradition and experience a fascinating adventure full of endless fun
in enchanting natural surroundings.
The bounties afforded by nature are an
essential part of life in the Riviera Maya. During the summer, when the moon is
full, the turtles emerge from the sea to lay their eggs on the beach under the
careful watch of ecological groups.
The consequent birth of thousands of baby turtles is a unique experience that
draws both children and adults alike.
Just a few feet from shore lies the coral
barrier reef– a mysterious universe you may discover diving or snorkeling
through any of the numerous marinas..
Riviera Maya Mexico
With more than 30 sinkholes or cenotes
already explored, the Riviera Maya offers cavern or cave diving for
professionals. For the more adventurous, we recommend the ecological tour
“Jungle Crossing” (Alltournative), inviting you to immerse yourself in Nohoch
Nachich, considered the heart of the network of underground rivers that lie
beneath the peninsula. A walk through the jungle introduces you to the wonderful
endemic species of flora and fauna, allowing you to discover traditional Mayan
villages and perhaps to visit ancient temples. South of the Riviera lies Sian
Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a vast ecological eden that has remained practically
untouched. Submerged in the depths of the jungle is the pre-Hispanic city of
Coba, the oldest and most significant in northeastern Yucatan.
Built between five lagoons in A.D. 600, it was occupied until the 15th century.
From the top of Nohoch Mul, one of the tallest pyramids of the Maya World, one
can observe the outline of white paths, the longest extending over 62 miles,
that connected Coba to other important cities. Here a large number of steles
were discovered containing calendar dates that reveal its history. The ancient
walled city of Tulum stands solemnly atop a steep cliff. It offers the
architectural wonders of the Late Post-Classic period (A.D.1200-1500). After
visiting the site, take a refreshing swim in its small inlet and at sunset
witness an awe-inspiring sight: the sun which bathes the stone facades in gold
with the turquoise sea as a backdrop.
If you wish to spend the night in communion with nature, opt to stay in the
bungalows situated on Tulum’s beaches. Most of the small hotels do not have
electricity, instead they use candle lights. The showers use sinkhole water,
there are sand floors and you’ll take a nap in a hammock strung between two palm
trees. Tulum’s atmosphere is relaxed, bohemian and very peaceful. Playa del
Carmen is the thriving heart of the Riviera Maya. One of the fastest growing
cities in the world, it has services and accommodations fit to satisfy a variety
of tastes and budgets.
At dusk, its sidewalks, bordered by shops selling exotic handicrafts, boutiques,
restaurants and coffee shops come alive. This is also the stage for live music,
street performers and all types of artists. Celebrate until dawn at the bars on
the beach. To get away for a few days in luxurious surroundings, head to
Playacar, home to an unrivaled golf course, Puerto Aventuras, with its beautiful
marina and Akumal, one of the premier vacation centers in the Riviera Maya. A
journey through these lands would not be complete without a visit to the
grandiose parks of Xcaret and Xel-Ha. With their great array of entertaining
activities within spectacular natural surroundings and ecological programs with
interesting interactive activities, they are the best options that await you.