Riviera Maya Travel Guide.

Riviera Maya is genuinely a sun-kissed holiday destination located on the eastern side of the Yucatan peninsula. With blinding white beaches and Mexico’s Caribbean coast, this can’t get any better. This place is full of treasures, with some of the most beautiful off-shore reefs of the Yucatan peninsula and some incredible Mayan ruins. Known for its picture-perfect underground swimming holes, called Cenotes, Riviera Maya is an authentic Mexican paradise. If you had enough of nature, you could find some luxurious all-inclusive boutiques on the beach. If all you care about is partying, then you’ll find plenty of that in Playa del Carmen. It is Riviera’s wildest city. Riviera Maya is a tourist corridor that is growing fast. Tourists worldwide visit this fantastic place, but if you have a knack for exploration, you’ll still find tiny fishing towns with unique Mayan-Mexican culture that tourism has forgotten.

With so much to see and explore here, choosing the top three must-visit places is tricky. We suggest you research as much as possible and must visit the following places.

Tulum Ruins

It is one of the most visited archaeological sites in entire Mexico. This is because it was among the last few Mayan settlements still inhabited when the conquistadors arrived in 1518. Then, Tulum was a trade centre and was considered a neutral Mayan city where rival Mayan factions came to trade. Today, its ruins sit on a seaside cliff high above the turquoise water. The structures here are modest compared to other grand Mayan cities, but they are enough to capture your imagination like no other.

Aktun-Chen

Riviera Maya is famous for its Cenotes and the impressive underground caverns. There are many Cenotes in the area that you can visit easily, but Aktun-Chen is the best one to experience. In Mayan, Aktun-Chen means “the cave with Cenotes inside”. It is the largest in the area, and it is estimated to be around 5 million years old. The cave has underground passages with stalactites and stalagmites. YOu can walk through these passages until you reach Cenote with a deep green colour. There are canopy tours available here that you can take and one Cenote where you can even swim.

Reserva de la Biosfera Sian Ka’an

Located in Tulum, this reserve is away from all the regular touristy places. This is a must-visit for nature lovers who want to see some greenery and wild animals. You can also experience a boat ride down the canal that was dug out by Mayans by hand. Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is home to many colourful birds and howler monkeys. It is the largest protected area on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. This place offers some of the Yucatan’s most sublime landscapes and an escape from resorts and glittery nightclubs.

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