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Riviera Maya, Mexico

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Located on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Riviera Maya features blue sea, white sand beaches, tropical jungles, Mayan culture and history, cenotes, underground rivers and so much more. Located just south of Cancun, Riviera Maya is home to world-class restaurants, nightlife that keeps you dancing until morning, exclusive spas, shopping centers, and some of the world's best golf courses.

Riviera Maya is also one of the best destinations for diving and snorkeling. On its shores lies an extensive coral reef, home to a vast variety of marine species. This Mexican Caribbean coastal strip stretches over 50 miles long and holds some of the most popular beaches on the planet, as well as famous Mayan ruins such as Tulum, Cobá, and Chichén Itzá, recognized as one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

If you want to enjoy the warm sun, the waves, the reefs, and the natural wells on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, Riviera Maya is where you want to be.


Playa del Carmen


Playa del Carmen is an idyllic place located in the heart of the Riviera Maya with fine white sand and blue-green waters, you will always find a Hammock and an umbrella to sunbathe and rest, especially in the edge of town that offers the quietest beach areas. You will also find water activities such as windsurfing, jet skis, kayaking, or diving in the impressive Mayan coral reef. Great musicians of Mexican and international jazz offer concerts every year.

Stroll Along Fifth Avenue

Enjoy one of the many restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops. Walkthrough the festive streets and buy local handicrafts and produce. Sit down and have a drink while watching the multitude of people pass by.

Visit the Cultural Centers

Admire painting, sculpture, and artisanal exhibitions. Enroll in a painting, music, dance, theater, or literature workshop. Spend time with the open-minded and multicultural local community.

Take a Picture of the Portal Maya

Learn about the monumental Portal Maya sculpture by Tavarez Padilla, which was conceived to celebrate the beginning of a cycle of light. It foreshadows more than five thousand years of harmonic development, according to the Mayan calendar.

Enjoy the Nightlife

Enjoy the great atmosphere year-round, along with the jazz and electronic music festivals. Don't miss out on enjoying a slice of pizza or delicious cochinita tacos. You will always find something open 24-hours on Quinta Avenida.




Tulum is one of the most prized jewels of the Mexican Caribbean, perhaps on account of its 6 miles of white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. It was, after all, deemed worthy of the “Pueblo Mágico” (Magical Town) designation.


In Tulum, nature is present in all its glory through its lagoons, cenotes (deep natural wells or sinkholes), and beachfront Mayan archaeological sites once used as an astrological and trading center.

Bike rides through the jungle are a quite common and popular way to explore its myriad wonders. Tulum Bike Tours enhance the experience by taking you to local communities, where you can learn about her
bal medicine and handcrafting jewelry from seeds.

Things to Do

Tulu's eco-chic atmosphere is clear when you take a walk downtown, which is located a mere 2.5 miles away from the coastline.

For a casual afternoon drink, bars are ubiquitous. If you like mezcal, Gitano is a good option. You can also find small art galleries and hippie clothing stores, as well as places that offer massages, pre-Hispanic rituals, or evening yoga classes on the beach.




Cancún is located in the Yucatán Peninsula in the north of Quintana Roo State in Mexico. Cancun features beautiful scenery framed by white sand beaches and turquoise sea, as well as natural reefs and lagoons. It is the most popular Mexican tourist destination. Besides having the best beaches in the world, you can enjoy exciting water activities such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing on a Catamaran or speed boat, flyboarding, windsurfing and paddle boarding in the Caribbean Sea or the Nichupte Lagoon. Both immense water bodies frame the scenery.

Cuisine & Nightlife

When it comes to food, Cancun offers a culinary experience through the fusion of Mexican and international flavors which are masterfully developed by the best chefs in the world. It is not possible to have vacation time in Cancún without being caught by its nightlife, which flows in clubs where international DJs and acrobatic performances can be found.


There are two shopping malls in Cancun's Hotel Zone:

La Isla Shopping Village

A glittering, ultra-trendy shoppers’ paradise on the banks of the Nichupte Lagoon. You will find over 150 shops here all under a giant canopy with a series of canals and small bridges.

Kukulcan Plaza & Luxury Avenue

Adjacent to each other in the Hotel Zone. Between them, they boast more than 250 shops and boutiques in exclusive and luxurious surroundings including world-famous brands such as Louis Vuitton and Cartier.


Mayan Sites


Chichen Itza

It was named last year as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This is of little surprise as its size, symmetry, and astrological importance are a testament to the Mayan civilization. There are many tours available, many stopping at the beautiful colonial city of Valladolid where you will also get to see some of the cenotes for which this area is famous. A visit to this grandiose Mayan city is a must for anyone traveling to Cancun.


Tulum is a Magical Town and a unique archaeological area in the world. Today, the ancient walled city of Tulum, which has been operating for 1,500 years, is a protected national park. It floods your senses with the mix of Mayan architecture, the scent of the Caribbean Sea, and the feel of the green grass that surrounds your feet as you climb the Castle and enjoy a panoramic view from which you can identify any boat that approaches the coast.


Ecological Parks


You can get to them easily by car or bus or take one of the choices of tours on offer. The most popular ecological theme park near Riviera Maya is Xcaret. Xcaret is a huge eco-park so it is worth getting there early in the morning to take full advantage of its beauty. You will get to see wildlife in its natural habitat surrounded by the most beautiful flora and fauna. There is safe snorkeling in the calm inlets, and there is even a natural underground river you can swim along to cool off. Don’t miss the spectacular Mexican Folkloric Show in the evening. A must-see for all the family!

Another very popular day out is to Xel-Ha, one of the world’s largest natural aquariums which are made up of a series of inlet and lagoon systems. Xel Ha means ‘the place where water is born’. For those of you that love snorkeling, El Garrafon will amaze you with its natural beauty and its plethora of coral and multicolored fish found in the crystalline ocean.


Rio Secreto


This nature reserve is categorized as part of Playa del Carmen's natural heritage on account of the beauty of its underground cavern system, which is partially flooded with crystalline turquoise water.

Tours of Río Secreto (Secret River) are led by expert cavern guides. A short hike brings you to the dry cavern area, which is profusely decorated with stalactites and stalagmites that join together to form columns wrapped in the roots of the ceiba trees growing on top. This path leads to the network of partially flooded caverns where you'll need to wear a wetsuit and a flotation device while swimming in the caverns.

According to the history of this natural reserve, Río Secreto was discovered by a farmer who was chasing an iguana. The clever reptile hid between the crevices of the giant rocks that covered the network of caverns. When the farmer moved the obstacles in search of the reptile, he discovered the otherworldly underground river.

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