So many archaeological gems to choose from, Coba, Tulum, Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Uxmal…..if history and ancient culture is your thing, look no further. The ancient Maya were a truly advanced civilization, with dense cities, splendid art, gifted astronomers and mathematicians and their own complex calendar. We can see the fruits of this amazing civilization not only in the 350,000 Mayas who still inhabit this region, but in the beautiful and incredible ruin sites throughout the region. The Riviera Maya boasts home to a number of minor sites, but more importantly to the big three, Coba, Muyil and Tulum. However it is impossible to come to this region without straying a little further afield to visit Chichen Itza, one of the 7 Wonders of the World.
DIVING & SNORKELING
The Riviera Maya is an ideal destination for snorkeling and diving, with warm, crystalline waters and miles of breathtaking beaches. The Meso American Barrier Reef or Great Maya Reef as it is sometimes called, at 725 km, is only second in length to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, stretching almost 1000 kilometers along the coast of Mexico and into Central America. It has a diverse ecosystem, with over 600 species of fish and 100 species of coral, tropical waters are warm and inviting almost all the year round. .
You know the Yucatan Peninsula for its glorious beaches and ancient ruins, but under the ground there’s a completely different world to explore. The world of Cenotes … naturally formed pits or sinkholes made of limestone. Our Peninsula is a large limestone shelf dotted with clear blue-green pools of water. These pools are fed by an underground river system which winds through the limestone. Over the years these rivers have carved out vast caverns and tunnels. Cenotes are filled with interesting rock formations, including stalagmites and stalactites. These systems are a Snorkeler’s and a Scuba Diver’s dream. There are Cenotes rated for both cave certified divers and non-cave certified divers. Exploring them can make you feel like you’re the first person to ever set eyes upon these amazing wonders.
Riviera Maya offers several world-class golf courses with tropical jungle and magnificent Caribbean views. Designed by world-renowned architects, these signature golf courses are challenging enough for low-handicappers, yet friendly enough for those who are new to the game! With many choice of golf courses (from PAR 3 to more challenging), you have a wide selection to choose from.
The Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is a 1.3 million acre nature reserve just south of Tulum in the Riviera Maya. It is the third largest protected area in Mexico, comprising 1.3 million acres of tropical ecosystems. Consisting of lowland forest, flooded savannas, mangroves, and a portion of the world’s second largest coastal barrier reef– the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef–the Reserve is home to 800 plant species and provides habitat for 350 species of birds, as well as jaguar, puma, ocelot, spider and howler monkeys, crocodiles, and many types of turtles.
ECO & ADVENTURE PARKS
See indigenous species such as the ocelot, the jaguar and the famous howler monkeys. Witness an amazing festival to the history of the Riviera Maya and Mexico, swim in limestone inlets full of tropical fish or explore underground caves and river systems. Fly down a zip line, cruise through the jungle in a real 4×4, fly across the waves in a formula 1 boat or experience the magic that our area has to offer in its numerous theme parks and day trips. The Riviera Maya has many theme parks to discover such as Xcaret, XelHa and Xplor.
This is a natural Nature reserve, and an excellent opportunity to explore the underground river world of the Rivera Maya. Explore Staglite and Stagmite formations with experienced guide walking and swimming through various cenotes and caves.
SWIM WITH DOLPHINS
You can choose between various different dolphinariums in the Riviera Maya to take part in a close up swim experience with these marvelous marine mammals. Less than 10 minutes by car will see you touching and playing with these unique animals. Delphinus at Xcaret, Dolphin Discovery at Puerto Aventuras and Delphinus at Xel Ha are some of your choices.