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QUINTANA ROO

RIVIERA MAYA

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ACCOMMODATIONS
ARCHEOLOGY
ARTS AND CRAFTS
ATTRACTIONS
BEACHES
ECOTOURISM AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
GASTRONOMY
MUSEUMS
NIGHTLIFE
SHOPPING

The Riviera Maya, a natural paradise that merges with the waters of the Caribbean Sea, is a coastal strip that stretches more than 120 km (75 mi) from Puerto Morelos to Punta Allen, in the state of Quintana Roo. The climate in this Yucatan Peninsula region is subtropical with an average temperature of 25C (77F).

Considered one of the fastest growing tourist destinations over the last decade, here you can relax or enjoy recreational activities at luxurious resorts nestled in the jungle. The posh hotels offer exclusive golf courses, spas and white-sand beaches, such as El Secreto and El Paraiso, where you can bask in the sun and indulge in all kinds of water sports. For example, you can scuba dive off the coast at a depth of more than 10 meters (33 feet) as you take in the spectacular sights of the Great Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. You can also discover ancient Mayan cities such as Coba and Tulum; the latter is located right on the beach. What’s more, you can visit incredible ecological reserves such as Sian Ka'an, which was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Here you can take part in eco-tourism outings, sailfish and marlin fishing, and other outdoor activities such as: long walks or horseback riding, while enjoying the beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean Sea.

During your visit to the Riviera Maya, do not miss out on Xcaret and Xel-H, two of Mexico’s most important theme parks, where you can see fascinating indigenous wildlife and live the unforgettable experience of snorkeling in underground rivers. At dusk, don’t forget to visit the spectacular nightclubs, where you can chat with friends over drinks, or you can visit a restaurant and treat yourself to a delicious lobster dinner. These are just some of things you can do in the Riviera Maya, which is why it has earned a reputation as the ideal destination to enjoy life.

ACCOMMODATIONS:


ECOTOURISM AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES:
Ecotourism:
Along the Riviera Maya you will discover a wide variety of ecotourism options, allowing you to admire the spectacular wildlife at the main ecological reserves. You can also participate in projects to protect endangered species, such as marine turtles. The experience will put you in direct contact with nature, making it all the more enjoyable.

Outdoor activities:
In the Riviera Maya you can take long walks or go horseback riding while admiring scenery of unparalleled beauty, such as the jungle landscape, and fantastic views of the Caribbean Sea. You can also explore the depths of a sinkhole, or strap yourself to a pulley and slide down a steel cable as you glide between trees.

Fishing:
In the Riviera Maya you’ll find numerous places to do sport fishing where you can catch sailfish, dorado, tuna, barracuda and marlin. In addition, you can visit nearby fishing villages or attend El Torneo de Pesca Internacional de Puerto Aventuras (The Puerto Aventuras International Fishing Tournament), which takes place in May.

Camping:
Within the Riviera Maya you will find an extraordinary ecological reserve with beautiful jungle landscape and ivory-sand beaches, where you can find numerous spots to camp by the Caribbean Sea.

Kayaking:
In the Riviera Maya you can enjoy the varied experience of kayaking offshore or through the mangroves as you take in the colorful scenery. To do this activity, look for the various companies offering rental services.

Scuba diving:
Due to spectacular coral formations, which stem from the Great Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the Riviera Maya has countless spots perfect for scuba diving, snorkeling, and cave diving. In this region, you can also explore a unique system of extraordinary underground rivers and sinkholes inhabited by a wide variety of marine species.

Boating:
The Riviera Maya has excellent docks, marinas and piers with all the necessary services for boating enthusiasts. Here are some of the most known marinas:

  • Marina El Cid de Puerto Morelos: Located 36 km (22 mi) south of Cancun. It has concrete docks with up to 150 slips, and offers all the nautical services with 24-hour security.
  • Marina de Punta Venado: Located 12 km (7.5 mi) south of Playa del Carmen. It has a ferry terminal that provides transportation services for passengers and cargo headed to Cozumel. It’s also where stone materials are exported to the United States.
  • Puerto Calica: Located at Km 282.6 off the Cancun – Tulum Highway 307. This port receives international cruise ships and local ferries that link the mainland with the islands of the Mexican Caribbean. It also has commercial liners departing to U.S., Central American and Caribbean ports.
  • Muelle Majahual: Located 1 km (1/2 mi) north of the city of Majahual. This major cruise dock has been operating since 2001 and receives up to half a million visitors each year. It has the capacity to receive more than 300 cruise ships, and even though relatively new, it has become one of the most important tourist docks in the Mexican Caribbean.
  • Marina de Puerto Aventuras: Located at Km 269.5 off the Chetumal - Puerto Juarez Highway, this marina holds up to 98 boats. Here you’ll find all the necessary boating services.


Golf:
In the Riviera Maya you’ll find world-class golf courses with unbeatable natural surroundings. The sea breeze and the warm semi-humid climate, coupled with the exclusive settings and excellent services, make it a fantastic golfing experience.

SPAs:
In the Riviera Maya the exclusive resorts provide the ultimate holistic experience with massage services and specialized treatments to help alleviate stress. Most of the area’s spas offer outdoor therapies, detoxifying herbal remedies and several types of mud treatments based on ancient Mayan traditions. Another great option is a temazcal steam bath, an unforgettable sauna with red-hot volcanic rocks in the middle of an adobe structure. The rocks are periodically sprayed with a mixture of medicinal infusions. The herbal steam bath experience is seen as a re-encounter with Mother Earth.

ARCHEOLOGY:
One of the main lures of the Riviera Maya is its wealth of archaeological treasures which date back to the distinct eras of the Mayan culture. Here you can learn about the rituals, customs, traditions, architecture, astronomy and even the boating practices of this pre-Hispanic civilization. When visiting the ruins, you’ll see astonishing buildings surrounded by lush jungles that overlook the Caribbean Sea.

ARCHEOLOGICAL ZONE OF COBA:
Located 105 km (65 mi) southwest of Playa del Carmen and 42 km (26 mi) northwest of Tulum on Highway 307. In this Mayan city you will find several monumental buildings, an extensive network of roads, several important steles and five lakes which form the heart of this ancient metropolis: Coba, Macanxoc, Sacalpuc, Yaxlaguna and Xcanh. Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

ARCHEOLOGICAL ZONE OF TULUM:
Located 128 km (80 mi) south of Cancun on Highway 307. This was one of the main cities that the Mayans built near the ocean. Currently it is a national park with an expanse of 644 hectares (1,590 acres). The ruins stretch six km (3.5 mi) along the coast, and the grounds include lodging facilities, a modern mall with Mayan-like architecture and designs, and several restaurants where you can enjoy the region’s traditional cuisine. Among the must-see Mayan structures are: el Castillo (The Castle), el Templo del Dios Descendente (The Temple of the Descending God), el Templo de los Frescos (The Temple of the Frescos) and El Templo del Viento (The Temple of the Wind). Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

ARCHEOLOGICAL ZONE OF MUYIL:
Located 15 minutes south of Tulum. It is one of the oldest Mayan cities and the ruins are surrounded by dense vegetation. El Templo de El Castillo (the Temple of the Castle) stands out as one of the highest structures on the coast. Muyil borders the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

ARCHEOLOGICAL ZONE OF XAMAN-HA:
Located in Playa del Carmen, 68 km (42 mi) south of Cancun on Highway 307. Here you’ll find several structures and a temple as the main archaeological attractions.

XCARET:
Located eight km (five miles) south of Playa del Carmen off the Cancun - Tulum Highway 307. This ecological park offers attractions you won’t find elsewhere, such as the archaeological ruins of one of the most important ceremonial centers of the Mayan culture. Its natural beauty is one of a kind and benefits from ponds, caves, underground rivers full of colorful fish, and a reef aquarium. This park’s archaeological design allows visitors to admire the platforms and buildings of a ceremonial center, like such structures as the Caracol, the Main Temple, the miniature temples and the residential areas. Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

ARTS AND CRAFTS:
The people of the Riviera Maya make precious crafts such as embroidered huipiles (women’s blouses), wood sculptures and hand-woven hats. They also make ornaments from conch shells and imitations of pre-Hispanic figurines with stone settings. To find these objects, other beautiful handicrafts and souvenirs to remember your visit, you should go to Playa del Carmen, where you’ll come across various shops on Quinta Avenida.

GASTRONOMY:
In the Riviera Maya you can enjoy a wide array of local dishes from the Yucatan Peninsula, such as papadzules, cochinita pibil or chocolomo, thanks to the fusion of Spanish and indigenous culinary cultures. You can also try many seafood and fish dishes such as: snapper, lobster and snail, which are commonly prepared with regional spices and chili peppers. In addition to the Mayan cuisine that you’ll find in small palapas, you can also enjoy international cuisine at various gourmet restaurants.

MUSEUMS:
To learn more about the culture and history of the Riviera Maya, don’t forget to visit the following museums:

Archeological Museum of Xel-H: Located in the Xel-H Ecological Park, 113 km (70 mi) south of Cancun on Highway 307 to Tulum. This archaeological museum has prehispanic artifacts, maps and diagrams that reveal intricate details about Mayan culture and history. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Museum Pablo Bush Romero: Located in Puerto Aventuras, 98 km (60 mi.) south of Cancun, on Highway 307. The Museum is named after Bush Romero, a famous diver in the region. This museum displays an extensive collection of marine objects and equipment used decades ago to explore underwater life.

Museum del Centro de Estudios y Deportes Acuaticos de Mexico (CEDAM): Located in Puerto Aventuras, 98 km (60 mi.) south of Cancun, on Highway 307. On display are numerous objects found at sunken ship sites, all of which are fascinating for boating enthusiasts.

Caste War Museum (Museo de la Guerra de Castas): Located in the town of Tihosuco, 81 km (50 mi) northwest of Felipe Carrillo Puerto. The building of this museum was constructed in the 18th century; it has six showrooms and a botanical garden. Here you’ll find paintings, photographs, documents, models and other objects that tell the history of the 19th century Caste War. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

SHOPPING:
All along the Riviera Maya you’ll find various places to shop. You’ll come across everything from modern shopping malls to traditional and colorful markets, where you can buy crafts and imitation stone figurines of Mayan gods. You can also purchase all sorts of souvenirs and high quality jewelry at low prices. To buy these items and much more, there is no place like Quinta Avenida in Playa del Carmen, a shopping area with exclusive boutiques that have the latest beach wear and sports accessories, as well as the finest jewelry and perfume shops in the Riviera Maya. While on Quinta Avenida, we recommend that you visit stores such as Selva y Mar or Rincon del Sol, located in the Quinta Avenida, where you can buy a multiple selection of souvenirs such as pens, key rings, t-shirts, ceramics, textiles, wood sculptures and objects made from seashells. In Plaza Playacar there are several stores, a money exchange bureau and an Internet Caf. In Puerto Aventuras, near the marina, you’ll find a passageway where you can buy all sorts of items. Other shopping options are the Puerto Morelos downtown area and Avenida Tulum, which leads to the Tulum archaeological zone.

NIGHTLIFE:
The Riviera Maya offers a very entertaining nightlife at bars and nightclubs, where you can listen to tropical, rock, reggae and lounge music. Here the party is non-stop, especially if you go to Playa del Carmen, which has a more bohemian atmosphere than Cancun. Among the best places to visit during your stay are La Placita, El Agora, Papaya Republique, Seor Frogs and Venice Caf. In addition, along the famous Quinta Avenida, you’ll find various restaurants with live mariachi music, romantic trios and marimbas, all of which create a pleasant dining atmosphere.

BEACHES:
All along the coast of the Riviera Maya you’ll find white-sand beaches and a turquoise sea. Some of the beaches have calm waters and are far removed from the hustle and bustle of the big city; while others have all the necessary tourist services to enjoy a sunny day at the beach and do your favorite water sports.

Playa del Secreto and Playa Paraiso: These two beaches are located on the road that links Puerto Morelos to Playa del Carmen, and they lie about 5 km (3 mi) apart. At Playa Paraiso you’ll find an all-inclusive hotel with solar and Aeolian energy sources. These places are favorite spots for marine turtles and crabs.

Xcacel: Located 44 km (27 mi) south of Playa del Carmen. This beautiful and calm beach is one of the preferred nesting grounds for the sea turtles that come each year to lay their eggs. The glaring ivory sand and the turquoise waters make every evening a delight.

Kantenah: Located about 30 km (18 mi) southwest of Playa del Carmen. This place has calm waters that are ideal for those who want to get away from all the commotion. The beach has small, comfortable and discreet, hotels with complete services.

Boca Paila and Punta Allen: These two beaches are the preferred spots for those who enjoy ecotourism since they are both located within the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. It is worth mentioning that in this part of the peninsula you’ll find limited tourism development. Hostels, inns and small hotels are waiting for you with open arms. The most attractive quality of these beaches is this limited access.

Puerto Aventuras: Located 35 km (21 mi) south of Playa del Carmen, is the ideal tourist resort if you want to relax in a peaceful and comfortable atmosphere. The downtown area consists of a lively marina with full of atmosphere, restaurants, bars and stores. There’s even a museum of sunken ships. But if you truly love the beach life, visit the hotel zone, where you’ll discover calm and pleasant Caribbean beaches.

Playa Paamul: Located 15 km (9 mi) from Playa del Carmen, between Puerto Aventuras and Xcaret. This place offers various tourist services including bungalows, restaurants, convenience stores and 24-hour security. Here you will find a gently sloping beach, where you can scuba dive and do other water sports.


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