Riviera Maya Travel Guide

Riviera Maya

The homeland of one of the world’s most fascinating civilizations, the Riviera Maya (or Mayan Riviera) is located along the Caribbean Sea. The region consists of beautiful beaches, lush tropical jungles, pristine nature parks, rivers, cenotes, and archeological sites of ancient Mayan ruins.

The Riviera Maya is located in the Mexican Caribbean in the state of Quintana Roo which forms part of the Yucatán Peninsula. The Mayan Riviera spreads south from Cancún, through charming Puerto Morelos and all the way to the tiny fishing village of Punta Allen in the Sian Ka’an Nature Reserve.

A favorite spot for those who practice water sports or simply love the beach, the Riviera Maya offers expansive, private beaches with clear, turquoise blue, warm sea water. This part of the Caribbean Sea is home to the great Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, where a spectacular underwater world of colorful fish and uncommon marine life thrive along its coral reefs. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is the second largest coral reef in the world and spans from Cancún all the way to south of Guatemala in Central America.

Another main attraction is the rich culture of the ancient Mayan civilizations. Discover a magical world in ancient Mayan ruins such as Chichén Itzá, Tulum, and Cobá, to name a few. The Riviera Maya is also home to exciting eco parks such as Xcaret, Xel-Ha, and for some adventure, Xplor and Selvatica. For a more laid back vacation, discover the small towns of Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and everything in between. Take in the pleasures of the natural beauty and cultural history of the region’s natural and man-made treasures.

Attractions

Tulum
Nature Parks
Mayan Ruins

Things to do

Horseback Riding
Snorkeling, Scuba Diving
Xcaret Eco-Park
Xel-Ha Nature Park

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