‘Riviera Maya’

Do you know the jewels of the Mayan Riviera?

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The Mayan Riviera is a paradise of beaches with white sand and waters of turquoise hues, next to an exuberant forest filled with limestone cenotes and imposing Mayan ruins. These enigmatic archaeological deposits in the Mayan Riviera are some of the greatest treasures brought down from Mayan culture. · Tulum is the site of the only Mayan remains right next to the sea, right by one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Tulum means walled city in the Mayan language, but in earlier times it was called Zamá, which means ‘dawn’. Every morning Tulum offers one of the…

Playa del Carmen. Entertainment, great weather and postcard beaches

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  The locals simply call it Playa, because Playa del Carmen is THE BEACH par excellence of the Mayan Riviera. Located at the heart of the Mayan Riviera, it boasts the best restaurants, hotels, shops and night clubs. What was once a fisherman’s village of 1,500 inhabitants gradually became one of the major tourist centers in the world thanks to its multiple attractions. Here go some of the most appealing things you will find: · Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue) is the main Street of this Caribbean city. Those who thrive on shopping will find handicrafts stores alongside shops selling the…

Haven’t you heard of the refreshing michelada?

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The michelada became popular in Mexico during the 1940s, when people started to mix beer and spicy hot sauces. There are two versions to explain the origin of its name: one attributes it to Michel Ésper, who was said to have invented the drink at the bar of a sports club in San Luis Potosí; time went by and the invention became known as michelada as a tribute to its creator. The second, more simple version says that the name is just a contraction of the phrase “Mi cerveza helada” (my ice-cold beer). Whatever the origin of the name, the…

Cenotes, treasures of the Yucatan Peninsula.

The cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico) are caves, caverns and freshwater pits that are millions of years old. The water was trapped when the sea level rose and filtered through the limestone, forming these natural masterworks. There are three types: open, semi-closed and closed cenotes, depending on their access way. The ancient Mayas used them for their rituals and sacrifices—believing they led to the underworld. It is calculated that there are around 8,000 cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, considering that many are yet to be discovered, and every one of them is a unique wonder of the world waiting…

Swimming among turtles in Akumal

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Akumal is located 120 kilometers from Cancun and it is a place of virgin beaches with crystal clear water, natural areas and hundreds of turtles that thrive in this area, protected by national authorities. Akumal is one of the calmest places on the Mayan Riviera, 37 km from Playa del Carmen, and the preferred place for those seeking to enjoy nature and the quiet conditions, ideal for diving. It is as easy to see sea turtles in Akumal as it is for turtles to see humans swimming near them. By this we mean it’s relatively easy to see them, but…

The spectacular Cenote Dos Ojos

By this time most of you probably know what a cenote is, but for those of you who are newcomers we’ll explain that a cenote (from the Mayan dzonoot: ‘hole with water’) is a well of karstic origin. There are several types of cenotes: open air, semi-open and underground or in caves. This classification is directly related to the cenote’s age, the older ones being fully out in the open and the younger ones are those in which the dome has not caved in. Cenotes were formed in periods when the sea level dropped, during the glaciations in the Pleistocene.…

Mexico is the country with the most cultural sites included on the UNESCO World Heritage List

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It doesn’t surprise us in the least. Mexico is the birthplace of sophisticated civilizations that developed calendars, agricultural systems, pyramids, codices and many other developments, so it is natural that it should be top of the list. Cultural heritage is understood as a peculiar form of life, aspects brought down from our ancestors such as knowledge, activities, languages, traditions, legends, art, games, material developments, etc. that survive over the generations and possess aesthetic, emotional, identifying and symbolic value, they are meaningful for the community and become a point of reference—all this is cultural heritage and it may be tangible or…

What you can’t afford to miss when travelling to the Mayan Riviera

The Mayan Riviera, in the Mexican Caribbean, has so much to see that sometimes when travelling there you can feel lost with so much on offer, not knowing where to begin! Here we’ll put together a list of ‘essentials’ but don’t worry if you can’t see everything. It will give you an excuse to arrange a second trip to the Mayan Riviera in the future! Chichén Itzá Chichén Itzá is the most famous Mayan city in the world. Located in the state of Yucatán, 128 km from Mérida on the way to Cancun, it is visited by over a million…

A port at the service of nature

Puerto Moleros is the main port of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. This might suggest industrial activity with large cargo ships and other features that would not make it at all appealing for tourists. But in recent years, what was once a traditional fishing village has become one of the most advisable tourist destinations for nature loving travelers. Its barrier reef, declared a National Park, is part of one of the world’s most important barrier reefs, just 500 m off the coast. It is an ideal place for scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurf and other marine activities. It also has…

15 things to do at Xcaret, the paradise of the Mayan Riviera

We propose 15 things you can’t miss when you visit the Park of Xcaret, the most impressive eco-archeological park in the Mayan Riviera. · Swim and take pictures with the dolphins and even the stingrays! · Climb up the rotating tower and enjoy the views of the park and the Caribbean Sea. · Visit the coral reef aquarium, with water flowing in directly from the Caribbean thanks to a system that takes advantage of the waves to keep a steady flow from and then back to the sea. · Stop by the local fauna breeding station, where the hosts are…