‘Riviera Maya’

Explore the cenotes of the Riviera Maya

The Spanish word “cenote”, translated as ‘natural well’, comes from the Mayan word ts’ono’ot, which means cavern with water. For the ancient Mayans, they were sacred places, gateways connecting the world with the underworld. It is a cavern excavated in limestone rock, which dominates the Yucután peninsula’s landscape, with stalagmites and stalactites. At some point in the changing geology, the sea level rose and all these caves were flooded with salty water. There are thousands of natural wells in the state of Quintana Roo, to which the Riviera Maya belongs, and the Yucután peninsula. There are some 19,000 scattered across…

Who said all there was here was tacos and guacamole?

It is unthinkable and practically impossible to make a list of Mexico´s traditional food without ending up writing dish after dish of the most diverse and peculiar recipes that tourists have the pleasure of sampling. A fusion of Mesoamerican and European cooking, it is one of the national cuisines that have most influenced the different styles of cooking around the world and it has also been influenced by others, such as the Spanish, African, Middle-Eastern and Asian gastronomy. It is one of the greatest cultural representations of the country, long before the Spanish conquest. It was not recognized as Intangible…

In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is a real fiesta

November 1, the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), is a real fiesta in Mexico, a celebration which shocks, full of colors and cheerful motifs… which refer to death, but from a different perspective! The spirits of your ancestors are nothing to fear, just the opposite in fact, and the Day of the Dead is the occasion to meet with them in an atmosphere very similar to that of the Anglo-Saxon Halloween, and thus it is something that must be seen to be understood from this perspective. This tradition comes from the pre-Hispanic era, although nowadays it also…

Xcaret Park, nature, tradition and culture in one location

Xcaret Park is one of those places that has it all. It is a natural park which possesses the best of the traditions and culture of Mexico, as well as a spot in which nature and the fight for the environment are one of the cornerstones. In Xcaret the visitor can enjoy underground rivers, natural pools, the top Butterfly House in the country and a coral reef aquarium, as well as bearing witness to age-old festivals and ceremonies and basking in the Mexican gastronomy. One of the most popular attractions of the park is its underground river. You can explore…

Five examples of beaches in the Riviera Maya

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There are no bad beaches in the Riviera Maya. All of them are paradises of white sand and crystal waters, so any destination a visitor picks will be a good choice. Even so, it is more than evident that each piece of coast is different to the rest, with small nuances which make them special and tip the balance in favor of one over another in the eyes of tourists. If we had to make a list of the five best beaches, they could very well be these: Punta Maroma Situated just a few minutes from Playa del Carmen, it…

Playa del Secreto, the paradise with no buildings

Playa del Secreto, situated in the municipality of Solidaridad, in the state of Quintana Roo, in the Riviera Maya, has 21 inhabitants and no monuments or constructions worthy of mention for miles around. So what makes it so special? The answer lies precisely in the nature which remains unspoiled by buildings. An endless beach of white sand and crystal waters at the perfect temperature all year round. Playa del Secreto is considered the best beach in the Riviera Maya and, despite being relatively close to other more frequently-visited places with greater tourist infrastructure, this small slice of paradise has not…

Activities for all the family in the Riviera Maya

You cannot plan a family trip without taking all the members into account. Children, adults, adolescents… each one envisages their own type of trip and everyone having the majority of their expectations satisfied or not depends on the planning. The Riviera Maya offers a large quantity of activities and visits to suit all comers. And not just theme parks but also nature, adventure and contact with indigenous culture are ever-present in most locations. Undoubtedly one of the most amazing options is a visit to the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá, considered one of the seven wonders of the world and…

Riviera Maya, a once-in-a-lifetime night

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The sun goes down. After a day on the beach, your body wants to move. A shower and some light clothing. The Riviera Maya will take care of the rest. Dinner in a restaurant and whatever you feel like doing afterwards – it’s all within easy reach if you’re looking to add to the list of wonderful memories of your vacation. The list of options is varied and almost infinite, with places spread around the different towns and villages in the area. Villages like Tulum, Akumal and Puerto Aventura offer some excellent clubs and bars.  But Playa del Carmen is…

Swimming with whale sharks in the Caribbean

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If you find yourself on vacation in the Mexican Caribbean, there’s an incredible adventure you shouldn’t miss for anything in the world – swimming with one of the world’s biggest fish, the whale shark! And no, I don’t wish you any harm, nor am I encouraging you to practice any high risk activity. The whale shark is a gentle giant that feeds exclusively on plankton, so our limbs don’t tempt them at all – at least not for chewing. These giants can grow up to 15 meters long, and their migratory passage takes them to the north of the Yucatán…

Fancy basking in the sun this Christmas?

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Did you know there are more than 5,000 islands in the Caribbean? To find the perfect Caribbean island for your Christmas holiday, you should start by deciding what you’d like to see and do. Although you’ll find sun and sand whichever one you choose, not all Caribbean islands are identical. And the same goes for the countries. So what springs to your mind when you think of Christmas in the Caribbean? Do you picture a peaceful, relaxing and quite spot, or do you prefer active tourism in a place with lots of things to see and a lively nightlife? Or…