Some destinations owe their popularity to their cosmopolitan way of life and lose their appeal after a while. Others, however, are so complex and culturally rich that they reveal themselves to tourists time and time again, without ever becoming boring or mainstream. One of the latter is, without a doubt, Riviera Maya, the jewel of the Caribbean. It is definitely a location that you should include in your to-see list, because it offers everything you could ever want from a holiday: incredible beaches with soft sand, luxury resorts, exclusive nightclubs, fascinating traditions and a rich cultural heritage. If you love discovering new cultures, then you should definitely tour Riviera Maya
. Whether you do this alone or with your friends and family, the area has attractions for all ages and preferences, so you will not be disappointed.
Jumpstarting Riviera Maya tourism
Situated between Playa del Carmen (to the north) and Felipe Carrillo Puerto (to the south), Riviera Maya hasn’t always been the popular attraction it is today. Travel agencies only started to include it in their tour offers after the early 2000s, when local Government made considerable investments and turned the small fishermen villages along the coast into luxury resorts that could very well accommodate five star vacations. Fortunately, they managed to increase accommodation conditions without urbanizing the area or making it lose its ancient Mayan feel. So, by going on a tour of the Riviera Maya, you will be able to experience the wonderful cultural heritage of the Maya people without compromising on comfort and amenities.
Things to experience in Riviera Maya
Visits to Chichen Itza and Coba are a must if you are interested in the history and culture of the Mayan civilization. Here, you can take historical tours and discover stunning ruins from the pre-Columbian period, and also have swimming with the dolphins and exploring the jungle. Temperatures do not fall below 25 degrees Celsius, so you will definitely get a tan. Since the local appeal of the area hasn’t been touched, you will not find many international fast food chains or cafes. Instead, you will be delighted to experience traditional Mexican cuisine that includes tortillas, hot peppers, enchiladas, guacamole and tacos. You might have had them at home, but local recipes are much better.
There are many other things that you can do in Riviera Maya in addition to visiting ruins, laying on the beach and going on jungle tours. Contact your local operator to find out more!