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Riviera Maya, Mexico

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Riviera Maya Attractions

Riviera Maya has become a top destination in Mexico.  With its great outdoor activities, amazing nature to explore and iconic archaeological sites, it’s no wonder everyone is raving about Riviera Maya attractions.

Archaeological Sites
When asking which is the most popular of Riviera Maya attractions, you’ll hear time and again that it’s Tulum.  This site features the largest Mayan structure on the coast.  It sits proud atop cliffs of limestone.  Historians believe this was the first community of Mayans in the 16th century.  Among the most important of these structures is the Castle, which once served as a lighthouse to guide incoming ships. 

The Temples of Tulum are also of much interest among Riviera Maya attractions.  These unique wall paintings were made from color pigment.  The figures were stained and carved on the sides of the walls.  This site is not to be missed.  It’s the only discovery on the coast to date.

Xcaret is somewhat different.  It’s an eco-archaeological park where visitors can learn from the rich heritage of Mayan and Mexican traditions.  Its beauty is a site to behold.  It’s worth taking time to explore and see the indigenous fauna and vegetation.  There are beautiful inlets, underground rivers and lagoons.  It’s the perfect spot to see the dolphins. 

Tip:  Make sure and stay for the evening show.  It features music and dances from different regions of Mexico.  

Travelers also enjoy the sites at Coba.  This archaeological awe comprises miles of structures.  The most ancient and tallest is Nohoch Muul.  This pyramid like building overlooks the jungles. 

Breathtaking Nature
Xel-Ha is another interesting must see of Riviera Maya attractions.  It’s said to be the largest aquarium in the World.  The most interesting fact is that it’s all natural.  The scenery is simply beyond words.  Snorkelers and divers can enjoy thousands of fish, cenotes (sinkholes), caves and remnants of the Mayas. 

When you see Atkun Chen, you’ll think you’re in paradise.  This underground place of beauty boasts an out of the ordinary cavern with its own cenote of freshwater inside.  It’s situated in a 988 acre National Park containing luscious jungles.  The caverns are not to be missed.  They contain unique stalactite formations.  

And to appreciate more of the natural beauty of Riviera Maya attractions, there’s Sian Ka’an Biosphere.  This beautiful natural reserve has everything you could possibly want to see.  It has a rain forest, lakes, swamps, bays and reefs.  It’s home to a large array of animal and bird species. 

Akumal Bay has also earned its reputation as most visited because of its splendor.  It’s ideal for scuba divers and sun worshippers alike.  Romantics can enjoy magnificent sunsets and long walks on white sandy beaches.   

And apart from visiting the sites, out of towners can enjoy the great golf opportunities.  Most of the courses have been designed by champions like Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman to name a few.  Other activities preferred by tourists include fishing, parasailing, kayaking, getting pampered in a spa or dancing the night away. 


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