It ranges from solitary beaches to modern architectural complexes, including hotels, marinas, sports facilities and restaurants. The splendor of ancient Maya civilization is most evident in the numerous archaeological sites in this area. It is through the pyramids, “pelota” playing fields, sculpted stone pillars, plazas and temples that some of the mysteries still surrounding one of America’s most important cultures has been partially deciphered.
The Riviera Maya is a 130 km strip located on the West coast of Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Forests, jungle, flora and fauna, archaeological sites, solitary beaches, a turquoise-colored sea with crystal-clear water which turns to silver by moonlight, the fantasy and warmth of the tropics, the mystery of the millenary culture which lives on in the Maya people, are just some of the qualities which have turned the Riviera Maya into a destination which can compete favorably with all the rest of the Caribbean’s tourist destinations.
A major attraction throughout the Riviera Maya are coastal and reef aquatic activities dependent on the coastal water and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (also known as the Belize Barrier Reef) which begins near Cancun and continues along the whole length of the Riviera Maya continuing southward to Guatemala. This barrier reef system is the second longest in the world.
Activities at the most visited locations include Jet Skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming in cenotes,swimming with dolphins, zip-lining, horse riding, sailing, and guided jungle tours. Archeology is also a big tourist draw in the area, including the popular archeological sites operated by the Instituto Nacional de Archeological such as Tulum on the coast, and Chichen Itza and Coba located some distance inland. The self-named ecoparks of Xcaret and Xel-Ha also include some smaller archeological ruins as part of their attractions, but these natural water theme parks operated by private business consortia attract much larger crowds due to the diversity and range of activities provided, such as swimming with captive dolphins. More tours on the Riviera Maya is available at this link.