The Riviera Maya has a lot to offer and one of the most attractive destinations, Playa del Carmen is located in the heart of the Riviera Maya. During the day, this area offers many great activities on land and in the water, with world-class diving located right off its shores.
Tulum: on the outskirts of Playa del Carmen, stands one of the main archaeological zones of Quintana Roo. Known as Tulum, it contains the Templo de El Castillo and the Templo de los Frescos where you can admire the wonderful paintings of the Mayan world.
Cobá : the Mayan city of Cobá was built in the fauna-rich jungle next to freshwater lakes about 2,200 years ago. Today, four sections of this complex: Coba, Chumuc Mul, Macanxoc and Nohoch mul, contain partially preserved buildings, white roads, or sacbés, platforms, foundations, pyramids and patios to discover.
Muyil Mayan settlement: located inside of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, this historic site reached its peak between 300 and 600 AD. It was linked to other Mayan cities by means of sacbés that were used to transport goods traded with other regions.
Shop til you drop – be sure to check out its famous 5th Avenue which offers great shopping, lots of restaurants and tons of bars and discos that come alive when the sun goes down.
Go coastal – some of the lovely coastal villages for you to discover include Puerto Morelos with its alligator farm and botanical garden, Playa del Secreto and Playa Paraiso which is often frequented by sea turtles, the very quiet town of Paamul or, last but not least, Akumal with its Yal-Ku miniature lagoon.
Enjoy natural wonders – the Xel-Há park features underwater rivers, lagoons, limestone sinkholes, virtually unspoiled forest and archaeological remains. Ideal for swimming and snorkelling, this site has lakes connected to each other by underground tunnels that are fun to explore. The tropical jungle is great for hiking, and climbing down the walls of the cenotes and swimming in the reservoirs.