Spectacular remnants of a bygone civilization are sprinkled all around the Yucatan, and Riviera Maya holds many of the finest. Getting to a Mayan archaeological site may take a trip from two to six hours, but the majesty of it all is well worth the effort. Some of the best include Chac Mool, which is inside the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve and about 1 and a half hours south by boat from Punta Allen. Coba, about 30 miles west of Tulum has buildings still covered by jungle and the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan, Nohoch Mul; and Chacchoben, which is about 110 miles south of Tulum, boasts incredible, yet seldom seen ruins.
Wherever you go in the Riviera Maya the winding coastline is filled to the brim with gorgeous vistas and sandy bays. Many are protected by an outer reef, the world’s second largest, which creates a gentler surf and abundant soft sand. So, no matter which Riviera Maya honeymoon spot you choose, you’re in for the pinnacle of relaxation. Popular beach spots are Playa del Carmen, Playacar, Puerto Aventuras and Puerto Morelos. More quiet white sand beaches are Sian Ka´an and Soliman and Tankah Bay, Xcacel and Xpu-ha.
You may fancy a wild night at one of the famous clubs or discos in Cancun´s party area. The action lasts till down and there will never be a dull moment. Disco dancing, shows and music are just part of the action packed scene in Cancun.
Xcaret is located just fifteen minutes South of Playa Del Carmen and one hour from Cancun. It is one of the largest and perhaps best eco-park in Riviera Maya. You’ll want to set aside a full day to experience swimming in the underground river, visit its aquarium, see jaguars and pumas, sea turtles and archaeological vestiges. Visit the Mayan village, the beach, swim with dolphins and much more. At night Xcaret comes alive with firelight Mayan sports, and ceremonial dances and wonderful regional music from all around Mexico.
Cancun has several modern malls where you can browse and buy: La Isla, Plaza Caracol, Luxury Plaza and Plaza Kukulkan, as well as open markets in the downtown area like Ki Huic and Mercado Veintiocho, with plenty Mexican souvenirs. In these markets bargaining for a lower price is part of the fun. To make things better, your shopping in Cancun is Duty Free!
The water sparkles as blue as the sky above, while below the warm waves is a world of startling beauty. The crystal clear water, incredible reefs and colorful tropical aquatic animals are simply begging you to explore by snorkeling or scuba diving. Riviera Maya is prime location for some of the best underwater adventure around. Chances are your resort offers lessons and guided tours. If you want to stay dry, you can’t go wrong by visiting the caves at Aktun Chen, just south of Akumal along the highway. Be prepared to see an incredible amount of stalactites—and monkeys, too.
Cozumel is the diver´s paradise! Snorkeling can top the car almost anywhere, stand in the water, and see the wonder of marine life and see a sunken plane in front of La Ceiba Hotel. Divers will find a large number of diving shops that will make all arrangements you need for your diving, from diving lessons -basic or advanced-, equipment rental and individual or group tours to the best spots in Cozumel. Among the top diving spots on Cozumel please take note of: Palancar, Colombia Wall, Santa Rosa Wall, Punta Tunich and Paradise. If you and your partner are advanced divers, you may also want to visit Punta Sur, Barracurda and Maracaibo.
This is a monument to nature in Cozumel, located in a beautiful lagoon, which once was occupied by Maya settlements. In Chankanaab you and your partner can enjoy one day full of activity while staying of visiting Cozumel: you will be able to swim with dolphins, observe the sea lions and other sea species, visit a mini museum to learn about the history and culture of Cozumel, enjoy the day snorkeling or get a suntan to take back home, while reading your favorite book or magazine; then cool off in the botanical garden and have a relaxed lunch by the sea.
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