Riviera Maya Attractions

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Under the bright blues skies and canopy of trees lies a breathtaking world of nature, adventure and discovery right in Riviera Maya and Cancún. Travel back in time at the ruins of Tulum. Immerse yourself in the one-of-a-kind beauty of a rainforest. Enjoy amazing things to do including snorkeling, diving, horseback riding, and other diversions. Your choices for activities in Riviera Maya are endless, which means that no two vacations will ever be the same.

CULTURE & NATURE

Nearly 100 miles of beautiful white-sand beaches with brilliant turquoise colored water are located just south of Cancún. Called the Riviera Maya, this world-renowned paradise offers mangroves and lagoons, ancient Mayan cities, ecological reserves and the world's second largest coral reef.

Tres Ríos Ecopark
A gorgeous tropical reserve located 10 minutes south of Playa del Carmen.

Xel-Há
A freshwater bay that meets the ocean; ideal for snorkeling or diving among many sea creatures that make their home in the bay and its tributaries. The area has many, well-trained lifeguards on duty.

Aktun Chen
Located in the jungle, between Akumal and Xel-Ha, you’ll find beautiful underground dry caves with stalactite and stalagmite stone formations and a spectacular fresh water cenote. You might even be lucky enough to see spider monkeys. Venomous and non-venomous snakes can be seen at the serpentarium.

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve
Just south of Tulum, this nature reserve flourishes with unusual flora and fauna within several distinct natural ecosystems. The reserve contains unexcavated Maya ruins, freshwater canals, cenotes, mangroves, lagoons and inlets. The fishing village of Boca Paila is within the reserve.

Xaman-Ha Aviary
Home to exotic birds, such as scarlet macaws, flamingos and herons.

Punta Laguna
Spend time with spider monkeys and howler monkeys in their natural habitat. Trek in the jungle and travel Punta Laguna by boat. Birds, deer, turtles and crocodiles are among the wildlife to be seen, along with the site of Mayan ruins.

Nohoch Jungle Crossing
Snorkel in one of world's largest discovered subterranean river systems. In this ancient natural miracle, you’ll experience spectacular geological formations and crystal-clear fresh water.

Jardín Botánico del Dr. Alfredo Barrera
Beautiful botanical gardens located a few minutes south of Puerto Morelos. Experience exotic species of tropical fauna, displayed within a natural rainforest setting.

The Cedam Maritime Museum
This museum features an interesting display of artifacts and wreckage from shipwrecks along the coastline.

Crococun Crocodile Park and Regional Zoo 
Similar to the crocodile parks in Florida, this park and zoo features regional animals and several imported ones. Guides speak English.

Tulum Ruins
Fascinating Mayan ruins and crafts market.

ENTERTAINMENT & SHOPPING

Xcaret
Created to resemble an "Eco Maya" theme park. Attractions include a re-enactment of a traditional Mayan ballcourt game, butterfly pavilion, traditional Mexican dance and music, small zoo and water theme park.

Rancho Loma Bonita
Ride horseback through jungle mangroves, lakes, and the Caribbean Sea. You can also ride a 4-wheeler, snorkel, bicycle, or kayak in and around lagoons, or swim in the pool.

Playa del Carmen
The Mayan Riviera's premier spot for nightlife. Hit the clubs and bars of your choice for an eclectic array of party possibilities.

Tulum Pueblo
The last town before Hwy 307 turns into a desolate jungle road. Here, you’ll find good shopping in Tulum, with prices generally cheaper than in Playa del Carmen.

Hacienda Isabela
A re-creation of a traditional Mexican hacienda. Each Thursday night features a "Mexican Fiesta Show" put on by a troupe of entertainers from Cancún.