Once home to the ancient tribe of the Mayans, the Mayan Riviera has some of the most beautiful scenery and beaches in all of Mexico, but not only is it picturesque, there are also an abundance of fun activities and day trips to discover.
Xcaret Eco Theme Park
Xcaret Eco Theme Park is one of the top theme parks in Mexico. Set deep in the Mayan jungle, Xcaret combines more than 40 fantastic attractions including snorkelling in underground rivers, cave walks, sailing and swimming with dolphins or sharks. There are restaurants and a great wine bar for the adults and incredible views of the Caribbean from the Rotating Scenic Tower.
Xcaret costs from £50 per person, depending on what attractions you want to take part in, but it’s well worth the money and provides an incredible day out for the whole family.
Mayan Ruins of Tulum
Situated on the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, with stunning views of the Caribbean, the Mayan Ruins of Tulum is one of the top sights in the Mayan Riviera. Built in the thirteenth century, these incredible ruins feature well-preserved temples and murals which provide a fascinating break from your poolside lounger!
To get to Tulum there are regular buses from Cancun which cost between £3.50 and £5, or most hotels do excursions that you can book at reception. It’s about a one mile walk to the ruins from the bus stop, but the view is well worth it.
The natural aquarium of Xel-Ha is the perfect place to get close to some of Mexico’s native nature and wildlife. Snorkel with colourful fish, relax on a river tour, go caving, zip-lining, cliff jumping or swim with dolphins – you’ll need a couple of days just to fit it all in!
After all those exciting activities you’re sure to be hungry so choose from one of four restaurants at Xel-Ha, from American buffet food to Mexican delicacies. Prices for an all-inclusive pass to Xel-Ha are about £50 if you book online, but for this price you get access to all the activities this fantastic natural park has to offer.
Cenotes Dos Ojos
A trip to Mexico isn’t complete without a visit to some of its incredible underwater caves and Cenotes Dos Ojos are by far the most impressive. These natural caves were formed over 6,500 years ago and make up 300 miles of underwater tunnels and stunning formations. For under £10 you can snorkel in these breath-taking caves, regardless if you’re a beginner or a strong swimmer. Don’t forget to check out the eerie bat cave, where hundreds of these fuzzy creatures live – sounds scary, but it’s an impressive sight. The bus routes run to Cenotes Dos Ojos, or you can hitch a ride with a ‘colectivo’, a Yucatan taxi mini-van which cost around £2 a journey.