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Things To Do In Riviera Maya

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  • Reserve your favourite tours on Expedia at a great value, and you'll still have money for a fancy hotel or upscale meal while you are visiting. The things to do in Riviera Maya are not only perfect for you, but they won't break the bank. We have 227 things to do here, and you can get them starting at £12.
  • Riviera Maya is popular among travellers. In fact, many travellers have been visiting to get a taste of local culture and find the top activities, and many are already thinking of return. The most popular activities can earn the interest of even experienced travellers, and one look at our list explains why. Our collection includes an impressive variety of culturally based outings and excitement. With once in a lifetime adventures like a Cozumel Dive Package for Certified Divers and Tulum & Beyond Small-Group Tour, there is a huge selection of opportunities to choose from when you peruse the activities on offer here at Expedia.

Our activities are the ideal way to organise your holiday. It takes a game plan to really get the most out of Riviera Maya, particularly when you wish to include lots of exciting activities. And it's clear that you don't want to hunker down in your hotel room遥ou're excited to get out and have an adventure. You look forward to scoping out the most essential activities around, and an afternoon walking through charming neighbourhoods is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Book professional regional tours on Expedia, and you may find all that you are seeking and more.

Things to Do in Riviera Maya

Ancient ruins, stunning white sandy beaches and enigmatic cenotes (sinkholes), the Riviera Maya is a truly unique slice of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Once this was the heartland of the mysterious, and incredibly advanced Maya, people, who flourished between 300 and 900 AD. In recent years it has transformed into one of the world’s most popular holiday resorts, including the beach areas at Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Tulum. Lounge on the beach, explore mystical temple ruins or splash around in the waterparks for history, culture and fun.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Riviera Maya

Tulum - This truly unique beach destination features ancient temple ruins sitting atop rugged cliff tops. All around it, lush green vegetation plunges down into the brilliant blue waters below.

Playa del Carmen - One of the biggest and trendiest cities in the Riviera Maya, discover stunning beaches brimming with a young crowd. A real party capital and fun loving resort.

Cancun - Built by the government as a dedicated holiday resort back in the 1970s, it has become one of the world’s favourite resort destinations. Incredible beaches, sublime weather and ample facilities - what’s not to like?

Puerto Morelos - Roughly halfway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos has managed to retain its small town feel, creating a different vibe to some of the other bigger resorts along the coast.

Akumal - Meaning the ‘land of the turtles’ in the local Mayan tongue, this is one of the most peaceful places on the whole Riviera, with secluded beaches and a shallow bay.

Things to See on the Riviera Maya

The main treat for the eyes in the Riviera Maya is undoubtedly the incredible selection of ruins along the coast. Relatively little is known about the mysterious Maya people who thrived here and further down into Central America for the best part of a millennium. Although their classic period ended sometime around the 10th century (for reasons still not really fully understood) the remains of their advanced cities and temples remain. On the clifftops at Tulum stands one of the most majestic, far more advanced than anything that existed in contemporary Europe. Explore these ruins, and those at Coba and Macanxoc to get a glimpse back into the past.

Things to Do on the Riviera Maya

Explore the underworld at Rio Secreto, a vast underground labyrinth of tunnels and passageways formed by geological processes. This forms part of the wider underground water network, which occasionally rise to the surface in the form of cenotes, or sinkholes. Snorkel or dive along the beautiful coastline, with coral reefs and wreck sites to explore, or when the wind gets up, learn how to kitesurf at Playa del Carmen. Sample delicious Mexican cuisine, sip cocktails on the beach and make the most of the huge array of tourist facilities all around you.

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