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From the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula to the sandy and blue Bacalar Lagoon, the Riviera Maya is a destination that conquers visitors at first sight. White beaches and turquoise waters extend for kilometers and offer all sorts of attractions along this stretch (and for every taste). Recognized internationally for its beauty, it is quite likely that the infrastructure found in this area does not exist anywhere else in the country. From cruise ships to boutique and luxury tourism, options are endless. In addition, the Maya past - hidden in sites like Tulum, with the only pyramid that rises next to the sea - complement the travelera's experience.
On the Mayan Riviera, it is possible to enjoy three different versions of archaeological tourism. The first is in amusement parks. In the neighboring areas, you can visit the vestiges of Pole, which ancient Maya people occupied as a port, worship place and commercial city. The second version, more sober and probably more beautiful, awaits at the foot of the Tulum bastions, which is the point where Maya stone touched the sea. The third option, rather adventurous, would be the massive Coba, whose extension was so great that its limits may never be known with certainty.
In each one of the towns on the Mayan Riviera, there is a particular way of having a meal. In the smaller ones, like Puerto Madero or Punta Allen, the usual is artisan cuisine, depending on what is brought in from the fish. In the famous and very busy places, the offer is extremely varied, as it should be in an important tourist destination. Playa del Carmen is the best example of the latter, and in its locales you can find everything from health food to the Mayab flavor, as well as Thai, Italian, typical beach food and, yes, even Swedish.
Sian Ka’an became a World Heritage Site in 1987. The natural reserve protects, in its half million hectares, more than two thousand types of plants, hundreds of flower and bird species, and a showcase of animals in danger of extinction. But it is not only that, for beaches of calm beauty are unveiled next to the exuberant landscape; it is a privileged spot for fishing and it even includes its own archaeological vestiges. This stretch of jungle, swamps and mangroves is called “the place where heaven begins”, an accurate christening for an exceptional place.
The Mayan Riviera offers the possibility of exploring every adequate configuration for what is understood as beach. Warm, intimate and fit for fishing: Puerto Madero. Hipster, gourmet and with a thriving nightlife: Playa del Carmen. Endless, inexhaustible, and perhaps unbelievable: the crescent-shaped Akumal. Of Mayan tongue, cenotes and archaeological zones: Tulum. Sporty, ecological and fit for great fishing: the always professional Punta Allen. And, naturally, the beach according to God or nature’s original plan at the, still virgin, Sian Ka’an Reserve.