11 must-visit places in the Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya

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Aug. 29, 2019, 5:47 p.m.

The Riviera Maya is one of the mythical destinations of the Caribbean. An idyllic place with treasures along the coast and an inland overflowing with nature, with beautiful beaches, ancient Mayan ruins, and all the ingredients you could imagine for the perfect holiday. If you add in the pleasure of staying at the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort, the experience will be unbeatable. And all just one click away by accessing our booking website Sirenis Hotels & Resorts.

So, now you know you won't be disappointed staying at Sirenis, you just have to ask yourself: What else can I get out of the Riviera Maya? Here are 12 suggestions.

Bathing in "cenotes". 
Riviera Maya is full of them. These spectacular clean water lakes ensure a memorable bathing experience. The "Gran Cenote", just over 3 km from Tulum, or the "Cenote de los Dos Ojos", offer you a unique experience in the middle of the jungle.

Chichen Itzá. 
The emblematic visit. A spectacular complex of Mayan ruins that houses, among other wonders, the immense pyramid of Kukultán, which you must take your picture in front of. Day and night visits available.

Ek-Balam. 
Another spectacular archaeological site in the Yucatan Peninsula. 45 structures surrounded by two walls that in 300 BC began a journey to becoming the important city of Talol. Remains of extraordinarily preserved frescoes testify to the significance of this enclave in its time.

Cozumel Island. 
Just 18 kilometers off the coast, this island is a tourist destination in itself. The reefs that surround the island invite you to discover its protected seabed environments, such as the Chankanaab reserve. San Miguel, the capital, El Faro nature reserve, Palancar beach or the Mayan sites of El Cedral are other attractions.

Muyil Lagoon. 
This archaeological site is located among the thicket of the jungle, next to a lagoon, where the visitor can glimpse into what the daily life in a town of the classic Mayan era was like. Highlights include a pyramid castle 17 metres high, a temple dedicated to the goddess Ixchel, and canals between mangroves.

Nichupté Lagoon. 
An ecosystem of more than 3,000 hectares, formed by lagoons and mangroves, in the heart of Cancun. A wild nature festival that you can travel by boat, kayak or jet ski to discover its mangroves (red, black, swag and white) or endemic fauna (crocodiles, frogs, leopards, iguanas or white turtles).

Cobá Pyramid. 
A thousand years witnessing the splendor of the pre-Columbian era. It has 120 steps and a height of 42 meters, the highest in the Yucatan.

Quinta Avenida. 
The most important pedestrian street in Playa del Carmen. Packed with plenty of reasons to visit day or night. Shopping, bars, clubs, restaurants... Pure leisure.

Mayan ruins of Tulum. 
They make up one of the most beautiful patterns of the destination: a Mayan ruin on a beach cliff that is trimmed over the green of the palm trees and the turquoise of its waters. Remains of an ancient walled city that housed a temple dedicated to the god of the wind.

Sian Ka'an Reserve. 
A protected natural area of 500 thousand hectares that is located south of Quintana Roo and combines jungle, cenotes, beaches, dunes and mangroves.
A paradise for birds and many other species.

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