Mexico: Riviera Maya

What to See

Riviera Maya – the most famous tourist and resort district with beautiful white-sand beaches and brilliant turquoise colored water along the Caribbean coastline of Mexico.

The Riviera Maya is located in the eastern portion of the Yucatán Peninsula, stretches from Cancun down south to Punta Allen and includes Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Mahahual and islands Cozumel and Isla Mujeres.

This area was an important commercial and religious center for the ancient Maya. There are many archaeological sites to discover in the area, such as Ek Balam, Nohoch Mul, Coba , Calakmul and the most famous Chichen Itza.

CHICHEN ITZA and the Kukulkan pyramid

Another reason to visit Yucatan is its unique topography with a large network of underground rivers and cave systems, such as Rio Secreto, discovered through sinkhole collapses, locally called cenotes. Some of the cenotes are opened for public diving or swimming. Among many, one of the most famous ones is Gran Cenote.

How to get around

Colectivo – is a very popular and cheap mode of public transportation. They’re using privately owned vehicles that range between a mini-van and a bus. Colectivos operate as a shared taxi for both within city limits and long-distance routes. Usually take passengers on a fixed or semi-fixed route without timetables, but instead departing when all seats are filled. They may stop anywhere to pick up or drop off the passengers.

ADO Bus – one of the largest Mexican bus companies, running first. Company owns executive class buses, with an on-board toilet, power outlets and A/C. Be careful – the drivers like to blast it, make sure to bring some warm clothes on the board. The company is serving roughly the eastern half of the country, with service to most major cities and towns, as well as the international route to Belize. Tickets are available online or in local ADO offices for reasonable prices.

Taxi – taxis are plentiful everywhere and prices are reasonable, but it is recommended to agree on the price beforehand.

Cancun airport transfer – Cancun city and larger towns are operated by ADO bus and colectivos, and, of course, everywhere present taxis.

We have a good experience with services of Cancun Taxi. They offer meet and greet service, vans for up to 10 passengers, and online booking. They operate both Cancun city as well as other destinations.

Food and drinks

Mexican cuisine is a mix of US, Spanish, Aztec and Maya influences and is world known for its bold flavors.

You may enjoy tasty food not only in restaurants near busy tourist points. Also you can enjoy it in small family restaurants in quiet side streets or even in street food stands and small traditional markets. Most are available in the morning and the evening. The time for the main formal meal of the day is as mid-afternoon.

Typical street foods (antojitos) include: Tacos, Quesadilla, Burrito, Enchilada, Empanada, Tamales, Fajita, Torta, Elote, Churro..

Fresh fruits are plentiful all around, at beaches, street food stands, along the roads when travelling, available also cooled in ice and ready to eat.

Must to eat breakfasts: Huevos Rancheros, Chilaquiles

Beverages: Aguas frescas, Beers, Michelada, Typical hard liquors are Tequila and Mezcal

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