3 archaeological wonders in the Riviera Maya

Several archaeological sites are scattered throughout the Yucatan Peninsula, and most are open to the public! If you come to Cancun, Playa del Carmen, or Tulum, you have the possibility of visiting some of them.

The Riviera Maya offers world travelers all kinds of activities to spend an unforgettable vacation. The beauty of its soft white sand beaches of turquoise waters, the impressive cenotes, the perfect Caribbean weather, and the variety of places to see make this region of the Mexican Caribbean a world-class destination and one of the favorites to visit with the family. In addition to the natural wonders and the various entertainment options such as restaurants, bars, and stores, you can also carry out cultural activities.

Here’s a guide to 3 archaeological wonders in the Riviera Maya, so you don’t miss any of them next time you visit this piece of paradise. 

Take a tour through The Tulum Ruins

Have you ever seen an ancient vestige with a landscape in the background? Well, here’s your chance. The Tulum ruins are the only archaeological site built on a cliff next to the Caribbean sea. The place makes a unique portrait sought by Instagrammers, selfie lovers, professional photographers, and anyone looking for the best vacation photo. The Tulum ruins are 20 minutes away from the hotel zone or 10 minutes away from Tulum downtown, and it’s worth visiting. You can see the whole site and all of its impressive buildings in about 90 minutes and then take a swim on the site’s beach. Since the site is very popular, we recommend visiting early in the morning, but be sure to add them to your things to do in Tulum  list.

Visit the Muyil Archaeological site

Just 20 minutes from Tulum, the exceptional archaeological site of Muyil persists wonderfully through time. This site is not as popular as the Tulum Ruins, so chances are you’ll have the site for yourself. This site is one of the few found in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. The highlight of this site is undoubtedly The Castle, a 17 meters pyramid built at the entrance. Don’t forget your camera to shoot some cool pics posing in front of this majestic pyramid! After the archaeological adventure, for a complete experience, take the path that leads you to the boats to take a boat ride through the mangroves of the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve.

Explore the Coba Archaeological site 

Coba was a significant city for the Maya civilization back in the day. Many tall monuments and buildings can still be found through its streets and roads (called sac-be). Since it remains a bit unaltered by the hand of modernity, a visit to this site gives the sensation of genuinely exploring an undiscovered place. You can enjoy plenty of time admiring the carved stone, the impressive buildings, and of course, the Temple of Nohoc Mul, a remarkable pyramid 138 feet in height with 120 stone steps. Before the pandemic, it was possible to climb to the top and contemplate the lush jungle landscape extending in all directions. We’re not sure when this will be possible again, but be sure to pay a visit; you might get lucky! 

Coba is a fun tour to enjoy with family and friends for its versatility. You can explore it hiking through the jungle paths, or you can also rent a bike at the entrance for a complete eco-adventure. 

As you can see, you don’t need to go too far from your resort to visit an archaeological wonder in the Riviera Maya. Next time you visit, be sure to add them to your bucket list! 

We offer an unparalleled 4×1 deluxe tour where you can experience the archeological sites of Tulum and Coba, walk and shop around Playa del Carmen, visit a Mayan Village and have a refreshing swim in the Zazil-Ha Cenote. It includes transfers, a box lunch for breakfast and a buffet restaurant for lunch. Contact us for more info.

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