You already laid the foundation for an unforgettable holiday in the Mayan Riviera by booking your luxury villa from Isle Blue. With this decision, you have given yourself a chance to experience the natural beauty, the scenery, and the sensory experiences that make this area so perennially popular. However, your villa alone is not a full experience of this wonderfully historic and naturally appealing part of the world, and we suggest these activities to add the perfect finishing touches to your getaway.
Did you realize that the Mayan Riviera is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the modern world? The breathtakingly beautiful and awe-inspiring ruins of Chichen Itza will stun you and leave you wanting more. They are the second most visited historic site in all of Mexico, and would make for the perfect day trip from your villa. They are actual pyramids and religious temples, and have full protection as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Be sure that you head inside El Castillo (also called the Temple of Kukulkan) where you can find the enclosed stairs to chac mool. Here you can see the altar where offerings to the gods were made!
If your villa is not in Tulum, make a point of heading to this area as it offers a truly intriguing, beguiling and unforgettable setting. It is a postcard-perfect spot with turquoise waters, white sands, and the surrounding jungles. However, it is also home to impressive Mayan ruins of its own. There are also many cenotes to be enjoyed here, and even some of the best snorkeling schools offer lessons. The town also has more beachfront dining options than anywhere else, and a short drive takes you to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve where lovely manatees float in the lagoon. Head here very early in the morning to beat any crowds and get a rare experience of the ruins at total peace.
This is a theme park, but nothing like you have ever experienced. It is an eco-archealogical park that allows visitors to experience actual jungle ruins and trails, underground rivers and cenotes, excellent beaches and a lagoon, an aviary and beautiful greenhouse full of orchids. There are shows to be enjoyed that introduce you to Mexican culture across the ages, and if you are in the area during annual Day of the Dead festivities, you must make this a “must see” destination.
It is impossible to plan a visit to the Mayan Riviera without also learning about cenotes. These natural sinkholes occur throughout the entire Yucatan Peninsula, and they were once fresh water supplies for natives, as well as being part of some religious ceremonies. Today, though, they are ideal for those who want to swim, snorkel and relax in a place of natural beauty and wonder. Some are built-up and full of conveniences for the many travelers who use them, and some are hidden gems. If you are a certified diver, the cenotes in the Quintana Roo area are said to be some of the most stunning and beautiful imaginable.
The old colonial city of Campeche is full of Baroque Spanish buildings, charming cobblestone streets, colorful architectural accents, and truly hospitable locals. Though it would require a day trip, it is well worth it as it is a rare and unique experience for all.
There is much to see and do along the Mayan Riviera, and you will have a seemingly endless array of beaches, restaurants, shopping, and water sports from which to choose. However, the activities above will make your experience utterly unique, and if you wish for some help in making plans, get in touch with your Isle Blue concierge for help.