5 plans in Riviera Maya for restless travelers
5 plans in Riviera Maya for restless travelers
1. Walking through an underground river
The Yucatan Peninsula, where the Riviera Maya is located, is a pure sponge. The permeability of its limestone soils has created over time a vast and spectacular system of caves, channels and cenotes. In fact, here is the most extensive network of underground rivers in the world. To explore some of the beautiful corners that hide underground, it is not necessary to have practiced caving. It is enough to visit Río Secreto
(www.riosecretomexico.com.mx), a private reserve in whose subsoil are located 15 kilometers of caves and passages. Stalagmites and stalactites decorate these natural rooms where it is overwhelming to hear the silence interrupted only by the drops of water that drain from the ceiling. The walks on the underground river are guided and do not involve any difficulty.
2. Kayaking in search of sirens
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean. Its name means in Mayan “where the sky is born” and that seems to be a kind of paradise for the hundred species of mammals and the more than 300 species of birds that inhabit its 500 hectares of rainforests, dunes, marshes and mangroves . The visitor can enjoy interesting ornithological tours or board a kayak to calmly discover the beauty of the mangroves, where an important colony of manatees lives, the singular placental mammal related to the myth of the mermaid.
3. Diving in Cozumel
The scarce 18 kilometers between Puerto del Carmen and Cozumel make this island a regular excursion to the Riviera Maya. His is not limited to a visit of a day, but lengthen the stay a bit to enjoy calmly its underwater attractions, such as the famous sandbar known as El Cielo. Located in the southern area of Cozumel, about 800 meters from the coast, under its transparent waters a vast colony of starfish congregates, which attracts numerous fans of snorkeling. But beyond this photogenic postcard, the real diving is found in other points, such as La Herradura, very beautiful and suitable for beginners, or the Palancar reef, whose beautiful coral formations, caves and underwater ravines are only available to advanced levels . About 250 species of tropical fish, turtles and rays populate these waters, integrated into the largest reef in the Western Hemisphere.
4. Swimming in a cenote
Jumping into the clean, transparent and sweet waters of a cenote is one of the favorite activities for travelers who arrive in the Riviera Maya. But also for the locals, who do not hesitate to escape to them on the days off. The Yucatan peninsula has around 8,000 cenotes, of which about 600 are in the Riviera Maya. When it comes to enjoying these spectacular natural wells, formed after the collapse or erosion of their limestone vaults, it must be borne in mind that not all are suitable for inexperienced people, so it is advisable to inform yourself beforehand about the characteristics of each one. The cenotes Cristal, Grand Cenote, Dos Ojos and Cenote Azul stand out for their beauty.
5. Horse riding on the beach
In Riviera Maya, certainly who stays in the hammock is because he wants. The range of recreational activities is varied: quad biking through jungle terrains, zip-line skis, bathing with dolphins, nautical activities and horseback riding on the sand on the beach. The private companies Alltournative (www.alltournative.com.mx), Punta Venado (puntavenadoadventures.com) and Xplor (www.xplor.travel) facilitate some of these activities, an entertaining option for a day with the desire to unload adrenaline.
Bonus: Wiggle your hips at a music festival
The tourist center of Playa del Carmen is known in Riviera Maya for its lively nightlife. Any time of the year fun is guaranteed. However, depending on the dates of the trip, this is joined by the programming of the musical festivals of the Riviera Maya. Among them, the BPM Festival (www.thebpmfestival.com), dedicated to electronic music and celebrated in the month of January; the Festival of Caribbean Culture The Sea of Arts (www.fecuca.com) organized in November and with a program that includes the main tourist centers of the region, and the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival (www.rivieramayajazzfestival.com), which After a decade of events, it has become the key musical event of the region. Celebrated at the end of November, coinciding with the Thanksgiving celebrations, it not only stands out for the quality of the invited figures and free admission, but also for celebrating outdoors, at Mamitas Beach itself.