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Other Tourist Attractions in Riviera Maya, Mexico


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The Caribbean coast of Mexico is known for its history, being considered to be one of the most savage coastlines in Central America. The caste wars of the Yucatan brought many fierce Mayan warriors to this remote locale and they did not immediately recognize Mexican law and the right of those of European descent to govern. Even after a truce was declared in 1935, few non-Mayans visited the area and many travellers considered it unsafe well into the 1960s.

But however dangerous Mexico was for anyone of non-Mayan descent to visit during the early times, nowadays, the country has become one of the most popular international vacation destinations in the world. In addition to beautiful beaches and an abundant number of family-friendly resort options, the destination has a number of excellent attractions and activities that make great day trips for families. (Source: WinnipegFreePress.com »)

Along with Xcaret and Xel-ha, here are other famous attractions in Riviera Maya Mexico, near our Hidden Worlds cenote adventure park.

Tulum Ruins

Pyramid El Castillo in Tulum

Pyramid El Castillo in Tulum. (Source)

Of all the ruined cities that remain to tell the tale of the Mayan civilization, Tulum is one of the most fascinating. It is the only Mayan site that overlooks the Caribbean Sea, the only walled city in the Mayan Empire and one of the few Mayan cities known to be inhabited when the conquistadors arrived in 1518.

The Maya site may formerly have been known by the name Zama, meaning City of Dawn because it faces the sunrise. Tulum stands on a bluff facing east towards the Caribbean Sea. Tulúm is also the Yucatan Mayan word for fence, wall or trench, and the walls surrounding the site allowed the Tulum fort to be defended against invasions. Tulum had access to both land and sea trade routes, making it an important trade hub, especially for obsidian. From numerous depictions in murals and other works around the site, Tulum appears to have been an important site for the worship of the Diving or Descending god. Tulum had an estimated population of 1,000 to 1,600 inhabitants.

Chichen Itza

Xcaret Theme Park in Mexico

Chichen Itza was a large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya civilization. The archaeological site is located in the municipality of Tinum, in the Mexican state of Yucatán. The ruins of Chichen Itza are federal property, and the site’s stewardship is maintained by Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (National Institute of Anthropology and History). The land under the monuments had been privately-owned until 29 March 2010, when it was purchased by the state of Yucatán.

Chichen Itza is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico; an estimated 1.2 million tourists visit the ruins every year. (Source)

Dolphinaris

Dolphinaris - World's Best Dolphinariums

Dolphins have fascinated men like no other animal species in the world. Their beauty and special nature are truly unique. Dolphin interactive programs have become the most preferred activity among those searching for a life experience and to have a personal and intimate encounter with these wonderful animals.

If you're looking for the best place to swim with dolphins in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel or Tulum, this is the right place for you. Dolphinaris provides people of all ages and concerned dolphin lovers alike the opportunity to make their dreams come true. The evidence of this is seen every day on the faces of the guests when they meet one of the dolphins for the very first time. (Source)

Puerto Adventuras

Puerto Aventuras Photos

This photo of Puerto Aventuras is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Puerto Aventuras is a world class residential community resort located in the heart of the Riviera Maya on the Mexican Caribbean. Here you will find a magical blend of lush tropical beauty with an easygoing yet sophisticated life style. Pamper yourself with a unique experience. (www.puertoaventuras.com)

Puerto Aventuras mingles tropical beauty with the riches of the sea. Beaches are fantastic, with powdery, white sand, and there's excellent fishing as well.