Top 5 Sights in the Mayan Riviera

Thursday, June 14, 2018 | By Anne Muir
The Mayan Riviera in Mexico offers much more than just a beach holiday in the sun. There is an abundance of things to do and sights to see including the Mayan Ruins, eco parks and one of the 7 wonders of the World.
Chichen Itza El Castillo Pyramid

Chichen Itza

One of the Seven Wonders of the New World, the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza are regarded as the second most popular attraction in all of Mexico. Situated 125km west of Cancun, the pyramids and temples are a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Kukulkan Pyramid Temple at Chichen Itza really is a sight not to miss with this massive structure standing 24 metres high.

Tulum ruins

There are hundreds of Mayan ruins throughout Mexico, but the Yucatan Peninsula (where Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Cancun are) have some of the most impressive ruins and are one of the most well-known archaeology sites in the world.

Mayan Ruins are worth a visit if you’re staying in Riviera Maya. Built overlooking the sea they have a fantastic location with amazing views and are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful sites in the Americas, the beach combines white sand and azure waters with Mayan ruins dating to the 13th century.

Xcaret Park

Xcaret eco-archaeological Park is a natural sanctuary which combines the traditions of the Mayan culture with entertainment and exciting attractions as well as a wide variety of flora and fauna. It features more than 40 attractions and activities surrounded by a lush jungle, underground rivers, and the beautiful Caribbean Sea.

You can swim in underground rivers, stroll along trails in the middle of the jungle and explore the mysterious caves.

In the evening there is the fantastic 'Xcaret Mexico Espectacular' with more than 300 artists participating in this tribute to Mexican culture and just before this show there is a beautiful equestrian show.


Xel-Ha is an amazing ecological water theme park and is one of the most popular tourist destinations along the Riviera Maya.

A true paradise for nature lovers this is a spectacular natural aquarium. Snorkelling and swimming with dolphins are very popular activities along with lazy rivers and floating tyres.

The park's main attraction is the large clear water lagoon, where crystal clear underground rivers meet and mix with the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. This is an ideal place in the Riviera Maya to introduce yourself to water activities in both fresh and salt water.


Riviera Maya's underwater caves known as cenotes are an iconic feature of the Yucatan Peninsula’s geography. Most cenotes are filled with fresh water that has been filtered slowly through the ground, so it is very pure and clean. With the water visibility being so high, they’re a perfect spot for snorkelling and scuba diving.