Located along the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula lies Riviera Maya, once home to small fishing villages. Now the tourism district boasts high-end luxury resorts, fine dining, nightlife, spa retreats, shopping and golf. It’s become a top ecotourism destination, with many eco-theme parks offering a taste of natural adventure in family-friendly environments.
Mexico is also rich in history, culture and tradition, with ancient Mayan ruins at Tulum, Coba and El Rey. A few hours inland, the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza are among the best restored of the Yucatán Maya archaeological sites. Hire a guide or go with a group tour to get the most out of these historical sites.
Explore the X-Caret Eco Parks
Xcaret Experiencias operates seven unforgettable, family-oriented attractions in Riviera Maya and Cancun. The granddaddy of them all is X-Caret, a majestic archaeological park where you can swim with the dolphins, ﬂoat through underground rivers and take a musical journey through Mexico. One of their most amazing adventures is an underwater walk wearing a breathable helmet. On the Sea Trek Stingrays Encounter, you’ll discover living wonders on the sea floor. Visit Xel-Ha and snorkel among multi-colored ﬁsh in the world’s largest natural aquarium, or drive an amphibious vehicle along trails that run thru the jungle at X-Plor. Buy your tickets online for extra savings. En.xcaretexperiencias.com
Soft adventure in tranquil pools
We spent a full day at their newest park, Xenotes Oasis Maya. The Mayans believed the cenotes were the entrance to the underworld, and the waters were considered sacred. Fire, water, earth and wind cenotes beckoned in this protected, preserved park. Snorkeling in the clear waters with the sun sparkling thru brought to life a glorious underwater world. We enjoyed swimming in the peaceful, serene pools, kayaking and floating in an innertube, which was the ultimate relaxation. For the more adventurous, there were ziplining and rappelling, but the beauty of this excursion is that you can do as much or little as you want…and still appreciate the cenotes’ quiet beauty and tranquility. Xenotes.com