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Exploring the Riviera Maya

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Sandwiched between Cancun and Cozumel and stretching along the Caribbean coast of what is called the Yucatán Peninsula, you will find the Riviera Maya.

Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the Riviera Maya coastline spans some 81 miles from Cancun south to the Belize border, gently gracing the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea which makes it a popular draw for visitors from all over the world.

In addition to its stunning natural beauty, the Riviera Maya is also one of the most historic regions in the country, as it was here that the early Native Indian Mayan people settled and left their mark on every aspect of the culture, language, and traditions for the generations to follow.

Somewhere around 2600 B.C., it is believed that the first Mayans arrived in the Yucatan Peninsula, where they thrived for a millennium in very advanced and sophisticated communities that even today continue to have a strong influence on modern astronomy, medicine, religious beliefs, mathematics, communicative writing, seasonal shifts, architecture, and more.

 Visitors to the Riviera Maya today come to participate in a wide array of aquatic activities and recreational sports among the regions extensive coral reef system, which is home to an abundance of marine plants, animals and other biodiversity. This includes snorkeling and scuba diving, boating, parasailing, kayaking and fishing, just to name a few.

Exploring Mayan archaeological sites in the Cancun and Riviera Maya region are popular as well at sites like Tulum, El Rey, Chichen Itza, Chacchoben and Dzibilchaltun, among numerous others.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of all there is to learn about the Riviera Maya.

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