Monday, 19 January 2009

Put Me In Your Suitcase - Mayan Riviera

I just got back from a week in sunny Mexico. Jealous much? Many thoughts come to mind when I think about my trip: margaritas, guacamole, limes, cilantro, chipolte, cerveza..and did I mention the guacamole? The Mayan Riviera (the area south of Cancun along the Atlantic Ocean) is quite impressive. Full of beautiful beaches and a rich cultural history, one will not run out of sights to explore. Tulum and the famous pyramids of Coba and Chichen Itza are popular attractions in the area.

However, you arent likely to see them all in one trip as they are hours apart. Plan on visiting one of the three (Coba is the largest) and also explore the region’s cenotes. Cenotes are underground waterways that have amazing sinkholes and caves to gawk at. The Mayan region is home to many reefs that are perfect for a snorkeling trip. Playa del Carmen and Cozumel offer great nightlife and shopping for the city goer in you. The best part of the Mayan Riviera is the people. Friendly faces, warm welcomes and a love of tourists is what has made this area home to over 50 hotels. Despite all the tourists, it is easy to find solace and peace in many of the area’s beaches.

This year, I decided to visit a zoo in Puerto Morelos called Crococun Zoo. Unlike any other zoo, visitors are encouraged to hold snakes, crocodiles, parrots and feed the deer and monkeys all while being guided through the lush tropical grounds with a well informed Zoo employee. Careful not to step on one of the zoo’s 600 crocodiles and get ready to feel the squeeze of a baby boa constrictor on your arm …not a bad deal for $20 if you ask me. You probably won’t hear about this zoo from your hotel rep as it is not a sponsored hotel tour attraction.

If you are looking for an inexpensive fun week in the sun with many attractions and experiences, then look no further than the Mayan Riviera…you won’t be disappointed.

Some useful links:
Travel Yucatan

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

we are headed there and plan on going to hold baby crocs ourselves. Thanks for the tip!