The Mayan Riviera is an perfect stretch of coastline running for 75 miles along the Mexican Caribbean. This area was an important commercial and religious center for the ancient Maya, and there are many archaeological sites to discover in the area, such as Tulum, Cobá and Muyil.
This corridor runs along the Caribbean coastline of the state of Quintana Roo. Beginning 20 miles south of Cancun in Puerto Morelos and passes through towns like Playa del Carmen; Puerto Aventuras; Akumal; and Tulum, the only archeological site overlooking the Caribbean, it extends down to Punta Allen, a fishing village within the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.
Visitors can find small communities with thriving local traditions and countless isolated beaches such as the beautiful town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto which is at the other end of the corridor and combines Colonial remains with Mayan traditions.
Although there are hotels and tourist amenities throughout the area, there are many eco-tourism options that allow visitors to experience the nature and amazing biodiversity of this beautiful region of Mexico such as bird watching, open sea or cave diving, horseback riding, snorkeling, visits to natural parks, and swimming in small coves.
Worldwide known Playa del Carmen is located in the heart of this corridor, has seen impressive growth.A major attraction throughout the Riviera Maya are coastal and reef activities dependent on the coastal water and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (also known as the Belize Barrier Reef) which begins near Cancun and continues along the whole length of the Riviera Maya continuing southward to Guatemala. This barrier reef system is the second longest in the world.