Take a break from the beach on your Riviera Maya holiday to gain insight into the Maya, a pre-Columbian civilization that dominated the Yucatan Peninsula before the arrival of Spanish conquerors. Here are some ways to learn about Mayan culture.
Visit the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest and perhaps most mythical Maya cities.
Experience the natural paradise that the Maya people once did at Xel-Ha, an eco-park built around a Maya site that highlights the Riviera’s lush landscape, cenotes, and lagoons.
Learn about the importance of Tulum as a Maya port city, known for its prime perch on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
Tour the archaeological ruins of Coba, where you can see the Yucatan area’s tallest pyramid and learn about Maya ceremonial traditions.
Walk through the jungle to a replica Maya village at Xcaret, an eco-archaeological park with cultural activities including Maya dance performances and and traditional canoe journeys to Cozumel.