The province of Yucatan is one of the most popular areas in Mexico, with its history, its landscapes as incredible as they are varied, its culture, its gastronomy, there is a lot to say about this region. But today we are going to focus on one place in particular. In the most popular cities of Yucatan we find of course the majestic Cancun, the incredible Tulum, and of course the magnificent Playa del Carmen. But in the latter, one place stands out more than the others, standing out from the crowd with its subtle beauty, quiet strength, and discreet magnificence.
Playacar is right in the centre of Playa del carmen. Just a few minutes from the beach and the most famous avenue in the city, “la Quinta”. Avenue where you will find everything you need for your entertainment, such as bars, cafes, nightclubs and more.
Playacar is an exclusive community, which means that only Playacar residents and employees who work there have the opportunity to enter, which greatly reduces (if not totally eradicates) the risk of theft, assault or other inconveniences.
This place, populated by condominios, luxury hotels, villas and luxurious houses, each one more beautiful than the other, is divided into two parts.
Playacar Fase I, which faces the beach with direct access, will allow you to enjoy an absolutely splendid view of the ocean and its waves, turquoise water and fine sand. This is a celebrity favourite and there are even rumours that Brad Pitt may own a house here.
Playacar Fase II, is built around a very large golf course designed by Robert Von Hagge, and therefore has an 18-hole golf course, shops, and just like Fase I, a large number of condos, villas and 5-star hotels. You can also find a bird park, Xaman-Ha bird sanctuary, where you can observe some of the local birds and admire their shimmering colours. This is definitely a place not to be missed in Playa del Carmen.
You can also find restaurants and convenience stores in Playacar. In fact, there are several Oxxo convenience stores, one at the Riu Palace Hotel and 2 more towards the back of Playacar. There are also several restaurants close to the Oxxo’s towards the back of Playacar, and we recommend l’atelier de Fred. This is a French bakery which is simply excellent.
The roads in Playacar are very well maintained by the staff, you’ll most likely get the chance to see the security doing regular patrols, and these roads are great for jogging or cycling.
You should also know that Mayan ruins, called Xaman-Ha, are located close to Playacar, very interesting and rewarding they can perfectly serve as an introduction to Mayan history, discover how they lived, what they ate and what their customs were. They also have the advantage of being completely free of access.
Finally, we must tell you about the beaches of Playacar, which are among the most beautiful in Playa del Carmen. Very wide, they are very appreciated by locals and tourists who do not hesitate to come from the center to settle down on these beaches.
On that note, I hope this article has helped you, and have a good stay in Playacar.
The Riviera Maya is rich in exceptional flora and fauna. The whole region is very green, unlike some of the desert places in Mexico. The tropical climate enjoyed by the Yucatan Peninsula is at the origin of such diversity. But also the underground rivers that hold great reserves of water.
In this article, we will discover the animals you are sure to find in this region.
If you want to see an agouti you must pay close attention, as they are very shy animals.
The funny Tzereque, with his tiny front legs and huge butt makes us laugh every time we see him running. It can reach 62 cm long and weigh 4 kg. It is a diurnal animal that feeds on fruit that it holds with its front legs while resting on its hind legs. It buries fruit that it does not consume so it plays an important role in dispersing seeds. The Tzereques form monogamous pairs for life that defend a territory of approximately 2 hectares. They build burrows in hollow trunks or under tree roots. They live for about 13 years.
These rodents are very often present in forests and often travel in groups.
Iguanas are very present in the Riviera Maya. We even met some in the city. These totally harmless animals are beneficial because they hunt mosquitoes. They are also very fast and can reach a speed of 35 km/h!
The donkey is a heritage of humanity, an integral part of the environment and culture.
It has long ears, an erect mane and various shades and thickness of hair. They are docile to unsuspected limits, with an unquestionable capacity for endurance, rough and delicate, coarse and tender, intelligent and grateful.
There are many of them in the Riviera Maya and generally they are not afraid of humans.
The macaw has an iridescent red plumage. Part of the wing feathers are blue, yellow and to a lesser extent green. The area around its eyes is yellow and its face is dotted with white feathers. This is a medium-sized macaw, measuring 80 to 90 centimetres in length, but some can reach 120 centimetres. There are many people who own this fabulous animal. It is capable of repeating and imitating human speech.
Sea turtles are a vital link to marine ecosystems. They help maintain healthy seagrass beds and coral reefs, which benefit commercially valuable species such as shrimp, lobster and tuna. Sea turtles are living representatives of a group of reptiles that have existed on Planet Earth and have roamed our seas for the past 100 million years. Turtles have a very important cultural significance and considerable tourist value. Sea turtles can lay more than 150 eggs per nest and can nest several times in each season, compensating for the high mortality rates that prevent most sea turtles from reaching maturity.
The coati is a raccoon-like animal, but brown in color, with an elongated snout and a stylized banded tail, similar to that of a lemur; it has even been confused with these primates. It has powerful paws and double-jointed ankles, allowing it to walk on all fours on vertical surfaces without any problem, as well as to descend upside down from trees.
This species of procyonidae can reach a length of 1.4 metres, although its height is very reduced. The coatis live in groups of 5 to 20 individuals, almost always composed of females and small males. So if you see one, you don’t have to wait long for its friends to appear nearby.
These cute little animals are popular because they are very skillful with their front paws, used to take the food they want. They are sometimes called “wash bears” because they wet their food, but they do this to remove poison (like frogs) and other substances.
The Spider Monkey
These small monkeys are very present in the tropical forests of the Riviera Maya. It is not unusual to meet them if one ventures into the forests or on excursions.
This list of the best excursions in the Riviera Maya will help you complete a trip to one of the most famous jewels in Mexico, which we are sure you will fall in love with upon your arrival.
In this area, located on the coast of the state of Quintana Roo, you can enjoy white sand beaches and turquoise waters, cenotes, coral reefs, ruins of the ancient Mayan civilization, hotels with all the amenities in addition to one of the best cuisine in the world, making it one of the most popular destinations in the world.
Excursion to the Cenotes
The Riviera Maya has its wildest part in the cenotes, some limestone caves that are the result of erosion, where you can take a relaxing bath or even go scuba diving.
Although there are hundreds of cenotes in the Riviera Maya, you have to take into account that the ones located closer to the coast are open sky while the cenotes around Valladolid are cave-like and located in the middle of the jungle, something that in our experience, makes them more spectacular.
Many cenotes can only be accessed if you have a rental car or a taxi such as those in Samulá, X’kekén, Palomitas, Agua Dulce, Xcanahaltun, Hubiku and Suytun, but if you don’t want to drive you can visit some of them by public transport, taking advantage of the fact that they are near archaeological sites such as the fantastic Il Kil or take a tour that passes through several cenotes.
Excursion to Chichén Itzá
Visiting Chichen Itza, the most famous Mayan ruin and one of the seven wonders of the modern world, is one of the best excursions in the Mayan Riviera that you can do.
This archaeological complex has several buildings and structures such as the Pyramid of Kukulkan or the impressive Ball Game, which will take you to the era of greatest splendor of the Mayan civilization.
Being the place that receives more tourists in Mexico, it is advisable to arrive early, taking into account that they open at 8 am, to enjoy the site with more tranquility and be able to take pictures without many people.
The duration of the visit is usually between three and five hours, depending on the time you spend at the site, and can be completed with a swim in one of the most spectacular cenotes in the country, Ik Kil, which is very close to the archaeological site.
To get to Chichen Itza, if you don’t have a rental car, you can take a bus from the ADO bus station in Cancun or Playa del Carmen, which will take you directly there.
Excursion to Coba
The ruins of Coba are one of the largest Mayan sites in the Yucatan Peninsula, with several structures and pyramids scattered throughout the jungle, which can be easily visited on foot or by bicycle.
Its most outstanding place is the pyramid Nohuch Mul, the highest in the Yucatan with 42 meters high, where you can climb to the top using support ropes because of its steep slope and from where you will have magnificent views of the area.
Excursión a Tulum
In Tulum, you will find the typical Caribbean postcard where you can see the castle of an ancient Mayan city, located at the edge of a cliff, on a white sand beach and turquoise waters.
Visiting the Mayan ruins of Tulum will take you about 2 hours and in addition to protection for the hottest days, it is advisable to take your swimsuit with you to finish with a refreshing swim on the beach below the ruins, one of the most famous in the world.
If you have extra time you can walk to one of our favorite beaches in the Riviera Maya, the spectacular Playa Paraiso and eat or drink at one of the seafront restaurants.
Excursion to Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres, a beautiful island located 13 kilometers from the Yucatan Peninsula, in front of Cancun, is another of the best excursions in the Riviera Maya. Its calm waters and the incredible coral reefs on the west side are perfect for snorkeling or scuba diving. You can also rent a golf cart or a motorcycle to tour the island in search of some of its turquoise water beaches and visit the famous marine park El Garrafón.
To get to Isla Mujeres you can take a ferry from the hotel zone in Cancun or from Puerto Juarez, which will take you to the island in about 20 minutes.
Excursion to Holbox
Holbox Island is a small paradise and another of the must-see places in the Riviera Maya. Its white sand beaches, transparent waters of an intense turquoise green and sunsets are for the memory.
If you add to all this a delicious gastronomy, based on local and international food, and that it is a relatively uncrowded island, Holbox automatically becomes one of the best excursions in the Riviera Maya.
In addition, all the points of interest on the island can be reached on foot or by renting a golf cart, since in Holbox motor vehicles are not allowed, making it a very pleasant destination for relaxation.
The only way to get to Holbox is by ferry from Chiquilá.
Excursion to Xel-Há
Xel-Ha Park, a true paradise for nature lovers, is another essential excursion in the Riviera Maya.
In this great natural aquarium with transparent turquoise waters from the Xel-Ha River and the Caribbean Sea, you can do several water activities, one of the most requested being a walk on a floating tire, where the current of the river will take you to different points of interest in the park.
In this park you can also practice snorkeling in different coves, discover cenotes, jump from natural trampolines, go on a zip line or on a vine, go hiking or cycling in the jungle, among many other activities.
To get to Xel-Ha Park, located 13 kilometers from Tulum and 110 kilometers from Cancun, you can choose either the car or the ADO buses.
Excursion to Xcaret or Xplor
One of the best excursions in the Riviera Maya for all ages is the visit to Xcaret natural park and Xplor recreational park. These two parks, located in a beautiful environment of jungle and Caribbean Sea, offer a lot of fun activities outdoors and in hidden caves, where besides releasing adrenaline with its many attractions, you can see several shows that reproduce Mexican dances and traditions.
If you don’t have a car, the cheapest option to get to the park is to take a bus in Cancun or Playa del Carmen that will drop you off at the entrance.
Xcaret visiting hours: every day from 8:30h to 22:30h.
Xplor visiting hours: Monday to Saturday from 9h to 17h and from 17:30h to 22:30h.
Excursion to las Coloradas
In the north of the Yucatan Peninsula, near the coastal town of Río Lagartos, you can find Las Coloradas, which has become very fashionable lately thanks to the power of social networks.
This area of singular beauty, where several artificial lakes are dyed with colors, a product of the concentration of salt and microorganisms, is another essential place to visit in Mexico.
To get to Las Coloradas, if you do not have a car, you can take a collective taxi in Rio Largatos.
Excursion to Rio Secreto
Rio Secreto, an underground nature reserve with transparent waters and rocky formations of stalactites and stalagmites, is another of the best excursions in the Riviera Maya.
Located very close to Playa del Carmen and Xcaret park, this reserve with more than 30 kilometers of shallow tunnels and galleries, offers you the possibility to swim and walk through an underground cave for about 600 meters accompanied by a specialized guide.
To get to Rio Secreto, if you don’t have a car, you can take a bus in Cancun, Tulum or Playa del Carmen and get off at Akumal.
The Riviera Maya is a tourist area located along the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico. Geographically it extends along the coast for a distance of 130 km from the city of Puerto Morelos in the north to the city of Punta Allen in the south. The name was created in the early 1990s with the strategic development of this tourist destination, its hotel infrastructure and various attractions designed for foreign and Mexican tourists. This region is characterized by its paradisiacal beaches, ancestral Mayan temples, as well as its jungle and numerous caves that can be visited. Its splendor makes it today the most visited place in Mexico but also one of the most requested in all Latin America. On the other hand, the climate of the Riviera Maya is typically tropical, with more than 250 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 24°C.
II. The touristic places of Riviera Maya
– Tulum : On a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Tulum are admirably preserved. It is the only Mayan city built in front of the sea and one of the few that has been fortified. You can also enjoy the impressive view of the sea, as well as swim in the many cenotes and underground rivers of Tulum.
– Xcaret : Xcaret is an ecopark dedicated to the conservation of nature and the enhancement of the archaeological heritage. The activities are multiple and varied, from swimming in the underground river to swimming with the dolphins and the magnificent show that takes place every night. The park is located 15 minutes by car from downtown Playa Del Carmen.
– Chichen Itza : Chichen Itza is an ancient Mayan city located between Valladolid and Merida in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Chichen Itza was probably the main religious center of the Yucatan in the 10th century and today remains one of the most important and most visited archaeological sites in the region. The site was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, and was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World on July 7, 2007.
– Rio Secreto is a wonderful cenote route with a guide who leads small groups of visitors through its maze. Although the Riviera Maya is full of underground routes, the experience at Rio Secreto is still unique. It is an authentic place compared to other parks in the area. After a transfer in a van, a short walk through the jungle and a Mayan ceremony, visitors enter a network of magnificent underwater caves.
– The islands of the Riviera Maya are also well known for the most part with for example Islas Mujeres which is an island in the Caribbean Sea about 13 km from the Yucatan Peninsula. This sublime island is about 7 km long and less than 1 km wide, with a rocky coast and a beautiful white sand beach. There is also Cozumel which is the largest island in the Riviera Maya, a destination with incredible places to visit, theme parks, good restaurants, beach clubs and much more. The island is 21 kilometers long and is surrounded by a large main road that you can take around the island!
III. Why is the Riviera Maya an ideal place to live or invest?
Moving to the Yucatan Peninsula has many advantages. First of all, the climate in this area is very sunny and warm all year round. As a result, the seasons are not very marked and the Riviera Maya remains a tourist destination all year round.
In addition, Mexico is a country where it is easy to integrate. In fact, Mexicans are generally very educated and good-hearted. They love meeting foreigners and this makes the Yucatan Peninsula a very cosmopolitan region.
In addition, the Riviera Maya includes many ancient cultural sites that attract other forms of tourism than sun tourism. Numerous temples and ruins of Mayan villages are present throughout the region and can be easily visited. It is also possible to meet the Mayan tribes, as many of them still exist in Quintana Roo.
Mexican gastronomy is also a reason to come to Mexico. In fact, Mexican cuisine is recognized worldwide for its specialties that can be found in many countries. As proof, it was registered at UNESCO in 2010, at the same time as that of France!
In addition, the purchasing power in Mexico is attractive and prices are generally lower than in most countries.
On the other hand, real estate investment in the Riviera Maya is very profitable due to the significant growth of the real estate market each year. In fact, the main tourist areas of the Riviera Maya are in constant development and owning a well located apartment in this area is a good investment because the demand is so strong that it is almost totally guaranteed that you can rent your property whenever you want.
IV. Century 21 The Agency has excellent properties to live or invest
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