R iviera Maya is a tourist corridor along the Caribbean coast filled with all the luxuries you could ever want with an abundance of high-end resorts, renowned restaurants and sugary white beaches. However, the magical allure of this Mexican treasure is truly discovered in its rich Mayan culture and heritage whose lasting impact, from the ruins of Tulum to the grandeur of Cozumel, enchants all visitors.

The opportunity to explore these vibrant wonders make Riviera Maya perfect for adventures young and old. The numerous all inclusive resorts and convenient weekly flights offered through Sunwing Vacations removes the stress from vacation planning and opens the door for a memorable Mayan adventure.

Mayan Dreams

Immerse yourself in Mayan culture past and present at Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa, which is located a short distance from both the Tulum ruins and cozy downtown amenities. Once an important trading post, fortress, and religious centre, the ancient city of Tulum still stands as a breathtaking Mayan architectural monument. The cliff-top setting overlooking emerald waters and amazing snorkelling excursions along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef only add to the intrigue and won’t soon be forgotten.

After exploring its past, a stroll through downtown Tulum is a modern and authentic Mayan experience. The trendy restaurants offer traditional cuisine and the colourful markets are filled with artists selling handcrafted works. Stop by a bar for some tasty tequila and mescal concoctions served with a pinch of local personality.

Live the Mayan Life

Centrally located in Playa Del Carmen, a short distance from the resort district, Xcaret eco-archaeological Park celebrates everything Mayan. Perfect for all ages, the park offers enough activities to fill up any vacation, from touring the Xcaret ruins to exploring the butterfly pavilion to floating through underground rivers. Be sure to try out the array of gastronomic offerings, with many specializing in traditional Mexican favourites using the freshest ingredients.

The park shines brightest in its authentic portrayal of Mayan customs and heritage. Walking through the lush jungle, you’ll be transported through time as you venture into a traditional Mayan village and learn about daily community life. And, once the conch is trumpeted, followed by the beat of drums, the Dance of the Mayan Village begins and excitement ensues.

A Beautiful Escape

A centre of worship for the goddess Ix Chel is found at San Gervasio on Cozumel Island. Though not as well-known as other ruins, the various temples offer a unique glimpse into religious and ceremonial life in a pristine setting that also acts as a wildlife refuge. To match the island’s tranquillity, cozy bungalows with hammocks and private patios surrounded by lush gardens encourage ultimate relaxation. The unspoiled beauty of the area with incredible snorkelling and diving opportunities, highlight why the Mayan people viewed the island as a spiritual sanctuary.
Hidden amongst the luxury of Riviera Maya, the Mayan influence can be seen and felt influencing all aspects of the vacation experience. Experiencing the beauty of the Mayan people is made easy when you stay at an all inclusive resort offered through Sunwing Vacations. With so many resort options from and expertly designed historical excursions, a Mayan adventure in Riviera Maya is waiting.

 

 

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