Known for its sun, sand, and spectacular archaeological sites, Mexico’s Riviera Maya is a true paradise.
The Riviera Maya—a stretch of coastline along the Caribbean in the Yucatán Peninsula—has long been famous for its beaches, nightlife, and delicious local fare, particularly at resort towns like Cancún, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen. But the area also offers a stunning peek into the ancient world of the Maya, the Mesoamerican civilization that has populated the region for over three thousand years and whose descendants still thrive there today. The still-intact ruins of temples and buildings at Chichén Itzá, Tulum, or Coba bear witness to the Maya’s many sophisticated achievements, including engineering, astronomy, and mathematics, not to mention a cryptic writing system that was only deciphered in the 20th century. These sites are also celebrated for their cenotes, or underground waterholes, the fascinating geological formations that the Maya found sacred. Uncover the magic of the Riviera Maya with Context’s private guided tours.