Hidden gems in the Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya has a uniqueness when it comes to natural beauty. Famous for its flora and fauna, this destination keeps surprising us and the more we learn, the more we want to preserve it. Visiting natural destinations come with the responsibility to take care of them, so as you dive into this treasure of nature of discovering hidden gems in the Riviera Maya, keep in mind that respect and peace are key to preserving life in these ecosystems.

Sian Ka’an

A spectacular tapestry of coral that is home to dolphins, marine turtles, and up to 500 species of fish, the Mesoamerican Reef is one of the most extraordinary places to snorkel on this planet. And because the Caribbean waters are warm, you can remain submerged for as long as you like without any risk of getting cold!

It is one of the success stories in the conservation of its ecosystems. Thanks to the joint work between the three levels of government, academic institutions, international organizations, and civil society, it has been possible to conserve the nine ecosystems that exist in the Reserve, such as jungle, wetlands, mangroves, and coral reefs, in addition to promoting projects with the communities that inhabit them.

Home to the jaguar, tapir, manatee, and peccary, Sian Ka’an has a system of subway freshwater rivers that interconnect the cenotes and the Petenes, unique in the Yucatan Peninsula and the world, undoubtedly the most important natural capital of the Reserve.

How to get to Sian Ka’an: Sian Ka’an is approximately 3 hours away from Cancun Airport. You can book private transportation directly to Sian Ka’an. If you’re staying in Tulum, Sian Ka’an is 1 hour and 20 minutes away.

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Holbox

Holbox is a 42 km long island, an excellent option for everyone but has become particularly attractive for honeymooners and young people. Before becoming a touristic sensation, Holbox was an undiscovered island where you couldn’t even have a phone signal. It was the dream of anyone who wanted to disconnect from the rush of the city and enjoy a true getaway vacation. 

Today, Holbox hasn’t lost its desert island charm or its tropical vibe. Tourism has empowered this unique destination allowing travelers to live the ultimate experience.

How to get to Holbox: To get to Holbox from Cancun it is necessary to drive 2 hours to the port of Chiquilá, a small town where the ferries and boats that take travelers to the island are located. The transfer from Chiquilá to Holbox takes only 20 minutes.

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El Cuyo

The word paradise falls short when it comes to describing it. Many admit that El Cuyo has the most beautiful and calm beach they have ever seen. El Cuyo is a fisherman’s town that still a century ago, worked as a port that exported wood.

Still unknown to many, this little town still reaches the maximum level of relaxation, rest, and admiration for its natural surroundings. Mangroves, turquoise waters, and tropical green jungles, makes this place unique, and the secret everyone wants to keep.

How to get to el Cuyo: El Cuyo is approximately 3 hours away from Cancun Airport, in the state of Yucatan. You can book your private transportation here.

El Cuyo, Yucatan

Akumal

Akumal is a micro-touristic destination that still holds its natural beauty. Famously known as the “nest of turtles”, since it’s pretty easy to spot turtles as you dive into the waters. Get your snorkel ready, and enjoy this marvelous underwater landscape. 

As a place where turtles live, the bay is where they make their nests to lay their eggs during certain seasons of the year. Having to experience the laying of eggs or hatching, is an unbelievable experience, but be respectful of the creatures and follow all regulations given by volunteers. 

Akumal beach is the main attraction, the sea with its different shades of blue and soft sand will leave you fascinated. I highly recommend you walk along the shore and enjoy the scenery, many people who visit this place love to do it. Besides, let me tell you that it also has the best sunrises and sunsets.  

If you are one of those who like action, there are plenty of options for water activities such as snorkeling, diving, and swimming. These are especially famous due to the marine fauna of the place, famous for allowing you to enter the depths of the Caribbean Sea. In addition, there are other activities such as windsurfing and kayaking or biking, there is something for everyone. It is important to consider that all of them have a cost.

How to get to Akumal: Akumal is 1 hour and 30 minutes far from Cancun Airport. Entering the Riviera Maya, you can book your transportation to Akumal here.

Sea turtle in Akumal Bay