This culture is of great importance thanks to its scientifific, mathematic and astronomic legacy. Contrary to popular belief the Mayan civilization never “disappeared” completely, since its descendants still live in the region and many of them speak Mayan.
The most notable relics are the monumental constructions and impressive pyramids they built in their religious centres. Chichén-Itzá, which in the Mayan tongue means “on the edge of the well of the Itzáes” is the most important archaeological site in the Yucatan Peninsula and one of the most representative relics of the Mayan culture. In 1988 the United Nations Educational, Scientifific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) named this archaeological site a World Heritage site and 9 years later, in 2007, it was voted one of the Seven New Wonders of the World by millions of people around the world.
There are many important archaeological ruins, such as Tulum, Cobá, and Ek Balam, among others.
Riviera Maya features a variety of lush and spectacular nature parks extending from the jungle to the white sand beaches, but each one offers a very different kind of day tour experience.
One not-to-miss experience in the Riviera Maya is swimming in a cenote, a natural cave filled with water. Considered sacred places by the ancient Maya (cenote means “sacred well”), they are found throughout the region. Some of the top spots include Cenote Azul (known for its fresh turquoise water), Gran Cenote (go early to avoid the crowds), and Dos Ojos (where you can snorkel amid stalactites and stalagmites).