Visiting Mexico's Caribbean Coast, known as the Riviera Maya is a must for every adventurer at heart. It's great for road trips where you can explore more of numerous white-sand beaches, scenic ruins, and amazing cenotes. It might be a little too busy for some, but despite the development, you can still discover small fishing towns or set forth inland and experience the true-blue Mexican culture untouched by tourism. Download the Riviera Maya Travel Guide and Offline Map to help you plan your next trip.
1. Chichen Itza
The famous Mayan ruins are UNESCO world heritage and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Even if you are in your all-inclusive relaxing vacation, a day trip is totally worth it. Chichen Itza is a huge complex of Mayan ruins in a shape of pyramids built by Maya people approximately 1,200 years ago. Keep in mind that the area is big, it is not only one pyramid that you see on all the pictures, it is an ensemble of many greatly preserved ruins.
2. Grupo Nohoch Mul
Nohoch Mul (Big Mound) is also known as the Great Pyramid. It reaches a height of 42 meters, making it the second-tallest Maya structure on the Yucatán Peninsula. Climbing the old steps can be scary for some. Two diving gods are carved over the doorway of the temple at the top (built in the post-Classic period, AD 1100–1450), similar to sculptures at Tulum.
3. Grupo de las Pinturas
The temple at Grupo de las Pinturas (Paintings Group) bears traces of glyphs and frescoes above its door and remnants of richly colored plaster inside. You approach the temple from the southeast. Leave by the trail at the northwest (opposite the temple steps) to see two stelae. The first of these is 20m along, beneath a palapa. Here, a regal figure stands over two others, one of them kneeling with his hands bound behind him.
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