An Alternative Spring Break In Riviera Maya, Mexico
Posted by: 4realAdmin on April 10th, 2014
Spring break does not necessarily have to mean partying, tequila shots and waking up with a banging head! This year, if you are heading out to the Riviera Maya, Mexico, there are plenty of ways to have a fun, exciting yet healthy spring break whether you are looking to unwind, energize and refresh, or just spend some peaceful time reconnecting with nature.
Got Cancun on your mind for your spring break this year? Well, all we can say is ‘same old, same old’! (For those interested here is what US state Department advises spring breakers out in Cancun).
It’s high time you enjoy some new and interesting activities in your upcoming spring break to the Riviera Maya, Mexico. Here’s some help to get you started:
Health & Wellness Activities
Loosen up and experience a Mayan treatment in one of the numerous spas in Riviera Maya, indulge in a pampering beachside massage, enroll in one of the yoga classes or opt for a biking excursion to nearby ruins or a cenote. Long tracts of white sand beaches lined with palm trees swaying in the breeze and lush jungles adorned with colorful flowers – the Riviera Maya region in Mexico provides just the picture-perfect backdrop for a rejuvenating workout session. From the dedicated fitness freaks to the adventure-lovers, the Riviera Maya offers the perfect body and mind getaway for just about everyone. Hot Tip: Try the Mayan Temazcal (steam bath) for a magical experience.
Exploring The Mayan Ruins
The highlights of the Riviera Maya region of Mexico are the spectacular Mayan ruins. The age-old walled city of Tulum is a bewitching combination of Mayan architecture and a magnificent seaside setting. The Pre-Columbian city of Coba also has several ancient buildings with the Nohuch Mul pyramid being the focal point. At 138 feet, this pyramid is the second-highest Maya structure in the Yucatan. Named one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World” in 2007, Chichen Itza, is another significant Mayan site and features the famed Pyramid of Kukulcan along with a vast lineup of ball courts, temples, monuments and cenotes.
Connecting With Nature
Xcaret is an eco-archaeological park where visitors can see and even interact with butterflies, spider monkeys, manatees — even jaguars, swim with dolphins, tube through underground caves, tour a cave full of bats, visit a replica of a Mayan village or even explore an underground river! Visitors can also sample Mexican wines at the Xcaret’s Vino de Mexico Wine Cellar. Xel-Ha is world-famous, beautiful and natural aquarium, home to a large variety of colorful tropical fish. Here visitors can swim in the lagoon, snorkel and ride the underground rivers, opt for a Zip Bike adventure or simply sit in one of the beach chairs and soak up the sun. The Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and spans an area of over 1 million acres of coastal jungle. Take a boat trip through this site to savannas, dunes, wetlands, mangroves, lagoons and a huge diversity of plants and animals, including more than 350 species of birds.
Cruise along the Riviera Maya on a luxury catamaran, lazing in the sun while feasting on delectable snacks and drinks. Could it get any better than that! When the boat anchors, visitors can enjoy some of the best snorkeling in the region amongst vibrant tropical fish.
The best shopping in the Riviera Maya can be found in the town of Playa del Carmen. Playa, as the locals call it, is the place to go for extravagant shopping, offbeat souvenirs and wonderful restaurants. Do not miss strolling on Playa’s Fifth Avenue, a pedestrianized street, lined with chic boutiques, restaurants, cafes, clubs and stylish boutique hotels.
Experience the fascinating settings of the Riviera Maya region on a horseback. Ride your horse through the tropical Caribbean countryside and enjoy a scenic and peaceful day in the Mexican outback. Not only will visitors enjoy splendid views but they could also spend a day in the life of real Mexican cowboys!
Adventure-lovers can explore the wild jungles of Mexico by taking a ride on ATV’s (All Terrain Vehicles). Visitors can also drive their own ATV’s with a professional guiding them through the dense, exotic jungles and coconut palms. For that extra zing, stop by for a refreshing dip in a crystal clear cenote.
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