Renowned almost without compare among Caribbean tourist destinations is Mexico’s famous Riviera Maya. Lying on the eastern seaboard of the lush Yucatn peninsula, the Riviera Maya is almost an oxymoron, being a cluster of huge resorts and eco-parks nestled within the arms of the wild, untouched rainforest that surrounds it. This makes the Riviera Maya an unprecedented opportunity to experience both the luxury and comfort of a five-star hotel, and to explore some of the last truly untouched refuges of nature on the planet in an environmentally conscious way. The area also contains amazing beaches, awe-inspiring Mayan ruins, and a variety of eco-lodges and parks that supply ecologically themed activities and adventure treks. In short, no matter what your family’s preferences, interests, and tastes may be, the Riviera Maya is sure to satisfy them all with room to spare.
Take an Eco-Tour for the Adventure of a Lifetime
Because of its proximity to such unspoiled natural beauty, the Riviera Maya is one of the best places in the world to take an adventure trek into the wilderness. If you were born to love volcanoes, lowland jungles, thick rainforest, towering mountains, or sapphire seas, it’s no matter, because virtually every landscape one could desire to visit is available in the Yucatn region. Diving enthusiasts will be thrilled at the underwater vistas provided by the Great Mesoamerican Barrier Reef which lies just off shore, and history buffs will gawk in amazement at the towering pyramids of Chichn Itz or Xel Ha, as most jungle tours make a visit to one or several of the many amazing Mayan sites in the Yucatn part of the experience. If your adventuresome spirit gets the better of you, you can set out alone or on horseback and carve your own path (with a trusted and experienced multilingual guide as company, of course) through the steamy jungle, cresting the mountaintops that guard the coast and making your way down the white sandy beaches to the ancient port city of Tulum, one of the last Mayan strongholds on the peninsula. At night, the smoldering sunset bathes the lapping ocean in brilliant pastel colors, and the absence of city lights and the clean, clear air make available a dazzling panorama of glittering stars, putting a perfect cap on your long day of adventure.
Anyone with a predilection for flora and fauna (which would include almost all small children) will be delighted at the bountiful and diverse population of animals and plants that one can view on a nature tour through the jungle. Birds especially are found in abundance; the varieties of brightly colored plumage, strange beaks and crests, and melodic calls echoing through the trees will bring a smile to the face of any bird-watcher, be they amateur, expert, or simply enthusiastic. To make the most of your walking tour, consider hiring an experienced jungle guide who can point out the myriad examples of avian and other jungle life. Many forest denizens have by necessity become quite adept at concealing themselves from all manner of hungry and prying eyes, and so having an extra and knowledgeable pair at your disposal could mean the difference between catching a glimpse of a particularly elusive species, like the majestic Guatemalan quetzal, and missing a rare opportunity.
Fabulous Ocean Fishing
The seas around the Riviera Maya are equally rich in natural beauty and untold numbers of amazing sea creatures. The warm waters are so clear and pure that it’s difficult to imagine a better spot for observing ocean wildlife, either from the comfort of your boat on the surface or from their midst as you splash and dive in the sea’s gentle embrace. Anglers will be more than satisfied with the size and abundance of game species, so if you came to fish, get ready to put your game face on, and bring a healthy appetite, because the only thing better than the catch is the meal that comes after. However, if you prefer to let the ocean creatures remain in their natural habitat, why no go to them by taking a short scuba diving course? Qualification is quick, safe, and will enable you to spend hours swimming alongside all manner of fascinating animals, from dolphins to sea turtles, even including sharks!
All this and more is waiting just a short flight away at the exotic and unforgettable Riviera Maya. The next time you have a family vacation to plan, the choice of destination should be an easy one to make tearing yourself away from the fun will be the only difficult part!