Stretching from just south of Cancun to Punta Allen south of Tulum, exists one of the most fascinating destination spots in the world. Tropical beaches, ancient ruins, abundant marine and wildlife abound. The Great Maya Reef is the largest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere.As you ride along highway 307 you are usually around a kilometer away from the beach. The highway is brand new having just been widened in recent years and is in impeccable shape. On the shoreline there are numerous privately owned rental cabanas, fishing and diving operations and beaches.
CENOTES – SINK HOLES
The Yucatán peninsula is also well known for its water activities, both in the Caribbean sea and in the cenotes, which are natural freshwater pools, underwater caves and caverns that are great places to swim, snorkel, or scuba dive. One of the most beautiful is the Gran Cenote, just 4 km. from Tulum. Its clear water allows you to see the underwater cave formations and the small fish. Careful with the girl / boyfriend – She / he’ll want to marry you after this! ! !
TULUM – RUINS & BEACH
The Tulúm ruins are located about an hour from Playa del Carmen. Swelled with pride on a cliff by the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean you find the amazing vestiges of the most important archeological site of the Mexican coast. It was the most important port of these coasts. More than sixty buildings surrounded by three huge walls with five doors protected the city.
COBA – RUINS & CROCODILES
The Cobá ruins are located about 2 hours from Playa del Carmen, along a quiet highway through the jungle. There is also the “pueblo” of Cobá, which has developed around a quiet crocodile lagoon. There are small restaurants with open terraces with a view of the lagoon where you can have lunch before or after visiting the ruins.
CHICHEN-ITZA – RUINS
Chichén Itzá, the ancient city whose name means “in the mouth at the Itzáe’s Well”, was in its time of grandeur (between 800 and 1200 A.D.), the center of political, religious and military power in Yucatán, if not all of South-eastern Meso America.
XCARET AND XEL-HA – NATURAL PARKS
Two very popular destinations for visitors are Xel-Ha (pronounced shell-ha) and Xcaret (pronounced sh-cah-ret), which are beautiful natural parks with inlets and cenotes for swimming and snorkeling, as well as swimming with dolphins in natural aquariums.
Xcaret is just five minutes and Xel-Ha is about 30 minutes south of Playa. Mayan for ‘Clear Water,’ Xel-Ha is aptly named. The park is a series of interconnected clear-water lagoons that form a natural aquarium for angelfish, lobster, barracuda, parrotfish, French grunts…
CANCUN – PARTY PLACE
Cancún is located 45 minutes north of Playa del Carmen, comprised of three distinct but integrated areas: the City of Cancún, a raffish boomtown of 400,000 people, popular for shopping, dining, less expensive accommodations; the ecological reserve lovely lagoons and mangroves; and the resort zone, an island. A well-planned layout and modern infrastructure give a polished, un-Mexican appearance.
VALLADOLID – “COLONIAL TOWN”
Valladolid is located halfway between Merida and Cancun, 3 hours from Playa. It is a small, quaint town that still preserves a colonial flavor. The majority of the townspeople still wear typical dress of the Maya. Cenote Dzitnup is great for swimming. The San Roque Museum has huge murals depicting Mexican history.
MERIDA – “WHITE CITY”
To go to Merida you should take the bike for 3-days. Merida is the capital city of the state of Yucatan. Known as “White City” because of the large use of white limestone and white paint this traditional city depicts much of the splendor of Colonial Mexico. There is old and new exhibited in everything from fashions to architecture.
PALENQUE – RUINS & TOWN
Situated 900 km southwest from Playa – a cool 7-Days ride. Frequently shrouded in fog, the ruins are among the most impressive in Mesoamerica. Palenque represents the western regional variant of Classic Maya civilization. The ruins now visible are the heavily restored remains of the ceremonial center.