-by Kat Hart
Mexico is a place full of history and natural treasures that is visited year-round by families, couples individuals, and people of all ages. In particular, the Riviera Maya, which extends along the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, is one of the most beautiful and popular destinations chosen by people for their Mexico vacations. And although the Riviera Maya coastline has become a hub for luxury Mexico resorts like Karisma Hotels, don’t miss a chance to explore its rich local history and archaeological sites.
The most picturesque of the ancient archaeological sites in the Riviera Maya is without a doubt, Tulum. Tulum was built as an ancient Mayan fortress city and is unique for being the only ancient city built overlooking the ocean. In the ruins of Tulum, visitors can experience unforgettable views of ancient sites together with the Caribbean sea and a nearby walkway provides access to the beach, so you can take a dip after having a chance to explore the ruins.
The most famous site to see in Tulum is El Castillo. Built on the edge of a cliff on the Riviera Maya coastline, El Castillo provides breathtaking views of the Ocean while surround by a lush vegetative Rivera Maya landscape. The Mayan-styled structure is also the tallest building in the Tulum settlement. This is a not to be missed photo opportunity you will cherish forever. While on this site, also make sure to see the Temple of the Descending God.
Another popular ancient city for visitors to explore archaeological sites in the Riviera Maya, and only a half an hour drive from Tulum, is Coba. Coba was a one of the largest Mayan cities and home to over 50,000 people. Coba was also a major trade hub between the coastal and inland cities, which is evident by a major network of ancient roads called sacbe that has been found there.
Visitors here can tour the ancient site by foot, bike or even hire a tricycle pedicab to take them around. There are many structures to see while visiting this site, including the Coba Group, which include the Church and two ball courts, the Conjunto de Pinturas which includes the Pyramid of Painted Lintel, the Macanxoc Group a religious area with various altar structures, and a large number of stone slabs throughout the Coba Ruins known as Coba Stelae.
The highlight of any visit to Coba, however, will probably be climbing the highest and steepest pyramid in Mexico’s Riviera Maya—the Nohuch Mul. Make sure to take comfortable shoes as you ascend this 130 foot pyramid!
Tours to Consider
YucaTreks Adventure Tours– YukaTreks offers 9-hour tours of the Tulum, Coba, and Chichen Itza and Valladolid. Explore the ruins here and take a swim in the nearby cenotes afterwards!
Adventure Tour Center at Mateo’s– ATC has many types of tours available, but if you want to see ancient sites, they provide a fun Coba ruins tour which includes lunch, a trip to and GoPro photos!
The Ruins Await You
The Riviera Maya ancient sites are a world-class destination. There are so many ancient sites to see and explore in the Riviera Maya. Pairing your Karisma Hotels stay with historical tours will enhance your Riviera Maya experience and introduce you to an unforgettable mystical experience in Mexico.
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