Landscapes gilded by sun, soft breezes and far horizons lost in the eyes…The Yucatan Peninsula is the perfect destination for travelers interested in exotic environments.

The Yucatan Peninsula is a northeastern projection of Central America, lying between the Gulf of Mexico to the west and north and the Caribbean Sea to the east.

When a giant space rock slammed into Earth 65 million years ago on the northwestern corner of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico, not only did it wipe out a lot of dinosaurs, it left behind a huge crater and, inside that pock, an even bigger mystery. The Chicxulub crater lies buried, straddling the northwest coastline of the Yucatan peninsula.

Encompassing some 76,300 square miles (197,600 square km), the peninsula includes the Mexican states of Campeche, Yucatán and the well known Quintana Roo.

In just two years the Riviera Maya has turned into the second vacation destination spot for Quintana Roo, and into one of the most attractive worldwide!

The wonderful and paradisiacal white beaches, the Hotels and all inclusive resorts have made the Riviera Maya an appealing Mexico Destination.

Located in the oriental part of the Yucatan Peninsula, the Mayan Riviera goes from Puerto Morelos, (32 kilometres south of Cancun’s international airport), up to the picturesque fishermen’s village called Punta Allen, already inside the Sian Ka’an’s Biosphere.

The Riviera Maya incluyes Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal and Tulum.

The easygoing and relaxed ambiance of the Riviera Maya makes it a perfect hideaway from an urban hasty lifestyle. The Riviera Maya abound of virgin and secluded beaches, marine life and wild animals, as well as archaeological vestiges, caverns and underground rivers called “Cenotes”.

The cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula were (and are) the main water source for many ancient and contemporary Maya people, as there are no rivers and very few lakes on the Peninsula.

The Yucatan tours and expeditions are safe learning experiences designed for anyone who wants to have fun exploring and enjoying the local natural and cultural wonders.

During a Yucatan Travel you will experience from a simple scuba diving adventure to exhilarating activities as jumping out of the plane!

The Yucatan Peninsula is one of the richest archaeological zones in the ancient Mesoamerica world. The Yucatan presents astonishing surprises at every turn! Chichen Itza’, Tulum, Coba’, Uxmal are just few examples of the archaeological discoveries in the Yucatan.

And then we have all the amazing natural aspects of the Yucatan.

Natural theme parks as Xcaret and Xel Ha are “full of Mexico” and represent all the activities and attractions of the Yucatan Peninsula. Tourist will be able to see the flora and fauna (Jaguars, Manatees, Crocodiles, Butterfly, Parrots and much more!), visit the reproduction of an ancient Mayan Village, swim with dolphins, snorkel and enjoy exciting Mexican shows.

Some of the most important ecosystems are found in Yucatan; the biospheres and the reserves of this part of Mexico are Sian Ka´an, means “Gift from Heaven” in the Maya language (south of Tulum), Rio Lagartos (northern part of the Yucatan state), Calakmul (deep in the jungles of the greater Petén Basin region, 30 km from the Guatemalan border). Pink Flamingos, crocodiles, manatees, dolphins, turtles, toucans and a lot of other species of animals, birds and plants live in peace in these protected areas of the Yucatan. Kayaking, bird watching, snorkeling, scuba diving are activities that doesn’t affect the ecosystem if controlled, so you can enjoy the captivating natural and primordial paradises without compromise nature!

The Yucatan Peninsula offers also wonderful and colorful colonial destinations, where the history lives in their walls… Merida, the capital of the Yucatan and the most famous one, is located in the center of the Yucatan. The Spaniard Francisco de Montejo founded Merida on January 6, 1542. Merida is the oldest continually-inhabited city on the continent, a city chockfull of colonial buildings, Maya artifacts, turn-of-the-century mansions and colonial haciendas, tropical gardens, museums, restaurants, art galleries, theatres, nightclubs, shopping malls, and much much more.

We may not forget about the Yucatan Islands!

The most visited one is Cozumel of course, ideal for divers, water sports lovers and families. But there are other islands in Mexico where visitors and tourist can enjoy real natural environment, peaceful and relaxing days.

Did you ever heard about Isla Mujeres or HolBox Island? Well, Isla Mujeres is the Island in front of Cancun. With an idyllic setting that is pristine, romantic and endlessly peaceful, Isla Mujeres is the perfect tropical retreat for honeymooners and couples. Isla Hol Box instead, is a paradise set in the northern part of the Yucatan. Famous for its wonderful beaches and secluded vacations, Holbox offers unforgettable experiences as Whale sharks watching tours, deep sea fishing.

Isla Contoy is located at the confluence of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Isla Contoy is considered the most important nesting place of sea birds in all of the Mexican Caribbean. Protected by the Mexican government, only a few tour companies have permission to bring guests to the island. These tours sail from Isla Mujeres or Cancun.

Scuba Diving in the open water of the Caribbean is an experience hard to forget.

After The Great Barrier, The Great Maya Reef is the second largest reef system in the world, traverses for 600 miles along the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. The crystalline waters of the Caribbean, as well as its underwater currents and average temperature, allow these wonderful and complex ecosystems to fully develop.

The spectacular colorful coral formations and tropical sponges, bathed in the warm turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean, the reef is a natural refuge for sea turtles, dolphins, sea horses, and a host of other marine creatures.

The Yucatan offers as well an ecological oriented tourism. The Mexico Ecotourism is of special interest to many travelers because of its relationship with conservation, sustainability, and biological diversity. Throughout the year, in the Riviera Maya, the Tulum hotel zone caters tourists who are interested in experiencing the stunning beauty of this tropical region, enjoying a comfortable stay at beautiful accommodations, learning about the diverse ecosystem, and participating in its conservation.

The Peninsula offers many attractions: exquisite beaches along the Caribbean coastline, resort areas like Cancun and the Mayan Riviera, ecological reserves and water parks, and the lovely colonial city of Merida. But among the Yucatan’s most fascinating attractions are the amazing Mayan ruins which can be found throughout the area.

The Yucatan Peninsula, most of all the Riviera Maya, has great hospitality traditions and nowhere is this clearer than in its hotels, with their excellent facilities and excellent service.

Villas, spa hotels, colonial haciendas, boutique hotels, all inclusive resorts, rooms with a view – they are all here for you to choose from!

Over the last few years, the SPA concept’s popularity has blossomed, and the Yucatan is not an exception.

An acronym for ‘Salud Por Agua’, or ‘health by water’, the SPA concept dates back to the Romans and pre-Columbian civilizations in the Americas.

Many ancestral techniques have returned to favor, including the use of natural ingredients in cosmetics and treatments for body and spirit. The Yucatan and the Riviera Maya’s Spa hotels incorporate its ancient Mayan tradition of natural healing and medicine to provide unsurpassed service and an unforgettable experience. You can also take meditation courses and train your mind and body to be restful and peaceful. More than just a vacation!

The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life. The freedom of travel opens the mind to unlimited possibilities. Now is on you decide what choose among the spectacular kind of vacation that offers the Yucatan Peninsula.

Source by Elena Piccini

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