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This information guide of Area Attractions along the Mayan Riviera -  Riviera Maya starts at our home in Puerto Aventuras Mexico and steps out from there.  You can see what there is to see and do up and down the Mayan Riviera coast to the north and south by navigating on the buttons above.  Follow your progress and see how close you are to the various properties by opening up the Map pages.
 

Cozumel: 

The reef off of the island of Cozumel is world class.  If you are a diver and have the time, then it is worth making the effort to go over for a day's diving.  With over 100 dive shops and nearly that many touts at the ferry docks selling tours including dive and snorkel trips, you won't have trouble finding someone to take you out.  However, I recommend that you do a little homework before heading over to dive and line things up with a dive company that has a good reputation. 

The town of San Miguel on the island of Cozumel, is also a very popular cruise ship stop, which quite regularly has multiple large capacity ships in port most days of the year (Sundays seem to be slower and a better day to visit).  Like nearly every cruise ship stop around the world.  There is no shortage of jewelry, T-shirt and bric-a-brac stores OR the fast talking, slightly aggressive, sometimes funny, but usually annoying touts on the street plying their bag of tricks to get your attention and draw you inside.  

The heart warming thing, is that all of the ships pull anchor and move along each day at sundown and then the island regains its' wonderful Mexican charm and really quite an enjoyable place to visit.  If you are going over for a day trip and want to try and avoid the madness of a cruise ship port.  Then rent a jeep or scooter and make a trip driving around the island.  It is a short trip that can be done easily in a day.  On the far side of the island you will find it much wilder and less populated.  There are beaches that are less populated and maybe even people free, plus funky restaurants and bars scattered here and there that are worth a stop.  Just be careful swimming on this side of the island as there can be rip tides and under tows.

 To get over to Cozumel from the mainland, you will need to take the public passenger ferry from Playa del Carmen for the 50 minute voyage.  There are 2 companies that ferry passengers back and forth with departures pretty much hourly during the day. 

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Valladolid:

If you are headed to Chichen Itza or would simply like to make a day trip to visit a charming Mexican town. We suggest you spend at least a couple of hours in Valladolid. The square in the center of town is where you should head first. From here you can walk around checking out the park, church and shops. If you are hungry or thirsty, you will find the “mercardo de comida” (food market) with its’ many small restaurants offering numerous and delicious “comida corrientes” (daily specials). The taco stand on the street corner by the church are delicious for a quick snack.  You should also not miss the lovely Hotel El Meson del Marques. This 16th century colonial house has a nice restaurant and a beautiful courtyard to dine or simply have a refreshing drink. There is a handicraft market near the square.  Another interesting thing to do while in the Valladolid center is to visit the Museo de Ropa Etnica de Mexico.  This little non-profit museum has a collection of traditional ethnic clothing for all over Mexico.  We highly recommend that you see the Convento y Iglesia de San Bernardino de Sisal.  A convent constructed 1552 to serve as church and fortress.  It is a little difficult to find but worth the effort.  Be sure to ask if you can see the cenote and gardens in back.  If you want to cool off while in Valladolid then you take your bathing suit and a go for a dip in the cenote located right in town.  Another interesting stop is Casa de los Venados just off of the square.  This 400 year old hacienda is in the process of being lovingly restored by the owners John & Dorianne Venator.  You will find Valladolid located just before Chichen Itza on the “free road.” You can get there off of the toll highway, or by taking the free road from Cancun, or by following the secondary road from Tulum, up past Coba. We prefer to take a circular route which makes for a nice day trip.

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Whale Sharks:

If you are visiting the area during early June to mid September then you really should take a day to experience the whale sharks that congregate off of the eastern tip of the Yucatan peninsula during this period. For the real adventurer, you can swim and snorkel with these ancient sea monsters.  Whale sharks are the worlds largest fish yet eat the oceans smallest creatures (plankton).  They can reach up to 14 meters (50 feet) in length yet are docile.  Large schools of these spectacular creatures come to this area during the summer to feed on the plankton rich water.  They cruise slowly through the near surface water with their enormous mouths which can reach 1.5 meters (5 feet) wide, open as they filter the plankton.  They are non aggressive and seem to be hardly bothered by the boats and swimmers who come to experience this amazing spectacle.  The government of Mexico has done a good job of ensuring that the interaction between humans and the whale sharks is performed in a minimally disruptive way.  Licensing of tour operators, restrictions on the number of people in the water near one animal at a time, no touching or scuba allowed, and the tour operators own self discipline combined with the large numbers that come to the area to feed, all ensure a 99% chance of a sighting and most memorable experience.  All though more timid and faster moving in the water, the equally non aggressive manta rays are also seen in large numbers amongst the whale sharks. 

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