Central America

Exploring the Mayan Riviera

Hidden jungle temples, diving through sacred caves, rich cultures…when most people think of a Mexican vacation they think of all-inclusives and lounging on a beach, not an adventure travel destination.  I just recently traveled to the Yucatán Peninsula and stayed at the absolutely gorgeous Viceroy Riviera Maya.  Although anyone could stay at the Viceroy and have absolutely no reason to leave for days on end, I filled my days exploring the surrounding country.  We visited ancient Mayan sites including the very impressive ruins at Tulum perched on seaside cliffs.  We visited indigenous villages and bought exquisite handicrafts by local artisans.  We dove in cenotes, natural sinkholes exposing freshwater underneath the earth, some of the most exhilarating diving you can do anywhere.  The seagrass beds of Akumal make for exciting snorkel opportunities with endangered green sea turtles.  And we ate AMAZING food everywhere from the Viceroy’s two beautiful open air restaurants to beachside taco shacks to Mayan specialties in jungle enclaves.  The moral of the story is don’t skip over Mexico as an adventure travel destination.

The Viceroy Riviera Maya made a perfect base for our explorations.  As much as I love to fill my days with rugged adventure, I love coming back to an absolutely luxurious place to relax.  Unlike the mega resorts in this area of Mexico, the Viceroy is a small property made up entirely of private villas each with their own private outdoor lounge area with plunge pool.  The villas are thatched and blend in with the jungle surroundings, but totally air-conditioned and comfortable.  We were greeted with a shot of mezcal and then got to choose our own handmade soaps, which was a unique hotel welcome experience for me.  The property, of course, has a lovely beach, infinity pool, and ocean front yoga sessions on the pier.  The spa and treatments were ethereal.   I would recommend this property to honeymooners, for anniversaries, or any romantic getaway.  It would also be a great spot for a destination wedding (although only children 14 years and older are permitted).  Despite the fact that this area of Mexico is heavily touristed, one can still find these enclaves of tranquil luxury and there are still unique corners of the country to explore.  Let me help you plan your next Mexican adventure.