Cancun and Riviera Maya
When you’re not sunning yourself on the magnificent beaches of Riviera Maya, there are numerous opportunities to explore for the more adventurous traveller.
The ancient city of Chichen Itza dates back to 525 BC and is home to the most magnificent Mayan ruins. This impressive complex has been recognised as one of the New Wonders of the World and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Dominating the skyline is the Pyramid of Kukulcan. Marvel at the graphic stone carvings of the Sacrificial Well, the Observatory, the Monk's Cloister and Wall of Skulls. Test out the powerful acoustic properties of the world’s biggest ball court where even a whisper can be heard from 500ft away.
Let your driver and guide take you back via the charming colonial town of Valladolid where you can cool down in the waters of the beautiful cenote before exploring the rest of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Around the time of the Spring Equinox, Chichen Itza attracts a large influx of visitors due to an unusual phenomenon light and shadow effect on the Temple of Kukulcan. Supposedly, a feathered serpent god can be seen to crawl down the side of the pyramid in this dramatic spectacle. However, this is just one of many mysteries to discover all year round at this sensational archaeological site.
If you feel like exploring the area further, then be sure to head down the coast to Tulum where you’ll find ruins atop many cliffs and which acted as a seaport in ancient times.