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Riviera Maya, Mexico | Attractions | El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club


El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club

El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club is an 18-hole course designed by the legendary Greg Norman. This stunning course bends through three distinct landscapes – dense tropical jungles, mangrove forests and oceanfront stretches of sand and crystal clear water. Greg Norman has even incorporated an underground cavern and river system into the center of the opening fairway.

El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club is a truly breathtaking and unique club to play at. The 7th and 15th holes play right to the edge of the Caribbean Sea, and in the distance is one of the world’s largest coral reefs and the island of Cozumel.

Other facilities at this first class golf club include a double-ended 350 yard driving range, a 20,000 square foot short-game area with putting and chipping greens. As well as golf carts, a clubhouse with shower and locker facilities, a golf shop and a restaurant and snack bar open for breakfast and lunch.

The golf shop is open daily from dawn until dusk and supplies top brand names such as Adidas, Ralph Lauren, EP Pro and Lopez Golf. You can also rent out left and right-handed clubs for both men and women.

The golf course also provides professional tuition for all abilities. The Jim Mclean Golf School offers state of the art JC Video Swing Analysis technology and is the top teaching facility in the whole of Mexico.

Address:

Carretera Federal Cancun- Playa del Carmen Km.298, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico

Phone:

0052 984 206 3088

Website:

 

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Attractions | Sian Ka’an Jeep Tour Expedition


Sian Ka’an Jeep Tour Expedition

Sian Ka’an was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and natural reserve in 1986. Spreading across a staggering 528,147 acres, this reserve is 99% state owned and 1% privately owned with only 1800 inhabitants.

Over the years archeologists have uncovered 23 Mayan sites, including ruins of El Plantal, Chenchomac and Chunyaxche where they discovered ancient mummies, relics and ceramics dating back over 2300 years ago.

This enchanting place is also bursting with wildlife and nature. There are over 850 plant species and 326 animal species living in Sian Ka’an all together. Many endangered species also live here such as the American wood stork, the white stork, the peregrine falcon and the white eagle. There are also two species of dolphins, four species of whales, six species of turtles and contains the largest number of crocodiles found in Mexico. Other animals seen in the park include manatees, pumas, ocelots, jaguars and spider monkeys!

There are a number of tour operators in the area who will take you out to Sian Ka’an.

Espacio Natura are one of the most renowned tour operators and offer an exhilarating jeep tour through the jungle. The tour also includes a boat ride where you can observe dolphins, starfish and sea turtles. You will also be able to snorkel along the Mesoamerican reef, and finally enjoy a delicious Mexican buffet overlooking the crystal clear ocean.

Address:

Reserva de la Biósfera Sian-Ka’an, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Phone:

0052 984 109 7216

Website:

espacionatura.com.mx/UK/index.html

 

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Attractions | Punta Laguna Nature Reserve


Punta Laguna Nature Reserve

Punta Laguna Nature Reserve sits tucked away in the jungle where Yucatan meets the state of Quintana Roo, found near the Gulf Coast. This is a Mayan village where roosters and pigs have right of way and houses still have thatched roofs.

Along with some four other villages, Punta Laguna is part of a 5000-hectare government protected nature reserve which is known in English as “House of the spider monkey and the jaguar.” The area is also home to howler monkeys, pumas, coatis and a variety of exotic birds.

Special guided tours will take you through some of the jungle trails and reveal a wealth of exotic plants and animals, as well as pre-Hispanic ruins which were believed to be built during 300 BC to 250 AD.

Before entering the jungle, visitors must participate in a traditional ceremony performed by a local Shaman in order to ask the jungle and the underworld lords for their benevolence and permission.

Once you are allowed to enter the jungle with your guide you will be able to take part in many different types of activities such as canoeing, zip lining and water hole rappelling.

A good pair of walking boots or trainers are required if you decide to go to Punta Laguna Nature Reserve. You should also plan on either packing a lunch beforehand or stopping along the way at Valladolid as there are no restaurants or shops here. It is also advised to carry with you plenty of water and sunscreen and if you want you can also bring a long a swimming costume if you decide to go water hole rappelling or want a refreshing dip in the lake.

Address:

Punta Laguna, Quintana Roo Nuevo Durango – Coba, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Phone:

0052 (985) 107 91 82

Website:

puntalagunamexico.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Attractions | Coba Mayan Village


Coba Mayan Village

Coba is a large ruined city of the Pre-Columbian Maya civilization located 44km northwest of Tulum. It is estimated the village was inhabited as far back as 100 BC. It is believed at its peak 50,000 people lived here but now there is just over 1000 inhabitants.

There are a number of tour operators that will take you out to Coba Mayan Village such as Alltournative who specialize in eco-archeological expeditions in the local area. They will take to you to the amazing Nohoch Muul pyramid, the tallest in the Yutacan Peninsula. You will also go to the traditional village which boasts natural lagoons, cenotes, jungle paths and flourishing flora and fauna.

Furthermore, your tour guide will then let you have a go on a thrilling zip line which glides over cenotes and treetops. Then you will have the chance to take a dip in a hidden cave.

Finally, to finish the day off you will enjoy some delicious handmade tortillas and refreshing soft drinks.

Another popular tour operator is Coba Mayan Village itself and Mayic Travel. Many of the tour operators do similar activities such as mentioned above or they may add a few extras including kayaking and the Coba archeological site. It is best to enquire beforehand if you want to do a particular activity.

Many operators will also pick you up from your hotel. The route is about two hours from Riviera Maya and runs from Monday to Friday. There are a number of multilingual guides at the village including English, French, Spanish, Russian and Italian.

It is best to bring along comfortable walking shoes, swimsuits and an extra set of clothes incase you get wet!

Address:

Coba, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Phone:

984 803 88 70

Website:

www.cobamayanvillage.com/

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Attractions | Akumal Tour Centre

Akumal Tour Centre

Akumal Tours are a Mexican run company located in the small town of Akumal which was founded in 2004.  They offer a top selection of trips and tours including visits to the Mayan ruins, ATV journeys, Jeep safaris, boat trips, swimming with dolphins, visits to theme parks, snorkeling and deep sea fishing.

The archeological sites include Chichen Itza, Coba and Tulum. You will be picked up between 7 to 8:30am from your hotel, you will then be transported to one of the popular tourist sights. Make sure to bring your camera, water and sturdy walking shoes.

You can also hire out an ATV, which is basically a quad bike. You will be able to visit a “rancho” where you can admire caves, cenotes and breathtaking caverns. You will also have the chance to swim in the crystal clear waters of a cenote or an underground river. Furthermore, there’s also the chance to meet beautiful wild animals such as spider monkeys and snakes. This tour takes approximately three hours or you could choose the daylong tour. You will be able to ride through the small town of Akumal, visit a traditional Mayan village and cross a crocodile infested lagoon on a zip line! This is the perfect package for those seeking an adrenaline rush.

Akumal tours also offers a number of water sports and sea fishing opportunities such as swimming with whale sharks and dolphins, snorkeling, paddle boarding and boat tours to Puerto Aventuras and Isla Contoy.

Address:

Camino Caleta Yal Ku Lote 44 – Half Moon Bay, 77780 Akumal

Phone:

0052 984 875 9004

 

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Attractions | Dolphin Discovery


Dolphin Discovery

Dolphin Discovery is located in Puerto Aventuras, a tourism development specifically planned to show respect for nature. The park offers its visitors all the attractions and amenities of a small city in the middle of the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula jungle.

The Dolphin Discovery facilities are located in the center of the complex and were built inside a tropical green island with a lagoon, which is home to the dolphins. Not only can you swim with dolphins, but also you can even interact with manatees!

There are a number of programs to choose from such as Dolphin Royal Swim, Dolphin Swim Adventure, Dolphin Encounter and Sea Life Circle Manatees.

Dolphin Royal Swim is the most dynamic of them all, making it one of the most talked-about experiences at Dolphin Discover. The program includes an unforgettable “foot push” from the dolphins and you will be able to hold onto the dorsal fins of the dolphins whilst they pull you along. If you’re lucky you may even be able to get a kiss from a cheeky dolphin too!

The Dolphin Swim Adventure includes the famous “belly ride.” The ride consists of you holding on to the dolphin’s fins as he/she swims backwards. These beautiful animals will also give you a kiss, sing to you and say hello with their fins.

The Dolphin Encounter is especially designed for little ones and family holidays. Your family will be able to enjoy a number of safe and fun activities in the water. The program includes a fin handshake, a hug, a peck on the cheek and a special song from the dolphins themselves.

Last but not least, Sea Life Circle Manatees is a completely different activity available for tourists to the area. You will be able to stroke the gentle manatees and learn about their diet, cares and anatomy.

Address:

Dolphin Discovery, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Phone:

+1 866 393 5158

Website:

www.dolphindiscovery.com/mayan_riviera/riviera-maya-location-overview.asp

Where to buy ticketsYou can book tickets from Dolphin Discovery’s website at http://www.dolphindiscovery.com/

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Attractions | Tulum Monkey Sanctuary

Tulum Monkey Sanctuary

Located within the holiday resort of Tulum, the Tulum Monkey Sanctuary is a great place to spend the day and learn all about the different types of monkeys in Riveria Maya.

This sanctuary is over 2.7 acres and takes care of all different animals such as monkeys, White tail deer, donkeys, horses, iguanas, ducks and exotic birds.

Here you can explore a number of trails which wind throughout an open-air enclosure where the monkeys are free to swing, jump and play where they wish.

There is even a tour available which includes a trip around the sanctuary and exploring the Mayan jungle. You will also get the chance to swim in two cenotes and explore a ring of caves!

The sanctuary is owned by Richard, who has over 20 years of experience in monkey rescue and rehabilitation. Richard is motivated to provide nourishing food and safe shelter for the monkeys that had been previously used in gift shops and restaurants as photo-ops for tourists.

Open Monday to Sunday from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Free parking is available for visitors to the sanctuary.

Address:

Riviera Maya, Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Phone:

984-115-4296

Website:

www.tulummonkeysanctuary.com./

Ticket prices30-50 dollars per person

 

 

 

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Attractions | The Jungle Place


The Jungle Place

The Jungle Place is one of the most popular attractions in Playa del Carmen and is great for animal lovers and anyone travelling with children. This zoo take care of hundreds of endangered spider monkeys in a safe and natural environment.

Many of the spider monkeys are here because they have been victims of illegal pet trading, poaching or their natural habitat has been destroyed by deforestation.

Making reservations for this zoo is advised as you’ll be able to take a tour around the centre and get the chance to interact with some of the cheeky monkeys. Each tour takes around one hour to complete and is sure to leave you with memories you’ll never forget.

You can also donate to the Jungle Place through their website or on the day at the zoo! Your donations allow the volunterrs to accept hundreds of abandoned spider monkeys who cannot survive in the wild. They will be able to live in a safe and secure environment as well as recieving healthy and nourishing meals as well as excellent medical care.

Address:

Chemuyil, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Phone:

52 984 116 9777

Website:

www.thejungleplace.com/

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Attractions | Crococun Zoo


Crococun Zoo

Crococun Zoo is an interactional conservationist zoo located in Puerto Morelos. Originally the centre was established as a crocodile farm, dedicated to the breeding of crocodiles and creating sustainable commercialization.

Sadly in 1988 Crococun was destroyed by a hurricane but this began a new concept where the centre would turn into a zoo and become a 100% conservation project. Nowadays their mission is to educate people from all walks of life about the importance of conservation of animals, habitats and their natural environment in the local region.

The one-hour tour is highly recommended, where you will have the chance the walk among crocodiles! Your guide will also show you some parrots, spider monkeys, snakes, deer, turtles and the unusual tegu lizard.

There are a number of special deals on offer at Crococun Zoo including savings on group rates, kids under the age of  five can enter for free and there’s a 40% seniors discount for those over the age of 60. Please note an ID is required to prove your age.

Address:

Carretera a Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Phone:

52 998 850 37 19

Website:

www.crococunzoo.com/

Riviera Maya, Mexico | Beaches | Ziggy Beach

Ziggy Beach

Stretching on for more than 540 feet, Ziggy Beach is one of the most popular bays in Riviera Maya. Here you can relax and soak up the sun on a comfy lounger next to gently swaying palm trees. If you’ve had enough of sunbathing, head to the sea for a swim or try out the selection of water sports. There is also a large luxurious beach bar simply known as ‘Ziggy’s Beach Bar’ available which serves a selection of traditional Mexican food with a modern twist and refreshing drinks throughout the day.