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Dolphins in the Riviera Maya

Visit Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya is a tourist destination located in Mexico, which has become a favorite among tourists for several years. Internationalized due to hotel investment in the 90’s of the last century, the Riviera Maya was one of the best kept secrets of the Mexican Caribbean; both for foreigners and Mexicans themselves.

Visit Riviera Maya

Visit Riviera Maya

This paradise on earth became a tourist attraction thanks to the well-known corridor from Cancun to Tulum, a movement that boosted tourism, allowing the discovery of the secrets that were kept in reserve in the area. With a story worth telling and that has been maintained, we invite you to know the wonders of the Riviera Maya.

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    How to get to the Riviera Maya

    Being a very important tourist destination, getting to the Riviera Maya is not complicated at all; you can travel to Cancun International Airport, considered the most important in Quintana Roo and the busiest in Mexico, or to the International Airports of Cozumel and Chetumal.

    How to get to the Riviera Maya

    How to get to the Riviera Maya by plane

    Being so popular, there are many airlines that have direct flights to the Riviera Maya, both inside and outside Mexico. If you want to go to the Riviera Maya from Madrid you can do it for an approximate cost of 370 EUR; similarly, from other cities in Europe, you can travel to the Riviera Maya for similar costs.

    Transportation within the Riviera Maya

    In the Riviera Maya you will find an unimaginable amount of things to do and destinations to visit. If you arrive in Cancun City, you can rent a car for 10 USD per day, and tour the Riviera Maya without being tied to schedules; the cost of car rental varies depending on the city.
    You can also travel by cab or ADO buses throughout the region.

    To the Riviera Maya by Boat

    Yacht and boat lovers can rent a boat in any of the ports of the Riviera Maya to travel along its coastline to any of its cities. These boats cost from 240 EUR to 2,200 EUR per day, depending on the type of boat you need to rent.
    We recommend starting from Cancun with destination Tulum; this way you can have an exclusive view of the sea, enjoy the marine life, the sea breeze and sunbathe on deck.

    Travel Tips to visit Riviera Maya

    If you are going to visit this paradise on earth, you should know that there are endless activities to do in the Riviera Maya; every day is an opportunity to do new things and enjoy a new city. That’s why we’ll leave you some tips, so you can enjoy your trip better.

    Travel Tips to visit Riviera Maya

    Economical transportation

    If you are on a limited budget or just like to save a little during each trip, then we recommend you to use the colectivo transportation, an economical way to move along the Riviera Maya. The colectivos are widely used by tourists and locals in the region. You can go from Cancun to Playa del Carmen and Playa del Carmen to Akumal, or a little further to Tulum.

    Dolphins in the Riviera Maya

    Known for being extremely friendly mammals with humans, swimming with dolphins is known as one of the favorite activities to do in the Riviera Maya, and one of the best experiences you can have in life.

    You can swim with dolphins in Puerto Aventura or Mahahual; it is an ideal activity for children and adults, which many consider a dream come true. Following the protocols and safety measures, you will be able to enjoy this adventure to the fullest.

    Dolphins in the Riviera Maya

    Visit the Cenotes

    You don’t have to be an expert to want to visit the best places in the Riviera Maya and immerse yourself in its crystalline waters. Cenotes are caves that, with their rock formations, have become natural pools over the years; they are very popular destinations for tourists and you can’t miss them for any reason.
    Some of the most famous cenotes are Cenote Azul and Cenote de la Bruja.

    Visiting the Archaeological Zones

    Visiting the Riviera Maya you will find several Archaeological Zones, the most important being the Archaeological Zone of Tulum; sites where you can glimpse Mayan ruins.
    In any of the cities that make up the Riviera Maya, you can find an archaeological zone nearby, where you will have the opportunity to learn a little history of one of the most important civilizations of antiquity.

    Island Hopping

    The Riviera Maya has wonderful paradisiacal islands, accompanied by dreamlike beaches, where the sand is white and the waters are turquoise. Some of the main islands of the Riviera Maya are Cozumel Island, Isla Mujeres and Holbox Island; ideal to visit with friends and enjoy the activities that each one has to offer.

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    Enjoying a unique destination, with your partner or family, is a once in a lifetime opportunity; you can visit the Riviera Maya many times and you will never cease to be surprised. It is for this reason that we will offer you some recommendations that we consider relevant, so you can enjoy your stay in this wonder of nature.

    Lodging in the Riviera Maya

    The Riviera Maya offers a variety of accommodations to suit all budgets; you will find urban, luxury, all-inclusive, cabins and inns. It is common that the most sought after hotels by tourists are located in the Cancun Hotel Zone, Tulum Hotel Zone or Playacar Hotel Zone, in Playa del Carmen, which are the busiest cities.

    Gastronomy of the Riviera Maya

    If you are looking for something exclusive then we recommend the restaurants in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, which are usually places with delicious food, with a unique atmosphere. If you are on a tighter budget, walking along Quinta Avenida in Playa del Carmen will be the best option, as it has good restaurants and affordable costs.


    Since the Riviera Maya is about 300 kilometers long, a private transfer service is an excellent option to get to your hotel from the Cancun airport.

    Shuttle cancun

    Best time to visit

    The climate of the area is ideal at any time of the year, although there are months where the rains are more constant; it is not enough reason not to travel whenever you want. Similarly, if you are looking to save money during your vacations, we recommend traveling during the low season, which includes the months of July, August, September and October.

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    Visit Valladolid

    The town of Valladolid is known as the Capital of the Maya Orient, a title it receives for the architectural samples that accompany it; colonial and ancestral structures that are strategically located in the center of the region.

    Visit Valladolid

    Visit Valladolid

    In Valladolid you can stay in quality hotels and get to know the interesting Mayan world and Colonial Mexico. One of the main attractions of this beautiful town is the preservation of its culture and traditions; its ancestral and gastronomic richness makes every minute a unique experience.

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      How to get to Valladolid

      Valladolid is located in Yucatan, a Mexican state in the southeast of the tequila country; therefore, if you are outside of Mexico, you will have to take a direct flight to Cancun International Airport and continue with the road trip. If you are in a Mexican city you can take a flight to Merida International Airport in Yucatan, start the road trip to Valladolid.

      How to get to Valladolid

      To Valladolid by bus

      You will find that there are several bus routes to Valladolid from Cancun, you can take any of these once you leave the airport. The most recommended is to take one of the ADO buses to Valladolid; the ticket costs approximately 146 MXN.

      From Mexico City

      If you are in Mexico City and wish to go to the town of Valladolid, in Yucatan; from Mexico City International Airport you will find flights available to the city of Cancun, where you can continue your road trip to your destination. This flight has a cost of around 2000 MXN.

      To Valladolid by car

      Traveling to Valladolid by private car is always the most recommendable and cost-effective option. In any of the cities surrounding Valladolid you can rent a car and start your road trip to your destination.
      Renting a car in Cancun costs 10 USD per day; in Playa del Carmen it varies at 14 USD per day and in Merida at 22 USD per day.

      Travel Tips for visiting Valladolid

      Valladolid is a must-see destination when visiting Yucatan; that is why we are going to leave you some travel tips to visit Valladolid; based on the opinions and recommendations of the good travelers who went before us.

      Tour of the Central Plaza

      As in any other town, in Valladolid you will find one of the main attractions in the center of the city. The Plaza Francisco Cartón Rosado is the heart of Valladolid; from here, you can head to the rest of the city’s tourist destinations. You can also catch a glimpse of the charming “La Mestiza” fountain, have an ice cream and taste the famous marquesita typical of Yucatán.

      Tour of the Central Plaza

      San Servacio Cathedral

      While you are walking through the central plaza, you will find this wonderful monument; one of the best things to do in Valladolid. With a colonial look and well preserved, the Cathedral of San Servacio or San Gervasio, is a pleasant and charming attraction; its main attraction is at night, when it is illuminated and its charm is appreciated.

      Calzada de los Frailes (Friars’ Causeway)

      The Calzada de los Frailes consists of a 700-meter path that formerly separated two cities, the town of Valladolid and the Mayan city of Sisal; the first is the current historic center of Valladolid, and the second became a popular neighborhood in the area. Today, this is a beautiful colonial promenade with houses and handicraft stores, where you can buy a beautiful souvenir of the city.

      Calzada de los Frailes valladolid

      San Bernardino Convent

      It is considered one of the most important historical places in Valladolid; this old convent was built in the middle of the XVI century by the Franciscan friars, it is one of the largest in the peninsula and has a transcendental historical importance for the population of the place.

      Visit the city zoo with the family

      If you are traveling with your family, one of the most recommended activities to do in Valladolid is to go to the Zoo; a space full of wildlife in the outskirts of the city. VallaZoo is a nice and pleasant excursion for the whole family, where you will have guides who will accompany you and talk about all the animals in this natural reserve. The entrance ticket only costs 80 MXN for locals, 150 MXN for tourists.

      Visit the city zoo with the family


      The town of Valladolid has a little bit of everything for those who enjoy history and nature. That is why we have taken on the task of compiling some recommendations of the place; so that you can have a better idea of how to enjoy an excellent trip to the Capital of the Maya East.

      Recommendations valladolid mexico

      Where to stay in Valladolid

      Hotels in Valladolid adjust to all kinds of budgets; starting in the historic center, at Hostal Candelaria, an economical place for backpacker travelers. You will also find Hostal Frida and Hotel Casa Rosario, both of which can be booked online before arriving in town.

      Where to eat in Valladolid

      Valladolid’s gastronomy is very varied, you will find its typical dishes, ceviche, panuchos, lomitos de Valladolid and tortas; among many others. Around Valladolid’s Main Park you will find different street stands and restaurants, where you can try these typical dishes of the town. We recommend you try the marquesitas and the cheese or chocolate rolls.

      Best time to visit

      Valladolid has a very warm climate, it is normal to have rainy days in the summer, nothing to worry about. It has a registered temperature of 25 °C and it is a breezy town, coming from the southwest of the country, which makes it have a very pleasant climate.

      Visit Chichen Itza

      We recommend that you visit the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá, located just 45 minutes from Valladolid. This archaeological zone is usually a very visited site by tourists; you can travel to Chichén Itzá by ADO bus, cab or guided tours. If you rent a car, you can go on your own with no time limit.

      We recommend you to visit the ruins of Chichen Itza both during the day and at night; because at sunset, you can enjoy a wonderful light show, making it one of the best experiences you can live in life.

      Visit Chichen Itza valladolid


      Valladolid is an incredible place that you have to visit if you visit the Caribbean Mexico and what do you think? We can help you with a private transfer to Valladolid, what are you waiting for to book?