Some of you still cannot be with us right now so we’ll continue to bring the beauty of the Mexican Caribbean and the Yucatan to you. Here’s our monthly gallery showcasing some of the region’s many natural and historical attractions. How many have you visited? Which ones would you like to explore on future visits to Cancun and the Riviera Maya?
Wide beaches stretching into the distance and sheltered by the offshore Mesoamerican Reef make this fishing community one of our favorite spots in the Mexican Caribbean.
“Where the sky begins” in Maya, Sian Ka’an is a vast swathe of tropical forest and wetlands stretching to the sea. A landscape with biosphere reserve and World Heritage status, its ecosystems are a refuge for rare species such as the jaguar, tapir, manatee, howler monkey and the jabiru stork.
Wide beaches and the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, fishermen unloading their catch and flocks of gulls and pelicans waiting expectantly for scraps, this is life on Holbox, the northernmost island of the Mexican Caribbean. A slower pace, the chance to see wildlife and incredible sunsets are some of its rustic charms.
This chain of turquoise inlets, lagoons and cenotes rimmed by emerald green jungle is a huge natural aquarium visited by colorful fish from the offshore reefs. More than 90 species can be seen in the crystal-clear waters and they range from the parrot fish that are one of the Riviera Maya park’s emblems to angel fish, blue tangs, butterfly fish and sergeant majors.
A Maya World masterpiece, this World Heritage Site is famous for the beauty of the friezes and stucco carvings on the walls of its palaces, temples and pyramids. Uxmal is a one-hour drive to the south of Merida in the Puuc Hills, Yucatan.
Known for its Mayan arch, Labna is one of several smaller sites near Uxmal collectively known as the Puuc Route. Once dominated by the powerful city, they share artistic and architectural styles and UNESCO World Heritage status.