Landmarks in Riviera Maya

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For sure, the most popular attractions in the Riviera Maya are the Mayan ruins, but there is also more to be said about the culture and history of this region's people.  You'll discover it all by touring local museums, lighthouses, and more.

Museums

Assuming you like to learn about other places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation in Riviera Maya. You can click on the museum names to read more information.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Cedam Museum. It is situated in Puerto Aventuras, in central Riviera Maya. The Cedam Museum offers paper guides that allow guests to explore the exhibits at the own pace. Visitors will find exhibits detailing the impact that sailing has had for the local and island-wide way of life.

Museums In Riviera Maya
Name Phone Location
Cedam Museum -- Puerto Aventuras, Central Riviera Maya Mexico

Historical Sites

Tulum Maya Ruins

If you like to immerse yourself in the historical roots of an unfamiliar place, you might want to visit some of these historical sites while vacationing in Riviera Maya.

A common landmark for vacationers is Tulum Maya Ruins. It is located in southern Riviera Maya. If you're planing on visiting Tulum, make sure you set aside an entire day to do so. Located on Tulum property are about 60 well preserved buildings, as well as numerous other natural sites to see, most of which are housed within the Sian Ka'an biosphere.

Another landmark worth visiting is Temple Of The Wind. It is situated at Tulum Maya Ruins and found in southern Riviera Maya. While researchers are still attempting to figure out what the unique Temple of the Winds structure was used for, the leading explanation is that it was an observatory, as there is symbol and a little gap that line up with a constellation in the sky.

House Of The Chultun: These ruins at one time served as a water mane. The rainwater would drain into an underground storage area and be used by the Maya at a later time.

Take a moment to read the following table to learn more about historical sites in Riviera Maya.

Historic Sites In Riviera Maya
Name Phone Location
Casa del Cenote at Tulum Mayan Ruins -- 2.1 mi. East of Central Tulum
House Of The Cenote -- 14.6 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
House Of The Chultun -- 14.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
House Of The Columns -- 14.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
Lookout Tower -- 14.6 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
Main Entrance To Tulum Ruins -- 14.6 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
Old Market District -- 3.7 mi. South West of Central Riviera Cancun
Puetra del Cielo 52-98-842-862 1.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central downtown Playa del Carmen
Sian Ka'an Arch (Entrance To Biosphere) (984) 141-4245 21.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
Temple Of The Descending God -- 14.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
Temple Of The Initial Series (Temple Of The Stellae) -- 14.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
Temple Of The Pinturas -- 14.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
Temple Of The Sea -- 14.8 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
Temple Of The Wind -- 14.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
The Grand Palace -- 14.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
Tulum Maya Ruins (987) 882-0972 14.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
Tulum Outer Wall -- 14.8 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
Xcaret Maya Ruins (998) 881-2400 1.4 mi. South West of Central Playa del Carmen
Xel Ha Ruins (998) 883-3143 6.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal

Miscellaneous Landmarks

El Faro Lighthouse

Vacationers may explore some other interesting sites worth visiting in and near the area.

If the functional aspects of living by the sea intrigue you, you should consider visiting Punta Allen Lighthouse. There is no park surrounding the lighthouse or activities to draw tourists to the area, but it is a nice photo opportunity.

Additionally, if the more functional aspects of living by the sea intrigue you, you might want to visit Tulum Lighthouse. The Tulum Lighthouse is located just south of the Maya ruin on top of the Salta Iman cliff. While visitors are welcome to visit the lighthouse, it is usually passed over.

Leaning Lighthouse: Once upon a time there was a lighthouse in a small village surrounded by a beautiful flower bed at the base, and that lighthouse lit the night and brought many a sailor to safety. Then, a hurricane hit and caused erosion which had an effect so strong on the lighthouse that it began to lean.

The chart below enables you to learn some key facts regarding other kinds of attractions of interest to vacationers.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In and Around Riviera Maya
Name Type Location
El Faro Lighthouse Lighthouse Downtown Playa del Carmen
Leaning Lighthouse Lighthouse 3.6 mi. South of Central Riviera Cancun
Pac Chen Attraction The Riviera Maya
Plaza Principal Attraction Downtown Playa del Carmen
Punta Allen Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.5 mi. South-Southeast of Central Punta Allen
Tulum Lighthouse Lighthouse 15.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal

Keep in mind, you'll find some other kinds attractions available. To read our complete guide to other attractions, follow this link.

 

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