Riviera Maya Landmarks

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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

If you like to expand your knowledge of other cultures and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation in Riviera Maya. To get full details concerning each museum, click on the name.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Cedam Museum. It is found within Puerto Aventuras, in central Riviera Maya. History buffs and anyone interested in the maritime past of Puerto Rico will want to take a visit to the Cedam Museum. The museum features exhibits that will take visitors through the naval history of the island, and more specifically the La Gloria area.

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

Historical Sites

Tulum Maya Ruins

Do you enjoy learning about the historical roots of foreign countries? If yes, you should consider visiting a few of these historical sites during your vacation.

A common landmark for vacationers is Tulum Maya Ruins. It is located within southern Riviera Maya. One of the most visited Maya sites in the Mexican Caribbean, Tulum, was once one of the most powerful Maya cities, and served as an extensive trade network. It is also one of the few walled cities the ancient Mayas built, which is why the name Tulum, which means "Wall" in Maya is so apt.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Temple Of The Wind. It is situated at Tulum Maya Ruins and situated 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.

Review the following table for a list of historic 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
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

Travelers will enjoy some other intriguing places worth visiting in and near the area.

If the functional aspects of maritime life interest you, you might want to visit Punta Allen Lighthouse. Punta Allen Lighthouse is an active lighthouse that stills helps guide night sailors along the coast of the Mexican Caribbean.

Additionally, if the more functional aspects of living by the sea interest you, consider visiting 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: The Leaning Lighthouse is popular amongst tourists who simple want a snapshot of the tower.

Some of the other kinds of landmarks in and near the area are provided in the following chart.

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
Lookout Tower Tourist Attraction The Riviera Maya
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

Needless to say, you will find other types of attractions. To navigate to our full guide to other attractions, see this page.

 

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