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

Assuming you enjoy expanding your knowledge of other cultures and places, you might want to visit a museum while on vacation in Riviera Maya. Click on the each name to read detailed information.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Cedam Museum. It is situated in 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

If you like to immerse yourself in the history of a foreign country, you might want to visit one or two of these historical sites during your stay.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Tulum Maya Ruins. It is located in 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 found within Tulum Maya Ruins and located within southern Riviera Maya. The temple itself is in a park of an entire collection of ruins, many of which you can climb. Temple of the Winds, however, is not one of them.

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.

View the following chart to find out more about sites of historical interest 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

Visitors may explore some other interesting sites worth visiting in and near Riviera Maya.

If the more functional aspects of life by the sea intrigue you, you might enjoy seeing 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 life by the sea interest you, you might want to see 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.

Other types of landmarks in and near the area are shown in the chart below.

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

Of course, Riviera Maya has other attraction types. Go to this article regarding even more attractions if you'd like to find some more facts.

 

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