Cancun & Mayan Riviera with Manya

Agent Name: Manya Kellou
Date: January 2008
Trip Location: Cancun & Mayan Riviera

Manya at the step of El CastilloThe Mayan Riviera, the birth place of the Mayan civilization, is located along the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula between Cancun and Tulum. It’s a great place for white sandy beaches, turquoise blue waters, snorkeling, jungle walks, and archaeological sites and ruins.

Cancun is a vibrant and exciting city with first class resorts, the coolest clubs, great restaurants and state of the art shopping centers. The Hotel Zone, as it is known as, lies between the lagoon Laguna Nichupte and the long stretch of white Sandy beaches of the Caribbean Sea and a few minutes from downtown Cancun . It’s a perfect location for a holiday that combines beach and city fun.

Playa Del Carmen is located south of Cancun and north of Tulum. Playa Del Carmen is a small Mexican town that offers great resorts and small family run hotels, and it is a great place for families and singles who want the beach, but also the flavour of a small Mexican city. There are plenty of activities in Playa Del Carmen: shopping, beach bars, coffee shops, etc. Ferries to the island of Cozumel offer several scheduled trips a day from Playa.

Hotels Visited:


Dreams. Located in the hotel zone, the hotel has beautiful grounds, pools for adults and children, and I would highly recommend it for family holidays.
Valentine Imperial Pool
Mayan Riviera

The El Dorado Royale Resort and Spa is located about 40 minutes from Cancun and an easy bus ride to Playa Del Carmen. It is a couples only resort with lovely accommodation ranging from junior suites to exclusive swim up casitas and it is ideal for weddings, honeymoons and any other special celebrations
Valentin Imperial Resort and Spa is a brand new all inclusive resort that opened in late December 2007 on more than a kilometer of white sandy beach. Located 50 minutes south of Cancun and approximately 20 minutes north of Playa del Carmen, it has the feel of a very large Spanish hacienda, with a lovely lobby and seating areas throughout the property. Lots of activities are offered, such as yoga, aqua aerobics, volley ball, salsa dance lessons, target shooting, theme nights, etc. First class gourmet cuisine is offered in all 5 restaurants and the gift shops offer some of the local designers wear, as well as Mexican handy craft.

Car rentals are highly recommended to explore the many archeological sights in the Mayan Riviera. Local buses called “collectivo” run every few minutes between Cancun and Tulum. They’re small white air conditioned vans, and because there are no designated bus stops, they will stop where you’re standing provided they have seats.

Pillars at Chitchen ItzaCost of one way from Riviera Maya to Cancun is approximately $3.00USD

Cost of one way from Riviera Maya to Playa Del Carmen is about $1.60USD.
Shopping: Beautiful silver jewelry can be found in hotel gift shops, everywhere in Cancun and Playa del Carmen as well as native Mexican craft and carvings.

Recommended Sightseeing:

Chichen Itza, considered one the Wonders of the World and under UNESCO protection. The steps of the El Castillo main pyramid are in a great state of erosion, and there is no climbing of steps allowed anymore. Early morning, or late afternoon are the best and coolest times to visit this sight as it gets really hot mid-day.