Tulum ruins in Mexico
Tulum is a wonderful combination of photogenic scenery and history.
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Your Guide to Fun in the Riviera Maya: 8 of the Best Attractions & Activities

Tulum Ruins

Set in a town of the same name, Tulum might be the most picturesque Mayan ruins anywhere in Mexico. The structures are modest in size but perched on cliffs overlooking a slice-of-paradise beach and some of the bluest water you’ll ever see.

Tulum was once a walled Mayan city — one of the last to be built and inhabited by the Maya in the pre-Columbian era. It’s well worth visiting to discover more history in the Riviera Maya, as well as to shoot that iconic photograph of the ruins on the hill!

A cocktail in Playa del Carmen, MexicoEnjoy a margherita or two on a night out in Playa del Carmen. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Playa del Carmen Nightlife

Playa del Carmen is a hot spot for poppin’ nightlife. There is a plethora of bars and clubs on offer, so whether you want to have a classy cocktail at sunset or dance the night away in a no-frills salsa bar, there will be something for you.

Energy practically fizzes from the clubs. Check out Coco Maya or Coco Bongo for a chance to join in the fun and strut your stuff on the dance floor.

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Lion headed monkeyMake some new furred friends at the Akumal Monkey Sanctuary. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Akumal Monkey Sanctuary

The Akumal Monkey Sanctuary gives animals rescued or donated from circuses, hotels or private homes a new chance at a happy life. As well as being committed to providing a safe and caring home for primates and other rescued animals such as brightly-colored macaws, the sanctuary is a center for conservation education and community empowerment.

For a chance to meet some adorable little monkey friends and go on a tour of the Mayan jungle, you can’t miss a visit to this sanctuary.

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