Riviera Maya, Mexico

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Biking hop. Playa Del Carmen Like a local
Playa Del Carmen
Starting from $65 p/person
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Transportation not included
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Cancún like a local
Cancun
Starting from $96 p/person
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Tranpsortation included
8 hours
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Yucatan Historic Sites and Cenotes
Yucatan
Starting from $141 p/person
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Tranpsortation included
8 hours
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Biking, Breakfast, Beach. The 3 B's
Whistler
Starting from $51 p/person
+10
Transportation not included
4 hours
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Enjoy Playa Del Carmen the way you want
Whistler
Starting from $63 p/person
+10
Transportation not included
4 hours
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Tulum , Coba & Playa Paraiso History and Beachbum Tour
Tulum
Starting from $108 p/person
+10
Tranpsortation included
10 hours
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ATV, Ziplining and Cenote Tour
Playa Del Carmen
Starting from $127 p/person
+10
Tranpsortation included
7 hours
5.0(0)

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his is why we chose it:

We love Riviera Maya, and here is Why:
We wanted to dedicate this section to all
the wonders that makes us fall in love with Riviera Maya. But we also wanted to keep
it short and enjoyable to read.

This is what we came up with:

White beaches

Array of diverse activities

The perfect sunsets

The mouthwatering food

And above all, the warm culture

We love Riviera Maya, and here is Why: We wanted to dedicate this section to all the wonders that makes us fall in love with Riviera Maya. But we also wanted to keep it short and enjoyable to read.

This is what we came up with:

White beaches

Array of diverse activities

The perfect sunsets

The mouthwatering food

And above all, the warm culture

What can instaHop do for you?

We all have different visions in mind when we travel. With that In mind, we have curated unique experiences with the help of our local hosts that can excite even the most difficult travel tastes (or so we hope).

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COVID-19 SITUATION

With the shadow of the pandemic looming over our heads for the past year, Iit is important to be up to date about Covid-19 situation in each region.

To learn more about the latest news on Covid-19 in Mexico,
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tips on traveling in mexico
Restroom Doors Marked With an “M” Are For the Ladies:
The Spanish word for women is "mujeres."
You will receive a paper slip upon entering Mexico:
Do not lose this slip. You have to hand in this tiny
immigration slip as you are leaving the country.
Go beyond the beach resorts:
Don’t just stick to highly touristic coastal areas. Riviera Maya has so much to offer. That is why we are here. Our local hosts can guide you through all the amazingness that is Riviera Maya.
Pay with Pesos:
The official currency of Mexico is Pesos and while many hotels and beach resorts accept USD, when you go out and about, It is always best to pay with Pesos.
It’s all about Botanas:
Botanas are small snacks that are usually eaten between meals. Think Spanish tapas. Don’t miss out on Botanas when visiting any part of Mexico.
Beaches are cool, cenotes are cool too:
Don’t forget to do a day or two of cenote hopping. The experience will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.
Connect with Locals:
You can never have a full cultural experience if you don’t get to know the locals. And what do you know? We have that covered for you. Our friendly local hosts are the best bridge to connect with the city.
In Yucatan the sauces are very spicy
because they have habanero chili which is the chili of the region. In the supermarket you can find these sauces, they even have different colored caps depending on the degree of hotness.
The food in Quintana Roo and the rest of the Yucatan Peninsula
is different from the rest of Mexico. Try to eat cochinita tacos, a drink with chaya, a good fish of the day and a marquesita for dessert. You can also find a lot of international food as well.
Most of the highways in Quintana Roo
are free but there are some toll roads. It is better to have cash as several booths in Mexico do not accept credit cards.
Try to be a responsible tourist,
from the selection of the products you consume to the way you travel, respecting local regulations.
Beaches are cool, cenotes are cool too:
Don’t forget to do a day or two of cenote hopping. The experience will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.
Use ATMs to get cash
Ask the price before boarding a taxi.
Sometimes they have cost tabs within each location.
Travel at least a week to Quintana Roo.
Don't drink tap water.
Do not drink water from the tub
On Sundays alcohol sale ends at at 5:00 p.m.in stores.
After that, you can only find it at bars.

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Hello, I am Mario Sotelo, I am a tour guide accredited in Mexico by the Ministry of Tourism, I...
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My name is Abraham Garcia. I live in the beautiful beaches of Cancun, I have a rottweiler that is...
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My name is Edna. I'm a tour guide with background in archaeology and epigraphe. I love outside...
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My name is Mayra and I live in Playa del Carmen. I am a world traveler of more than 70 countries...
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Hello!! My Name is Alejandro, I'm from Mexico City, currently living in the beautiful Playa del...
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Greetings! My name is Alyson. I am an outdoor activities lover and I am currently living in Playa...
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Hi! My name is Ashanty. I have lived in Playa del Carmen for 4 years, I really like going to the...
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My name is Pierre Nahataen Alvarez Kauil, but it's ok if you just call me Pierre. I was born in...
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Hello, my name is Jaime. People call me Jimmy. I was born and raised in Mexico City. I am a...
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My name is Patrick , I am 30 years old, though I still feel very young. I have no kids but I...
Adrian
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My name is Adrián Mendoza, I am instaHop's Operations Assistant in the Riviera Maya region. I...
fun facts about Mexico
Riviera Maya is relatively new to the tourism block.If you visited the area in 1950’s, you wouldn’t have found this development
Pok-ta-pok: In ancient times, the Mayans created a sacred ball game similar to basketball called ‘Pok-ta-pok’. Games were played in a large stone amphitheater as a religious ritual and the object of the games were to knock a rubber ball through a stone ring, using only the hips, knees, and elbows. This was a game where a player could definitely ‘lose his head’ over, because it was the winning team who was routinely sacrificed to the gods.
By the way, football is the main sport in Mexico. Baseball is also a big sport in the country, and is the main sport in the Yucatan península.
Lucha libre is not the main sport in México, but it is one of the best acknowledged sports from México internationally.
There are more than a hundred protected natural areas in the country and hundreds of archaeological sites. In Quintana Roo there are world heritage sites for their natural and cultural values.
Mexico is in the top ten list of countries for the number of “World Heritage Sites” it has.
Mexico is in the “top ten list” based on the biodiversity that the country has.
Cenotes, the beautiful wonder: The Yucatan Peninsula has a complex network of hundreds of miles of underground rivers which are covered by limestone. The Mayans considered cenotes to be sacred entrances to the underworld. These made them a very important part of some of their rituals.
In Mexico, a "gringo" is typically a "friendly" way to refer to English-speaking international tourists. In particular, tourists from the USA, while a "chilango" is typically a way to refer to people from Mexico City.
Mexico’s name comes from the native nahuatl language, and stands for "in the belly button of the moo".
The main ingredients of the Mexican food have remained the same for millennia. There are more than 30 varieties of corn, more than 10 varieties of beans, more than 40 types of chillies and more than 15 varieties of pumpkins and squashes. This may be all you need to eat if you want to build pyramids, for example. Of course, drinking a lot of water (with chocolate or vanilla).
It just takes a short boat ride offshore to see that the Riviera Maya is home to a wide variety of colorful corals, sponges, sea fans and reef fishes. This along its strong currents that allow drift diving, are great reasons why the Riviera Maya is a perfect destination for divers.
The mix of the three most important types of Mexican coffee beans (Veracruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas) are a Protected Designation of Origin.
Vanilla is a native orchid from Mexico, it grows in the tropical rainforests. Cacao is a little tree from the rainforest too, the fruits grow straight from the trunk.
Belize, Honduras and Mexico hold the 2nd largest coral reef barrier in the world. It is located in the Caribbean sea and is called Mesoamerican Reef Barrier.
If you want to surf in Mexico, your best bet is Puerto Escondido, in Oaxaca’s Pacific Ocean. In the Riviera Maya you can kite surf or paddle surf instead.
Mexico has international borders with three countries: USA in the North and Guatemala and Belize in the South. The river between Mexico and USA is the “Rio Bravo”.
Equinoxes are interesting days of the year. Many people gather in archaeological sites as some of these sites have special alignments with the sun, that you can tell while being there.

EVENT CALENDAR IN MEXICO

January 6
Three Kings Day
February 2
Candlemas
February 5
Mexican Constitution Day
February 20
Mexican Flag Day
March 18
The Day of the Oil
Nationalization
Easter holidays
Between March 25
and April 25
May 1
Labour Day (Holiday)
May 10
Mother’s Day
Second Sunday of June
Father’s day
July-August
Summer Break
September 16
Independence Day Holiday
November 1-2
The Day of the Dead
November 20
Mexican Revolution Day
(Occasional Holiday)
July-August
Summer Break
September 16
Independence Day Holiday
November 1-2
The Day of the Dead
December 25
Christmas Day (Navidad)
December 28
Day of the Saint Innocents
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