FYI: We made separate content about Cancún, Playa del Carmen and Tulum!
1. 5th Avenue of Playa del Carmen in the evenings
2. at Chichén Itzá, be the first visitors in the morning, step up on the principal pyramid without the crowd, enjoy the silence until the tourist groups have arrived an hour later
3. the lovely, authentic, not too big town of Mérida
4. the unbelievable Xel-Há Water Park near Tulum
5. the postcard-perfect Playa Norte (beach) on Isla Mujeres
6. learning a lot about the pre-Colombian Maya and Toltec civilization
7. Tulum is the best destination in the Mayan Riviera.
8. the excellent public safety
9. Hygiene is O.K. in the Maya Riviera.
10. the Yucatan-style ceviche with avocado
1. the 100 USD entry fee/pp to Xel-Há and that taking photographs is strictly forbidden
2. The snorkel tour at Cozumel is a tourist trap.
3. Foreign solo female travelers are exposed to verbal harassment by the local men in Mérida.
4. The peninsula's landscape is mostly dry, flat, not as spectacular as the Chiapas Province.
5. As Maya ruins, Palenque and Guatemala's Tikal is more interesting than Chichén Itzá.
6. Cancún has no Mexican character.
7. The stone stairs of the Uxmal pyramid were slippery, and stepping downhill was rather scary.
8. The loud voice of the US vacationers is very irritating.
9. In the restaurants, and even more in the bars, the staff often tricks the foreign tourists.
10. too many mosquitos on Holbox island
11. The Akumal Beach is nice because of the many palmtrees but the water is not transparent, not spectacular.
12. The dolphin shows are great fun for the tourists but are these captivated animals also enjoy it?
Puerto Aventuras - program in a pool - Krista photo