Exploring Maya Mysteries

Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula rich in ruins and beaches

Ican still remember my first trip to what is now called the Riviera Maya. It was more than 12 years ago, and tourism officials were predicting fast growth in what was then dubbed the Cancun-Tulum corridor. Back then, there were a few small hotels along the way, a fledgling development called Playacar, and what surely are some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve seen.

Today, the area is a well-traveled tourist destination with a variety of upscale resorts and amenities for tourists. But it also has evolved into the jumping-off point for more inquiring types who want to explore the mysterious ruins of the Maya found in the more remote sections of the Yucatan Peninsula. As you will see in this issue’s cover story (page 12), your clients can easily fly into Cancun, rent a car and drive throughout the Yucatan, visiting Maya ruins and charming cities such as Merida. They can also stay in lovely historic haciendas that have been converted into luxurious hotels.

What can be better than combining a little education with a few days on the beach?