What are the Things to see in Quintana Roo, Mexico?


Quintana Roo is one of the 31 states which comprise the United States of Mexico. It is the only state which shares a border with Belize, through its border town of Chetumal. It is well known for its attractive beaches, and abundant Mayan sites as well as its massive selection of other tourist attractions. There are many Mayan sites in Quintana Roo; however there are two which really stand out from the rest. I will share with you some of my favorite things to do in Quintana Roo which I believe are must see attractions and amazing destinations.

1) Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is a world famous tourist destination and has been named a Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO. It translates into English as At the mouth of the well of the Itza. It is one of the most popular Mayan ruins in the Mundo Maya (Mayan world). It receives over 1.2 million visitors each year and has been featured in hundreds of magazine articles, both locally and internationally. It was populated as early as 900 AD. There is also a massive sinkhole that measures approximately 197 feet in diameter.

2) Tulum

Tulum is a beautiful town close to the beach and boasts the white sandy beaches and crystal clear aquamarine waters as well as an exquisite Mayan ruin on the beach. The Mayan ruin is a pre-Colombian site meaning it was settled and built before the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the new world. It was one of the last cities to be inhabited by the Maya people during the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Tulum is the name of the beach town as well as the Mayan site which means fence, wall or trench, however there is some confusion as to the original name of the site, but most research points towards Zama which means City of dawn since the city was built on the beach facing the sunrise. I believe this is definitely one of the must see destinations in Quintana Roo since there is the beautiful bustling little sea town as well as the Mayan ruins and the beautiful beaches.

3) MUSA (Museo Subacuatico de Arte [Aquatic museum of Art])

Cancun has always been a popular summer and spring break destination for people from all over the world and while most people go there for the beaches and the resorts, there are many hidden gems. One of the more recently opened destinations which is a must see attraction for anyone visiting Cancun is the new Underwater Sculpture Museum (MUSA). The museum is aimed to demonstrate the interaction between art and environmental sciences. The English artist Jason Decaires, Jaime Gonzalez Cano and Roberto Diaz hope that one day the 400+ life sized sculptures with form a complex marine habitat with coral and other marine vegetation to serve as a home for marine life. The project originally began in 2009 and every effort was taken to ensure that the growth of the marine vegetation would be as easy as possible. This is definitely a beautiful site and something that everyone who visits Cancun should make an effort to see.

4) Playa del Carmen

Playa Del Carmen is a beautiful beach town and is world famous for its nightlife and for the shopping district. Originally it was a small fishing town, however over the years; the town has undergone massive rapid development. There are luxury homes, and condos on the beachfront, as well as megaresorts and smaller hotels. One of the most interesting things to do at night apart from dining and clubbing is to take a walk down Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue). It is a street which is one block away from the beach and boasts over 2 miles of stores which carry everything from clothing, to gifts, to hand rolled cigars and glass blowers, as well as a multitude of eateries and bars. Playa Del Carmen is a great destination for families, as well as for young party animals. Whatever you like to do, Playa del Carmen has something for you.

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Written By : Martin and Jennifer H., Mexico

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