Riviera Maya, the Ultimate Funjetter Way

Halfway through our trip to Cancun, we left the beautiful Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun and headed to the Riviera Maya. After about a 45 minute drive, we arrived at the El Dorado Maroma.

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Wow! This place is amazing. It’s very secluded and quiet, with a lot of cute little villa-style buildings, lots of vegetation and these amazing beach beds. The Riviera Maya is definitely a place for relaxation and getting away from everything, while Cancun was more lively and upbeat. It was perfect to split our time like we did.

We had some shrimp cocktail, which was amazing, and some drinks. All the food at El Dorado Maroma is fantastic and gourmet. Yum yum! That afternoon we played some beach volleyball and made new friends.

The beach at El Dorado Maroma is one of the prettiest I've ever seen

The beach at El Dorado Maroma is one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen

The next day was stormy on and off. We still decided to go snorkeling – we hadn’t had enough in Cancun! The trip was worth it! The first place we stopped had lots of coral and fish. By the time we got to the second snorkeling spot, the rain was threatening again and the water was rougher. I still jumped in – and I’m glad I did I saw lobsters, eels and an octopus!

The rest of the day was just relaxing (and eating), as some more storms rolled through. It was still nice to just hang out with my mom and enjoy the quiet time.

By the morning, the sun was beaming down again as we set off for Tulum and Xel-Ha.

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We went to Tulum first. It was fascination to learn about the ruins. One of the structures served as a navigational signal for trading. Another structure was a temple, and there is a little hole where the sun shines very precisely on the summer solstice. That’s how the Mayans developed accurate versions of the calendar. So cool!

Tulum is home to lots of iguanas, so watch your step!

Tulum is home to lots of iguanas, so watch your step!

Off to Xel-Ha! It was super fun. We biked to the top of the tubing river. The tubing is nice and slow, so you can lay back and relax. I recommend grabbing snorkel gear before getting on the tube so you can see beneath the water along the way.

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We pretty much spent the whole afternoon on the ropes course, ziplining, cliff jumping and snorkeling. Later in the day it rained again, and lots of people left. My mom and I braved the storm to keep exploring, and we discovered the cenotes, which were amazing.

The top of the zip line

The top of the zip line

On the ropes course

On the ropes course

What a trip! I loved having my mom with me on this trip to explore the different sides of Cancun and the Riviera Maya, and all the different adventures there are here.

Miss part one of the trip? Read about it here.
Next stop: Los Cabos!