Famous for its beautiful beach and large, swimmable lagoon, Akumal is one of the Yucatan Peninsula’s oldest resort areas and consists primarily of hotels, condominiums and residential developments on nearly 3 miles of wide beach bordering four consecutive bays. Most sights and facilities are reached by taking the first turnoff, Playa Akumal, as you come south on the highway. Planting this little alcove in close proximity to the region’s greatest attractions, and ensuring there’s always things to do in Akumal.
Chichen Itza is the most famous and best restored Mayan site in the Yucatan. It comprises of two cities, and is quite large in size. Highlights include the famous El Castillo pyramid, the Principal Ball court and the Sacred Cenote. Be advised that this is the busiest site in the region, so arrive as early as possible.
Coba, on the other hand, is a must for archaeology buffs, bird watchers and nature lovers alike. Located 30 miles northwest of Tulum, Coba is the largest Mayan city ever discovered. Only part of the site has been uncovered to date, but the splendor of seeing this place on a Coba ruins tour, including a visit to the tallest pyramid in the Yucatan, is absolutely unforgettable.
Thirty minutes south of Tulum, Muyil is out of the way of most of the tourist traffic, and is notably the least visited attraction on this list. Most of the site has yet to be uncovered, and the majority of work is still in progress. Often times, you will be the only ones there, giving you the rare chance to experience the raw excitement of ancient Mayan culture up close.
Located only a few miles south of Akumal is the breath-taking site of Tulum. Perched on the edge of a 32 foot cliff, the main pyramid overlooks the brilliant blue waters of the Caribbean, and the world-famous Sian Ka’an reserve. Once used as a lighthouse, this pyramid is perfectly aligned with a natural break in the Palancar reef. The name Tulum, meaning “walled city”, perfectly describes this Post-Classic site. It is an absolute must see, but we advise you go early to avoid the heavy tourist traffic from Cancun.