Crazy for Travel in the Costa Maya

Posted January 29, 2014 by LocoGringo in Costa Maya Activities,Mayan Ruins,Mexico Destinations,Sustainable Tourism

Costa maya, Mexico

Have you ever wondered where the people who live in Cancun or Riviera Maya go to vacation? Costa Maya is the vacation destination for those who already live in paradise and REALLY want to get away from it all. By getting away from it all we mean jumping into the natural beauty of Mexico and experiencing the incredible adventures mother nature has waiting for us. So what do we like to do when we vacation in Costa Maya? Here are a few of our favorite Costa Maya activities.

Manatee Excursion

manatee in the mexican caribbean

Take a trip to Xcalak, just 45 minutes from Mahahual and get Costa de Cocos to hook you up! Hop in a boat with local guides and go looking for manatees in the canal that lies between the sea and Chetumal Bay. This is a fun adventure looking for the manatees. We can not guarantee sightings but if you get out in the morning, the likelihood is much greater that you can see these sea cows in the wild. The manatee is an endangered species so take advantage of this opportunity.

Mayan Ruins

costa maya ruins

The Mayan ruins of Chacchoben are located in close proximity to Mahahual off Hwy 307. These ruins are less traveled so you feel like you have the site yourself! The Mayan ruin site Kohunlich is best known for its Pyramid of the Masks, 8 foot tall faces that archeologists believe represent either gods or rulers. A trek to the ruin site of Dzibanche can easily be combined with Kohunlich in a day trip along with a visit to Cenote Azul in Bacalar for a cool, refreshing swim!

Yucatecan Cooking Classes

Yucatecan cooking classes at Mayan Beach Garden

Learn the secrets to Mayan cooking with Mayan Beach Garden cooking classes. In Placer just up the road from the center of Mahahaul village, this is a delicious way to immerse yourself in the local culture.

San Felipe Fort

Bacalar, Costa Maya

The San Felipe Fort located in Bacalar is a historical monument that was built in 1729 by the Spanish to protect the pueblo from pirates. During the Caste War, the Fort was used by the Spanish as a point of defense against Maya who fought to win back the village. The fort has since been restored and a museum added.

Zipline Tour

adventure travel in costa maya mexico

The Bio Maya Canopy Tour Experience includes a jungle bus safari ride, flying high over the jungle trees via zipline cables, a visit to Laguna Bacalar and a guided jungle trail tour. You will learn about the natural history of the area and about the culture of the locals who live there from the Maya guides.

Scuba Diving

scuba diving in the Mexican caribbean

The Mesoamerican Reef, just off the Caribbean shores of Mexico, is the second largest barrier reef in the world. If you are a diver, this is the place you want to be. If you are a snorkeler, discover what lies in and around this delicate ecosystem. The Chinchorro Banks are not far from Mahahual and accessed by boat. The coral is untouched and remnants of shipwrecks and cannons remain in the sea.

Punta Herrero

Costa Maya Mexico

Access the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, an UNESCO natural park, from the south! Punta Herrero is really the end of the road but is full of activities. Fly fishing, snorkeling, kayaking and bird watching tours can be arranged by local guides. You can not get more real than this!

Start planning your Costa Maya getaway today!

2 Comments

  1. Cathy Svoboda, January 30, 2014:

    Do you guys get back to any comments? I have left some in the past and heard nothing. I am probably doing something wrong. Love the report on Costa Maya. Will be down there in mid-March and plan to check out ruin sites and Mahajual. Been to Xcalek before. Thanks.

  2. Loco Gringo, January 31, 2014:

    Hi Cathy,

    Sorry if we missed responding to your feedback because we LOVE to hear from our readers! Glad you enjoyed our Costa Maya post and we look forward to having you back on the coast.

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