Cultural Activities

Art, Food, Dance, Music and Architecture define Cultural Activities

Local cultural activities are a complex blend of indigenous and immigrant cultures. It is this distinct footprint that sets Riviera Maya and Yucatan cultural activities apart from other regions of Mexico. The Yucatan Peninsula, through its history, economy, Mayan influences and environmental diversity created a cultural independence recognized by both Mexicans and international visitors as a cultural force. It is this melting pot of cultural influences and a local desire to create a distinct cultural identity that makes this area of Mexico an exciting and interesting place to experience.

Go Beyond the Beach And Enrich Your Vacation

This area is known for its beach culture, and it does play a large role in the activities and history of the region. But when you go beyond the beach, there is so much more to discover. This list is just the beginning of the cultural experiences found in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan. 

Do More and Discover More

Carnival

carnaval
Riviera Maya and Yucatan Cities host colorful Carnaval celebrations before Easter.

Casa de Cultura

casa de cultura
Local Cultural Centers offer courses, events and local activities open to both locals and visitors

Community Tours

community tours
Dig deeper into local communities and neighborhoods with these community tours

Cooking Schools

cooking schools 3
UNESCO as added Mexican Food to the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list due to its cultural importance.

Day of The Dead

day of teh dead
This three day celebration is a large part of the local culture and Mexican history.

Dia de Guadalupe

dia de guadalupe
The Patron Saint of Tulum is La Senora Guadalupe. People from all over the Yucatan Peninsula conduct pilgrimages to Tulum.

Foodie Vacations

cooking schools
Culture and local flavors go hand in hand. Foodie vacations are a fun way to explore local cities and neighborhoods.

Kings Day

kings day
A religious yet culturally rich holiday January 6 where food, history, and culture come together.

Local Markets

local markets
Visitors and locals love the weekly markets held throughout the Riviera Maya that showcase food, artisans and local products.

Mayan Ruins

mayan ruins
One of the biggest draws to the area is the history and archaeological sites of the Maya.

Mexican Folk Art

mexican folk art
Mexican Folk Art tell the story of indigenous and religious communities through symbolism and bold colors.

Theaters and Symphonies

theaters and symphonies
Playa del Carmen, Cancun and Merida city theaters highlight international, state and local performances

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  • Mayaland Lodge at Uxmal

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  • Villas Sacbe Condos

    Playa del Carmen – Central| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
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    Paseo del Sol Condominiums

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  • El Taj Condo Hotel Playa del Carmen condohotels

    El Taj Condo Hotel

    Playa del Carmen – Central| 1 to 4 Beds | 1 to 3 Bath
    Deluxe condo/hotel just across the street from Playa del Carmen main beach. Enjoy a luxurious interior, 1-3 bedrooms, AC, WiFi, full kitchen, facility pool, gardens, penthouse units have jacuzzi & partial ocean view. Sleeps 2-6.

  • Mayaland Hacienda Uxmal Plantation and Museum

    Yucatan| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
    Direct access to the world-famous Uxmal ruins; old-world hospitality, modern amenities, are just some of the ‘features’ that have convinced a number of world leaders and European royalty to stay here.

  • posada san juan valladolid boutique hotel

    Posada San Juan

    Valladolid – Yuctan| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
    This Colonial hotel boasts a central location in Valladolid (45 min from Chichen-Itza). Spacious rooms, modern amenities, A/C, a lovely garden and a pool, free breakfasts, WiFi, authentic atmosphere…the list of features that make it great goes on and on…

  • Petit Lafitte Beachfront Hotel Playa del Carmen

    Petit Lafitte Bungalows and Boutique Hotel

    Xcalacoco| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
    Private cabin-style bungalows and hotel rooms, is nestled right on the white sandy beach of Riviera Maya, just a few kilometers north of Playa del Carmen.  The 17 bungalows, nestled along the coconut grove and tropical gardens, are air conditioned and feature a king size bed (or two double beds), a private terrace, a safe, minibar, coffeemaker and free Wi-Fi.

  • Ko'ox Arte 57 Boutique Hotel Merida Yucatan

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