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

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

Casa de Cultura

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

Community Tours

Dig deeper into local communities and neighborhoods with these community tours

Cooking Schools

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

Day of The Dead

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

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

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

Kings Day

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

Local Markets

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

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 tell the story of indigenous and religious communities through symbolism and bold colors.

Theaters and Symphonies

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

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