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Quintana Roo is a Mexican state in the Yucatán peninsula. It includes Cancun, the resort areas along the Riviera Maya and the off-shore islands of Cozumel and Isla Mujeres. In this small region there are tropical rainforests, wetlands, white sand beaches, and archeological sites. Along the coast is the world's second-largest coral reef system.

The tourist area of the Riviera Maya is home to numerous all-inclusive resorts and to the culture, ecological and adventure theme parks of Xcaret, Xplore, Xel-Ha, Xavage, and Xoximilco.

Activities  include jet-skiing, snorkelling, horse-back riding, sailing and guided jungle tours.

Coastal resort villages include Puerto Morales, Playa del Carmen, Acumal, and Tulum.

The Portal Maya sculpture serves as the gateway to Playa del Carmen's beachfront and the long Playacar Beach.

     

Playa del Carmen has an aquarium, an aviary, a Frida Kahlo museum, pretty parks and numerous shops, restaurants and nightclubs.

The coastal resort towns feature cute shops selling arts and crafts such as Talavera pottery, Chiapas embroidery and weaving, Yucatecan filigree jewellery, blown glass, and modern art.

Tulum is a well-preserved post-Classic Mayan port city. It perches on a cliff over a sandy beach.

Tulum was built between the 13th and 15th Century and survived for 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico.

The island of Cozumel lies off the coast. It is known for its party atmosphere and its superb off-shore reef for snorkelling and diving.

Cozumel also has Mayan archeological sites, wilderness areas, a Marine National Park, and a natural lagoon with dolphins, manatees and sea turtles.

Isla Mujeres, also accessed by ferry is a pleasant and quiet get-away. (dronepicr, Wikimedia Commons)

 

MUSA, the Underwater Museum of Art, lies in the waters surrounding Cancun and Isla Mujeres and has over 500 life-size sculptures used to promote coral life. (photo courtesy of Aquaworld Marina)

 

Each of the tourist towns offers charming and colorful storefronts, art installations, murals and signs.
 

Xcaret Ecopark is one of the theme parks, featuring an archaeological site, snorkeling in underground rivers, beach, butterfly pavilion, orchid greenhouse, regional fauna breeding farm, Mayan village, and jaguar island. (Karla Quiñonez, Wikimedia Commons)

Another attraction is the evening show at XCaret which features Mexican music, equestrian, and dance performances. (Tony Hisgett, Wikimedia Commons)

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