Riviera Maya Not very long ago, the entire eastern flank of the Yucatan Peninsula was a virgin beach, its long stretches of white sand overlooked bye nothing more ambitious than coconut palm. But times have changed and progress has touched the Riviera Maya, as the 100-mile corridor form Cancun to Tulum is now called. The Riviera Maya principal quality is its diversity. There’s something to satisfy every style or budget. If you are looking for the grand hotels with all the services, you will find these in Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Akumal. The Mayas constructed important urban centers throughout this region. In addition to the most famous Tulum, Coba, Xcaret and Xel-Ha you can see others like Tankah who is practically right on the highway, a little before getting to Tulum. Cenotes are naturally occurring wells and surface extensions of the subterranean rivers that course through the Yucatan Peninsula’s limestone layers and flow towards the sea, it is the only Yucatan’s source of fresh water. They were wholly to the Mayans who built important cities around them. They are very common throughout the Riviera Maya.