Home to both opulent resorts and ancient ruins, the Mayan Riviera offers visitors the appealing choice of unbeatable history and culture lessons, or blissful days on the beach.
- Yearning for a more authentic experience than margaritas on the rocks? Visit Valladolid, a colonial town where locals still wear traditional Maya garb and sell crafts in the Plaza.
- "Sinkhole" doesn't sound pretty. "Cenote" has more of the right flavor. Cenote Dzitnup is an enchanting cavern filled with blue water, stalagmites, and fewer tourists than you'd think.
- The Ancient Maya calendar ends on December 21, 2012. Some people believe that this will herald the end of the world. Others figure the calendar had to stop somewhere.