Ean looking at the Carribean ocean in Fiesta Americana Condesa Resort, Cancun

Ancient ruins, the Caribbean, fresh guacamole, and an electronic music festival.

My favourite type of holiday includes all of the above! And as it happens Mexico’s majestic Yucatán Peninsula has something or all of the above for everyone. We began our adventure in Cancún immersing ourselves into the three-day Paradise Blue Festival. Especially after more than two years of living pretty much in isolation due to the pandemic restrictions being surrounded by heavy bass, fireworks, and wonderful friends was an amazing experience.

Next stop, Playa Del Carmen. Between the soft sandy beaches and welcoming water, Playa Del Carmen is often the ideal alternative for those who don’t want to visit busier areas like Cozumel and Tulum. As always, nothing beats having a local guide. My long-time friend Chava joined us in exploring his favourite restaurants on 5th Avenue (or Quinta Avenida in Spanish), the backbone of downtown Playa del Carmen.

From here you should not miss a trip to Chichen Itza, a well-known archeological Mayan site and one of the seven wonders of the antiquity.

My travel dates: Apr 26 – June 9, 2022.

Ean traveling in an Air Canada Pod from Vancouver to Mexico
Ean travelling in an AIR CANADA pod to Mexico
Ean and friend exploring 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen
Ean exploring 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen
Grooving at the Paradise Blue Festival in Cancun

My overall experience of the Mayan Riviera in Mexico was extremely positive.
Two things I would like to particularly highlight :

  • If you enjoy electronic music the Paradise Blue Festival is incredible
  • 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen has new walkways. No more cobblestones!

Two things I would advise to bear in mind:

  • Make sure you arrange all accessible transportation in advance.
  • Chichen Itza and Tulum’s ancient ruins are fairly wheelchair accessible. That said, bring a neck brace if you’re a bobble head like me!

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