Discover Mexico’s Caribbean Coast

A short drive from the brochure-worthy, palm tree lined beaches Cancun is known for, travellers can find themselves in virtually another world – and in another time, reports assistant editor, Ann Ruppenstein in this week’s digital edition of Travel Courier.

A small but well-preserved example of one of hundreds of cities built by the Mayans, El Meco archaeological site is far closer to Cancun’s booming Hotel Zone than the likes of the Tulum ruins, but receives far fewer visitors.

“You don’t need to go far to learn about the Mayan culture,” explains Alfredo Calderon, president of International Incentive Travel (IIT), a destination management company offering commissionable tailor-made corporate and incentive programs. “Cancun is not just white sand beaches and turquoise waters. We’ve got a lot of culture and natural beauty.”

For clients with kids, an interactive option within the Hotel Zone is the brand new Parque Maya, which includes zip-lining from five towers, a sail through the mangroves of the Nichupté Lagoon and other immersive activities, and can be combined with a visit to the nearby El Rey archaeological site.

“We totally understand travelling is about exploring the land of the ancient Mayan culture, is about incorporating the unexpected taste of Mexico’s famous cuisine in your trip to create remarkable memories, because life is what happens when you are travelling,” Oscar Flores, marketing manager at IIT, tells Travel Courier.

Operating in top tourism areas such as Cancun, Riviera Maya and Cozumel, he says there are a number of reasons why Canadians should select Mexico’s Caribbean coast as their next holiday destination – beyond the direct lift access.

For the full story, check out this week’s digital edition of Travel Courier.