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USA Today Names The Best of Quintana Roo,Mexico

13 September, 2012

The Mexican state of Quintana Roo
sits on the Yucatan Peninsula’s eastern edge and hugs the Caribbean Sea.  It is also known as the Riviera Maya,
as the region was once the central hub for the ancient Maya civilization.  Breezy sunny weather and miles of sandy
white beaches attract tourists from around the globe,yet USA Today reports
that Quintana Roo has a wide variety of other amazing features as well.

To begin with,Quintana Roo has
several ecological parks in near pristine condition that have been made
available to the public in a way that leaves very little impact on the
environment.  For example,the Sian
Ka’an Biosphere is a protected jungle and mangrove where ecologically
responsible boat tours and day trips can be enjoyed.  In addition,there is Xcaret,where visitors can see
first-hand large sinkholes called cenotes where underground rivers of the
region surface. Also of note,Xel-ha is an eco-park in Quintana Roo that boasts
an open sea aquarium where it is possible to swim with dolphins and other
indigenous Caribbean species. 

A number of stunning Mayan ruins
are also located throughout the state of Quintana Roo. One of the most
adventurous sites for visiting Mexico’s Maya ruins is Tulum,as it is situated
on a cliff that overlooks the Caribbean Sea.  Still,if you want to see the best of the Maya Empire’s
excavated sites that are seldom seen by the masses,head just 100 miles south
of Tulum,where you can behold  the
Chacchoben ruins,a true Mayan city that has been engulfed into the
jungle.  This site sits on 80
square miles of land with five lakes and the Yucatan’s highest pyramid. 

The state of Quintana Roo also has endless variety and possibilities for
divers and snorkelers,ranging from fresh water cave diving in Tulum,to
exploring the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea at Moc-Che,which
offers shallow reefs that are brimming with eels,crabs and underwater cave
systems.

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