Mexico's Eco-Friendly Hotels

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Riviera Maya, Mexico
Riviera Maya, Mexico (Dylan Lloyd)
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Getting There:
Fly into Cancun International Airport and most Riviera Maya hotels are around 30 miles away. Many of the large hotels and resorts include shuttle service to the airport and if you plan to stay in your resort for most of your trip or go on group tours, then you probably don't need to worry about the hassle of renting and driving a car yourself. Tulum is about 80 miles south of Cancun and if you plan to stay there and travel around the area it works well and costs less to rent a car, as the transfer from the airport to the hotel one way can cost around U.S. $100.

Where to Stay:
The Riviera Maya has endless possibilities when it comes to lodging, from enormous all-inclusive resorts to lodges next to the jungle. Have in mind the type of vacation you want to take—family, romance, adventure, eco-friendly—and then try to find a hotel that matches your vacation style. offers a number of Riviera Maya hotel suggestions for particular types of travelers. If you are looking for a true getaway with a little adventure, check out hotels in Tulum.

What to do:
What do you want to do? There's snorkeling, diving, hiking, swimming in natural cenotes, biking, kayaking, sailing, caving, zip lining, swimming with dolphins, and more. If an eco-friendly tour with a bit of culture interests you, try Alltournative Off Track Adventures. Juan Carlos, our guide, had in-depth knowledge about the history, geology, and culture of the greater area. We spent a day hiking, biking to ancient Maya ruins, learning about local flora and fauna, zip-lining, swimming in a cenote, and we even ate a meal in a traditional Maya village.

Published: 28 Apr 2010 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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