Cancun/Riviera Maya
A millennium before Columbus set sail, the savvy Maya built an empire on these scenic Caribbean shores. Their civilization collapsed for unknown reasons, but centuries later clever entrepreneurs reclaimed it from the jungle, launching one of the “hottest” vacation spots in the world. Cancun and the area stretching 100 miles to its south, the Riviera Maya, offer a full roster of colorful activities including sun, fun, and salsa in a host of stellar accommodations. Tours to breathtaking archaeological sites and mysterious underground cenotes combine with ancient Maya rituals and modern-day Mexican hospitality to deliver a truly memorable cultural experience.