A profound tourist corridor, Quintana Roo or The Mexican Caribbean, is a Mexican state that lies on breathtaking Yucatan Peninsula. Overlooking the glistening waters of the Caribbean, it is a remarkable blend of sunny white-sand beaches, scrumptious gourmet cuisine, glorious exhibits from the past and epitomic hospitality. The terrain is garnished with sinkholes enclosed by a framework of rocks that retain turquoise waters and provide an adequate getaway for a serene evening or a rejuvenating swim. The aquatic scene in Quintana Roo is one of the finest in the peninsula that magnetizes a large influx of tourists throughout the year. The Mayan Riviera offers a unique opportunity to interact with the friendly and intelligent dolphins whereas the calm waters at Isla Mujeres are ideal for scuba diving and jet skiing. The Chankanaab National Park boasts over 60 different species of tropical fish, and is peppered with lush botanic gardens, making it the perfect escape for excursions. Quintana Roo is home to some of the most picturesque and refined cities of Mexico like the eclectic Playa del Carmen, the luxuriously exotic Cancun and Bacalar; host to the striking lagoon of seven vibrant colors. Tulum is a reflection of the region’s historic side with its extensive display of the well-preserved, ancient Mayan ruins and stone temples. The area juxtaposes deep-rooted history with warm, sandy beaches and high-perched cliffs to impart an aura of splendor and royalty.

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Quintana Roo is known to offer a wide variety of attractions to satisfy the expectations of most demanding travelers. From the landscapes, food, culture, and architecture there are many locations to choose from to leave travelers in awe of this beautiful country. It is very important to plan out all your destinations that you want to visit on your trip to Mexico is a very big country and it is impossible to tour the whole country in a short trip. Upon visiting Quintana Roo, the tranquility of the beaches, nightlife, and genuineness of the locals will make you feel right at home.

Quintana Roo Geography

Quintana Roo is bordered by Yucatan on the northwest side, Campeche on the west and located in the eastern part of Yucatan Peninsula. This states covers approximately 44 705 km² with the flora varying depending on the area you are in (high or low jungle), and the climate. The most popular flora to be found in the area is red cedar, mahogany, spring, oak, and Palo Rosa, which takes up two-thirds of the woodlands. There is also a wide variety of non-wood plants of which the most common are huarache, ebony, huanacaxtle, and chicozapote (of which chewing gum is made of)

There is also a wide variety of Fauna in the area of which the main wildlife consists of tlacuache mouse, armadillo, jaguar, black-tailed deer, bats, crocodile, striped iguana, pochitoque, snapper, weasel, etc.

Quintana Roo is a winter rainfall area that receives approximately 1191mm per year. In summer months the temperatures average of 25º Celsius during the day while in winter months it averages at approximately 17º Celsius during the day.

Quintana Roo History and Culture

The history of this area dates back to approximately 3000BC. During the tenth century, the Mayan group Itzaes moved into this area and built the cities of Tulum, Xel Ha, Coba, and Xcaret. 1502 brought Christopher Columbus and his final journey. Christopher was the first Spaniards to initiate contact with the locals of Quintana Roo who worked on many native fishing vessels off the coast. When the Castle War of Yucatan started in 1840, all the non-natives were banished from the area, which was the start of the independent nation of Chan Santa Cruz. For many years Maya maintained its independence while having a trade treaty with the British Honduras.

In 1902, Quintana Roo was named after a patriot of the Mexican Republic, Andres Quintana Roo. The Mexican army won over the Maya population after which it was legally declared to be part of Yucatan in 1915. In 1974 Quintana Roo was named as a state within the United Mexican States.

Quintana Roo Landmarks

• Muyil: Muyil was one of the longest inhabited earliest ancient Maya sites. Muyil is located approximately 15Km south of Tulum. The ancient objects found in this location dates back to around 1200-1500 CE and as early as 350 BCE. The Tikal steep-walled pyramid is a prime example of the Peten architecture that was found in Southern Mayan sites.

• Coba Ruins: Coba is viewed as one of the most important ruin sites around the Yucatan Peninsula. This settlement site is very different from the others with white roads that lead from each of the settlements to this pyramid known as Nohoch Mul. Archaeologists estimated that there are approximately 6000 structures in the area, but because of the dense forest area, only 3 settlements are viewable by the public

• Rio Secreto Underground River & Crystal Caves: Rio Secreto Underground River & Crystal Caves is known to be one of Mexico’s most alluring and distinct nature reserves. Visitors will be able to swim through the underground river where they will explore the crystal caves that home crystal- like stalagmites and stalactites. Visitors will be guided through the caves by highly experienced tour guides that will equip you with the necessary safety equipment.

• San Miguel Church (Iglesia de San Miguel): San Miguel Church, which is Cozumel’s main church, is still the central meeting area for the local Catholics. Over 100 years ago, farmers dug up an ivory statue of Michael the Archangel holding a golden crown and sword.
It was thought to be a gift by the late Juan Grijalva who landed in the area in 1518. This beautiful statue was found on a holy day of San Miguel, locals took it as a sign and named the church “San Miguel”.

• Archaeological Zone Playa Del Carmen: Playa del Carmen was one of the first settlements in the 16th century and corresponds to the Late Postclassic period. This settlement had a prime location and was believed to be the first ports of arrival for masonries. The buildings in this area were organized into 8 groups that were located between the coastal forest and dunes, which were, positioned approximately 300m apart.

• If you are looking for some quiet time, head over to the Isla Mujeres or the Island of Women, a small quiet island with beautiful beaches and a sea turtle sanctuary located on Sac Bajo.

• Palacio Municipality: In 1673, a number of buildings in the area were purchased to be converted into seminaries. In 1872 this building was renovated to be used as the Supreme Court of Venezuela. In 1881 the western pavilion was added and further renovations were made between 1904 and 1906 by the command of President Cipriano Castro. In 1979 the Palacio Municipality building was declared as a national monument and is a focal point for the Constitutional Convention where the signing of the Declaration of Independence took place during the 1900’s.

• Archaeological Zone of Tulum: This Tulum is the most symbolic site on the coast of Quintana Roo, due to its favorable location. The tower has five entrances with two watchtowers. In front of the Tulum, there is a platform where dances were held. By the northeast entrance, the documents are on display that gave the aquatic cult access to the cenotes. The name of the Tulum is quite recent. Translated into English it means “palisade” or “wall”. In the 16th century, they referred to the Tulum as “Zama”, which translates to” dawn” or “morning”.