#RMSATW: Archeological sites in Riviera Maya

#RMSATW: Archeological sites in Riviera Maya

SATW is kicking off the 2012 SATW Freelance Council meeting in beautiful Riviera Maya. Here are some of the unique features of the destination and what makes this a travel writers paradise.  

During the Maya civilization, the enviable geographic location of the Riviera Maya was extremely conducive to the growth and development of commercial ports such as those found in the cities of Muyil, Xel-Ha and Pole (today Xcaret) that flourished significantly. Two of the most important cities in the Mayan culture, Coba and Tulum, are located in the heart of the Riviera Maya.

Coba was founded in the classical period. It covered an area of just 70 km2 with a network of 45 roads or Sacbes, which connected the main town center with other smaller communities. Within this complex system of roads, possibly the most important is Sacbe, 100 km. in length that connected Coba with Yaxuná, a notable archeological site located in the neighbor state of Yucatan.

Tulum is one of the most famous examples of East Coast style – a term that defines Mayan structures constructed on the north coast of Quintana Roo from1200 to 1520 AD. These buildings, in particular the Castle and the Temple of Frescoes, are extremely well-preserved and feature spectacularly high quality murals in each building’s interior. Today, Tulum provides a fundamental understanding of the life and customs of the Maya who lived during the Post-classic Era in Quintana Roo.