Mayan Riviera, Mexico: Cenotes The Yucatan Peninsula might be known for coral reefs, but its most unique views through a mask are in the cenotes (seh-NOH-tays) beneath the Mayan jungle. The freshwater-filled sinkholes are like upturned mouths, some 2,000 of them, scattered around Playa del Carmen and beyond. Follow a guide down into the caverns connected by miles of beautifully illuminated subterranean rivers.
Caracol is the largest known Maya site in Belize and one of the biggest in the Maya world. Caracol had an estimated population of 180,000 people. The enormous central core area covered 15 square miles. Credit: Patrick J Endres