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Five Amazing Facts About Quintana Roo, Mexico – the Home of Riviera Maya and the Tropical Nights Boots in the Sand Festival

Quintana Roo is a state in Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula and is one of the country’s most visited thanks to the resorts along the Riviera Maya including the Hard Rock Hotel, the location of Feburary’s Boots in the Sand, part of the Tropical Nights Festival. Before you head to the sun and fun, learn five amazing facts about your destination, Quintana Roo.


One of Mexico’s Fastest Growing Areas


The rapid growth of the tourism industry has brought construction and service workers from across Mexico streaming into Quintana Roo for employment in the tourism industry anchored along the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and Cancun.


World Renown Manatee Habitat


Forget Florida, marine biologists say the waters of Quintana Roo are home to the best manatee habitat in the world.


Amazing Nature in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve


The manatees aren’t the only natural treasures waiting for you in Quintana Roo. The state is the home of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Preserve which is 780 thousand acres of land and sea located on Tulum and protected to appear as the land did in the days of the Mayans


Historic Mayan Ruins


The Mayan culture reached its zenith in the 1200s-1400s and today Tulum is the best known of the many Mayan ruins sites thoroughout the state that also include Coba, Xelha and Xcaret.


Unique Food Culture


Quintana Roo blends the abundant seafood of the Caribbean with its Mayan roots to boast a cuisine all its own. Typical dishes include cochinita pibil, a spicy pork cooked in banana leaves and balche an alcholic drink made from fermented pineapple.


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