Located along a scenic stretch of coastline from Cancun to Tulum, Mexico's "Riviera Maya" is a Pre-Columbian wonderland brimming with wild jungles, colorful sea life and ancient ruins. 

This Yucatan treasure is one of the hottest travel destinations at the moment, which means it's best to go now, before more mega-resorts sprout up and the last Mayan monuments are off limits for hands-on exploration. 

Take a look at Gayot.com's guide to the Riviera Maya to discover must-see historic sites and natural landmarks, including awe-inspiring pyramids and the world's second biggest barrier reef.