Kristen Korey Pike, founder of KK Travels Worldwide and a member of the AFAR Travel Advisory Council, has created an itinerary to the Yucatan Peninsula that includes both Mayan sites and natural wonders, like Sian Ka'an. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve measures roughly 2,031 square miles—that’s almost twice the size of the state of Rhode Island. You’ll have opportunities to kayak amid the mangroves, spot local fauna (more than 300 bird species live in the biosphere), and paddle past the ruins of Mayan buildings. Bring your swimsuit for an opportunity to swim, or float in an inner tube, along an ancient Mayan canal.
Go to target=“_blank”>AFAR Journeys to find more inspiration for your next trip south of the border with itineraries created by Kristen and others members of the AFAR Travel Advisory Council.