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Top Attractions in Mérida and Yucatán

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Soak in the spa of a boutique hotel that adheres to age-old indigenous purification practices, wander the rooms of a plantation manor house, or explore the great sites of the Maya, all in this culturally rich and historic region.
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Calle 59 572, Barrio de Santiago, Centro, 97000 Ejido del Centro, Yuc., Mexico
English explorer and draftsman Frederick Catherwood and American adventurer John Lloyd Stephens were the first foreigners to rediscover Copán and numerous other Maya cities. Catherwood's extraordinary lithographs, on view at the...
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Yucatan, Mexico
In addition to its cultural riches, the Yucatán is home to astounding biodiversity; it’s easy to get deep into nature on short hops from towns and cities. Ría Lagartos (the name translates to "alligator estuary," a Spanish...
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Uxmal, Yuc., Mexico
Maya architecture differs by area and historic period. The architectural tradition known as Puuc features intricate facades and mosaics rising from concrete foundations. The Ruta Puuc is a 25-mile itinerary of roads that pass many examples of the...
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Tablaje 642, San Antonio Chablé, 97816 Chocholá, Yuc., Mexico
The Spa at the Chablé Resort—Chablé received the 2017 Prix Versailles for the world’s best hotel—is ground-zero for massages that include a charming bit of local history and tradition. Treatments, administered...
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Calle 68 517, Centro, 97000 Centro, Yuc., Mexico
One of the first schools to focus on the flavors of the Yucatán, Los Dos offers hands-on experience for those who want to learn to prepare the region’s celebrated cuisine—a combination of local ingredients and European elements...
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Izamal, Yucatan, Mexico
In Izamal—designated a pueblo mágico, or “magical town,” by Mexican tourism authorities—almost every structure is painted egg-yolk-yellow, in brilliant contrast to the Yucatán’s deep-blue skies. Once an...
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Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico
A 16th-century town house on Valladolid’s quaint Calzada de los Frailes is home to Coqui Coqui, a superbly refined fragrance boutique and one location of a small chain of boutique residences and spas. Scents on offer reflect the...
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Domicilio Conocido, 97822 Tecoh, Yuc., Mexico
Much of Mérida’s 19th-century opulence reflects fortunes made on plantations that cultivated henequen (sometimes also known as sisal), a commodity so lucrative it was nicknamed “green gold.” Prior to the industry’s...
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Chichén Itzá, Yucatán, Mexico
A brilliant work of architecture and astronomy, the Pyramid of Kukulkán at Chichén Itzá is so precisely engineered that on the vernal and autumnal equinoxes, the sun casts shadows that slither like snakes and seem to descend...