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calle 4, Celestun, Centro, 97367 Celestún, Yuc., Mexico
If you come to Yucatan and you don’t visit the “rias” where the flamingos inhabit, it is as if you go to Australia and you don’t see a kangaroo. Flamingos can be seen in the wetlands all along the Yucatan Peninsula in almost any month of the year....
Sinanché, Yuc., Mexico
The Yucatecan coast offers an array of varied landscapes beyond its many beaches, none more so than the mangroves in San Crisanto. Over 3,6237 acres in size, these wetlands an hours drive of Mérida offer vast variety a fauna and plant life to...
Yucatán, 72470 Puebla, Pue., Mexico
Las Coloradas is a small fishermen town in the east corner of the Yucatecan coast inside Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, the Yucatan’s largest wetland area. This little known part of Yucatán has picturesque and unordinary landscapes, a giant salt...
Carretera Merida-Campeche Km. 78, 97890 Uxmal, Yuc., Mexico
Overshadowed by its larger and more well-known cousins, Palenque and Chichén-Itzá, Uxmal ("Oosh-mahl") is the ruins of an ancient Maya city located near present-day Campeche. In its heyday, Uxmal was one of the largest cities of the Yucatan...
Sotuta de Peón, Yuc., Mexico
I looked down as I kicked my feet around in the cool crystal clear water, watching the light reflect onto my skin. The rocks below lit up in a rainbow of turquoise hues, growing darker the deeper they were. I swam out to the centre and looked up...
Offering something for everyone, this cenote is located inside the Mayan archeological site of Dzibilchaltún. You can visit a pyramid and swim - all on the same day. Instead of being deep underground, the waters in this cenote sit at ground level,...
Calle 19-A, 97300 Dzityá, Yuc., Mexico
Dzitya is a small artisan Mayan town in the Yucatán where the visitors can’t leave with buying some of the beautiful handcrafts that are made there. This community is ten minutes from Mérida. The first time you arrive, you will notice that most of...
Mulsay, 97249 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Live the Spanish-colonial life of old in your very own private hacienda that blends old-world charm with modern comfort. Hacienda Mulsay de la Magdalena is a remarkable, historic 2.4 hectare property surrounded by a high stone wall with 1,000 m2...
Calle 77 523, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Visit one of the most antique, historical neighborhoods in the city with a 500-year-old church Originally separate townships ruled by rival gangs, they are now completely absorbed within the city, yet maintain a unique neighborhood feel. This is...
Calle 59 425, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
The local cantinas in the Yucatán are renowned for filling customer tables with free snacks -or botanas- for each beverage ordered. With each successive round of drinks the snacks get better and by the time you leave, you’ve eaten a great meal. Of...
Por la 54 y 56, Calle 47, #471, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Casa Lecanda, situated off the city centre of Merida, the capital of Yucatan; was easily the most stunning boutique hotels that I have stayed in. The hotel's owners and architects have managed to restore the ruined old hacienda and transform it...
Calle 50-A 493, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Los Almendros is one of the most famous traditional Yucatecan food in México where you can try all the region’s best dishes. Many of the dishes on offer reflect the unique history of the region. One tasty example is queso relleno that shows...
Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico
Find your way to the lesser visited Merida, Mexico, and head in to one of the many open air and covered markets. You'll find yourself surrounded with sights and smells beyond what most have ever imagined in one place. Let your nose lead you to a...
Cobá, Q.R., Mexico
Outside of Tulum, the ancient Mayan ruins of Coba go on for what seem like miles. This tower included 100-something steep steps, and after I got over my initial fear about tumbling down them, I climbed every single one—with a little help and...
Ekbalam, Yuc., Mexico
Visitors to the Yucatán and the Riviera Maya never miss Chichen Itza, but there is another hidden and almost unknown archaeological Mayan ruin called Ek’ Balam. Set in jungle, the site is not well known because it was discovered much later than...
Take a stroll down one of the cobbled streets of Valladolid and you might come across a cart peddling "volcanos." The busy vender sells one item: a thick masa bun stuffed with chili marinated pulled pork and topped with red onion. For an extra...
Camino a Dzitnup, Yuc., Mexico
This is one of the most famous cenotes in Yucatan, and is great for the family. The views are spectacular, with opportunities to see giant stalactites and stalagmites that are both under the the water and hanging from the top of the cave. With...
Carretera Chetumal Puerto Juárez Km 240, locales 1 & 2, módulo B, 77780 Q.R., Mexico
Xel-Há is one of the area's most popular attractions. The name identifies both the archaeological site and the ecotourism marine park and the site attracts hundreds of visitors from around the world, throughout the year. Ceremonial centers and...
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