Few destinations in Mexico offer as much variety in a single region as the Yucatan Peninsula. The days when the holidays consisted of arriving at an all-inclusive hotel and almost not going out for several days are gone, so this area is ideal for those seeking many experiences in one trip.
Yucatan is one of the states that invites to the constant exploration, without specific season of visit, because due to its location, in the extreme south of the map of the Mexican Republic, near the Gulf, all the year you will find something to do: observe flamingos in Celestún, tour the colorful buildings of Mérida, a legacy of the colonial era, some converted into cultural centers, and connect with the history and genius of the Mayan culture established in archeological zones such as Chichén Itzá, as well as attend the frequent calls to the table to try the lime soup or the panuchos, gastronomy that captivates.
Where to start?
You can start with Mérida, which is the great cultural and gastronomic capital of the southeast, but also the coast full of fauna, visit the cenotes, the Mayan communities, the archaeological sites, the Puuc Route, Las Coloradas, the magical towns, the haciendas. The truth is that Yucatan has so much offer that it is a very good option to plan the holidays for a long period. There is not a single day without something to do.
Yucatán contemplates all tourist segments from medical tourism and meetings, to romance or luxury. Here are the main attractions that you will find when you decide to land in this area of southeastern Mexico.
The arrival of the Spaniards to Yucatan, in the year 1527, opened the way to buildings that are still to be seen in their colonial cities; architectural styles that reflect European influence, combined with proudly Mexican materials, such as the quarry.
Mérida is considered one of the safest metropolis in the country, also known as the "White City". Here there are different attractions, focused on cultural tourism; for example, the José Peón Contreras Theater, where temporary exhibitions are held, concerts of the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra. It has a restaurant. In Merida, you can also visit the Great Museum of the Mayan World that exhibits more than a thousand pieces, a hint to the history of the culture that prevailed in this region.
Izamal is another of the relevant points. Called the city of the Three Cultures to conserve prehispanic, colonial and current elements, here stand out its buildings of yellow ocher and white colors, like the Convent of San Antonio de Padua, in addition to its more than five pyramids; for example, that of Kinich Kakmó, one of the three largest in Mexico, only after the Sun, in Teotihuacán and the Cholula, in Puebla.
Finally, Valladolid, also known as the Pearl of the East, is one of those that best portrays the arrival of the Spanish to Mexico, it is even called as a tribute to a European city. In addition to the cultural spaces, Valladolid has cenotes like the Zací (semi-open), with an area where you will also find gastronomic offer and crafts made with leather and henequen.
Regarding flavors, gastronomy is a very good way to find the narrative of Yucatan's history; the Mayan ingredients, the mergers of the conquest, the contemporary gastronomy is well positioned, it works for all the tourist segments, both for the traveler who goes with the family, as the one who goes for romance, as the one who goes on a business trip.
If you want to try the traditional, look for the cochinita pibil, the black stuffing, the salbutes and panuchos, the poc chuc, pork marinated in orange, the lime soup, the black stuffing or the stuffed cheese; Regarding desserts, leave room for papaya candy, Colón ice creams, which refresh visitors since 1907 and of course, marquesitas with cheese.
Although suggesting a restaurant is complicated, you can start with the Kinich, located in Izamar, recently awarded by the Secretariat of Tourism with the "Come to Eat" badge, which recognizes traditional cuisines and its promotion of Mexican cuisine.
Another option is the Ixi'im de Chablé Resort, which in 2018 received the award for "Most Beautiful Restaurant" by Prix Versalles, and finally, the restaurant La Tradición considered the "Best Regional Cuisine" by the Gourmet Awards Mexico.
Within the natural beauties, the cenotes are other wonders with which the state counts; It is even believed that in Yucatan there are more than 1,500 (open, semi-open and cavern type). Official information of the state details that these natural spaces were of vital importance for the Mayans, sacred places that represented the entrance to the underworld.
Place in your explorer's itinerary those of the Cuzamá municipality, named Chelentún, Chaczinicche and one of the most famous for its internal caverns, the Bolonchoojol.
Although it is well known the archaeological value that this state has, not only in Mexico but in the world, there are sites that should not be missed during your visit, such as Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, Ek Balam, Dzibilchaltún and Mayapán, as well as the new zone. Chaltún-Ha, in the municipality of Izamal, which, according to the Secretary of Tourism until a few months ago, was difficult to access, but it already connects practically to the center of the city.
Yucatan is in the eye of travelers, not only because of the wealth that it encompasses, but also because this 2019 serves as the venue for the World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, from September 19 to 22, and as a highlight of the Tourism Summit 2020.
Mérida has everything to receive an event of this magnitude. That is infrastructure, connectivity, hospitality, mobility, and services. It has been very attractive for all visitors to reach a state that has archeology, beaches, colonial cities, cenotes. But, above all, be a benchmark for peace and good practices.
This is the outline of the Mayan Train route that will go from Valladolid, Yucatan, to Tulum, Quintana Roo, from where a branch will be made to reach Cancun.
Hundreds of cenotes, some of them included among the most beautiful natural areas in the world, are at risk from pollution and lack of maintenance.
The video shows how the man sinks to the torso and says "it's dangerous, I do not feel bottom."
The cenotes and subterranean rivers are characteristic natural spaces of the Yucatan Peninsula that are formed thanks to the calcareous soil of the region, which absorbs rainwater by storing it in the subsoil and create the flooded caves that have attracted thousands of tourists every year.
The black widow spider is already a "non grata" inhabitant in Yucatan and although its presence in Mayan soil has been confirmed, it does cause alarm every time a specimen is detected.
The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) will carry out the Spring Equinox Operative 2019, in the archaeological zones with the highest tourist influx in the country, from March 21 to 24, in order to promote the orderly enjoyment of the archaeological heritage of Mexico, as well as guaranteeing the conservation and respect thereof....
From Yucatan, in the Alsuco Mexico plant, coveralls, shirts, coveralls, jackets are made; they use special fabrics; free of static with quality standards for the Space Agency (NASA).
The First International Clarinet and Saxophone Festival "Clari-sax" 2019 will allow listening to talented musicians from various countries, who will offer concerts for all audiences, as well as lectures and master classes.
The improvements in the air connectivity of the state are to enhance and attract more visitors from abroad. During January, Mérida with the offer of lodging services in Yucatan had 65.6% of visitors, Valladolid 7.1%, Chichén Itzá 3%, Izamal 1.9%, and Uxmal 1.7%