Recently I Travel to Mexico for the 5th time in my life and decided to go again to Yucatan. I Yucatan is one of those places that will surprise you all the time, that you will never get bored and that is worth it to come over and over. I shared with my friends of SAT Mexico some of my coments of what I belive was a Incredible trip to Yucatan.
To say it in advance: Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is an incredible trip to Yucatan, is one of the world’s most beautiful and exciting vacation destinations. A point of view that countless travelers share.Me, Tomas
Yucatán holds an incredible variety of experiences for package vacationers and individual travelers. This part of Mexico, characterized by miles of dream beaches, is perfect for swimming and relaxing.
Important: some places we recomend in this article are not in the peninsula of Yucatan but they are defenitly worth to combine them when traveling to Yucatan state.
Also, travelers interested in culture will not be disappointed. In Yucatán, you will find impressive archaeological sites from the ancient Mayan civilization and beautiful colonial cities like Valladolid and Mérida.
Almost everywhere, you will find good Mexican and international cuisine and a variety of possible sporting activities round off the vacation experience.
Although Yucatán, especially with the beach regions of Cancún and Playa del Carmen, the peninsula is just as attractive for individualists and can be easily visited on one’s own. There is a road network; you can get around by rental car, comfortable buses, and cabs to get around cheaply and safely.
Table of contents
- What to do in Mexico´s Yucatan Peninsula
- Playa del Carmen
- Chichen Itza
- Visiting Tulum!
- The second-longest coral reef in the world!
What to do in Mexico´s Yucatan Peninsula
Just as it is impossible to visit all the sights of Yucatán during one vacation, it is impossible to list everything here. Therefore, here is a small selection of highlights and activities in what I call a incredible trip in Yucatan.
For most travelers, the Yucatán vacation begins in Cancún at the International Airport of Cancun, the second largest airport in Mexico. Cancún itself is one of the most important tourist centers in the country.
The hotel zone, built several years ago, has some of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches in Mexico on its more than 20 kilometers of coastline beaches in Mexico.
The hotel zone has a giant amusement park, where you can find traditional Mexico in vain. Here feel tourists, party tourists, or water sports fans who want to enjoy the passionate nightlife, shopping malls, and upscale hotels.
There is no shortage of attractive excursion destinations near Cancún. Worthwhile is a day trip to Isla Mujeres, located about 13 kilometers off Cancún. A more extended stay on this charming island is also a good option, especially during the low season; you can get a real Robinson feeling here.
Playa del Carmen
A bit quieter than Cancún, but not dull, is Playa del Carmen, 70 kilometers south. This place is a favorite among travelers. Thanks to its favorable location on the Yucatán peninsula, it is an excellent starting point for exciting excursions.
Individual travelers also get their money’s worth here.
Around Playa del Carmen are hotels in every price range and beautiful beaches. Lastly, the magnificent boulevard Quinta Avenida with numerous stores, bars, and restaurants, provides entertainment.
A great destination in the area of Playa del Carmen is undoubtedly the island of Cozumel. Ferry to the island of Cozumel is also worthwhile to stay here for a few days. Stay Cozumel has many friendly small hostels, guesthouses, and boutique hotels.
Despite many visitors, you will find enough secluded beaches, idyllic bays, elegant bars, cafes, and restaurants directly on the beach. Everywhere bicycles or scooters are rented so you can explore the island individually.
An experience of a very different kind is an excursion to Chichen Itza.
As one of the world’s seven new wonders, Chichen Itza is one of Mexico’s most famous archeological sites. The dimensions of the buildings are simply impressive and take you back to the time of the Mayans.
Stay in Valladolid for the night. Valladolid is not far away from Chichen Itza. You can reach the famous ruins early in the morning. This can help avoid the crowds that arrive late in the morning and the increasing heat throughout the day. It is highly recommended to sunscreen, headgear, and drinking water.
In Mérida, the pulsating capital of Yucatán, you will find natural Mexican flair despite the many visitors.
The colonial splendor of this city is especially evident in the evenings and at night, when many of the beautiful old buildings are illuminated.
A unique experience is a visit to the Mercado Lucas de Galvez. At the numerous stalls with delicious Mexican dishes, the culinary heart of Mérida beats. In addition to the food, this market offers an incredible selection of typically Mexican products at very reasonable prices.
No trip to Yucatán would be complete without visiting the famous ruins of Tulum. Without a doubt, the temple complexes of Chichen Itza, for example, are larger and more spectacular.
The archeological zone of Tulum is unique because it is superb and unique because of its beautiful location directly on the Caribbean beach. You can even swim at the beach below the ruins.
The second-longest coral reef in the world!
As far as the variety of sports activities is concerned, you are spoiled for choice in Yucatán.
The peninsula is an absolute Eldorado for divers and snorkelers. The second-longest coral reef in the world, with 1,100 km, is located in front of the Riviera Maya. The lush and colorful underwater world is breathtaking.
About 60 coral, 500 fish, and more than 350 mollusk species make every dive a fascinating experience. For example, you will encounter large fish such as bull or whale sharks at the dive sites off the island of Cozumel. But you can also experience the maritime diversity during snorkeling tours, either from the beach or by boat.
The Puerto Morelos Reef Park is representative of many other great diving and snorkeling spots between Cancun and Playa del Carmen (Parque Nacional Arrecife de Puerto Morelos).
For many visitors, the highlights of Yucatán are the cenotes. A cenote is, simplified, an open or closed karst cave filled with fresh water, and thousands of karst caves exist in this region. You find them both near the coast and in the peninsula’s interior.
With their crystal clear, often turquoise water, they look like jewels and are as fascinating as the coral reefs. Underground watercourses connect many cenotes.
For experienced divers, cave diving is possible. Swimming, snorkeling, or scuba diving in one of the beautiful Cenotes is an absolute must. You will be rewarded with a magnificent and unforgettable experience.
There would be much more to list. Yucatán is unbelievably versatile and has everything that makes vacationers’ hearts beat faster. It is a destination for almost every taste. Whether beach vacation, party, adventure, sports, or culture – the peninsula offers everything.
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