Estado de Yucatán Things to Do

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Estado de Yucatán Things to Do

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    Progreso Things to Do

    Natural beauty abounds in the Yucatan. Experience exhilarating outdoor adventures. Imagine climbing ancient pyramids or leaping into a crystal clear Cenote lit only by a beam of sunlight. There are thousands of Cenotes in the Yucatan and no two are the same! Escape from the crowds of tourists and treat yourself to an adventure of a lifetime....

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  • Walking up the Malecon (and beyond!) in...

    Progreso is a medium-sized port city located on the Gulf of Mexico, about 30 min north of Mérida, which makes it a quick and easy beach escape for visitors and city dwellers. The main attraction in Progreso is the Malecon, the beachfront avenue that stretches for about 10 blocks along Calle 19, from Calle 60 to Calle 80. The avenue is filled with...

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  • Plenty of fun at El Corchito Ecological...

    Our visit to this ecological reserve was part of our excursion to Progreso. El Corchito is operated by a local cooperative of fishermen, and the whole experience therefore had a nice local feel to it - in fact, I think everyone except us were local families out for the day, though things might be different if you happen to be there on a cruise ship...

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  • Dzibilchaltun: don't miss this unique...

    Dzibilchaltun means something like "Where there is writing on flat stones", in reference to the different stelae that were found on the site. It is believed to be one of Yucatan's longest inhabited Mayan sites. Archeologists believe that the first settlement in the area dates back to as early as 500 BC, and the city was still inhabited at the time...

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  • Follow the Ruta Puuc to Kabah

    Managed by a local co-operative, Kabah is the second largest Maya site after Uxmal in the Puuc region of Yucatan. "Puuc" means "hill", and the "Ruta Puuc" is the name given to the road that goes through Yucatan's hill country (Highway 261), connecting several ancient Maya sites. Kabah is the first site you encounter after leaving Uxmal. The two...

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  • Uxmal, the magic city built overnight!

    While most people know about Chichen Itza, an equally important site that doesn't get quite as much attention is Uxmal. Legend has it that the entire city, including its remarkable pyramid, was built overnight by a dwarf endowed with magical powers. Archeologists believe that Uxmal was the most important city in the area in the late classic period...

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  • Relax at the beach and enjoy fresh...

    Celestun is a delightful seaside town located about 90 min west of Mérida. We spent a few hours there after our visit to the Celestun National Wildlife Refuge, and I thoroughly enjoyed walking around this quaint fishing village and going for a swim in the Gulf of Mexico. The beach in Celestun in simply beautiful and, unlike most resort towns,...

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  • Flamingos at the Celestun National...

    Celestun's National Wildlife Refuge is a huge biosphere reserve covering about 600 sq. km. It is home to hundreds of migrating bird species, sea turtles and crocodiles, but what makes it so special is the large number of pink flamingos that overwinter in the reserve (October to April is the best time to see them). The combination of fresh water...

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  • A refreshing dip at Cenote Ik Kil!

    Because of all the clearing that's been done at Chichen Itza, there isn't a whole lot of shade on the site so it can get really hot. For this reason, a popular thing to do after visiting the archeological site is to go for a swim at Cenote Ik Kil. This beautiful open-sky cenote is located about 3 km away from Chichen Itza. It is not located in a...

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  • Chichen Itza, the world's most famous...

    With about 1.2 million visitors every year, Chichen Itza is the most visited Mayan site in the world. Archeologists estimate that the bulk of the city was built from 700 to 900 AD, but that there were some substantial additions made after that as the Mayas migrated up north during the 10th century. It is believed that during what historians call...

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  • Convent of San Bernardino

    This Colonial Convent was established in 1552 and used until 1852 when after civil strife in the area. Its a 10 minute walk from downtown Vallodid.

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  • Vallodid

    Vallodid is a colonial era city founded in 1545 on top of an existing Mayan city as was the Spanish custom. its on the way to Chichen Itza and if you had the time would be worth a good full day to explore all the sites.

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  • Chichen Itza

    Chichen Itza is one of the Mayan world best preserved sites due a massive monument building in the late Mayan period. As such along with it reason designation as one of the new 7 wonders of the world, it gets incredibly crowded. its best to rent a car and arrive early to see it.

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  • Merida Main Square

    This is the center of all activity in Merida. I found a hostel very clean and convenient just in this square. The park is a nice place to walk, sometimes there are musicians playing folkloric songs.

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  • Izamal: Knch Kak Mo Pyramid

    The Spaniards did not destroy all the Mayan Pyramids around Izamal. There are 3 remaining in the area. We went to the Knch Kak Mo Pyramid. Admission is free and you can climb what remains of the pyramid and get a great view of the area. Please rate my tips when you find them interesting, useful or like the photos. Thanks. :)

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  • Izamal: Who's the Boss?

    Izamal is a nice little colonial town north west of Chichen Itza with a Franciscan monastery in the heart of the town. The monastery is very pleasant to walk around. There are also small restaurants around the square near the monastery where you can get lunch.An interesting thing about Izamal and the monastery is that it is on top of a destroyed...

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  • Chichen Itza: Everyone goes there.

    Chichen Itza was voted one of the NEW 7 wonders of the world and everyone goes there, from Tour busses, to independent travelers. But is not all that bad. Chichen Itza is large and the main gate is also large to allow easy entry and exit. Some people try to beat the crowds by coming early. We were late sleepers and got there around 10:00. We found...

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  • Valladolid Market Place

    Valladolid's Market, Mercado Municipal, is an authentic Mexican Market and a good place to have fun.Everyone was very friendly and gave us fruits and things to try even when we could not speak Spanish and they knew we would probably not buy any.Please rate my tips when you find them interesting, useful or like the photos. Thanks. :)

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  • Valladolid Main Square

    Valladolid's main square is a good place to relax, enjoy the shade, a park bench and People watch.I asked everyone in the photos permission before taking a picture. Non of them objected and they were very friendly. Sometime you also see tourist buses around the square. The tourist usually go into the big church (Cathedral de San Gervasion) and the...

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  • Ek Balam (Mayan Ruins)

    Ek Balam is our favorite Mayan Ruins. Ek Balam is Mayan for "Black Jaguar" It is also the first major ruin we visited after our 100 miles drive from Cancun. We left Cancun late and unfortunately we got there around closing. However, they let us in anyway and did not pay the entrance free. We only spend about an hour there but plan to visit it again...

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  • Visit an underground water cave called a...

    There many Cenotes (underground water cave) throughout the Yucatan Peninsula. My photos are of the one west of town of Valladolid on the way to Chichen Itza. I found this interesting because of the sink hole on the top where you can look down into the Cenotes. A big tree is at the edge of the sink hole has its roots going down into the Cenotes.We...

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  • Chichen Itza or Uxmal

    I have been to Chichen and Uxmal more than once.. i appreciated Uxmal more AFTER i had seen Chichen. chichen itza is one of the wonders of the world indeed.. a wide variety of arqueological architecture, compact size to wander it, proximity to merida or Progreso and better transport facilities (it may not matter to you).. uxmal's architecture is...

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  • Tullum ---Mayan site

    Visit this impressive site at one end of the day or another ---it does get really hot! When I was there some of the ruins were out-of-bounds due to people tagging them! Do get a guided tour unless you know your Mayan culture! Also, I hate to sound obvious, take plenty of bottled water.Wander down to the water's edge to really let your imagination...

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  • Behold Chichen Itza!

    Located in the Mexican state of Yucatan, Chichen Itza is a former Mayan colony. Declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Chichen Itza is one of the many pleasant images one thinks up about Mexico. You're bus or whatever vehicle you take to get there will have you in front of the hotel that is the gateway to Chichen Itza's ruins. One of the many...

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  • Dzibilchaltun

    Follow the road from Merida to Progresso and there is a turn off to the right to get to Dzibilchaltun. Follow the signposts to the village, the ruins are just the other side of the village, look for the signs.If you feel inclined to go from Dzibilchaltun to Izamal (I wouldn't, there's really not much of interest there) I would avoid taking the...

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  • Merida

    Merida is a city of 690,000 people, it dose have a tourist area but is not a tourist city like Cancun. The main tourist area is along Calle 60 from around Calle 55 to 63 and the surrounding area. There's a few nice old buildings worth looking at along the Calle 55a area which is the start of the road which leads to Progresso. I stayed at the...

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  • Chichen Itza

    Probably Mexicos most famous riun is Chichen Itza. Tour buses start arriving from places like Cancun and Playa Del Carmen around mid morning so if you want to try for photo opportunities be early to try and avoid masses of people in the photos as it dose get fairly busy there, the least number of people there will obviously be around opening time...

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  • Hacienda Temozon Sud

    Hacienda Temozon Sud is just a few minutes down the road, and down a side road through a small village, from Hacienda Ochil. Temozon Sud has been fully restored and converted into a luxury hotel. It's free to come in and take a look around, the resutant serves very nice food at a reasonable price. There is a cenote on the property (near the tennis...

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  • Loltun Caves

    A good way to either start or finish a tour of the Puuc Route is a trip to the Loltun Caves. The caves, located 66km south of Merida are huge an colorful with good lighting inside which helps when taking photos. Tours in Spanish are run at 9:30, 12:30 and 3:30pm daily and English tours are run at 11:00am and 2:00pm daily, visitors are only allowed...

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  • Labna Ruins

    A few minutes drive east of Xlapak is Labna. Labna shares the same intricacy in its' carved stone buildings as the other Puuc sites, the buildings at Labna have had minimal restoration work done but still retain much detail and are well worth spending the time to explore. Due to the fact that the puuc route and surrounding ruins are beyond reach of...

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  • Xlapak Ruins

    Xlapak, approximately half way between Sayil and Labna, is a fairly small ruin with intricate buildings but in generally poor condition. It shouldn't take long to go through and see these ruins. All locations on the puuc route are easy enough to find as they are signposted pretty well.

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  • Sayil

    Sayil is a little further south past Kabah. It consists of one major building (pictured) and a number of small buildings within walking distance. The smaller buldings are in relatively poor condition, is if they'd just been dicovered. If you're running short of time you could have a look at the main building and skip the smaller outlying buildings...

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  • Kabah Ruins

    Located on highway 261, Kabah consists of a number of large intricate buildings mostly in good condition.

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  • Uxmul Ruins

    The Uxmul Ruins are an absolute must see, in my oppinion they are bigger and better than Chichen Itza. Located south of Merida and west of Ticul, follow the road from Merida which runs south down through Muna and goes on through to Uxmul and then on to the Puuc Route (Kahah, Sayil, Xlapak and Labna).

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  • Oxkintok Ruins

    A few minutes drive from the Calcehtok Caves is the Oxkintok Ruins. If you use your time efficiently it should be possible to take in these ruins and possibly the Calcehtok Caves in one day along with Haciendas Yaxcopoil, Temezon Sud and Ochil. Alternately you could take in Oxkintok and Calcehtok with the Puuc route, you will need to make an early...

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  • Hacienda Ochil

    On highway 261 near km176 is Hacienda Ochil, a restored hacenda plant with a small cenote at the back of the resturant. It has a very relaxed atmosphere about it. Certainly worth a visit, mabe even stop for lunch.

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  • Hacienda Yaxcopoil

    Yaxcopoil is an unrestored hacienda. Located by highway 261 around km186. Many furnishings of the era, some origional are on display inside the house.

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  • Ek Balam

    Ek Balam is starting to become popular with the tour bus circuit but you can still move around the ruins and get good photos without other tourists in them.

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  • Ek Balam

    Ek Balam is north of Valladolid. Ek Balam is certainly worth a visit, you can climb to the top of the ruin shown here in the picture and you'll get a great view but be careful, there was a lizard at the very top which I wasn't expecting to see which startled me for a moment, not enough for me to loose my footing but be careful none the less.

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  • Cenote Keken

    Just outside of town, north of Valladolid is Cenote Keken (a.k.a. Cenote Dzitnup) which is a well known cenote. Certainly worth a visit, but if you have one, take a mini tripod for your camera. To take photos in dark environments like Keken a slow shutter speed is required and any movement will cause a blurred photo. You can steady your camera on a...

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  • Calcehtok Caves

    Close to the Oxkintok ruins (south west of Merida) is the Calcehtok Caves. The caves are good but before you go you should be aware that the lighting in these caves is small torches, so visibility of the entire cave system is limited and photography is entirely reliant on your cameras flash. There is no fixed lighting like in the more popular...

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  • Izamal

    Directly east of Merida is he town of Izamal. The town of Izamal is interesting in that most of the buildings are painted yellow, like the monestry by the town square. There are ruins at Izamal, they are big but really not very intricate or interesting. I would not go out of my way to go to Izamal.

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  • Coba

    Coba opens at 7:00am, the site is spread out over a large area and bikes are available for hire (from 8:00am onwards). If you geta there early you can have the site to yourself, the tour guides dont get there until around 8:00am.

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  • Coba

    Coba is located approximately half way between Tulum and Valladolid. The site is located in the town of Coba and the enterance is right by the lake, pretty hard to miss.

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  • Ake

    The simplest way to get to Ake is from Highway 180. When taking this picture of the ruins the old hacienda and the henequen processing plant was directly on my left.

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