Estado de Yucatán Things to Do

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Estado de Yucatán Things to Do

  • 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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  • Ake

    East of Merida is Ake, an overlooked ruin which is worth a visit. The most direct and simplest way to get to the ruins is to get onto highway 180 which runs between Merida and Cancun and take the turn off to Ake. The road to Ake may be intimidating to some people as it starts out as a two lane dirt road and quickly turns into a single lane bush...

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  • Explore the Whole Peninsula

    Don't just stay in Cancun or Merida... take advantage of all the Yucatan has to offer by getting out and looking around. There is so much to see! If you are in Merida, its tempting to stay in the city and explore the colonial streets, the museums, the churches, the restaurants. Or if you are in Cancun, its also tempting to just lie on the beach and...

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  • Ek Balum

    This is a much smaller set of ruins compared to Chitzen Itza, but as long as you're in the area, it's worth checking out. You can also climb the main structure for a very nice view from top. It costs $5 to get in.(I'll post pictures later)

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  • Chitzen Itza

    Probably most frequented of the Mayan ruins. There are several different area of ruins, including El Castillo, the ball court, observatory, etc. You can walk around on your own or get a guided tour. Your $10 ticket includes a light show at night, but we thought it was kinda lame. Probably 2-3 hours will be enough to see most, perhaps longer if you...

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  • Grutas de Balankanche

    Just 6kms east of Chichen Itza are these wonderful caves. Amazingly, they were discovered by chance in 1959 and a 300 metre path runs into the hillside. Not only are there carved stalagmites and stalagtites, but also remnants of previous inhabitants - pots, cooking utensils - are lying round almost as if the owners have just popped out for 5...

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  • Vallodolid

    Vallodolid is only 40kms east of Chichen Itza, yet it might as well be 1000 years. It's simply the town that's passed through. And that means its sleepy ambience continues. It's not a 'must not miss' but it's an ideal place to stop off for lunch and spend a couple of hours hanging out. Leaving Chichen Itza in the morning, stopping off at Grutas de...

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  • Coba

    OK - so you've seen Chichen Itza, Uxmal and Tulum, each extraordinary for different reasons. Try Coba! Apparently, chances are this is the biggest of the lot. But they've hardly started reclaiming it from the forests. So now you can wander through the trees, checking out a few of the sites that have been uncovered (they're interesting but nothing...

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  • Tulum

    Smallish, compact Mayan site in very good condition with plenty to see. But what a glorious location - right on the Caribbean coast. Azure waters, white sand, the Caribbean lapping at the shores. The combination of the two is just a dream. And then add the Biosphera and you have a perfect holiday location.

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  • Chichen Itza

    There's so much info available, and everyone talks about it being a must, with day trips organised from Cancun and the Caribbean coast as well as Merida, but it is an absolute must. It is an awesome experience. The site is extensive and, even with coachloads of people trekking round between 11am-3pm (peak times), there are spots where you can...

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  • Merida (Yucatan peninsula)

    Delightful small city, one of the 2 main international entries into the Yucatan when flying. Centre is Spanish colonial, probably not comparative in grandeur to many other Mexican cities, but still, as an entry point to the Yucatan, certainly worth 2-3 days. Great location for some of the ruins (Uxmal, Kabah can be undertaken separately or through...

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  • Uxmal

    Probably the poor relation when it comes to the Yucatan's bigger or better known Mayan sites (namely Chichen Itza and Tulum). Its proximity to Merida however is a huge bonus if Merida is your point of entry (people coming through and staying in Cancun would probably ignore this site).Relatively compact in size, it is nevertheless deeply impressive,...

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  • Uxmal

    Pronounced "ooshmall," this ancient Mayan city was only recently discovered in the 1940's, so it is fairly new as far as archaeological finds are concerned. Unfortunately, the largest structure, the Magician's pyramid (pictured on the right), has been closed off for climbing. However, the Great Pyramid, though not as tall, still shows a fine view...

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  • Chichen Itza

    If you are in Yucatan, Chichen Itza is a must see place. Take plenty of water and mosquito repellent and enjoy.

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  • Chichen Itza, must see

    This is the most famous and best restored Mayan site in this area. And it is one of the best sites to reach. There are a lot of recovered buildings and a sacred cenote. Make sure you're not there at the hottest moment of the day, there is not much shelter.

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