Dream, explore in the fascinating culture of the Mayan People, mythology, Stunning architecture and joyful festivities.
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The Yucatan Peninsula tour offers a fascinating blend of pre-Columbian, Colonial, and modern day culture and a variety of unique and diverse natural wonders. Uxmal Yucatan Peninsula Present day residents of the Yucatan have not forgotten their traditions, and their culture still shines in their markets, handicrafts, and traditional celebrations.
There is never a dull day in the Yucatan and opportunities for the experiential traveler are abundant: exploring restored Mayan cities, appreciating the colonial architecture and history, venturing into the vast underground rivers and cenotes, enjoying the varied and delicious regional cuisine and spirits, and observing a variety of wildlife and flora in numerous reserves are only a few of the possibilities. Of course there is no shortage of hammocks to laze away an afternoon or two in a restored Hacienda. Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula has something for everyone.
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The Yucatan peninsula is made up of three Mexican states: Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo. These states sit on the southeast peninsula of Mexico between the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.
Haciendas - Stay in luxurious haciendas like Hacienda Xcanatun, Hacienda San Jose, and Hacienda Temozon
Mayan Ruins – Privately tour Chichen Itza and Uxmal
Merida – Visit the lively and colorful city with festive evenings in the town plaza
Izamal – Explore the mysterious Yellow City known as a Mexican Magic Town
Isla Holbox – Visit this island off the coast of the Caribbean Sea and spend days swimming with whale sharks
Cenote – Discover the mysterious underground river systems accessing them through cenotes
Cooking School – Visit Los Dos for a cooking class with one of Merida’s greatest chefs at his beautiful colonial home.
In addition to Mayan ruins and archaeological sites, the Yucatan Peninsula is filled with historic haciendas that date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The haciendas, which functioned similar to plantations in the Southern US, were producers of henequen, or sisal, a strong fiber derived from the agave plant used to make twine and rope. Henequen Haciendas were the the source of the Yucatan’s wealth during the Colonial Era and the production was known as “green gold” since it was so lucrative.
MERIDA, YUCATAN'S CAPITAL
Merida is known as the “white city”; it’s also the capital city of the state of Yucatan, famous for its rich Mayan history as well as some of Mexico’s most important archaeological sites. Because of the large peninsula on Mexico’s southern region, Merida is actually about 50 miles north of the nation’s capital, even though people in Mexico City talk of traveling “south” to Merida. It’s difficult to get lost in Merida itself; the city is laid out in a grid with even numbered streets running north-south; odd numbers east-west.
As the state’s capital, Merida is a hub of activity and extremely well connected by land and air to other parts of the region and the country. The city has a considerable charm and buzz about it; and it’s contrasts help this to come about: Merida is cosmopolitan and quaint; Mexican but with a strong cultural and gastronomic Mayan influence.
Merida is the perfect place to buy Yucatecan arts and crafts and two other items in particular: Panama Hats and Hammocks.