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Visit the coastal state of Yucatan to see its famous Mayan ruins and stretches of coastline. Find beautiful architecture, great entertainment and peaceful nature in the state capital and surrounding towns and villages.
Explore the ruins of ancient Mayan civilization at the famed Chichén Itzá archaeological site, one of the most extensively restored and most visited of all Mayan ruins. Examine the ball court and stone temples as well as the iconic pyramid. Many people stay overnight to see the ruins early in the morning or late at night, avoiding the tourist crowds and extreme heat during the day.
Scattered around the state are several other Mayan archaeological sites including Ek Balam, known for its well-preserved sculptures, and Uxmal, famed for its detailed, ornamental facades. Time your visit to coincide with the impressive sound and light show at Uxmal.
The state capital, Mérida, is a mix of old and new, filled with Mayan and colonial history. Known as the "White City,” due to the amount of white limestone buildings here, the city is comprised of narrow streets and broad plazas. Browse its busy markets and attend one of the events that happen most evenings in the downtown area. During the day, explore the city’s museums and marvel at colonial-era churches built using relics from ancient Mayan temples.
Merida’s residents escape the heat at the port town of Progreso, 20 miles (30 kilometers) north. Stroll along the promenade, which is always bustling with vendors selling crafts and fresh seafood. The emerald waters nearby are clean and good for swimming. En route to Progreso, stop at the ancient Maya site of Dzibilchaltun.
Head west of Mérida to explore the little fishing village of Celestún. From here, it’s just a short journey to the Reserva de la Biosfera Ría Celestún, a wildlife sanctuary known for its flamingos and waterfowl.
Access Yucatan via Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport in Mérida or Cancun International Airport. The state is served by bus routes, some of which are air-conditioned, but for ultimate comfort and ease, rent a car instead. The roads here are well-maintained.
Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Casa Frederick Catherwood, Plaza Grande, and Montejo House. Macay Museum and Museum of the City of Merida are also within 15 minutes.
This business-traveler hotel 13 blocks north of Merida's historical central square and cathedral, and faces fashionable Paseo Montejo boulevard and its colonial-style mansions. Gran Museo Maya is 3.6 miles (5.8 kilometers) away.
Situated in Merida, this hotel is steps from Juega Juega Casino and Yucatan Siglo XXI Convention Center. Great Museum of the Maya World and Plaza Galerias Mall are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Zoological Park of Centenario, Casa Frederick Catherwood, and Plaza Grande. Montejo House and Macay Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Progreso, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Progreso Beach and Progreso Lighthouse. Dzibilchaltun Ruins and Plaza Galerias Mall are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Teatro Peon Contreras and Hidalgo Park. Merida Cathedral and Merida Tourism Office are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Museum of the Yucatecan Song, Popular Art Museum, and Parque de La Mejorada. Merida Tourism Office and Teatro Peon Contreras are also within 15 minutes.
Nestled on the beach, this Telchac Puerto resort is 3.9 mi (6.3 km) from Xcambó.