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Cenotes, caves, and charming pueblos are some of the wonderful attractions in this Mexican province of great natural beauty, a magical destination for all the family.
Relax at the spas and white-sand beaches, learn about the Maya and explore tropical forests and underground water holes in Yucatán, a state separating the Gulf of Mexico from the Caribbean Sea.
Among the main draws of the region are the cenotes, which are underground lake and cave formations. Embark on the Cenotes of the Yucatán route that links the many cenotes in the underground rivers that run through the entire province. Snorkel, swim and hike in the Cenote Zaci and Cenote Yokdzonot among the many others.
At the western end of this cenote trail is the state capital of Mérida. Get a sense of the local culture with trips to the this city’s museums, such as the Anthropology and History Museum, the Grand Museum of the Maya World and the Museum of the Yucatecan Song. Gaze up at the Mérida Cathedral and bring the kids to the Zoological Park of Centenario.
Drive north from Mérida for around 45 minutes to reach Progreso on the coast. Stroll along the picturesque coastline to discover the Progreso Lighthouse and the Progreso Pier. Sunbathe on the pristine sand of Progreso Beach to take advantage of the year-round hot, humid weather. The rainy season runs from June through October.
Gaze up at the range of majestic birds that grace the skies in Yucatan. Great places to see them include Celestun, Chichen Itza, Uxmal and Rio Lagartos, which has the Rio Lagartos Lighthouse. Learn the history of the Maya at Mayapan Mayan Ruins and Kinich Kak Moo Ruins.
The Yucatán region is north of the states of Quintana Roo and Campeche, occupying the northeastern corner of Mexico’s eastern tail. Fly to Merida International Airport or arrive at Cancun International Airport and drive west for a few hours to get here. Rent a car to get around the province.
Unravel a complex history and bathe in cave pools in the vast province of Yucatán.