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The Yucatan peninsula, formed when the land literally emerged from the sea thousands of years ago, is called the Land of the Mayab. Perfect fusion of past and present, it is an ancient land full of wonders and timeless stories.

Mérida, the capital known as the White City, was founded by Francisco de Montejo in 1542 on the ruins of a Mayan settlement and is currently a delightful city that combines colonial charm with eclectic art and architecture. The wealth of the city in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, based on the production of henequen and sisal (for making rope and fabrics), led to a significant group of palaces and mansions.

Merida is also a pioneering center thanks to the renewed vigor and industrial activities of the Autonomous University of Yucatan, the Peón de Contreras Theater (home of the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra), and other manifestations such as Yucatecan trova, music, jarana, and poetry, among others.

Yucatan has some of the most important Mayan archaeological sites such as Chichén Itzá, perhaps the most famous Mayan site in the world and the Puuc region or route, where Uxmal stands high.

But the Yucatecan wealth does not end here, but extends to other resources ranging from prehistoric caves (Loltún caves) to Franciscan monasteries such as Maní and Izamal, through ecological reserves populated by birds (Biosphere Reserve of Ría de Celestún), underground rivers that open in spectacular cenotes and entrances to the Mayan Underworld; beaches full of charm in Progreso and places where cultural syncretism has led to renewed architectural forms.

Located just 109 km from Merida. Port where live the most exotic species of geography Yucatan, as the pink flamingo. Nothing better than walking across the river that leads to his dramatic encounter with the sea. It has a beach of incomparable beauty and exquisite variety of seafood, this is the per ... + INFO
   
   
Considered still a place of pilgrimage and worship of the Virgin of XCambó, who according to tradition over 50 years ago appeared on the site, so venerated in a chapel built on prehispanic buildings. Besides its historical importance, is still a point located within a natural and ecological environm ... + INFO
   
   
Besides the natural beauty and beautiful beaches, offers tours of colonial heritage. Visit the churches of San Antonio de Padua, the Immaculate Conception and San Pedro, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the Palacio Municipal, nineteenth century, can also enjoy the quiet beaches of the Emeral ... + INFO
   
   
Legendary cabotage port which exported most of the Yucatan henequen produced in the nineteenth century, was considered the most important commercial port from the sixteenth to the early twentieth century, when it was founded Progreso. Today is a quiet little fishing village in the municipality of Hu ... + INFO
   
   
Discover the five Mayan Pyramids hidden in the yellow city. Izamal is known as THE CITY OF THE HILLS. The first signs of occupation are from the year 750 B.C. during the late Classic period; however, the city was founded upon the arrival of the Chanes, a group of Mayans who came from Bacalar, la ... + INFO
   
Izamal is one of 35 locations in Mexico, who received the title of a MAGIC CITY by the Secretary of Tourism in Mexico. These are mainly unknown towns, but also San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas is one of them. The small town of Izamal has 17000 inhabitants. It was built in colonial style and ... + INFO
   
   
The Three Flint Sun-Stones. Oxkintok is an archaeological site on the Yucatán Peninsula, located at the northern tip of the Puuc hills, a short distance east of Maxcanú and about 40 miles from Mérida. It is not far from Uxmal and the Ruta Puuc. The site is big, about three square miles, and cont ... + INFO
   
   
Acanceh means THE MOAN OF THE DEER in the Yucatec Maya language. The archaeological zone is located in the center of the modern town and covers an approximate area of 3 square kilometers. Located in the southeast at 33 km from Mérida. There are nine sinkholes and two caves in the municipality. I ... + INFO
   
Here you can walk along the boardwalk, enjoy the breeze and taste the delicious regional cuisine in the many restaurants that line the harbor boardwalk. Thanks to its modern seaport, tourist focal point and border open to trade with the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, today is the arrival point fo ... + INFO
   
It is 15 minutes from Progreso. Abundant white sandy shores and emerald sea. Ideal for water sports and relaxation. It is in an ideal location between the commercial area of Progreso and Puerto Telchac peace. ... + INFO
   
The second largest caves after Loltun are also known as Actun Spukil or Xpukil caves in Mayan. One must use a guide when entering this caverns system of tunnels which start in a Cenote. Discovered in 1875 it was given the name Calcehtok due to the sculpted stone in the shape of a deer at the entranc ... + INFO
   
Chacmultun means MOUNDS MADE OF RED STONE in Maya. H.E.D. Pollock, working under the auspices of the Carnegie Institution, visited Chacmultun in 1980. He writes: The outstanding characteristic of Chacmultun... is the utilization of natural eminences to locate the city's important civic and relig ... + INFO
   
Possesses a deceiving quality, they are probably the most famous Mayan Structures, but travelers could not possibly know that, once face to face with the walls of the Temple of Kukulcán, their memories will allow them to imagine its features as if they were dreamed. Easily the best known and wel ... + INFO
   
Writings on Flat Rocks. Dzibilchaltún means PLACE WHERE THERE IS WRITING ON FLAT ROCKS, and that is exactly what visitors will find in this Mayan archaeological zone. This site is distinguished due to its long history, which goes back from the mid Preclassic period to the Postclassic period. ... + INFO
   
Where the Cocomes led the Mayapan league. The walled city of Mayapán was considered as the great Mayan capital, according to Indian and Spanish chronicles. Its name means THE BANNER OF THE MAYAN. During its peak in the Postclassic period, between 120 and 1450 A.D., there were 12,000 inhabita ... + INFO
   
Oxkutzcab (The Garden of Yucatán) is a municipality that has a long tradition in which to plant citrus and concerns. You can taste these products by visiting the municipal market. Among other attractive are the former Convent of San Francisco de Asis, eighteenth century, the Chapel of Our Lady of Pi ... + INFO
   
Uxmal, the largest religious center in the Puuc Region. The term Puuc (pronounced POOK), which in Maya means HILL or MOUNTAIN RANGE indicates both a Maya region in northeast and southwest Yucatan as well as an architectural style that characterized a series of Maya sites during the late and term ... + INFO
   
   
A perfect and finely Decorated Arch. Labná, in Mayan, means OLD OR ABANDONED HOUSE. Its golden age took place between 600-900 A.D. The area is relatively small, although it is estimated that the city covered an area of 2.2 square kilometers and calculations indicate it may have had a pop ... + INFO
   
The tour begins at the entrance of Nahkab, or hive, where is located the famous bas-relief known as The Warrior Loltún, which seems to be emerging from the caves and is believed to be the god of the underworld. Another attraction of great interest are the paintings: a wall one can see negative hands ... + INFO
   
   
It is here that Fray Diego de Landa made his ACT OF FAITH (Act of Faith), when he ordered the burning and destruction of many documents and Mayan statues during the Franciscan movement to convert the indigenous people to Christianity. ... + INFO
   
In August of 1980 while repairing the floor of the church, there were 12 caskets discovered containing partially mummified bodies of children. This discovery attracted a lot of attention and 4 of these tombs were sent to the INAH Yucatan Center to be studied and preserved. These 4 bodies half mummif ... + INFO
   
Sayil is located 33 km. southeast of Uxmal. Center of great extension, developed between 600 and 900 ad on the facade of the buildings are beautifully adorned with stone mosaic. It may look THE PALACE, most notably the construction area, the second level is decorated with mosaics of the figure of go ... + INFO
   
   
Ideal for swimming and enjoy a good rest. It tastes more typical port quietly. It is very pleasant to stroll through the square, the small pier and lighthouse give a characteristic taste. Nearby is the beautiful Laguna Rosada, home to migratory birds and Uaymitún, pink flamingo refuge, is located 69 ... + INFO
   
   
Ticul, 82 kilometers south of Merida or about 50 miles is known as; THE PEARL OF THE SOUTH. Besides a number of strange and interesting things in the city, Ticul also has its unique geographical position adjacent to the remarkable monuments of the past depicted in the above oil painting. Depicted ac ... + INFO
   
   
Aké in the Yucatec Maya language means PLACE OF REEDS, a climbing plant that was abundant in the area. The site was occupied for a long time, from the beginning of the late Preclassic period until sometime around 1450 A.D. The settlement’s peak occurred during the late Classic Period (800 to 100 A. ... + INFO
   
   
Protected area which houses a fascinating and impressive flora and fauna, this fantastic hidden site can be considered a real gem for lovers of peace and nature. Surrounded by palm trees, coconut trees and stately ceiba, considered the representative tree of Yucatan, whose antiquity can be traced to ... + INFO
   
   
BLACK JAGUAR in the Yucatec Maya language. Its origins date back to 300 B.C., and its peak occurred during the late and end Classic period. It is one of the few Mayan settlements that remained occupied until the arrival of the Spaniards. It reached an area of 12 square kilometers, which included ... + INFO
   
   
It is located 38 km southeast of Uxmal. Here is one of the greatest jewels of Puuc architectural style, also called THE PALACE, with a magnificent facade with a board with stone mosaic fretwork and geometric elements. In the corners and in the center is spectacular Chaac masks. In this type of decor ... + INFO
   
FIRST HOUSE is a peaceful Mayan city that offers attractions for the adventurous tourist who likes the contact with nature, because of its archaeological and have the longest sacbé Maya area has lodging in cabins typical, attractive as well as bees Melipona ceremony and traditional festivals. They a ... + INFO