Nothing beats sitting on white sandy beaches that meet clear blue-green waters with gently rolling waves crashing against the shore. That’s one of the many reasons people from all over the globe head to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula every year. Aside from enjoying the stunning beaches, there are other places you can’t miss out on while you’re there visiting. Continue reading below to learn about 13 of The Yucatan Peninsula’s most exciting places to experience.

  1. For thousands of years, Chichen Itza has been known as one of the great cities of Central America. Here, you can view some of the massive ground stone buildings that were one Mayan Ruins on the nearly 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) of land full of archaeology and lush forest surroundings. It’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. Book a tour here.
  1. Head to the far corner of the Ria Biosphere Reserve to see the ever-popular Las Coloradas pink salt lakes. These lakes are used for industrial salt production, and as the water evaporates, an overwhelming growth of red algae occurs. Plankton and brine shrimp also habitat in these bright pink waters. Book a tour here.
  1. If you’re fascinated with sea turtles, make your way to Akumal Beach to swim in the shallow waters where three different varieties of sea turtles live. A lifejacket is required, and lifeguards are always on duty since the waters have recently turned into a preserved area to protect the turtles. Book a tour here.
  1. To fully experience the culture and history of the peninsula, go to Merida, the capital of the Yucatan state. The rich culture and history will certainly make your trip memorable. Head to the city center to buy a brightly woven hammock. Hammock weaving has been a tradition on the peninsula for more than 700 years. Book a tour here.
  1. If sharks don’t scare you, go to Isla Holbox to see the lightly speckled whale sharks. Beware, these whale sharks are named appropriately, weighing up to 20,000lbs and reaching almost 30ft long! Book a tour here.
  1. The peninsula is no stranger to loud colors, as you may have noticed right away. So if you love color as much as the natives, head to the Yellow Town in Izamal. You will even get to see pyramids. Book a tour here.
  1. For a quick dip to cool off, visit the Dzitnup cenote outside of Valladolid. This cavernous pool of freshwater is majestic and perhaps the purest water you will ever see since the limestone helps filter it through the underground rivers. Book a tour here.
  1. While you’re near Valladolid, go into the colonial city built atop ancient grounds to view the colorful (of course) architecture, including the San Gervasio Church. Then go try some of the great eats at the restaurants situated throughout the area.
Valladolid San Gervasio church of Yucatan in Mexico
  1. Go to Cozumel to snorkel and scuba dive or to hike through the luscious green jungle areas. Book a tour here.
  1. If you need to relax for a day, go to Tulum for sunbathing and yoga on the beach. The area is full of healthy food options, spas, and other great activities. Book a tour here.
  1. Grab your sunscreen and rent an inflatable kayak and head out on the Bacalar Lagoon to feel like the pirates of the 17th Century. Book a tour here.
  1. Hike the Calakmul Mayan Ruins that border Guatemala. You certainly won’t miss the two gigantic pyramids reaching 165ft high.
  2. Last but not least, take the ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres and visit Garrafon Natural Reef Park. This gorgeous natural park is highlighted by reefs, cliffs and beautiful ocean landscapes, where you will enjoy water activities, like kayaking and snorkeling; adventure activities, like hiking, biking and flying over the turquoise waters on a zip line; and of course plenty of moments of relaxation on hammocks, lounge chairs while enjoying their tropical bar. The park also has direct access to a beautiful cliff area called Punta Sur, where you will admire a Sculpture garden, a lighthouse, a Mayan temple and the breathless path by the sea that will lead you to the first spot on Mexican soil touched by the sunrise light every morning. Book a VIP pass here.

So there you have it! 13 exciting things to do in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. If you’re ready to explore all that is offered, contact me for a quote today!

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