Mexico is a wonderful country, full of natural and cultural sceneries. For the past few years, it has been strongly positioned as one of the favorite destinations to travel around the world.
Doubtlessly, among the most requested sites in Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula is placed and houses mesmerizing locations. It is also popular thanks to the wide variety of aerial connections around the globe that allows more visitors to arrive.
In this post, we will tell you how to make the most of your trip to Yucatan.
Normally, visitors arrive at Cancun International Airport since it receives flights from all over the world and the rates are quite easy to adapt to travelers’ budgets. We recommend you to choose this aerial hub for your arrival, although Merida has its own international airport, as we said before you'll find more frequent flights to Cancun than to Merida Yucatan.
If you want to make the most of your trip to Yucatan, it is recommended to rent a car because you’ll be able to move easily and get to know more places. Nevertheless, public transportation is quite good, the buses are comfy and safe. You can also take tours that include roundtrip transportation, normally, these tours take you to different touristic places so you won’t have to pay extra for those stops.
Here are some examples of the public buses rates in the area:
Cancun - Valladolid one way 10 USD
Valladolid - Merida 13 USD
Car rental rates are quite variable, you can get a car for 10 USD - 150 USD per day.
Now that you decided how to move around, we’ll show you which are the places that can’t be missing in your itinerary.
A small colonial town in Yucatan, among the popular destinations due to its architecture, local kindness, and great environment. It is common that travelers choose this place for its great accommodations and location It’s placed near Chichen Itza, so you can enjoy this charming colorful town and also visit one of the 7 wonders of the world just 30 minutes away from it.
Another Valladolid feature is that houses wonderful cenotes, actually there is a popular one just a few blocks away from the main square you can reach it on foot. In the surroundings, you can also find splendid cenotes like the famous Suytun, Xkeken, and more.
Enjoy its churches and cultural exhibitions, such as museums, gastronomy, and crafts. As you can see, even though it is a small town, offers great lodgings and is near tourist places to explore.
Izamal is one of the most unique towns in Yucatán thanks to its yellow facades that you can see in all the houses, shops, and restaurants. There are also some archaeological sites to explore, museums, and exquisite restaurants. Izamal is a town for relaxation, touring its streets, local shopping, and visit some cenotes in the surroundings.
If you travel to Yucatan and don’t visit Chichen Itza it’s like you haven’t been there. You must have heard about Chichen Itza before since it is one of the 7 wonders of the world. It is an ancient Mayan city full of mysticism and history. It’s a magnificent place to explore, fascinating yourself with this important civilization through its masterpieces in form of impressive Mayan Ruins.
Merida is the capital city of Yucatan state, there are many activities to do, the main are: walk over the historic center, amaze you with its colonial architecture, discover museums, try exquisite and regional dishes and local handicraft shopping. It is a quiet city, where you can stay for a few days and it is also near interesting places such as Izamal, Chichen Itza and Uxmal.
It is an outstanding archaeological zone with marvelous peerless Mayan Ruins. Today it is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Mayan culture, along with Chichén Itzá and Tikal. You can’t miss this gorgeous place, it is located just one hour away from Merida, and there are some cenotes to explore in its surroundings.
Rio Lagartos is a natural paradise among mangroves and pristine beaches this amazing spot takes place. Formerly Rio Lagartos worked as a port, today is an ideal destination for ecotourism and enjoy the natural environment thanks to its extensive biodiversity. Bird watching and kayaking are very popular, likewise other activities such as bird watching, camping, and fishing.
If you visit Rio Lagartos you must do a mandatory stop in “Las Coloradas”, another small community that owns the famous pink lakes in Yucatan.
Lol-tun Caves are the biggest and most known within the caves system in southern Yucatan. The caves have been equipped to safely carry out a route of approximately 1,000 meters in length through illuminated paths, where visitors can meet the history and culture of this Mayan site in a period spanning more than 10,000 years, from the Pleistocene to contemporary times.
Yucatecan food is unique, although most of it is quite seasoned, if you’re not used to this you can ask about the ingredients and decide if you want to try. Also don’t forget to ask about spicy since you are in Mexico, and in Yucatan, the habanero pepper is very famous, you better ask first because many dishes already include this ingredient. But if you are a spicy lover don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of peppery dishes.
Nevertheless, you can still find the most common dishes in the restaurants, but someone once said, to really know a country you must try its food.
Something you should know is that some food here in Yucatan is called “Antojitos Yucatecos” which are cheap and tasty. Empanadas, Salbutes, Panuchos, and Polcanes are some of them, try one of these in local small communities instead of big restaurants, besides finding the original flavor it’ll be less expensive.
A full meal in a “fondita” (a small food place) can cost you around 5 USD per person.
We also recommend you always visit the markets, where you will find authentic Yucatecan food, and we assure you that there is one in each village.
According to your budget and travel days you should schedule your activities. This part of the trip can be overwhelming, however, you can opt for a personalized trip planner. We recommend you kimkim, they can help you plan a full itinerary, with the activities and experiences you want, adapting them to your pace and ways to travel. Besides working with local people who will help you to live authentic unforgettable moments on your trip. Forget about that hassle of planning by trying services like this.
If you want to make the most of your stay in Yucatan, you must wake up early. We recommend you buy some snacks, fruit, and something for breakfast to take with you to the tour or place you are going
Yucatan’s weather is warm most of the year, we recommend you to bring light clothing, comfy shoes, and a pair of sandals. In winter the temperature usually drops a bit early in the morning and at night, but during the day it stabilized.
In archaeological zones is highly recommended to hire a guide, to make the most of your trip to Yucatan you must have a guide who shows you all the culture and history behind each of those ruins. They are truly impressive, but the history and legends behind them are the most valuable, and if you don’t know, it’s like you haven’t been there.
Always have on handy your mosquito repellent, there are some areas full of jungle and mangrove, you are gonna need it. Don’t forget the sunscreen, but biodegradable cause it is prohibited in many places, especially in cenotes because these products damage the environment.
Now that you know this important information for your next trip to Yucatan, excuses are not allowed to not visit this fantastic place!