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The Yucatán is rich in culture, history and natural scenery.

From the well known archaeological sites of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal to the lesser visited ruins, such as Kabáh and Cobá along the Puuc route, you can take a step back in time and discover the ancient Mayan culture and traditions that were once such an integral part of this fascinating land.

Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá is the most famous of the Mayan archaeological sites in the Yucatán, and the best restored, providing a vivid insight into how the city would have looked at its peak. Due to the high numbers of day trippers that engulf the site, we recommend visiting as early in the day as possible for the chance to wander among the towering pyramids in relative peace. The site itself is vast and, although you are no longer allowed to climb any of the structures, it is intriguing to explore.


The smaller and less crowded ruin of Uxmal, to the south of Mérida, has a more mystical feel than Chichén Itzá. Dedicated to the rain god Chac, it is unusual with ornate and intricate murals decorating the temples and many of the ruins remaining uncovered creating a more authentic feel.


Merida, MexicoThe city of Mérida boasts some impressive colonial housing, colourful markets, a 16th century cathedral and an art museum of local crafts. All the main attractions are within easy reach and it is a good base for exploring the surrounding area.

Alternatively, some of the original rural haciendas have been sympathetically converted into hotels, some of which still contain their original farm machinery and offer an interesting insight into a bygone era.

For nature lovers, the stunning underground “cenotes” (sinkholes) dotted all over the Yucatán can provide a refreshing dip, while birders may wish to visit the resident flamingos at Celestun.

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Places to visit in Yucatán Peninsula

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Yucatán Peninsula, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring Yucatán Peninsula

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Yucatán Peninsula, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Places in and around Yucatán Peninsula

    Accommodation choices for Yucatán Peninsula

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Yucatán Peninsula. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • The Lodge at Uxmal, Uxmal

      The Lodge at Uxmal


      The Lodge at Uxmal is right opposite the entrance to the archaeological site. It's the sister hotel of the Mayaland at Chichén Itzá and Hacienda Uxmal.

    • Marriott Courtyard Cancun, Cancun

      Marriott Courtyard Cancun


      This is a 201 room hotel conveniently located only 5 minutes away from Cancun airport, perfect for a 1 night stay.

    • Torre Suite, Esencia,Mayan Riviera



      Esencia is a beautiful boutique resort set on powder white sands of the Mayan Riviera and overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea.

    • Be Tulum, Tulum

      Be Tulum

      First Class

      Be Tulum is a luxurious beachfront hotel with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea, surrounded by tropical forest.

    • Ana Y Jose, Tulum

      Ana y José


      Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, Ana y José provides comfortable beach front accommodation and has an excellent reputation for service and quality.

    • Pool deck, Viceroy Riviera Maya

      Viceroy Riviera Maya


      The Viceroy Riviera Maya is a luxurious and peaceful beachfront hideaway offering excellent service, beautifully appointed rooms, and a full range of amenities and services.

    • Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Mayan Riviera

      Belmond Maroma


      Set among verdant jungle beside a white, sandy beach, Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa is one of Mexico’s top luxury hotels.

    • Hip Hotel Tulum, Tulum

      Hip Hotel


      The Hip Hotel Tulum has a wonderful beach front location perfect for those seeking a relaxing break on one of Mexico's most beautiful stretches of beach.

    • Mahekal Beach Resort, Mexico

      Mahekal Beach Resort


      An authentic Mexican-style resort that welcomes families, the Mahekal Beach Resort is located right in the heart of Playa del Carmen, with direct access to the beach.

    • Mayaland, Chichén Itzá



      Mayaland is a hotel with an excellent location right next to the Chichén Itzá ruins with its own access to them.

    • Hacienda Chichen, Chichén Itzá

      Hacienda Chichén


      As one of the oldest hotels in Chichén Itzá, Hacienda Chichen has been a focus of activity in the Yucatán since the Spaniards founded it in 1523.

    • Casa Lecanda, Merida

      Casa Lecanda

      First Class

      This beautifully restored old casona, or small manor house, has been thoughtfully decorated to high standards throughout.

    • Swimming pool, Hacienda Merida

      Hacienda Merida


      The Hacienda Merida is a lovely historic property converted in to a charming boutique B+B in the heart of Merida, next door to its higher-end sister property, Hacienda VIP.

    • Hacienda Temozon, Mexico

      Hacienda Temozon

      First Class

      This magnificent hacienda, south of Merida, has been tastefully restored to preserve the original architecture.

    • Hacienda Ticum

      Hacienda Ticum


      Located just 30 minutes away from Merida, Hacienda Ticum is one of the newest luxury boutique hotels in this part of Mexico.