Visit Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico
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 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 amongst 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 Merida, 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.
The city of Merida 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.
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
- Cancun Yucatán Peninsula
- Chichén Itzá Yucatán Peninsula
- Coba Yucatán Peninsula
- Kabah Yucatán Peninsula
- The Mayan Riviera Yucatán Peninsula
- Merida Yucatán Peninsula
- Merida & Around Yucatán Peninsula
- Playa del Carmen Yucatán Peninsula
- Tulum Yucatán Peninsula
- Uxmal Yucatán Peninsula
- Isla Holbox 146 miles away
- Isla Mujeres 154 miles away
- Yaxchilan 260 miles away
- Bonampak 273 miles away
- Palenque 276 miles away
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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.
This is a 201 room hotel conveniently located only 5 minutes away from Cancun airport, perfect for a 1 night stay.
The Lodge at Uxmal is right opposite the entrance to the archaeological site. It's the sister hotel of the Mayaland at Chichen Itza and Hacienda Uxmal.
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.
Ana y José is a charming laid-back beach hotel, situated on a beautiful stretch of golden sandy beach and bright blue warm Caribbean sea.
Be Tulum is a lovely beachfront hotel comprised of 20 delightful suites.
Mayaland is a hotel with an excellent location right next to the Chichén Itzá ruins with its own access to them.
As one of the oldest hotels in Chichén Itzá, Hacienda Chichen has been a focus of activity in the Yucatan since the Spaniards founded it in 1523.
The fabulous Esencia estate is one of the most secluded and luxurious properties on the Mayan Riviera one hour's drive south of Cancun.
Belmond Maroma is a lovely, luxurious hideaway nestled on the edge of the turquoise Caribbean Sea on a stunning stretch of white sand beach.
Comprised of just 40 luxury villas and one presidential villa, this beautiful property has a lovely location with stunning views of the Caribbean sea from the pool and restaurant area.
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.
This magnificent hacienda, south of Merida, has been tastefully restored to preserve the original architecture.
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.
Located just 30 minutes away from Merida, Hacienda Ticum is one of the newest luxury boutique hotels in this part of Mexico.
Hotel Hacienda Merida VIP is a small, 6 bedroom boutique B+B located in the heart of Merida, next door to its sister property Hacienda Merida.
This beautifully restored old casona, or small manor house, has been thoughtfully decorated to high standards throughout.
The Hacienda San Jose Cholul is situated in the little town of Tixkokob, 45 minutes from Merida. Once a working Hacienda, it has now been renovated into a luxury hotel.