- Visiting spectacular Mayan ruins Chichén Itzá and Uxmal are two of the largest, most beautiful sites in the region.
- Living like a wealthy hacendado You can stay in a restored henequen (sisal) plantation-turned-hotel and delight in its old-world charm.
- Browsing at fantastic craft markets This region is known for its handmade hamacas (hammocks), piñatas, and other local handicrafts.
- Swimming in the secluded, pristine freshwater cenotes These sinkholes, like portals to the underworld, are scattered throughout the inland landscape.
- The chance to taste the diverse flavors of Yucatecan food Mérida has 50-odd restaurants, which serve up local specialties like fish stews and Mayan-originated dishes like pollo pibil (chicken cooked underground in banana leaves).
FODOR'S GO LIST 2015
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