Yucatán and Campeche States: Places to Explore


  • Campeche

    Campeche City has to be one of the best-kept secrets in the Yucatán. Its beautifully preserved colonial district is brimming with historic sites, museums, cafés, and restaurants—all within...

  • Celestún

    This tranquil and humble fishing village sits at the end of a spit of land separating the Celestún estuary from the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Chichén Itzá

    Although hordes of buses arrive daily at Chichén Itzá, dropping off groups of tourists only to whisk them away a few hours later, visiting the area this way is almost criminal. The area around...

  • Dzibilchaltún

  • Ek Balam

  • Grutas de Balancanchén

  • Grutas de Loltún

  • Isla Holbox

    Tiny Isla Holbox (25 km [16 miles] long) sits at the eastern end of the Ría Lagartos estuary and just across the Quintana Roo state line. A fishing fan's heaven because of the hordes of pampano,...

  • Izamal

    In the beautiful town of Izamal you may not find too many sights, but you'll almost certainly be taken by the town's color and carefully cared-for colonial architecture. Although unsophisticated,...

  • Kabah

  • Labná

  • Mérida

    Bustling streets, lively parks, a tropical version of the Champs-Elysées, endless cultural activities, and a varied nightlife: Mérida is the beating urban heart of the Yucatán. The hubbub of...

  • Oxcutzcab

  • Oxkintoc

  • Parque Natural Ría Lagartos

  • Pisté

    The town of Pisté serves primarily as a base camp for travelers to Chichén Itzá. Hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, and shops tend to be less expensive here than those at the ruins. Just outside...

  • Progreso

    The waterfront town closest to Mérida, Progreso is not particularly historic. It's also not terribly picturesque; still, it provokes a certain sentimental fondness for those who know it well. On...

  • Sayil

  • Ticul

    One of the larger cities in the Yucatán (with a population of around 20,000) and a busy market town, Ticul is a good base for exploring the Puuc region—if you don't mind rudimentary hotels and...

  • Uxmal

    If Chichén Itzá is the most expansive Mayan ruin in Yucatán, Uxmal is arguably the most elegant. The architecture here reflects the late classical renaissance of the 7th to 9th centuries, and...

  • Valladolid

    The second-largest city in the Yucatán State, Valladolid (vay-ah-do-lid), is a picturesque provincial town that's been growing popular among travelers en route to or from Chichén Itzá (or Río...

  • Xcambo

  • Yaxcopoil

    50 km (31 miles) north of Uxmal on Carretera 261.

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