Yucatán and Campeche States

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  • 1. Casa de los Venados

    Centro | House/Mansion/Villa

    A vintage mansion just south of Valladolid's central square contains Mexico's largest private collection of folk art. Rooms around the gracious...Read More

  • 2. Chichén Itzá

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    One of the most dramatically beautiful ancient Mayan cities, Chichén Itzá (chee- chen eet- zah ) draws over one million visitors annually....Read More

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  • 3. Edzná

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    A major metropolis in its day, Edzná was situated at a crossroads between cities in modern-day Guatemala and the states of Chiapas and Yucatán...Read More

  • 4. Gran Museo del Mundo Maya

    Unidad Revolución | Museum/Gallery

    Whether or not the "Grand Museum of the Mayan World" lives up to its lofty name depends on your tastes and expectations, but the institution...Read More

  • 5. Reserva de la Biósfera Calakmul

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Encompassing some 1.8 million acres of land along the Guatemalan border, Calakmul was declared a protected biosphere reserve in 1989 and is...Read More

  • 6. Uxmal

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Although much of Uxmal has yet to be excavated and restored, the following buildings in particular merit attention: At 125 feet high, the ...Read More

  • 7. Aké

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This compact archaeological site east of Mérida offers the unique opportunity to view architecture spanning two millennia in one sweeping vista...Read More

  • 8. Arte Maya

    Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    This ceramics workshop produces museum-quality replicas of archaeological pieces found throughout Mexico. It also creates souvenir-quality pieces...Read More

  • 9. Baluarte de la Soledad

    Centro | Military Site

    The largest of the bastions was originally built to protect the Puerta de Mar, a sea gate that served as one of four original entrances to...Read More

  • 10. Baluarte de San Carlos

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    This bastion, where Calle 8 curves around and becomes Circuito Baluartes, houses the Museo de la Ciudad. The museum contains a small collection...Read More

  • 11. Baluarte de San Pedro

    Centro | Military Site

    Built in 1686 to protect the city from pirate attacks, this bastion flanked by watchtowers now houses one of the city's few worthwhile handicraft...Read More

  • 12. Baluarte de Santiago

    Centro | Military Site

    The last of the bastions to be built has been transformed into the X'much Haltún Botanical Gardens. It contains more than 200 plant species...Read More

  • 13. Becán

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    An interesting feature here is the defensive moat—unusual among ancient Mayan cities—though barely evident today. Seven ruined gateways, once...Read More

  • 14. Calle 59

    Neighborhood/Street

    Some of Campeche's finest homes were built on this street between Calles 8 and 18. Most of the two-story structures were originally dual-purpose...Read More

  • 15. Casa de Montejo

    Centro | Building/Architectural Site

    Three Franciscos de Montejo—father, son, and nephew—conquered the peninsula and founded Mérida in January of 1542, and they completed construction...Read More

  • 16. Casa Seis

    Centro | House/Mansion/Villa

    One of the city's earliest colonial homes now serves as a cultural center. Fully restored, its rooms are furnished with period antiques and...Read More

  • 17. Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    It took two centuries (from 1650 to 1850) to finish the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and, as a result, it incorporates both neoclassical...Read More

  • 18. Catedral de Mérida

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Begun in 1561, Mérida's archdiocesan seat is the oldest cathedral on the North American mainland (though an older one can be found in the Dominican...Read More

  • 19. Celestún Beach

    Beach–Sight

    This village may not have the classic beaches of the Caribbean, but it does have several kilometers of lovely coastline, perfect for long walks...Read More

  • 20. Cenote Samulá

    Geological Site

    Perhaps the most photographed cenote in the Yucatán, this sinkhole is located across the road from Cenote X-Keken, about 5 km (3 miles) west...Read More

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