Explore the three Mexican States of the Yucatan Peninsula: Yucatán, Quintana Roo & Campeche.
The Yucatan Peninsula includes 3 Mexican States and amazing experiences for the adventure of a lifetime:
Yucatan, (center, northern shore state) where you can explore ancient Mayan archaeological sites and one of the Seven New Wonders of the World: Chichen Itza. Visit its many Colonial cities and beach towns and nature reserves.
Quintana Roo, (eastern coast state facing the Caribbean Sea) offers great beach vacation time and is famous for its Maya Riviera where Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, and many beach resorts are located.
Campeche (western coast state, facing the Golf of Mexico) has many important ancient Mayan archaeological sites such as Calakmul and the Island of Jaina.
Fly in to Mérida, the vibrant capital of the state of Yucatán with a rich Mayan and colonial heritage. The city’s focal point is Plaza de la Independencia, bordered by the fortresslike Mérida Cathedral and white limestone Iglesia de la Tercera Orden, both colonial-era churches built using relics from ancient Mayan temples.
SLEEP AT CASA DEL MAYA
Charming Bed & Breakfast: Casa Del Maya is a lovingly restored colonial-style home with Mexican charm and celebrates the rich culture and craft of the Mayan people.Casa Del Maya has 6 guest rooms and the rooms are furnished with traditional Mexican colors, hand made Mayan furniture and Oaxacan textiles.
SLEEP AT HACIENDA SAN JOSE
A private escape surrounded by enchanting views: Magical walkways of gracefully cut flower arches and dirt pathways welcome you to Hacienda San Jose. Exquisite colors pop at every corner of the hacienda, making days brighter and nights more mysterious against the flickering of candles.
SLEEP AT HACIENDA SANTA ROSA
Town of Santa Rosa, Yucatan: Hacienda Santa Rosa is a former nobleman's private estate featuring uniquely carved columns, ornately furnished gardens, and mysterious evening campfires. Come discover the beauty of this 17th century Mayan sites with the authentic service of the Mayan people.
SLEEP AT HACIENDA TEMOZON
Discover the beauty of ancient Mayan architecture: A hacienda built of coral walls and white moldings awaits you in the tropical rainforest ambience of the Yucatan peninsula. Renowned for its premier services, Hacienda Temozon invites you to experience the most invigorating massage therapy the Yucatan Peninsula has to offer.
EAT AT MANJAR BLANCO
Authentic and delicious: Manjar Blanco serves delicious local cuisine with a twist—everything is fresh and expertly prepared. Manjar Blanco is centrally located in the Santa Anna section of Merida and just across the street from Santa Ana Square.Manjar Blanco is a great choice for breakfast,lunch or dinner.
PLAY AT YUCATAN CONCIERGE
Excellent tours in Yucatan: Yucatan Concierge takes you along the best known routes to place you in direct contact with the people and places that are within the reach of only the most fortunate travelers. Their expert guides will lead you through adventure and the history & culture of Yucatan.
VALLADOLID (160 KM FROM MERIDA)
Valladolid is located in the eastern part of the Yucatan state. It is a popular city in which to explore the history and culture of the Yucatan peninsula with colonial era churches and natural attractions. Valladolid is a popular base for visiting nearby major Mayan ruins such as Chichen Itza (photo above) and Ek' Balam, as well as Cenote Ik Kil.
SLEEP AT CASA HAMACA GUESTHOUSE
Tranquil retreat: Casa Hamaca Guesthouse is a unique Mayan experience and situated on the quiet interior corner of the small, almost traffic-free Parque San Juan in a friendly neighborhood of Valladolid.
EAT AT YERBABUENA DEL SISAL
Charming and delicious: Yerbabuena del Sisal is a typical Mexican restaurant which serves delicious, alternative and healthy food. The atmosphere is relaxing, peaceful and makes guests feel welcome.
TULUM & PLAYA DEL CARMEN (100 & 140 KM FROM VALLADOLID)
Tulum is on the Caribbean coastline of the Yucatán Peninsula. It’s known for its beaches and well-preserved ruins of an ancient Mayan port city. The main building is a large stone structure called El Castillo (castle), perched on a rocky cliff above the white sand beach and turquoise sea. Near the ruins is the Parque Nacional Tulum, a coastal area with mangroves and cenotes (natural limestone sinkholes).
Playa del Carmen is a coastal resort town along the Yucatán Peninsula's Riviera Maya strip of Caribbean shoreline. It is known for its palm-lined beaches and coral reefs. Its Quinta Avenida pedestrian thoroughfare runs parallel to the beach, with blocks of shops, restaurants and nightspots ranging from laid-back bars to dance clubs.
SLEEP AT ACANTO HOTEL & CONDOMINIUM
Paradise away from home: The Acanto Hotel is just steps to the beach in a private setting with tropical gardens, swimming pool, sundeck with lounge chairs, towels, and pool amenities. The rooftop area provides a BBQ, table, chairs, lounge chairs and the most beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea for all guests to enjoy.
SLEEP AT HOTEL CIELO
Boutique Hotel with Mexican charm: Hotel Cielo brings value and variety to guest’s vacations in the Riviera Maya. Located just one block from the beaches of the Mayan Riviera, Hotel Cielo was inspired by a love story and named after the roof top view all guests can enjoy during their vacation in Playa del Carmen.
SLEEP AT DELEK TULUM
Eco-chic Beach Hotel: Delek Tulum features 22 beach cabañas built on stilts to help maintain stability in the dunes area. Each one is decorated with handcrafted local wood furniture, natural textures, handpicked artisan crafts as decor elements and organic linens.
EAT AT CARBONCITOS
Fantastic Mexican food: Carboncitos is authentic Mexican with a little fusion fun mixed in for those missing some home food and flavors. Their mission is to introduce new flavors to those trying authentic Mexican food for the first time, or for the Mexican food lover, bring back food memories through authentic flavors and dishes.
PLAY AT LIDO BEACH CLUB
Hidden beach gem: Lido Beach Club is the perfect place to spend a beautiful day in a sophisticated rustic setting. Lido Beach Club was founded in 2010 and is located in the heart of Playa del Carmen. It is one of the only places that has maintained the old Playa roots. In Lido you will get to know the true essence of this heavenly destination!
PLAY AT ECO TOURS ADVENTURE
Pick your next adventure! Eco Tours Adventure are proud to be ‘different’ because the experiences they offer are unique and they work with small groups who want to discover the wonders of the Riviera Maya.
PLAY AT INFINITY2DIVING
Wonderful diving experiences: Infinity2Diving are a British run 5-Star PADI Dive Resort, in the heart of Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico. They offer courses in multiple languages in a fun and safe environment.
Cancún borders the Caribbean Sea and is known for its beaches, numerous resorts and nightlife. It is composed of 2 distinct areas: the more traditional downtown area, El Centro, and Zona Hotelera, a long, beachfront strip of high-rise hotels, nightclubs, shops and restaurants.
SLEEP AT IBEROSTAR CANCUN
Award-winning 5 star resort: Located in the middle of the hotel zone of Cancun, this All-Inclusive, oceanfront, 5-star resort is only 15 minutes from the Cancun International Airport. Prime location, along with family-friendly facilities and a gorgeous design, this modern Cancun resort will be a dream come true.
EAT AT EAT MEXICO CULINARY TOURS
Connect with Mexican food on a deeper level! The tours go beyond simply feeding you a taco. They talk about Mexican food history and provide important cultural context. They will help you connect the dots so you can truly begin to understand Mexico’s thriving food culture.
PLAY AT MEXICO WHALE SHARK
Unique and unforgettable experience: The whale shark is the largest fish in the world and can grow up to 15 meters in length. The whale shark prefers the warm surface water in areas where there are upwellings of cold water rich in nutrients, like the ones between Isla Mujeres and Holbox island in summer time, since these conditions favour the growth of plankton on which they feed.
PLAY AT NAUTIK ADVENTOURS
A daring adventure or nothing: Leisure Tours: Private boat trip on the beaches and bay of Cancun, and Isla Mujeres with water activities such as: wakeboarding, water skiing, tubing, subwing and snorkeling. Nautik Sports: Enjoy from a classic wakeboard table, a wakeboard skate board or the most exciting, the walk surf. They also offer traditional skiing or slalom skiing. Fishing Tours: If you are a professional at sport fishing, or if you just want to experience this with your family and friends, a refreshing drink, and fine examples of Caribbean fish.
PLAY AT PARASAIL CANCUN
Thrilling Adventure: Enjoy the safest and most memorable parasail experience in Cancun with their experienced, friendly and professional staff, who are driven to make your Parasail adventure the highlight of your Cancun vacation.
CAMPECHE (177 KM FROM MERIDA)
Campeche spans limestone hills, rainforests and Gulf of Mexico beaches. Its namesake capital is a colonial-era harbor city with baroque Spanish architecture, cobblestone streets and a walled historic district. Its preserved fortifications include Fuerte de San Miguel, housing Campeche Archaeological Museum displaying finds from Mayan sites including Edzná and Isla de Jaina.
SLEEP AT HACIENDA PUERTA CAMPECHE
Restored historical houses in the heart of Campeche: A palette of richly chosen colors and an assortment of textures characterize the Hacienda Puerta Campeche. This luxurious hotel is a gem flawlessly displaying a collection of restored 17th-century historical houses.
SLEEP AT HACIENDA UAYAMON
Colonial Mayan Architecture surrounded by rich history: Built in 1700, Hacienda Uayamon reflects the sophistication of a luxury resort with attention to surrounding natural beauty. Walk through their candlelit private gardens amongst the whistling frogs or discover Edzna, a historical Mayan site.