We’ll begin in the beautiful port of Progreso and all its activities. Enjoy the beach, both boardwalks, the Muelle de Chocolate, and a wide variety of restaurants, going from Botaneros (read about those on page 19) to high international cuisine. Make sure to get a good night’s rest, we’re just getting started.
Begin at the Museo del Meteorito in Progreso, and then head to neighboring Chicxulub Puerto; this port is famous for being the epicenter of the eponymous crater, caused by the asteroid impact that wiped life off Earth 65 million years ago. There, you’ll visit Sendero Jurásico, a hit for visitors of all ages.
We’re off to Motul! Our first stop is the 20 de Noviembre market, where you’ll try Huevos Motuleños. Then, the Felipe Carrillo Puerto museum, and cenote Sambulá. In the afternoon, stroll down the park and try a snack. If you’re looking for a place to stay, a local option is the Coco Resort Hotel.
Next stop: Tixkokob. Visit the Aké archaeological site, the Yaax-Ha cenote, and the golden altarpiece at Parroquia de San Bernardino. Then, a hammock factory, so you can learn how they’re made and take home a comfortable, fresh, and colorful Hamaca. Ask a local for directions to their favorite shop. Don’t leave without trying the wonderful offerings at the local market.
We’ll devote this day to Mérida: join the free tour of Centro Histórico at 9:30 am and then stroll down Paseo de Montejo, with stops at its many restaurant and museum residences. For dining, the list is endless: for Mérida classics, try Bistrola 57, Catrín, or Siqueff; if you’re more about trying new places, visit Peccato or Yerba Santa, at El Minaret.
A feast awaits. How would you like to visit a Hacienda? Take your pick between Teya, east of Mérida, or Xcanatun, north. Both are a 15-minute drive away, and both offer delicious food and spectacular facilities you can tour. If you’d prefer to stay in town, make sure to have a meal at Teya Santa Lucía or Teya Viva and enjoy outstanding either traditional or locally-inspired dishes in a modern setting.
Begin your day with breakfast at Hacienda Sabacché; then, visit the archaeological site of Mayapán, considered the last Maya capital, and whose name means “the forgiveness of the Maya.” Must-stops along the tour include the Crematorium, the Hall of Chaac Masks, the Round Temple, and the Kukulkán castle.
More trips in Yucatán planned for you:
- A Seven Day Stay: Progreso, Motul, Tixkokob, Mayapán
- A Seven Day Stay: El Cuyo, Tizimín, Ek Balam, Tekit, Mérida
- A Seven Day Stay: Tekax, Peto, Tihosuco, Valladolid, a Route
- A Seven Day Stay: The Yucatán Coast, a Route
- A Seven Day Stay: Route Sisal, Umán, Hunucmá, Mayapán, Mérida
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