1. Only 16 km from Mérida visit “La Casa de las 7 Muñecas” (house of the 7 dolls) at Dzibilchaltún, and then take a swim in the Xlacah cenote. Open 8 am – 5 pm.
2. Celestún is a natural paradise with beaches and mangroves where you can see the pink flamingo in its feeding and reproduction grounds, as well as other unique migratory birds.
3. If you like ecotourism, try a visit to Las Coloradas, a natural reserve where you can see the pretty beach, a lovely pink color because of the amount of salt produced there. Top it off with a meal in Tizimín, an excellent way to spend the day.
4. Noches de Kukulcán will amaze you; you can walk and see the main buildings of Chichén Itzá lit up as well as a visual projection on the pyramid with the history of the Maya. Highly recommended.
5. A Maya “temazcal”? Try this traditional Maya sweat bath ritual in Uxmal and feel its spiritual and therapeutic benefits. Your body will thank you.
6. Cenote Hubikú in Temozón is very deep and has a lovely cool temperature. Life jackets are available to make your swim safer. There is a restaurant and artisan tequila store.
7. Izamal is a “Pueblo Mágico” (magical town) and one of the oldest in Yucatán; it is unique because all of the buildings are painted the same ochre yellow! Visit the Franciscan convent, famous for having the largest cloisters in America. Try delicious Yucatecan food at Kinich restaurant.
8. The Mercado in Motul offers wonderful taste treats, including authentic “huevos motuleños” (a local egg dish) from Doña Evelia. You’ll have to wait for a table, but it’s worth it!
9. Parque Oxwatz in Tekal de Venegas is a great option for a hike. Enjoy the nature all around you while a local tells you about the history of the place.
10. To learn more about the history of henequen, visit Hacienda Ochil. They have guided tours, rides on the railed “truck”, a restaurant, and gift shop. Open every day 10 am – 6 pm.
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