1. Archaeological site of Mayapán: Beyond the crowds at other major sites, magnificent Mayapán is often overlooked but is equally important historically. 30 minutes from Mérida.
2. Choco-story chocolate museum: Across from the entrance to Uxmal. Taste a natural cacao beverage, watch the live crafting of hand-made ceramics, experience a Maya ceremony, and spend time with the animals at the fauna refuge.
3. Telchac Puerto murals: Visit this pretty seaside village and see its unique murals, done by artists Draya Madu and Rigel Sauri. Their art can be found on the façade of city hall and all around the town.
4. Hacienda Yaxcopoil: On your way to the Puuc Route, a visit to this hacienda is a trip to the past. Frozen in time, with unique accommodation for overnight stays; it has been preserved almost intact.
5. Cenotillo: This village about halfway between Izamal and Tizimín gets its name from the large number of cenotes located within the town and the outskirts – more than 150, according to the locals.
6. Chemax festival: Religious festival honoring San Antonio de Padua, patron of the town. June 10-13. Processions and folk dances. 185 km east of Mérida.
7. Tixkokob: The town of Tixkokob is famous within the area for high quality hammock weaving. Located in the center of the Yucatán henequen zone, about halfway from Mérida to Izamal.
8. Art and Wine Wednesdays: this weekly event at the Bull Pen Restaurant in Chelem features a different artist and selected wine each week. Full menu and bar available. 5 pm.
9. Hacienda Chichén: Spend a night or two at this resort / spa and enjoy its excellent cuisine and proximity to the archaeological site.
10. Authentic Yucatecan cuisine at El Príncipe Tutul Xiu restaurant in Maní (since 1973): Delicious traditional food, only an hour from Mérida. Lunch only.
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