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“Our hotel is located in a privileged enclave, the heart of Yucatan peninsula, surrounded by ancestral legends, nature and places where getting lost is a gift for the senses.” “
Chichén Itzá & Valladolid
Welcome to the place that once was the center of a mayan empire, this beautiful prehispanic city is one of the seven wonders of the modern world, and world heritage since 1988, its name means the city on the border of the water sorcerers well, because they worship this element, for them it meant life and death… A place full of stories that will captivate you.
Celestún, La Vie en Rose
The meaning of this curious name means in mayan “painted stone” and is a beautiful biosphere reserve due its present ecosystems and the amount of species that cohabitate and garnish this beautiful landscape.
The best way to enjoy the place is taking a boat tour through the river so you can enjoy the mangrove ecosystem, in the place where the pink famingos rest “el tambor” the water turns reddish due the high concentration of salt. This beautiful watercolor and the contrast with the flamingos are the best way to go for a picture. It takes 15 minutes from the hotel to get to the exit to Celestun and from there straight ahe
Izamal, the city of the three cultures
The beautiful, calm and picturesque yellow city Izamal was founded in the middle XVI century on top of what once was a mayan city. It belongs to the Mexican magic town classification and is called the city of three cultures because in the same site are traits of its pre-colombian past, the colonial epoque, and our modern times.
There are so many sites to see, starting with the Franciscan convent of San Antonio de Padua, in the main plaza which features the largest atrium in America and the second largest in the world only surpassed by the one in San Peters Plaza at the Vatican. While your tour you may observe the beautiful altarpiece and the old Convent, just like a time travel to the past.
Downtown Izamal you can spot places as the old municipal palace, walk through the Zamna plaza and cobbled streats. Intertwined with the colonial buildings four majestic pyramids stand out.
Izamal is 45 minutes away the hotel and for us is a must on your route across Yucatan.
Did you know this beautiful spot was opened to the public by a cooperative integrated by only women? Now this is one of the most beautiful spots for nature and a must-see cenote. Is one hour away from Izamal and you cannot miss the opportunity to see it.
Here you can swim, rest or rent a bike to go for a ride, or if you feel a little extreme there are options such rappel and a zip line.
In a corner of the Yucatan coast is Río Lagartos, one of the most representative places in Yucatan, here you can live extensively with the flora and fauna of the place, specifically with lizards, due to the large amount that inhabits it, to enjoy it you can tour the Town streets by bicycle, ask about the tours that are made through the biosphere reserve to observe birds such as seagulls or pelicans, crocodiles, also flamingos and some species of fish. You can go kayaking, also if you are braver you can take the tour and see the crocodiles more closely, as it is when they are most active.
It is a place a little remote, it is approximately 2 and a half hours of traveling by car, taking the Motul-Tizimín road, reaching Tizimín there is no waste and the road is almost direct.
Yes! The water is pink, this beautiful place is 20 minutes away from the biosphere reserve of Rio Lagartos. On your way you can look the salt dunes that really enhances the arid landscape and you can see flamingos too! Ideal to go for a walk through the beaches that surrounded the pink lagoons.
Unfortunatelly is private property so the visit cannot be as long as we wish but is worthed. The best months to visit are from March to August otherwise the water is greenish.
This place is 3 hours away so if you want to see it you will have to dedicate an entire day.
You could eat in El perico marinero in Rio lagartos and is a great option for mexican, latin, seafood and even vegetarian cuisine.
Sotuta de Peon, living hacienda
This beautiful hacienda was built on the XIX century, located in Tecoh is the only hacienda that still process sisal fiber as it used to be traditionally done in the last century “the golden era of Yucatan” from the planting and harvest of sisal plant to its final packaging as natural fibers for ropes and craftmanship. The best part is that they keep the original equipment.
The tour includes a walk through the restored main house, a visit to the machine room where you will see the cutting, drying and pressing of the leave to become fibers until it becomes the final product, a ride inside an old truck pulled by mules as it used to be done so you can see the fields and a mayan old house finally getting to the Dzul cenote and spending time to appreciate and swim inside the cenote cave.
After the tour you get a 3-course traditional Yucatecan meal in the restaurant at the hacienda.
Beside Chichen Itza, Uxmal is one of the largest and most important archeological sites in Yucatan. Uxmal means 3 times built and is the mayor exponent of the Puuc architectonic style characterized by its original and quite distinctive carved stone facades.
The most representative buildings are the witchcraft pyramid, the quadrangle of the nuns and the pigeon house of course don’t underestimate the other buildings. As in Chichen Itza, Uxmal has its own light and sound spectacle.
The way to Uxmal is relatively simple, you have to take the exit to Campeche and find from there find the exit to Uxmal. 50 minutes at most.
It means “yellow fruit in the tree”, is a semi open cenote where you can swim from a 6 ft. depth platform to speleology dive, it gets 150 ft deep in the bottom part. The best time to go is between 11:00 to 12:00 im so you can see the light that pass through the holes in the roof of the cave an appreciate the beautiful nature inside.
If you are looking for a not crowded cenote this one is ideal because is one of the most beautiful, but it doesn’t get a lot of attention from the people. It’s a wonderful adventure and we are sure that is going to be something to remember.
To get there just go the same as to Uxmal but be careful and take the exit to Abalá instead of the one to Uxmal on your left side you will see a sign of “ruta de los cenotes” where it starts a rural road without any risk of getting lost.
Merida, the heart of Yucatan
Did you know that it was founded on what was once a Mayan city known as Ichcaanzihó, which in turn means five hills? For this happened on January 6th, 1542, headed by Don Francisco de Montejo “El Mozo”. That is why several places bear his name. The name of the white city that has been given is due to the fact that the construction materials are typical of the region that give a whitish tone to the most representative buildings.
In its historic center you can realize the great wealth that constitutes this city, because there are architectural styles from Franciscan, Neoclassical and French churrigueresque.
Without a doubt, the best way to get to know and enjoy the center is by walking it, whatever the time of day, you will find a place to have a good time.
The sites that you cannot miss are:
The emblematic Paseo Montejo, is where you can admire representative buildings of French style, for the amount of luxuries and fine details, starting with the Monument to the Flag, the Regional Museum of Anthropology of Yucatan or Canton Palace as it is commonly known, the Twin Houses , the house museum Quinta Montes Molina, Casa el Minaret, the simple fact of walking along the avenue and even better if it is at night will wrap you in an atmosphere of tranquility and romanticism, because it is night when you can hear the famous trova which is playing in one of the restaurants in the middle of the light where you pass.
Following the road to the city center, very close to Paseo Montejo, you will arrive at the main square, full of the typical “confidant” chairs, installed in Mérida since 1915 and ideal to spend some time outdoors, this unique chair is originated in Europe in the nineteenth century, with the purpose that couples could sit down to talk without losing eye contact while maintaining decency and discretion, which happened in one of the best known legends of Yucatan, as a father for jealousy sent to make the chair because her daughter was being courted by a young man and the condition was to be in a public place and most importantly, without touching.
There is also the Cathedral of San Ildefonso, next to it is the Passage of the Revolution, where works of plastic artists are exhibited, Casa Montejo, the Government Palace, next to the Picheta Square full of coffee shops, restaurants and craft stalls , the Municipal Palace, the Olimpo Cultural Center.
The easiest way to get to the center is to take the Montejo extension street and it will take you directly to the Monument to the Flag.
The best way to get to know the center is without a doubt walking, so it is recommended that if you go during the day you go with fresh clothes, preferably light colors, glasses and of course your camera!
Another way of touring the center is through the biciruta, this event is held every Sunday, some streets are closed for security, from 8 am to 12:30 a.m., bike rental, toilets, points are offered Hydration and is a very good and healthy option to live and meet with family and friends.
And the heat does not have to be an impediment and that is why there is also the night biciruta, on Saturday, starting at 6 pm and ending at 10 pm.
The route of the mounds was named for the type of architecture that predominates.
You will discover it by visiting the sites of Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil, X-Lapac, Labná and Grutas de Loltún.
It is a long adventure, it takes all day to explore it deeply, so if you do not want to drive that distance in your car you can hire a tour with a travel agency.
If you go on your own it is recommended that you start it in the Loltún Grottos, because there are less people and heat early, you can take the tour earlier (9:30), to get there take the road to Campeche, you are looking to get to “Uxmal” and in the town of Muna you take the deviation to the caves.
30 minutes away is the archaeological site of Labná. Xlapak and Sayil are two less restored sites, so you can see the original state in which they were discovered. At 5 km there is Kabah, where the Palace of the masks of Chaac, Temple of the Sun and Codz pop stand out. Finally, the archaeological zone of Uxmal.
Either way you choose in which order to travel it.
Beach day in Sisal. Sun, sand and sea
On February 13, 1810 by disposition of Don Benito Pérez Vadelomar, Sisal was opened as one of the main merchandise receiving ports in Havana, also by this port the first henequen exports were made, when Progreso emerged as a high-rise port It became a quiet fishing port, whose beaches attract many tourists today.
You can stroll through the quiet place, go to one of the 4 viewpoints to observe migratory birds such as flamingos and Canadian ducks! Among the houses of the town you can find at the same time pre-Hispanic vestiges and old haciendas and, of course, swim on their beaches Amazing and watch photography sunsets.
You find it 49 kilometers from Mérida, approximately 1 hour, taking the Caucel-Hunucmá road.
To recover energy, there are several restaurant options, such as Muelle de Sisal, La Playa, Tacomaya (Mexican, Canadian).
Valladolid, the Pearl of the East
This hospitable city that at the same time is one of the Magical Towns of Mexico, was the scene of several battles between Spanish and conquered conquerors, on May 23, 1543 Captain Don Francisco de Montejo “the nephew” finished founding Valladolid, as a tribute to the Castilian city of the same name.
It is another one of those obligatory visits to your passage through Yucatan, in addition to its history, warmth and colonial essence, it has many places to visit, both cultural and natural.
Among the featured sites:
Municipal palace, where you can admire the murals of the Yucatecan painter Manuel Lizama and that his work shows different stages of the history of Valladolid, from the time of the conquest until the beginning of the Mexican Revolution.
Church of San Servacio, which was once destroyed and rebuilt.
Convent of San Bernardino de Siena, with a beautiful altarpiece inside full of details and religious figures.
Cenote Zací, which once served the local population.
Cenotes Xkekén and Samulá, also known as blue cave, this story is very curious because xkekén means “pig” in Maya, was discovered by a farmer looking for one of his little pigs that had fallen into the water, that’s the name. Opposite is the other cenote, which is also of crystalline waters and tree roots hang on the surface, a spectacle. Both are 2 km away from the city.
In addition to all the craft stalls that you can find throughout the city and buy products such as hammocks, wooden and stone figures, products made with henequen or leather crafts.
To crown your visit do not miss the much mentioned:
The typical tenderloins,
and another of the specialties that is pickled.
There are several types of restaurants, but if you are looking for typical food, in the center you will find: The atrium of Mayab, Hostería el Marqués or La Casona de Valladolid, the latter offers buffet service as well.
Very close to Valladolid, 30 km away, is this archaeological zone, whose meaning is “black jaguar”, the so-called Acropolis stands out, if you are a fan of the passages this place is full of them due to the vaults that communicate with each other. So after taking a walk through Valladolid you can visit this place or vice versa.
To get to Valladolid, it is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, it is very simple, you take the same highway to Cancun and you will follow the course until you find the detour to Valladolid.