Welcome to Yucatán

Yucatán, estado (state), southeastern Mexico. Occupying part of the northern Yucatán Peninsula, it is bounded to the north by the Gulf of Mexico, to the east and southeast by the state of Quintana Roo, and to the southwest and west by the state of Campeche. The state capital and chief commercial centre is Mérida. The state’s relief includes coastal wetlands, semiarid hills and plains, and limestone lowlands dotted with cenotes (water-filled sinkholes). In pre-Hispanic times the peninsula was an Olmec and Maya cultural hearth, as evidenced by the monumental ruins of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal; each has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, in 1988 and 1996, respectively. Among the other numerous ruined cities are Chumul, Ek Balam, and Sayil. Strong resistance to the Spanish conquest lasted in the area from 1527 until the 1540s. Yucatán occupied the entire peninsula when it became a state in 1824, but following a series of insurrections, its territory was reduced with the loss of Campeche in 1857 (ratified in 1858) and Quintana Roo in 1902. Later boundary changes reduced the state to its present size.

Top Tours & Activities in Yucatán

From Mérida: Full-Day Tour To Chichen Itza & Night Of Kukulkan With Light And Sound Show

The tour in the archaeological zone of Chichén Itzá starts at the main entrance and surrounds the main archaeological monuments, with a duration of approximately 45 minutes, at the end of that time you can be placed in the seats available to enjoy a narrative projection and audio light about the pyramid of Kukulkan with a duration of approximately 25 minutes.

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4 Days Of Minitour In Yucatan, Mexico

On this tour you can learn more about the Mayan culture, visiting the archaeological sites of Chichen Itza and Uxmal

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5 Days Riviera Maya Archaeological Tour From Cancún, Mexico

Enjoy the beautiful landscapes, culture, history of the Mayans, archaeological sites with the most important temples in the country and charming places to take an incredible rest

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Excursion To Chichén Itzá: From Merida To Tulum Or Playa Del Carmen

The Castle or Pyramid of Kukulkan is one of the best known images of the Mayan culture in Yucatan and is part of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, but Chichén Itzá is much more.

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From Mérida: Guided Excursion To Uxmal With Light And Sound Show And Dinner

Uxmal tour and evening sound and light show from Merida Enjoy a scenic drive down the Yucatan Peninsula to Uxmal Take a guided tour of the archeological wonders of Uxmal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site Learn about Puuc architecture at the Pyramid and Governor's Palace.

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From Mérida: Excursion To Uxmal And Visit To Mystical Archeological Sites Of Kabah With Lunch

Uxmal is an important archaeological site located 62km south of Merida, built with buildings that stand out for their size and decoration where the ball game is known, the temple of the fortune-teller, among others. After visiting this area, you will visit Kabah, located southeast of Uxmal, famous for its sacbés or causeways, its arch, palace and various monuments.

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6 Days Of Diverse Yucatán Tour

Chichén Itzá It is a habitat for the largest flock of flamingos in Mexico. In addition, we have identified 395 different bird species in ría Lagartos biosphere reserve, boat ride (2-2:30 hrs in duration) for the mangroves on the estuary of the reserve to observe flamingos, other species of birds and crocodiles.

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From Mérida: Full-Day Tour To Izamal And Santa Barbara

Walk in the incredible streets of the famous yellow city of Izamal, discover more of its history and relax in the crystalline waters of a cenote of Santa Barbara. An amazing day visiting unforgettable attractions!

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Language
Spanish
Currency
Mexican peso
Time Zone
UTC-05:00
Country Phone Code
+52
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