10 reasons why you must visit Yucatan, Mexico
article courtesy of Hacienda Chichen Resort located in Chichen
The Yucatan Peninsula includes 3 Mexican States and lots of
places to enjoy:
* Quintana Roo, (eastern coast state facing the Caribbean Sea)
offers great beach vacation time and is famous for its
Maya Riviera where Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, and many
beach resorts are located. Capital City: Chetumal.
(center, northern shore state) where you can explore ancient
sites and one of the Seven New Wonders of the World:
Visit its many Colonial cities and beach towns and nature
reserves. Capital City: Merida.
(western coast state, facing the Golf of Mexico) has many
important ancient Mayan archaeological sites such as Calakmul
and the Island of Jaina. Capital City: Campeche.
click this map to learn directions to drive to
Yucatan Peninsula: Land of Cenotes, Caves, and Fresh
There are no rivers running above ground in the Yucatan
Peninsula. Instead, there is a large web of fresh underground rivers,
forming magnificent caves and
The Maya people have used
water as their main source of drinking water and
irrigation, since ancient times. Nowadays, many
are popular tourist sites, where you can enjoy swimming or cave
Hacienda Chichen Resort
within the ancient city of
Chichen Itza in Yucatan, to
explore and enjoy
cenotes and caves.
Peninsula has a wide variety of ecological niches and natural
wonders, each state has something special to offer visitors:
Roo: crystal clear azure Caribbean Sea beaches and the
majority of the second largest barrier reef in the world.
cenotes systems and bio-reserves dedicated to conserving the
natural habitat of flamingos and other birds such as those found
in Celestun, Sisal, and Rio Lagartos. Hacienda Chichen offers
Maya Jungle Reserve within
Chichen Itza; plan to stay two nights at this
eco-cultural hotel to fully experience genuine Maya
traditions, enjoy the gifts of Mother Nature, and much more!
the ancient Mayan city of Calakmul is now protected within the
largest tropical rainforest reserve in Mexico, home to jaguars,
howler monkeys, and many other endemic flora and fauna.
is a great headquarters for you to explore and discover
Yucatan's diverse fauna and flora.
Yucatan's Impressive Maya Archaeological Sites
The state of
Yucatan offers you many impressive Maya archaeological sites
such as Uxmal and Chichen Itza
which has various clusters of Mayan
pyramids and temples scattered over 500
hectares of land. The Maya pyramids and temples within the
"visited zone" include the fabulous temple of Kukulkan
(photo bellow) and the Maya Observatory (main top photo) among the most
prominent and important Maya achievements in their
architecture. Read our detailed information on
Just a few steps from the
gardens you will find Chichen Itza
Yucatan and the Maya People
In Yucatan State,
native people are Maya or Mestizos (Spanish and Maya
As you drive around the Yucatan Peninsula, you will find many small
Mayan communities, villages,
and Colonial cities where local people continue to practice
their ancient Maya and Colonial traditions. Take the time
to interact with local
Maya people who are friendly
and peaceful. You are welcome to participate in many
traditional festivities that local communities celebrated
throughout the year.
Yucatan's Culinary Heritage
Yucatan Folklore and Art-crafts:
at Hacienda Chichen, in Chichen Itza, offers you exquisite Maya
traditional arts and crafts skillfully handmade by Mayan
artisans. Here you will find: museum quality pottery and
fine ancient Maya replicas; of a kind silver and semi-precious
stones jewelry; and, traditional textiles.
Yucatan Peninsula Climate:
Peninsula's weather offers you a mildly hot climate during the
months of November to March (the Rainy Season) with moderate to
heavy afternoon rainy days and an average temperature of 74°F
(23.5°C). During these months you will find a lush and green
tropical vegetation all around you. December to February
you will need a light winter sweater on most evenings.
Generally, the Dry Season starts at the end of March and ends
mid-May. These are the hottest days with drought and
average temperature is 82°F (28°C), but it can get hotter.
June through October it is very humid and wet, with heavy short
spurts of rain almost every afternoon. During these months,
hurricanes may pass by, normally of mid-range but some years
hurricanes can be quite strong and will affect the Maya Riviera
and costal area as they pass by.
Exploring the Yucatan Peninsula on Your Own
recommend you rent a car during your vacation to the Yucatan;
driving here is easy, safe, very comfortable and for sure the
best way to plan your time and enjoy your stay. View our
and "Location and
Maps" page for easy to follow driving tips. Toll
Highway #180 (carretera de quota)
is a well planned HWY, carry about $400 mex. pesos (less than US
$30) for toll fees to Chichen Itza.
10. Where to
Plan to spend at least two nights at
Hacienda Chichen Resort
and get to know Chichen Itza and the unique and beautiful land
around it. There are many wonderful
activities for guests to
participate within the Hacienda Chichen Resort property grounds,
from Mayan Nature and
Bird-watching Tours, Mayan sacred
cave purification rituals and
holistic Mayan Spa ceremonies, to
Chichen Itza and
other archaeological sites nearby
the hotel. Plan to spent a few days exploring the Yucatan Peninsula
as our hotel is placed right in the middle of a wealth of old
Colonial towns, Mayan villages, cenotes, beaches, and more within a half day's drive.
View guests comments and feel
happy you chose our green friendly hotel as your Yucatan vacation
View here our easy
to follow driving "Directions."
For more travel information on Yucatan, the Maya
Culture, and Chichen Itza, please visit
Adventure Travel Guide a great place to read about Mayan
Cultural traditions, places to visit while in Yucatan, and great
eco-cultural activities to include in your vacation time with us.
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