Nearby Attractions: State of Yucatan

Cities like Valladolid and Merida, located several driving hours away, have a rich colonial history, which is displayed in their architecture of major buildings. These are optimal starting points to explore ancient Mayan archaeological sites located

Cities like Valladolid and Merida, located several driving hours away, have a rich colonial history, which is displayed in their architecture of major buildings. These are optimal starting points to explore ancient Mayan archaeological sites located in the state of Yucatan.

Cancun and Isla Mujeres are located at the Northeast tip of Yucatan Peninsula and have been developed to major beach vacation resorts just recently, starting in the seventies of the last century.

Other cities like Valladolid and Merida, located several driving hours away, have a rich colonial history, which is displayed in their architecture of major buildings. These are optimal starting points to explore ancient Mayan archaeological sites located in the state of Yucatan.

We recommend you to explore the state of Yucatan, starting from its amazing colonial capital Merida.

The Capital Merida: Exploring the state of Yucatan, all pathways lead to the tranquil and pleasant city of Merida, the capital of Yucatan.

Due to its central location in the state, Merida, a beautiful and architecture rich colonial city, may serve as starting point to explore close archaeological sites, natural attractions and small colonial villages.

Merida, also known as the "White City" , was founded 1542 by Francisco Montejo, after long and hard struggles with the local lords of Mayan civilization.

After foundation, the city developed into the major economical center in Yucatan and its habitants built a variety of beautiful religious and political buildings around a central square, called "Plaza Grande".

Most of those buildings are still there and now are quiet witnesses of the rich history of Merida.

Valladolid: Founded in 1543 over the old Maya city Zaci, "Pearl of the Orient", Valladolid is the pride of Yucatan habitants, rich in history and hospitality.

This city has an extraordinary colonial atmosphere. Walking through its streets with bright colored houses, its churches and the impressive San Bernardino de Siena Convent, means going back to the past.

The central park, meeting point for locals and tourists, offers banks and shadow for a short break.

Mayan Archaeological Sites: Some of the most important ancient Mayan cities are located in the State of Yucatan: Chichen Itza, Uxmal and other smaller places along the Puuc Route.

Chichen Itza can be visited by a day tour leaving from Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Riviera Maya. To explore Uxmal and the Puuc Route it is recommended to start from Merida.