Semana Santa is one of the biggest holidays in Mexico. Families throughout the Riviera Maya, the Yucatán peninsula and the entire country often take this time to go on vacation, since most people are given time off work.
So, where do you go when you live in paradise?
The answer is easy!! Visit the neighbors. This year, we decided to explore various points of interest throughout Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula and discover what else the region has offer.
Encompassing three Mexican states – Yucatán, Quintana Roo and Campeche – the Yucatán peninsula is home to some of the country’s best real estate and separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Caribbean Sea. The Yucatán peninsula is home to a number of ancient Mayan sites, including a rare seaside pyramid in the Riviera Maya beach town of Tulum.
Yucatán Mexico Things To Do
We arrived in Valladolid, Yucatán, which is less than a two-hour drive from Tulum. Valladolid was founded in 1540 and the city has a very colonial feel. It is part of the Programa de Pueblos Mágicos de Mexico – Mexico’s Magic Towns – because of its historical relevance. There are also numerous cenotes to visit in the area, including Cenote Zaci, which is located within the city.
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The city of Valladolid has numerous hotels and restaurants where one can enjoy the richness of Yucatecan Cuisine. Visit the restaurant at the hotel El Mesón del Marques and order the Cochinita Pibil, you will not be sorry. Finally, the ruins of Ek Balam ruins are just a short drive from the city of Valladolid, and one of the biggest cenotes of the Yucatan is located nearby.
While visiting the Yucatan peninsula, take time to explore the Biosphere of Rio Lagartos and the unbelievable pink lakes of Las Coloradas are also located in the area. You will be amazed at the brilliant pink color of the water! Or, if your passion is fly fishing, make sure to visit San Felipe and discover the charm of this small fishing town, located just west of Rio Lagartos on Mexico’s Gulf coast.
Wherever you choose to venture - Happy Travels!!!
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