THE TRADITIONAL VILLAGE OF SANTA ROSA IS SET DEEP WITHIN THE FORESTED YUCATAN PENINSULA ON MEXICO’S SOUTHEASTERN COAST.

With both Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Ocean shorelines, the Yucatan peninsula in southeastern Mexico is one of the most naturally rich and culturally significant states in the country. It is the birthplace of the sophisticated Mayan civilization, with vibrant cities shaped by Spanish colonial influence.

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Manuel Crescencio Rejon International Airport (MID)

DISCOVERIES

CELESTUN NATURAL RESERVE
CELESTUN
Celestun Natural Reserve

Follow the signs marked with an image of a flamingo to Celestun, a fishing village on the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors are drawn here for the pristine beaches and the protected wildlife sanctuary which is a refuge for salmon-pink flamingos. Hire a guide for a boat tour of the reserve to spot the rose-hued flocks along the edges of the mangrove forest. There are several beachfront restaurants serving fresh seafood and cold drinks.

CENOTE SAN IGNACIO
CALLE 23 NO.126, CENTRO, 97816 CHOCHOLÁ
Cenote San Ignacio

Cool off with a swim in a freshwater cenote. These sinkholes in the earth are found throughout the Yucatan, and played an important role in Mayan culture. Descend a wooden staircase into the limestone-walled cave to the turquoise blue San Ignacio cenote. Following a dip in this marine-rich natural swimming hole, have a bite to eat at a local restaurant. Relax in a hammock or on a lounger beside the man-made pool.

OXKINTOX MAYAN RUINS AND CALCETOK CAVES
OXKINTOX IS LOCATED OUTSIDE OF THE TOWN OF MAXCANÚ; CALCETOK CAVES IS NEAR OPICHÉN
Oxkintox Mayan Ruins and Calcetok Caves

Set off for a day of adventure exploring ancient and natural sites. Begin the day at Oxkintox, a pre-Columbian Mayan archaeological site in the Puuc region. Clamber up pyramids and wander a labyrinth of vaulted tunnels at this well-maintained and rarely crowded site. Continue on to Calcetok Caves for a guided tour deep into this complex of over 30 interconnected caves which served as shelter for the Mayans.

FEATURED EVENTS

EPICUREAN

EXPLORERS

FARMER'S MARKET

WANDER THROUGH MERIDA’S MAIN PLAZA ON SATURDAY MORNINGS AND EXPLORE THE ABUNDANCE OF ORGANIC PRODUCE, LOCAL HONEY AND DIPS AND FRESH BAKED BREADS AT THE SLOW FOOD FARMER’S MARKET.

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