YUCATAN PENINSULA FACTS:
10 reasons why you must visit Yucatan, Mexico
article courtesy of Hacienda Chichen Resort located in Chichen Itza
1. 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.
* Yucatan, (center, northern shore state) where you can explore ancient Mayan archaeological sites and one of the Seven New Wonders of the World: Chichen Itza. Visit its many Colonial cities and beach towns and nature reserves. Capital City: Merida.
* Campeche (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 Chichen Itza
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 cenotes. The Maya people have used cenote water as their main source of drinking water and irrigation, since ancient times. Nowadays, many cenotes are popular tourist sites, where you can enjoy swimming or cave diving.
Stay at Hacienda Chichen Resort within the ancient city of Chichen Itza in Yucatan, to explore and enjoy cenotes and caves.
The Yucatan Peninsula has a wide variety of ecological niches and natural wonders, each state has something special to offer visitors:
* Quintana Roo: crystal clear azure Caribbean Sea beaches and the majority of the second largest barrier reef in the world.
* Yucatan: 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 a private 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!
*Campeche: 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.
The Hacienda Chichen is a great headquarters for you to explore and discover Yucatan's diverse fauna and flora.
4. 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 Chichen Itza.
Just a few steps from the Hacienda Chichen gardens you will find Chichen Itza
5. Yucatan and the Maya People
In Yucatan State, native people are Maya or Mestizos (Spanish and Maya heritage). 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.
6. Yucatan's Culinary Heritage
7. Yucatan Folklore and Art-crafts:
Toh Boutique 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.
8. Yucatan Peninsula Climate:
Basically, Yucatan 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 74ºF (23.5ºC). 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 82ºF (28ºC), 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.
9. Exploring the Yucatan Peninsula on Your Own
It's highly 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 Stay: 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 visiting 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 headquarters. View here our easy to follow driving "Directions."
For more travel information on Yucatan, the Maya Culture, and Chichen Itza, please visit Yucatan 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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