Yucatan, Mexico: A Small Piece From Paradise!
Ola! Here’s is a post worth reading if you are about to plan your spring or summer vacation! Tropic paradise, natural adventures, wildlife, pure blue water and many more…
I’ve just returned from my trip to Tulum, Mexico which lasted over a week and we traveled to most of the cities in Yucatan region. Now I’m ready to tell y’all about it. It’s not gonna fit in a single blog post so let me start with our itinerary for this post. I’ll be also sharing many Youtube videos for this Mexico trip so definitely check the channel if you wonder how a complete trip to Yucatan could be done.
I can say that you may need at least 4-5 days to see all great cities and enjoy the culture, nature and of course get refreshed. If you also want to chill in some of the nicest beaches in Cancun or Tulum, then definitely extend your stay like we did 😉
Where To Stay In Yucatan?
We picked our base in Tulum rather than Cancun. Cancun was already overcrowded and Tulum was much cheaper to stay, yet still has those beautiful beaches and resorts. Also you will have to drive for same amount of time if you wanna travel to any other parts of Yucatan.
Her let me present Your Best Accommodation In Tulum if you want to taste some luxury for a budget friendly price. Take a sip from your Mojito while sitting in your hot tub and watching the blue sky (You’re welcome).
Let’s start our journey in Yucatan since we got our hotel ready! I highly suggest you to rent a car. One thing I learned in Yucatan, there was no fix price for any kind of service. So when you buy some souvenirs, call a taxi, or book a tour everyone make up some price at that moment. So for transportation renting your own would be much cheaper if you want to travel the region. Any rental car company will do the job for that. Now we got our car as well, start the engine while I’m listing your roadmap:
It’s only our first destination, yet I picked a WONDERful one. Located right on the middle of Yucatan. Yes, as one of the 7 wonder of the world, Chichen Itza is waiting for you! A giant complex of Mayan ruins in Yucatan… The Temple of Kukulcan, dominates the ancient city. It is super crowded with tourist almost anytime during the day. It opens at 8AM and even we arrived at 10 in the morning, there were at least more than a thousand people.
So take your time, but try to arrive earliest as possible. But it is also possible to visit there for night photography which could be an amazing alternative if you are not that lazy!
Unfortunately they have doubled the entry fee since last year. Now it costs 480 Pesos. And they collect all big tripods at the entry. As a photographer I brought my biggest tripod to there and had a very bad surprise by the security. They take your tripod till you exit from Chichen Itza. I’m sure some photographers manage to sneak in with tripods or offer some bribe to bring them, but personally I led it go not to spend extra costs.
Some facts about Chichen Itza for you to know:
- The term Chichen Itza means ‘the mouth at the well of Itza’. It is believed Itza means ‘water magicians’, deriving from the Mayan Itz for ‘magic’ and á for ‘water’.
- During the Spring (20th of March) and Autumn Equinox (22nd September), sun rays creates a shadow across the Kukulkan Pyramid that gives the appearance of a serpent slithering down the staircase.
- And the one that tour guides love to talk about: Many of the sites in Chichen Itza are known for their unusual sounds. If you clap once from one end of the Ball Court, it produces nine echoes in the middle of the court. Additionally, a clap in front of the Kukulkan Pyramid creates an echo resembling the serpent’s chirp. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself and see!
That’s it from Chichen Itza, the rest will be your experience, let’s move on to our next stop.
Las Coloradas, Pink Lake
Let’s drive to very north of Yucatan. I would like you to see that famous pink lake that all the Instagrammers love to visit to boost their page. I tried it out as well, Check How It Looks Like!!
Is it really pink? Why it is pink? Let’s talk about these.
Yes it is really pink, Instagrammers may exaggerate the shade of pink a little bit, but it truly is. In Mayan times, salty ocean water from mangroves was flooding to lagoons and evaporating in the sun, leaving natural sea salt behind. Since the lagoons are so shallow and salty, the red algae and plankton are brine shrimp are concentrated and pink color comes from them to the lake.
Talking about the lake, you may have to pay a required guide fee, since it is a private area (at least that’s what we’ve been told). I still believe that this fact is made up by them to make some extra money from photographers who would love to pay just to take that awesome pictures. It’s not a big fee, so if they ask you just don’t complain about it, it’s barely 5$ when you convert to USD.
And if you go till Las Coloradas, it would be a shame for you to miss Rio Lagartos village where you can book private boat tours for a good price which will take you to see all those flamingos on the picture above. Our captain was lovely, show us all different bird populations including groups of flamingos. They really know how to get close to birds without scaring them away!
Let’s call it a day since you may be exhausted from driving. Moving on to our next day.
I believe you need to relax after the first day, so let me take you to blue Caribbean Sea. Cozumel Island has all the beauties of the Caribbean including scuba diving, private beaches, best seafood restaurants and all other water attractions and sports. Drive 45 mins to Playa Del Carmen and take the ferry from there which departs every hour starting from early morning. Here’s its schedule. It takes another 45 for ferry to reach Cozumel.
In Cozumel I’d definitely suggest you to try scuba diving and watching all amazing sea life under Caribbean Sea. Here is a 2 minute of short video for you to watch how Scuba Diving in Cozumel looks like and where you can find the best experience!
But of course you can spend the whole day in the beach and enjoy your cocktail if you’re too tired for it. Beach El Cielo would be your best option to have a stunning view with a dominance of blue! Great place to enjoy the sun and do some snorkeling in the clearest water. And the best sea food will be waiting for you after your fun time. I’d suggest you to try the Hemingway Lounge. Can you say no to Eat in This View with live music? I guess you’re ready to drive again in your next day.
Izamal, Mysterious Yellow Town
Imagine a little town painted in yellow. Yes almost all of its buildings are yellow. I didn’t believe at first, but after a short car ride and walking tours, I was convinced that somebody must have made a color grading to this town. Restaurants, museums, monasteries, houses and anything else was yellow but why?
Mayans considered this site to be the abode of Kinichkakmo, a manifestation of the sun god. So that explains the use of yellow.
This little town used to belong to Mayans until Spanish took it over from them in 16th century. Spanish people destructed the Mayan places and built their Spanish town here, so you will observe the Spanish effect on religious buildings and other architectural sites. However it is still possible to see lots of Mayan houses that are build in their own style.
The biggest attractions to see in Izamal are the Convento de San Antonio and Kinich Kakmó Pyramid. San Antonio is the biggest monastry in whole Latin America and Central America. Kinich Kakmó is another great Mayan Temple to visit. Unlikely from Chichen Itza, you can climb to this one, however the hot weather will make it way harder. Still, it has a great panaromic view of the whole city of Izamal.
Let me get you some of the best Mayan food before you leave Izamal. Definitely order Papadzules and drink some Jamaican Juice before you leave. We all ordered Agua de Jamaica and that was lovely!
Ready for the last destination?
Well to be honest it is not a single destination but multiple. CENOTES! Yes how could I forget to mention these amazing nature spots. Natural pits and sinkhole which have great views, clear water to jump in and enjoy the day while getting refreshed. Many has really low entry fees which is not more than 10-15$ US. Grab your swimsuits, snorkels and head to the best cenotes in Yucatan. I will do a whole another blog post just for the BEST Cenotes in whole Yucatan region that you must visit to enjoy your day!
That’s it, we made it! I hope you will have an amazing trip to Mexico, and put your comment down below if you want to tell about your experience or if you have better suggestions to visit in Yucatan. Now its time for you to create your awesome memories in Mexico. Explore, Enjoy and of course Eat a lot! Enjoy your time in Mexico, ADIOS
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