Mexico is known for its pristine beaches, delicious food, friendly people and impressive Maya ruins.
Let me take you on this amazing trip!
Yucatán is a peninsula in southeastern Mexico. According to a telling, the name Yucatán comes from the Aztec word Yocatlān, which translates to ‘place of richness’. And Yucatán truly lives up to its name.
Most tourists that visit Yucatán will likely stay somewhere along the east coast between Cancún and Tulum. Here you find the most beautiful beaches as well as rich wildlife and vegetation. We stayed in Xpu Ha where we encountered many different animals just outside our apartment, like the funny looking coatis.
Besides, from June to November you can see turtles laying eggs at the beach!
The first destination of our journey was Tulum. Here you can find the most scenic Maya ruins by the sea such as the God of Winds temple.
Although there is not a lot of shade, the pleasant breeze of the sea brings the necessary cooling.
Because we had not fully been acclimatized to the hot weather yet, we decided to go to a cenote. Cenotes are water containing caves that can only be found in Yucatán and they are great for cooling down. There are thousands of them, some bigger than others. In these cenotes you can dive, swim or even canoe.
The next day we planned to visit the Cobá ruins. It took us about one hour to get there and when we arrived we were surrounded by jungle. The ruins that are hidden in the jungle cover a large area. To travel these distances faster you can rent a bike, which is an absolute must.
The most imposing ruin has to be the ancient Nohoch Mul Pyramid. This pyramid is still open to climb its 130 steep steps!
Once you reach the top, you are rewarded with a stunning view.
If I had to choose between the different Maya sites that I have visited, then in my opinion the Coba ruins are the most unique.
The past couple of days were quite intense, so today we decided to spend the day more relaxed.
From a local we had heard that if we wanted to swim with sea turtles we definitely had to go to Akumal Bay.
Here you could either go by yourself or with a tour to spot the turtles. I decided to try it myself and after a while I stood face to face with a giant sea turtle. It was very impressive to see these animals up close, truly an unforgettable experience!
Today we went to another archeological site, named Chichén Itzá. It’s about a two hour drive from Tulum.
Chichén Itzá was one of the largest Maya cities, with many different impressive buildings that are relatively densely clustered.
One of the most famous buildings is El Castillo, a large step-pyramid.
Chichén Itzá was also named one of the New Seven World Wonders. This makes this site also one of the most visited, so prepare yourself for the large number of tourists.
But apart from this, it’s worthwhile to visit with a lot of photogenic ruins.
On our last day in Mexico we went on a trip to Sian Ka’an. Sian Ka’an is a reserve just below Tulum that is UNESCO World Heritage. To get to this place, you first must drive over an unpaved road for approximately one hour. After this bumpy ride, you will continue by boat.
In this reserve you can spot a lot of different animals such as: dolphins, crocodiles, pelicans, sea cows and many more.
After you have spotted these animals you will probably go for a snorkeling in the second largest reef in the world. Afterwards you can relax on one of the beautiful secluded beaches.
And this was the end of this 7 day trip through Yucatán. In the space of a week I have seen so many amazing things in Yucatán, but there is still so much more to explore.
I hope you get the chance to explore this country for yourself!