Tourism in Campeche and Yucatan
Southeast Mexico is known for its marvelous pristine waters and white sand beaches; yet, it also safeguards a collection of mystic places. DINKtravelers invites you to discover the other faces of southeast Mexico, where culture, nature and history come together to offer you a great adventure.
Travel to Campeche
The trip begins in San Francisco de Campeche, capital of the namesake state. This city was fortified during the viceroyalty in order to prevent pirate attacks, and now, Puerta de Tierra still stands as a remembrance of the original structure. As you walk along the pier you’ll find Novia del Mar, a statue of a woman that gazes into the horizon as she timelessly waits for her true love’s return.
How to Get to Edzna
Only 55 kilometers southeast of Campeche, you’ll travel back in time to the Mayan era! Find proof of this as you reach Edzna, an archeological site that houses the remains of an ancient pre-Columbian city. As the sound of the wind blowing through the tree leafs invades you, you’ll get the chance to visit the Edificio de los Cinco Pisos (Five-Story Building) as well as the Templo de los Mascarones (Temple of the Masks), dedicated to the Sun god.
Travel to Yucatan
Continue the route and head to Yucatan, 14 kilometers on the road to Merida, until you reach Progreso, home to the archaeological site of Dzibilchaltun.
There, visit the Templo de las Siete Muñecas (Temple of the Seven Dolls), a place that exemplifies the great astronomical knowledge the Mayan culture had because every year, on the 21st of March and September, at dawn, the bright sun rises illuminating the temple’s entrance. And if the weather’s too hot on your visit, in that same archaeological site you can take a refreshing bath in the Xlacah natural well.
The journey continues, and 40 kilometers away from Merida, capital of Yucatan, you’ll find your next stop in Cuzama, the ideal place to ride a truk –a platform that’s pulled by mules and that used to be utilized to transport agave fiber in haciendas. Along the ride you’ll visit Chelentum, Chak-Zinik-Che and Bolomchojol, three natural wells that are truly breathtaking.
Things To Do in Izamal, Pueblo Mágico
The route is about to reach its end, but before it does, 65 kilometers away from Merida you’ll find Izamal, a city that seems to be suspended in time. Its yellow buildings remind us of the color of corn as they surround the Franciscan convent of San Antonio de Padua, which is still in use and contrasts with the pyramid bases that are scattered around the city.
Are you ready to pack? Follow the Route Across Southeast Mexico designed by DINKtravelers and discover the roads that lead to a past submerged in a natural stage.