Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is a place where sheer natural beauty and astonishing ancient ruins are mixed with modern comforts and perfect escapes. The Riviera Maya, running along the east coast of the peninsula, is famous for its luxury resorts that overlook white sandy beaches and tranquil, turquoise water.
Once a seat of power for
the Mayan Empire, the Yucatan Peninsula is like no other place on the planet.
Having been isolated from the rest of Mexico for centuries, and relying mainly
on sea routes to trade with other countries, the three regions that make up the
peninsula have developed a distinct and colourful identity.
In the region of Quintana
Roo, you’ll find the two coastal towns of Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Here the
white beaches stretch as far as the eye can see and apart from lounging by the
water and basking in the tropic sun, there are numerous activities to sign up
for in and around these two cities. Explore the Mayan-themed adventure- and
waterpark Xcaret Park, or go snorkelling in the clear water to experience
turtles and exotic fish up close. If you want to venture further out to sea, go
on boat tours to watch the magnificent whale sharks slowly making their way
through the ocean, while the SCUBA-divers among us can investigate the submerged
sculptures of the Museu Subacuatico de Arte.
On the Yucatan Peninsula
there are no visible rivers, as the water runs underground and is only exposed
in so-called cenotes, The Mayans used these freshwater sinkholes as vital
sources of water as well as sacred sites where offerings to the gods could be
made. Tours to stunning places like the Ik Kil and the Sistema Dos Ojos are
open to visitors and it’s even possible to take a dip in the refreshing waters.
You can also explore the underground river Rio Secreto, where the water has
created the most amazing underground rock-formations.
The Yucatan Peninsula is also home to jaw-dropping manmade structures that were built at the height of the Mayans’ reign. The UNESCO Heritage Site Chichen Itza, which has also been named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, rises majestically above the surrounding trees. The 1,500 year-old pyramid and its surrounding ruins were once the heart of the empire and guided tours will immerse you in the history of the Mayans.
You don’t need to be told how delicious Mexican cuisine is, after all, it has gained popularity throughout the world and you can find Mexican restaurants offering authentic Mexican dishes in every capital worldwide. However, there is more to Mexico than just great food. With Fleetway Travel’s cheap holidays to Mexico, you can experience this amazing country for yourself, while also sampling truly authentic cuisine for yourself. And while you eat, you can take in the wonderful music of the many street performers who will provide the perfect backdrop. Our package holidays to Mexico are some of the best value you will find. Contact us today to find out how we can help make your next trip one to remember.
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