When people think of Mexico they just imagine themselves laying back on a beach with a margarita in their hand. Of course, Mexico can mean exactly this, but also at the same time means a lot of other things like fascinating culture and history, colonial towns, delicious cuisine, world-class scuba diving and so much more.
In this article, we will sample just a few amazing things to do in Yucatan, Mexico.
1. Get fascinated by the ancient Mayan culture in Chichen Itza
For most of people, Chichen Itza means Mexico, which is not far from reality. Chichen Itza is the most famous sight in Mexico and one of the New 7 New Wonders of the World.
Here you will have the chance to learn about the mighty Mayan civilization, regarded as the most advanced ancient civilization that ever lived in Latin America. They were very advanced in mathematics, astrology, phenomenal architecture and elaborate hieroglyphs but at the same time with strange and cruel sacrifices rituals.
You can find more things in the article: Chichen Itza – Exploring the most famous Maya ruin
2. Immerse yourself in the delicious Mexican cuisine
Mexican food has some of the most well-known and loved dishes around the world.
While in Mexico make sure to sample some of their best tasty dishes like:
This is one of the most popular dishes around the world and has large varieties around the country.
It is a mix of different vegetables, meat, and species, wrapped in a corn tortilla.
The origin of tacos dates back in ‘20 and ’30 with the arrival of the Lebanese and Syrian immigrants to Mexico. Guacamole
Everybody heard about this famous dish but few people know that this sauce dates back to the times of the Aztecs.
Made from mashed avocados, onions, tomatoes, lemons juice and chili, guacamole is often eaten with Tortilla chips.
They were first made by the Aztec, Mayan and Inca tribes who needed nourishing food on the go. Filling like meats, cheeses, vegetables, and fruits, wrapped in banana leaves or corn husks, then steamed.
It is a spicy sauce that is poured over meat, baked for a long time.
This one dates back to Mayan times when people of Mexico would eat corn tortillas wrapped around small fish. Today stuffed tortillas are covered in chili sauce making then perfect for breakfast.
3.Swim in a Cenote
A cenote is a natural hole in the ground, resulted after the collapse of a cave ceiling. There are thousands of such cenotes around Mexico, especially in the Yucatan peninsula, due to the distinct geological feature of the area.
In Yucatan there is a great rivers network, which in time dissolved the soft limestone bedrock creating huge caves, which in time collapsed, marking the birth of a cenote. These cenotes were an important source of freshwater and sacrificial offerings for the Mexican population. Today there are amazing places to cool off in the intense heat of the day.
It is also possible to do some scuba diving in a cenote. It is a far different experience from diving in the ocean.
You can find more things in the article: Seeing the most beautiful cenotes in Mexico
4. Listen to Mariachi music
Mariachi music is the sound of Mexico.
It is believed to have originated in the state of Jalisco, near Guadalajara. It was the music of country people, music that celebrates the joy, the struggles or the triumphs of the Mexican people.
Today it continues to be a huge part of the celebrations lived by the Mexicans.
Music bands roam the squares in their traditional outfits and they can be hired on the spot, for a shot performance.
5. Explore the magnificent Colonial towns
Almost everywhere in Mexico, you can find beautiful colonial towns.
With its pastel-colored houses, beautiful cathedrals squares, cobblestone streets, the joy of the people and the authentic vibe. In Yucatan, you shouldn’t miss Valladolid and Merida. There are two beautiful colonial towns with their authenticity.
You can find more things in the article: Valladolid – Strolling a beautiful colonial city in Mexico
6. Don’t miss a turtle release
Everywhere on the coastline of Mexico there are turtles. They return on the beach where they hatched and lay their eggs. Turtles hatching season is between May and November, but the best time for you to see a turtle hatching and getting to the sea is September.
There are many programs where you can take part to experience this amazing release.
7. Drink Tequila
I think everybody heard about the famous drink.
But what is tequila? It is a distilled alcoholic drink made from blue agave.
You shouldn’t miss it while in Mexico.
8. Relax in a Temazcal
Temazcal is a traditional sweat cabin that dates back to the indigenous tribe in Mexico.
It is not a spa experience, it is more a spiritual journey led by a shaman. The ceremony is meant to clean your mind, body, and spirit.
Curandero is the traditional shaman in Mexico.
9. Take an island vacation
Mexico has a large coastal line with beautiful beaches, but if we speak about touristic places like Cancun, Paya del Carmen or Tulum, we speak about many people and crazy stuff. If you want to get away, then you should go to some more quiet islands like Holbox or Cozumel. All of them are easily accessed by ferries.
10. Visit adventure theme parks
Along Riviera Maya, there are a series of adventure theme parks built in the natural landscape. These parks are perfect for a family day with a tone of activities.
Some of the most popular ones are Xcaret, Xplor, Xel Ha, and Rio Secreto. Be ready to spend a full day there. Some of the highlights included an underground river tour, zip-lining through the trees, swimming in caves, driving ATVs, or snorkeling with colorful fish and many more things to have fun.
11. Visit the cool Tulum
Today Tulum is a trendy location to be, especially for the Instagrammers, but it was a time when Tulum was a remote and quiet small town. One of the best things to do here is to visit the wonderful Mayan ruins.
And then relax at one of the trendy coffee places.
You can find more things in the article: Tulum – Exploring the coolest Mayan ruins
12. Drink with the locals in a cantina
If you want to taste the local vibe, then you should head to a local cantina and have a “cervesa” with the locals.
Mexicans gather here to have a drink, a snack and play some games like dominos.
There are great opportunities to chat with the locals.
13. Visit an underwater museum
In Cancun the is a unique museum. The museum started its activity in 2009 by installing some statues at the ocean to promote coral life and save the reefs.
They started with few statues and now there are over 500 ones.
You will have the chance to dive or make scuba diving around this amazing special statues.
Till now the project had a huge success.
14. Relax on a Mexican beach
Well, this is one of the favorite things to do in Mexico.
With 9,000 km of coastline, Mexico has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
15. Get in touch with Mexico’s nature
Mexico is among the top five most biodiverse countries in the world.
Spanning MesoAmerican rainforest, dry forest, mountain, and deserts but its rank was earned by its large varieties of birds, mammals, and plants. You can see the second-largest coral reef in the world, swim with the whale sharks and turtles and see so many amazing things.
16. Go snorkeling
Mexico has the second-largest coral reef in the world, so it is the perfect place to do snorkeling or scuba diving.
There are boat excursions that can take you to special places where you will find the heaven of fishes.
17. Get luxurious in a 5* Resort
One of the favorite things to do in Yucatan is to enjoy a beautiful resort. All-inclusive resorts have everything you might need in terms of relaxation, from comfort, great selection of food, best spa treatments.
18. Don’t miss Las Colorada
It is a pink salty lake in the north of the Yucatan peninsula. This lake became famous because of Instagram, but not so many people know that these lakes are been create with a mere industrial purpose, which is to process and extract salt from the sea.
Mexican people were using these places to extract salt from Mayan times. Today the place is owned by a Mexican family that started salt business in 1940.
The ponds can still be seen and attract thousands of tourists with their pink color.
19. Venture for a day in Contoy Island
Contoy Island is a protected area by the community and by the government. It allows the entry of only 200 people/day and only for three hours.
It is a perfect place for you to see if you are a nature lover.