Yucatan Peninsula
Southeast Mexico

From: Mexico Travel Guide

See also: Chichen ItzaUxmal

Yucatan Peninsula
The southeast of Mexico is filled with a great amount of culture and diversity which includes several fascinating Mayan archaeological sites, wildlife reserves, modern bustling cities, historic colonial forts, churches and splendid beach resorts.

Yucatan Peninsula States
The Yucatan Peninsula State is located in the southeast of Mexico and borders the Gulf of Mexico.

Beach Resorts
There are several places to head for in the Yucatan Peninsula, many of which offer sublime beaches with crystal clear waters, excellent clear reefs and plenty of visible marine life. Cancun's perfect sand beaches and clear waters offer great reef visibility with the addition of plenty of nightlife, restaurants and watersport activities available as well.

There are also quieter areas such as Tulum which offer the same exquisite beaches but without so many crowds or energy. Cozumel offers excellent snorkeling and calm seas that are perfect for swimming and relaxing and the Isla Mujeres offers a chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of Cancun whilst enjoying the excellent swimming, snorkeling or simply relaxing on the beach front.

Colonial Cities
Two of the most rewarding areas for colonial structures and architecture are found at Merida and Campeche. Within Campeche you will be treated to a selection of cobbled streets, colonial churches, well preserved mansions and former walled ramparts, whilst the city of Merida which is also known as the white city due to the white paint and limestone that has been used on several of the structures is also full of many colonial gems which include the Palacio Municipal, Cathedral and Palacio Gobierno. There are plenty of guided tours of the historic center of Merida available which can be very informative and a great way to learn about the cities history.

Areas such as Cancun enjoy a tropical climate which often averages year round temperatures of around 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. While around Merida temperatures average between 65 to 70 during the winter to 80 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months.

There are plenty of shopping opportunities from traditional markets selling handmade goods to modern malls with all the amenities. There are several excellent markets in areas such as Merida, Playa del Carmen where goods such as hammocks, clothing, hats and other textiles can be purchased at very reasonable prices.

The larger shopping malls in Cancun offer plenty of imported goods, as well as several smaller shops selling more traditional items such as clothing, textiles and jewelry. Cozumel also has plenty of small shops and traditional markets as does Campeche where there are plenty more items on offer from clothing to food.

Sites and Attractions
The Yucatan Peninsula is home to some several Mayan ruins as well as colonial architecture, biosphere reserves and fascinating cenotes, with each state offering its own unique charm:

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