TRAVEL IN YUCATAN
Ancient traditions and modern cultures collide in amazing Yucatan. Located on the tail-end of Mexico’s sprawling peninsula, this Mayan region has way of life that’s entirely its own. Discover the stories and sites of Yucatan on an adventure of a lifetime with Contiki in Mexico!
One of the best things to do in Yucatan is to soak up as much knowledge as possible about Mayan culture. Begin by learning about the history and traditions of the Mayan people at the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya. Discover intricate textiles, beautiful artworks and important artefacts at this phenomenal anthropological museum. To dig even deeper into Mayan rituals, head over to the Choco-Story Museum, where you can witness the recreation of a Mayan cocoa ceremony.
As the traditional homeland of their ancient ancestors, many Maya descendants still call Yucatan home today. Visit the quaint town of Izamal to hear Mayan languages still being spoken today, and climb the remains of Kinich Kakmó, a former Mayan Pyramid.
While Kinich Kakmó is impressive, no Mayan Pyramid is more famous than El Castillo. This mammoth Mayan temple is the highlight of the Chichen Itza archaeological site, a sprawling former city of the Maya. Feel like tomb raider as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Before you leave, try to find its nearby cenotes. These underwater caves are Yucatan channels to the Mayan gods – which also double as swimming pools in the warmer months.
No trip to Yucatan would be complete without sampling Mayan cuisine. In the cities of Merida and Valladolid, you’ll find a range of traditional Mayan dishes and flavours. The best of the bunch? Get stuck into cochinita pibil, a slow-cooked suckling pig prepared in the traditional way.
With so much history and culture to sink your teeth into, bite off more than you can chew in Yucatan Mexico.