With both Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Ocean shorelines, the Yucatan peninsula in southeastern Mexico is one of the most naturally rich and culturally significant states in the country. It is the birthplace of the sophisticated Mayan civilization, with vibrant cities shaped by Spanish colonial influence.
Follow the signs marked with an image of a flamingo to Celestun, a fishing village on the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors are drawn here for the pristine beaches and the protected wildlife sanctuary which is a refuge for salmon-pink flamingos. Hire a guide for a boat tour of the reserve to spot the rose-hued flocks along the edges of the mangrove forest. There are several beachfront restaurants serving fresh seafood and cold drinks.Learn More
Cool off with a swim in a freshwater cenote. These sinkholes in the earth are found throughout the Yucatan, and played an important role in Mayan culture. Descend a wooden staircase into the limestone-walled cave to the turquoise blue San Ignacio cenote. Following a dip in this marine-rich natural swimming hole, have a bite to eat at a local restaurant. Relax in a hammock or on a lounger beside the man-made pool.Learn More
Set off for a day of adventure exploring ancient and natural sites. Begin the day at Oxkintox, a pre-Columbian Mayan archaeological site in the Puuc region. Clamber up pyramids and wander a labyrinth of vaulted tunnels at this well-maintained and rarely crowded site. Continue on to Calcetok Caves for a guided tour deep into this complex of over 30 interconnected caves which served as shelter for the Mayans.Learn More
Family and friends gather across Mexico during this multi-day holiday to remember loved ones who have died by creating elaborate altars, preparing special meals, dancing and marching in processions.
Kick off the Lenten season with parades, a battle of flowers, live bands and popular performers for Carnival in town plazas, such as Merida and Campeche.
Join families as they mark the the Feast of the Epiphany when the Magi (three kings or wise men) visited the Baby Jesus, by giving gifts to children and eating sweet wreath-shaped “Rosca de Reyes” cakes.
This religious celebration at the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Hidalgo to mark the place where the Virgin appeared to the Mexican people through Juan Diego. A mass is followed by live music and dance performances and vendors selling traditional food and crafts.
Birders flock together for one colorful weekend of birdwatching tours, workshops, and a bird count to celebrate and raise awareness about the Yucatan’s diverse bird population.
Fireworks kick of this annual event marking the 1542 founding of Merida, the Yucatan’s capital city. Big name bands and local folk favorites take the stage for events throughout the city during this three week-long fiesta.
This national holiday commemorates the “Cry of Dolores” on September 16, 1810, the battle cry for the Mexican War of Independence against the Spanish colonial government, with parades, patriotic programs and concerts.
This high holy week leading up to Easter is marked by passion plays in town squares and religious processions in the streets. Families often celebrate the time off from work and school at the beach.
Gather to mark a new season as the ancient Mayans did at Chichen Itza on the spring equinox and watch as the sun moves across the pyramids like a great serpent.
Music is central to life in Mexico, and this festival in Merida highlights live music in the trova—traditional Cuban guitar style—tradition.
Indulge in a private three-course dinner of bold, regional dishes from executive chef Ignacio Bañuelos. Local ingredients star in each course which is paired with regional wines. Guests will leave with a basket of traditional cakes and a recipe from Chef Bañuelos.Learn More
Let the head concierge create a personalized excursion for you. You'll be packed off with a gourmet picnic lunch and a tailored itinerary for exploring places of interest near the Hacienda.Learn More