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.
Walk in the footsteps of ancient Mayans in the largest collective of caves in the southern Yucatan. Follow lit paths revealing cave paintings and petroglyphs along the walls of the various halls and chambers of this awe-inspiring site.Learn More
Founded around 1000 A.D., historically significant Mayapan was the last thriving Mayan civilization and the cultural and political capital before the arrival of the Spanish. There are several pyramids to climb, and altars to observe. Lizards dart along the stone walls, and vultures perch high in the trees of this site more populated with wildlife than tourists.Learn More
CIty life in Merida is centered on its lively plazas framed by churches, colorful colonial buildings and outdoor restaurants. The Sunday handicrafts market brings so many aspects of this vibrant city together in one place. A dizzying array of vendors set up shop, divided into sections for meats and fish, fruits and vegetables and handicrafts. Live bands lend a festive soundtrack to this all day event.
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 local cultural sites near the Hacienda.Learn More