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.
The great pyramid of Kukulkan rises from the center of the most famous Mayan ruins. Four steep sides each feature 91 steps that climb to a height of 108 feet above the grassy plain. Surrounded by the Temple of the Jaguars, the Plaza of a Thousand Columns and the Platform of Venus, the pyramid was once the center of an exceptionally grand and powerful city from the fifth to twelfth centuries. Deemed one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, this unique architectural complex is not to be missed.
A picture-perfect colonial city, cobbled streets lined with buildings clad in sunflower-yellow turn to face historic plazas. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through this tranquil town centered around a mustard-hued monastery, may be is small in size, but its big on charm.
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.