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.
Explore the city's historic cathedral, vibrant handicrafts markets, and pristine beaches of this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Spend a day wandering the cobbled streets lined with homes painted sunflower yellows and Caribbean blues and duck into museums in this walled Spanish colonial town on the Yucatan's west coast.
Edzna is considered one of Mexico’s most advanced pre-Columbian cities, and by 650 A.D. it as many as 70,000 Mayans may have lived there. The ruins display evidence of a sophisticated settlement with temples, an amphitheater, a ball court and an entire system of water canals. Plan to visit on a Friday or Saturday evening when a light and sound show adds drama to the experience.Learn More
Isla Aguada is a fishing village strung along a stretch of land with the Gulf of Mexico on one side and a tranquil lagoon on the other —making it Ideally situated for boating. Zip out on the water with a guide and and be on the lookout for sleek dolphins playing in the water before surveying Isla Pajaros, an avian wonderland of seabirds.
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.