Yucatan Peninsula

This section covers the amazing areas off the Caribbean coast.  It includes the states of Campeche and Yucatan.  As you travel inland and along the Gulf of Mexico you will discover a vast and very diverse world. We will be expanding this section as we too venture further on the ancient sac-be.

In the state of Yucatan there are some amazing places to see such as Celestun, Merida, Valladolid, Izamal, Motul and many more.  Home to flamingos and a totally different beach its Gulf coast well worth exploring.  The history in this area is amazing from old haciendas that mark a very different time, to the Colonial splendor of cities such as Valladolid and Merida.   One of the most intriguing towns to visit is Izamal where a Spanish Convent was literally built on top of ruins using the same stones.  Many of the towns and cities have great museums well worth a visit.

In Campeche we have just scraped the surface with a visit to Calakmul.  The terrain here is so different that we are anxious to see more.  Campeche has some of the greenest rolling hills, thick jungle, small farms, quaint towns, magnificent wildlife and great ruins.  On a recent visit to the Calakmul Ruins we did some of the best birdwatching between our hotel and the entrance, we also were entertained by howler and spider monkeys and as an added treat on our way out we encountered a jaguar strolling down the road.  The city of Campeche is a Colonial city full of history on the Bay of Campeche. 

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