Tourist guide to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico

Maya Riviera in Mexico

Maya Riviera in Mexico ©bgautrea/Flick

Located in the Southeast of Mexico the Yucatan Peninsula separates the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico. If you consider visiting the area, our tourist guide to the Yucatan Peninsula might be very helpful. The Mayan Pyramids and the and Cancun Resort are among the most popular attractions of the area. What is not known by many is that the pyramids are partially Mayan and Cancun is more commercial and less interesting than the less known Playa Carmen.

One feature of this region is that is no fresh surface water (rivers and lakes), but there is a vast underground freshwater network.

In fact, the largest underground river in the world can be found here and the famous cenotes (ponds) are not only a major tourist attraction, but the main source of drinking water.

Cenote in Mexico

Cenote in Mexico ©Daquella manera/Flick

The national Mexican drink: tequila

It is a large number of agave plantations on the peninsula, the plant from which the traditional Mexican drink is made: the tequila. Before starting our virtual journey to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, it is important to understand the symbolic importance of this beverage. Mexicans are proud of their product and insist so much to taste it, that it will be difficult to refuse them.

There are four main types of tequila: silver (blanca), gold (joven), aged (reposada) and extra aged (anejo). Reposada and Anejo are certainly the most expensive and normally they are not used in cocktails or shots. Moreover, the tequila shot are not characteristic for the country of origin, in Mexico you have to taste, to enjoy it and to drink it slowly, similar to how you drink the whiskey.

Agave field in in Mexico

Agave field in in Mexico ©davidpbaxter/Flick

Mayans in the Yucatan Peninsula

Contrary to expectations, the Mayans still exist and live in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and in Guatemala. They are short, have dark skin and slightly hooked nose that is characteristic to the Amerindian populations. They represent a significant proportion of the population of the peninsula, but, unfortunately, they are relatively marginalized by Mexicans. The villages where they live are very meager, they are living in huts with one or two tiny rooms with hammock instead of a bed.

Mayans in the Yucatan Peninsula

Mayans in the Yucatan Peninsula ©maria rogal/Flick


When you visit the Yucatan Peninsula you will probably stay in the Maya Riviera on the Caribbean coast. You will find day trips to the pyramids from the hotels on the beach. If you want to spend more time in the area of the pyramids, you can stay in tourist complexes near them, but you have to think about that Chichen Itza do not have access to the beach, because it is in the middle of the Yucatan Peninsula. The thermal discomfort is also higher because of the lack of breeze.

Maya Riviera in Mexico

Maya Riviera in Mexico ©bgautrea/Flick

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