Yucatan: Mexico’s historic and gastronomic jewel

Yucatan state, in the heart of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, has become a central American destination hotspot due to the wide variety of experiences on offer – and the local spices infusing the renowned local cuisine.

From some of the most impressive and best-preserved Mayan archaeological sites, including world renown Chichen Itza, Uxmal or Ek’Balam; to Merida, the White City, the state’s capital city where lavish colonial buildings mix with colourful traditional houses, museums, galleries, theatres, outdoor cafes, bars, and parks; to stunning traditional haciendas transformed into ultra-luxury hotels and spas; or magical towns such as Izamal and Valladolid that maintain their cultural, architectural and heritage, Yucatán is a tourism heartland within one of the world’s most visited travel destinations.

Meanwhile, Yucatan is a gastronomy jewel within Mexico. The local cuisine mixes seasonal ingredients, including vegetables and fruits with local aromatic herbs and spices and traditional habanero and xcatic chillis.

For water lovers, Yucatan also has a high concentration of “cenotes”, or natural underground reservoirs of purple deep water that are ideal for those who enjoy diving or relaxing in a natural pool. The state of Yucatan is one of the world’s top diving destinations, and its subterranean caverns and caves, part of the world’s longest underwater river systems, guarantee fascinating plays of light, haloclines, and hydrosulfate layers.

Yucatan state neighbours the state of Quintana Roo where Cancún, Cancún airport and Riviera Maya are located, as well as the Mexican Caribbean coast. These are two different states but firmly linked in terms of tourism. Yucatan has therefore become a highly popular destination for tourists visiting Quintana Roo who want to extend their experience with day trips to some of Yucatan’s archaeological sites, cenotes and towns for an authentic taste of the region’s culture and traditions.