From exploring sunken ship wrecks, to getting up close and personal with crocodiles, adventure awaits in the Yucatan peninsula
Yucatan, Mexico is loaded with natural and cultural attractions. The region has become a fan favourite among international travellers due to its impressive archaeological remains, recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage sites.
However, there are still plenty of activities that fly under the radar for visitors, making it an ideal destination for families, couples, and friends alike. Here’s a look at some of the lesser-known attractions of the region.
Spend a night with crocodiles
In Celestun and Rio Lagartos, travellers can embark on an unforgettable adventure, ideal for those seeking an adrenaline rush. Expert guides lead visitors on a tour into the natural habitats of the region’s endemic species at nightfall.
As they venture into the mangroves, travellers will be guided under the starry sky as the moon illuminates the way as the group searches for the enigmatic swamp crocodile.
Relive the extinction of dinosaurs on Earth
In Puerto Progreso, located 30 minutes from the state capital of Mérida, travellers can find the new Meteorite Museum.
This unique and interactive museum opened its doors in 2022 and takes visitors of all ages on a journey through our planet’s 14-billion-year history and its interaction with the surrounding universe.
Visitors will also learn about the Earth’s fve mass extinctions, one of which was caused by the impact of a meteor in the Chicxulub area of the Yucatan Peninsula 66 million years ago, and led to the extinction of dinosaurs and marked the beginning of life on earth as we know it today.
The impact of this meteor played an important role in shaping the geography of the Yucatan, which is home to a vast network of underground rivers and caves that have given rise to the existence of over 3,000 cenotes in the region.
Explore sunken ships
The charming port of Sisal was once a thriving commercial centre during the colonial era. At its peak, the port served as the primary gateway for ships arriving from Havana. Today the port town stands out as one of the most vibrant and colourful destinations in the Yucatan.
Travellers can explore this beautiful town during a seafront walk where it’s also possible to embark on an immersive snorkelling sea tour, diving approximately four meters deep to witness the remains of a British steamship that sunk many years ago.
The vessel is a breathtaking sight, perfectly illuminated by the warm Mexican sun on bright days. This unparalleled experience is ideal for history and nature enthusiasts alike.
Dive into the Mayan Underworld
Embark on a journey of natural wonder in the Mayan jungle and discover the magnificent Yucatan cenotes that lie within.
These stunning formations are filled with vibrant colours and long tree roots that seek out the fresh water that gives them life. The Nohmozon Cenote is one of the most renowned cenotes, offering visitors the chance to snorkel, dive, and marvel at the underwater beauty.
Its unique features set it apart from other cenotes in the area, boasting a large dome with stunning stalactite formations that are illuminated by sunlight shining through the crystal-clear blue waters.
Whether swimming, diving or simply observing, the remarkable transparency of the cenote will transport you to a world of fantasy.