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South of Mérida

Introducing South of Mérida

There’s a lot to do and see south of Mérida. The major draws are the old henequén plantations, some still used for cultivating leaves, and the well-preserved Maya ruins like Uxmal and the lesser-known sites along the Ruta Puuc. Beyond these tourist draws you’ll find seldom-visited cenotes and caves, and traditional villages where life moves at an agrarian pace: women wear huipiles and speak Yucatec, and men still bike out to cut firewood or shoot a pheasant for dinner. The smell of tortillas mixes with the citrus-like smell of the semiarid plants that call the region home. It’s a rough-and-tumble landscape, and one of the few spots on the peninsula where you’ll actually find a few hills.