Introducing Yucatán State & the Maya Heartland
A wild undercurrent, writhing like a liquid goddess, resides beneath the scrub jungle, pyramids and rolling hills of Yucatán state. You feel her tides as you walk beneath the towering Maya pyramids of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal, imagining the rich waves of history, slaughter, deceit, fame and famine that rolled through these mighty power centers. She ebbs and flows in the intact colonial cities of Mérida, Valladolid and Izamal as huipil-clad indígenas mingle with trendy students, factory workers, tourists and the wealthy elite as they ply the streets of the peninsula’s modern-day cultural crossroads. She gurgles and spits and purges and pulls in the bird-clogged estuaries near Celestún and Río Lagartos, and underground in the vast system of caves and cenotes that pock the region. There are a few nice beaches in Celestún and Progreso, but most people come to this area to explore the ancient Maya sites peppered throughout the region, like the Ruta Puuc, which will take you to four or five ruins in just a day.
Yucatán State & the Maya Heartland destination guides
The forgotten ruins of Mexico’s Ruta Puuc
Travel is all about connection: with our planet, with our people, and with our history, culture and spirit. All too often, in this age of cell phones, short holidays and all-inclusive resorts, we lose sight of the connections that once made travelling great.
Chichen Itza Day Trip from Cancun
Spectacular Chichen Itza holds both mystery and magic. Explore the most important archaeological zone and ancient capital of the Mayan Empire on a full day guided tour from Cancun. Admire the majestic observatory, the sacred cenote, the ball court and the castle.
Chichen Itza from Riviera Maya
Unlock the mysteries of the ancient Mayan culture on this fascinating full day sightseeing tour from Riviera Maya. Chichen Itza is a famous archaeological site of the mystical Maya-Toltec civilizations. Although excavations have been going on for many years, archaeologists can still only speculate about what happened here and why.
Top 10 things to throw yourself off
Have you had a good plummet lately? No? Well, if you'd like to add an adrenaline rush and an element of danger to your next trip, we've pulled together a list of ten of the best places around the world to enjoy the feeling of weightlessness you can only get from the perfect fling. Are you ready to take the plunge? 1.