Yucatan, Mexico Vacation Planner

The Yucatan Peninsula is a necessity on everyone’s bucket list! This Mexico vacation planner will help you visit the ancient Mayan pyramids, the multitude of colonial cities, the indigenous villages. Along with seafront cities built to protect the Sisal/Henequen exports from Pirates in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

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Your Seven Day Mexico Vacation Planner

1st Day: Explore Yucatan’s capital city of Mérida. Merida, and surrounding areas have an extensive Mayan heritage and colonial architecture dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Don’t forget to take a swim and a siesta to recharge your batteries for the extensive night life of Merida.

2nd Day: Travel to the intriguing city of

Izamal

Izamal , where Pope John Paul II visited in 1993. Izamal’s buildings are all painted yellow and has a Franciscan convent built over a Mayan pyramid. Father Diego de Landa—the founder of the convent, burned all of the Indian writings and then later tried to rewrite them from memory. The streets are still cobblestone and horse-drawn carriages and three wheeled taxis are the means of travel and sightseeing and for seeing the nearby pyramid.

If time permits, travel on to Valladolid to continue experiencing indigenous style town life. Valladolid is infamous for rebellions and civil wars against the “Spanish Blue Bloods” and for its Yucatan cuisine.

3rd Day: Leaving early in the morning travel east to the ruins of Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza was established in 514 A.D. and is the most widely explored and visited of the Mayan world. Climb the Castle of Kukulkán, It is not a Pyramid (3 sides) but a castle (4 sides). View the Ball Court with its perfect acoustics. Visit the Observatory and the Nunnery in old Chichen. Enjoy refreshments next to the Cenote or sacred well and see if you can throw a stone across it.

Continue on to the city of Valladolid, at one time a stronghold of Mayan rebels who fought the Spanish during the caste war of Yucatan, but now known for its Yucatan cuisine and beautiful Huipiles and crafts made by local artisans.

Chichen Itza, Mayan pyramid, El Castillo

4th Day: Heading back east to Merida visit the rather unknown archaeological site of Ek Balam . Emerging from the jungle, Ek Balam, Mayan for “Black Jaguar,” was recently begun to be restored, with its giant pyramid. After lunch continue on to Mérida and spend the night.

5th Day: In the morning drive south to Uxmal, one of the finest examples of ancient Mayan architecture and one of the largest cities of the Yucatan peninsula. Uxmal features the purest form of Mayan architecture. Experience the Pyramid of the Magician, The Nuns Quadrangle and the Emperors Palace. From Uxmal travel on to the ruins of Kabah, with its 250 carved masks of Chac and go on to visit Oxkutzcab famous for its cottage pottery industry and if time permits go on to Tekax and visit the “House of Three Floors” where descendents of the original Machain family will gladly give you a tour of this fortress that help to fend of multiple Mayan revolts.

6th Day:

Campeche

Continue on to Edzna, in the neighboring state of Campeche with its system of waterworks, established in 600 AD. The Great Plaza with its unique multi-floor Acropolis and its restored buildings are worth visiting. Continue on to Campeche, and visit the Fuerte de San Miguel. The City of Campeche was the early port for the Spanish Crown and the fort built to protect the city against pirates. Visit the old city, spend the night in Campeche and enjoy the light-and-sound show on the history of the pirates.

7th Day: Returning toward Merida, and if feeling adventurous, travel via the old road and stop at the Grutas along the way and pull into the village of Cholula for lunch and go swimming in the cave with the locals. The Thatched roofed restaurant features a cook sitting at an open fire making your homemade tortillas and meats to make your tacos, salbutes and Panuchos. Travel on to Celestun and spend the night. If you get there early enough in the afternoon you’ll see the great flocks of Flamingos that migrate there to eat in the lagoon.

8th Day: In the morning take one of the tours through the lagoon and visit the mangrove forest and the Petrified Forest. Enjoy a fantastic seafood lunch in this port city or go on to Sisal Puerto where the fish is equally as fresh. Today would be a great day to rest and be pampered. You traveled long and far and it’s time to hit the beach, be waited on while sitting under a palapa on Sisal’s beautiful beach.

Sisal Puerto was established as a Major colonial port for Henequen rope which was also known as Sisal after the name of the port. Sisal is experiencing new growth and is slated to be one of the next Cancun/Maya Riviera developments in the future. Scuba diving, dolphin watching and deep sea fishing are excellent here and the duck hunting in this area is world renowned.

There are no hotels in the Port of Sisal so head back the 20 minutes to Merida and enjoy the night life again. There are different festivities in some area of the city each night.

9th Day: Today would be another great day to hit the beach and be waited on while sitting under a palapa and get your gift shopping done. Progreso has a great market and multiple vendors selling their creations along the Malecon/boardwalk. There are beach dresses reminiscent of the 60’s, seashell jewelry, t shirts and hats for that friend that’s watching your dog and watering your plants while you’re here toughing it out.

Continue to explore the coast for each town is unique in its own way. The problem is that you are in the paradise known as Yucatan. Your time is almost up. You’re thinking about work but you should be looking forward to retirement in Yucatan. In Mexico retirement communities come in many forms and places and you should Google an expat forum and they may help you find your Mexican retirement destination.

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