Yucatan in 14 days

EK-Balam

Izmal

Yucatan Peninsula Mexico

Always looking for something new, we came to Yucatan – Mexico this year. The Yucatan Peninsula is one of the tourist regions of Mexico, especially the Quintana Roo Riviera.

My travel report follows and there are also more tips for each destination if I click the link and want to know more.  Unfortunately, we have not yet managed to visit Isla Holbox and Isla Mujeres ourselves, but if you can make a detour there!

The trip Highlights at a glance:

  • Cancun
  • Valladolid
  • EK-Balam & Cenote X-Canché
  • Izamal
  • Chichén Itzá
  • Merida
  • Telchac Puerto
  • Progresesso – Cruise ship habour
  • Xcambó – small Mayan site

Booking Tips

Travelogue Arrival Cancun

On December 16, we departed Seattle in the morning and landed in Cancun with a stopover in the evening at 9 pm. Who thinks that is all wrong, because we still had to pick up our car at Herz and have long discussions, whether we need another insurance or not.

In the end, we took out additional insurance and drove to the hotel by car, where the discussion continued, as Cedric was supposed to pay extra. Around 1 o’clock we were in bed.

The next day we started with a great breakfast, then we went to the pool and beach. For dinner we went to Cancun afterwards we visited a “Christmas market” and ended the evening there.

 

Cancun Impressionen

EK Balam – Cenote

From Cancun our journey continued to Izamal with a stopover in Ek Balam. EK Balam means Black Jaguar, the Mayan site was only discovered in 1997 and has been uncovered ever since. Unfortunately, Mexico has limited resources available for this, so many ruins are not discovered yet  or only incompletely developed. After the visit we went to the nearby Cenote X-Canché to refresh ourselves a little. Cenotes are collapsed limestone caves filled with fresh water and between 15 and 100m deep.

 

EK Balam Impressionen

From Valladolid to Izamal

On our way from Cancun to Izamal we made a stop in Valladolid, unfortunately it was already a bit late so we didn’t spend much time there.

In Izamal we had booked the Hacienda Romantic Hotel for 5 days. On the first day we explored the city and climbed the Kinich Kak Moo – a platform with a height of 200 m. There is a beautiful Franciscan monastery there and the houses are painted in a cheerful yellow.

We tested the local cuisine 2x the other times we enjoyed a 3-course meal in the hotel, which even the children ate without grumbling.

 

Impressionen Valladolid & Izamal

Chichén Itzá day trip

Chichen Itza is located about 1 hour from Izamal. We wanted to be there early because in every travel guide it said” arrive before the buses”. When we arrived at 9:30 a.m., the parking lot was already full of about 10 buses.

We first looked for a German guide but unfortunately, we only got an English one, but it was still very interesting.

The main building – the so-called “El Castillo” has 91 steps and 4 pages corresponding to the number of days of the Mayan calendar.  In addition, the staircase has 2 snake heads which are illuminated 2 times a year in such a way that a feathered beat can be seen, all of which the Mayans are said to have observed and calculated already around the year 440 – unbelievable. Particularly interesting were the ball court as well as the observatory and the church.

 

Chichén Itzá Impressions

Trip to Merida

Merida is the capital of Yucatan and has grown incredibly in recent years. The city is definitely worth a visit even if it is very busy. The best is probably the cenote in front of the Costco which unfortunately can only be viewed from afar. In the very small cenote “Campus De Ciencias Humanas Yucatán” we were swimming after the children no longer felt like city.

 

Merida Impressionen

Telchac Puerto & Progresso

Our stop led us to Telchac Puerto, the seaside port town is only an hour away from Merida and is still very typical. In a cottage by the sea, we spent 1″lazy” week.

Of course, it was not possible without excursions; one led us to Progresso. Progresso is characterized by the beautiful beach, the many restaurants as well as a 2 km long pier from which was built especially for the cruise ships.

We also visited the salina in the next village, where the flamingos cavorted and Xcambó a small Mayan site only 10 minutes away.

 

Telchac Puerto & Progresso Impressionen

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