10 Best Places to Visit in the Yucatan Peninsula

10 Best Places to Visit in the Yucatan Peninsula

10 Best Places to Visit in the Yucatan Peninsula

The Yucatan Peninsula is the most popular travel destination in Mexico. There are many beautiful places to visit on the Yucatan Peninsula, which you can spend at least 2-weeks exploring.

You must have heard of Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel or Tulum. Well then, you will be glad to hear that these are located on the Yucatan Peninsula, and you can easily visit these places.

See the ancient Mayan ruins, chill out at beautiful tropical beaches, swim at the cenotes, and explore authentic Mexican cities.

In this post, you will find the 10-best places to visit in the Yucatan Peninsula.


1. Chichen Itza

One of the best things to do in the Yucatan Peninsula is to visit Chichen Itza. Chichen Itza is one of the new seven wonders of the world and the most visited attraction in Mexico.

You can easily reach Chichen Itza from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Valladolid or Merida. The small colonial town of Valladolid is the closest to the Mayan ruins, so the best way to visit Chichen Itza is from Valladolid.

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Chichen Itza pyramids

Visiting Chichen Itza is very easy, and you can see it on your own, with a guided tour, or join a group.

Spend at least 2-3 hours at Chichen Itza, and explore all the archaeological sites.

Read the full post → The Ultimate Guide to Chichen Itza

Visit Chichen Itza, Yucatan Peninsula

2. Yellow City of Izamal

Do you want to visit one of the best destinations on the Yucatan Peninsula?

Izamal is a small colonial town in Yucatán, founded by the Spanish on the site of an ancient Mayan city in the 16th century.
The Yellow City of Izamal is a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of the Magical Towns (Pueblos Mágico) Programme.

Izamal is famous for its yellow-painted buildings, photogenic streets, and beautiful Convento de San Antonio de Padua. Because you can discover Izamal in a few hours, it is well worth a visit from Merida or Valladolid.

Read more → How to Visit Izamal

Izamal, Yucatan Peninsula

3. Cenote Suytun

A visit to Cenote Suytun is one of the best things to do on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Cenote Suytun is just a 15-minute drive from Valladolid. You can swim and snorkel at Cenote Suytun, but most people visit only to take Insta-worthy photos.

Good to know that the Cenote Suytun platform is not always underwater, depending on weather conditions. However, in the dry season, you can usually walk on the platform, which is a fantastic experience.

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Cenotes visit Yucatan Peninsula

If you want to catch the Cenote Suytun when the natural light is beaming on the platform, you should visit from noon to 2 PM.

4. Tulum

Tulum is the best place to visit on the Yucatan Peninsula, and you’ll probably either love it or hate it.

It is a unique destination where you can enjoy luxury hotels, tropical beaches, charming restaurants, and a creative mix of modern art. Because of its popularity, it’s very crowded, and you may have to wait in line if you want to take photos.

Tulum Photo Spots

Tulum and its surroundings have a lot to see and do, so don’t miss it on your Yucatan Peninsula itinerary.

We loved Tulum and spent 4-days exploring the beautiful sights.

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Ven a la Luz tulum

5. Las Coloradas

Las Coloradas is a beautiful place, but most people skip it on the Yucatan Peninsula itinerary because of its distance.

The lakes at Las Coloradas are pink due to the salt production in the area and are home to many flamingos.

From Cancun and Tulum, the journey time is at least 3 hours. If you want to visit pink salt lakes, take a day trip from Valladolid, which is the closest to Las Coloradas.

You can’t swim at Las Coloradas, but you can take many beautiful shots of the pink lagoons and white sand beaches.

Las Coloradas from Valladolid

6. Bacalar

Bacalar is a magical town (Pueblo Mágico) in Mexico, famous for its beautiful crystal clear waters and the lagoon of seven colors.

It is not usually part of the typical Yucatan Peninsula itinerary but is well worth visiting. Spend at least 3-days in Bacalar, take a sailing trip, kayak in the lagoon, and enjoy the Maldives of Mexico.

Maldives of Mexico, Bacalar

Visiting Los Rapidos is one of the best things to do in Bacalar. The crystal clear waters in different shades of blue and impressive stromatolites make it the best place to visit in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Read the full post → The Ultimate Guide to Bacalar

10 Best Places to Visit in the Yucatan Peninsula

7. Valladolid

Valladolid is a Spanish colonial city that is a hidden gem in Mexico. Therefore you must visit Valladolid if you are traveling to Yucatan Peninsula.

Valladolid and its surroundings offer a wealth of attractions, making it the perfect base for exploring popular places. From Valladolid, you can easily reach Chichen Itza, Cenote Suytun, and the Yellow City of Izamal.

For those who want an authentic Mexican experience and prefer budget-friendly places, Valladolid is the best choice in Mexico.

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Valladolid, Yucatan Peninsula

8. Muyil Ruins

You can visit many Mayan ruins in Mexico, but after Chichen Itza, our favorite was the Muyil ruins. We only met a few tourists during our visit, so it was a fantastic experience to explore the Muyil archaeological site.

Muyil ruins, Yucatan

One of the best things to do in the Yucatan Peninsula is a boat trip to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Sian Ka’an is home to many species of flora and fauna, and you can easily combine it with a visit to the Muyil ruins.

If you want to visit more Mayan ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula, don’t miss the ruins of Coba, Tulum, Uxmal, and Ek Balam.

Tulum Ruins, Mexico

9. Isla Holbox

Isla Holbox is a beautiful island to visit in the Yucatán Peninsula. Because Isla Holbox is much closer than Bacalar, it is a popular destination from Cancun or Playa del Carmen.

On Isla Holbox, you can swim with whale sharks, relax in a hammock on the most beautiful beach at Punta Cocos and rent a bike or golf cart to explore the island.

You can visit Isla Mujeres or Cozumel, which are also magical places in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Best places in Yucatan Peninsula

10. Merida

Merida is the capital of Yucatán state, the perfect place for digital nomads and budget travelers. But there is no shortage of expensive restaurants, trendy boutiques, parties, and popular events.

Merida is not such a popular tourist attraction, but as it is easily accessible and you can get around in one day, it’s worth a visit.

When visiting Merida, you’ll see that it mixes historic colonial buildings with modern neighborhoods, making it a different experience from Izamal or Valladolid.

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Capital of Yucatan, Merida

We hope this post will inspire you to visit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
If you have any questions or thoughts, let us know in the comments below.


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