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Pirates, Colonial Cities and Mayan Legacy Route

Valladolid, Izamal, Campeche, Chichén Itzá, Mérida

This wonderful route full of history and natural landscapes begins at Campeche. A beautiful city framed by its forts, walls and stories of pirates, facing the Gulf of Mexico. One of the unmissable spots to visit is the Fuerte de San José El Alto (Fort of San José El Alto), built in the 18th century and currently a museum of ships and weapons. Downtown you can admire colonial-style houses and taste typical food in one of its various restaurants. Do not forget to visit its bastions and forts, as well as its wall that served as protection against attacks by pirates.

In the state of Yucatán, Mérida is the essential visit to discover its wonderful white architecture. A tour of Paseo Montejo (Montejo Avenue) will take you through the history of its imposing mansions of colonial architecture, as well as downtown where you can enter the cathedral or walk through the main square where there will always be dances and cultural plays to enjoy. In any of its typical restaurants you can savor its gastronomy, such as cochinita pibil tacos (pork dish), panuchos (traditional patties) or queso relleno. You can also buy hand embroidered clothing and beautiful crafts.

Continuing the route of the state of Yucatan you will arrive at Izamal, which draws attention to the use of yellow and white colors throughout the town. Its main attractions emerged in the sixteenth century, such as the municipal palace, the Convento de San Antonio de Padua (Convent of San Antonio de Padua) and the market. Also in the convent you can admire the sound and light show at night.

Get ready for the most exciting visit on this route: Chichén Itzá. Here you will be amazed by the wisdom of the Mayans and their knowledge of cosmogony and architecture, reflected in the temple of Kukulcán, in the Mil Columnas (Thousand Columns), the Observatory and the Juego de Pelota (Ball Court). You can choose between a guided tour or rent a car and visit the place at your own pace. We recommend you to bring enough water to drink and to protect yourself from the sun because the heat and humidity of the jungle will be the companion of this incredible tour.

A few minutes away from Chichén Itzá is the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Valladolid. Its main square invites you to walk while having an ice cream. In its surroundings you will discover handicrafts made of henequen, hammocks and woven garments. In the market you can taste delicious typical food. You can also walk the Calzada de Los Frailes (Friars Road) that will take you to the Franciscan-style Convento de San Gervasio (San Gervasio Convent) full of the history of miscegenation. You cannot miss swimming in the Cenote Zací located a few blocks away from downtown, or the nearby cenotes of Xkéken and Samulá.

This wonderful route full of history and natural landscapes begins at Campeche. A beautiful city framed by its forts, walls and stories of pirates, facing the Gulf of Mexico. One of the unmissable spots to visit is the Fuerte de San José El Alto (Fort of San José El Alto), built in the 18th century and currently a museum of ships and weapons. Downtown you can admire colonial-style houses and taste typical food in one of its various restaurants. Do not forget to visit its bastions and forts, as well as its wall that served as protection against attacks by pirates.

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In the state of Yucatán, Mérida is the essential visit to discover its wonderful white architecture. A tour of Paseo Montejo (Montejo Avenue) will take you through the history of its imposing mansions of colonial architecture, as well as downtown where you can enter the cathedral or walk through the main square where there will always be dances and cultural plays to enjoy. In any of its typical restaurants you can savor its gastronomy, such as cochinita pibil tacos (pork dish), panuchos (traditional patties) or queso relleno. You can also buy hand embroidered clothing and beautiful crafts.

Continuing the route of the state of Yucatan you will arrive at Izamal, which draws attention to the use of yellow and white colors throughout the town. Its main attractions emerged in the sixteenth century, such as the municipal palace, the Convento de San Antonio de Padua (Convent of San Antonio de Padua) and the market. Also in the convent you can admire the sound and light show at night.

Get ready for the most exciting visit on this route: Chichén Itzá. Here you will be amazed by the wisdom of the Mayans and their knowledge of cosmogony and architecture, reflected in the temple of Kukulcán, in the Mil Columnas (Thousand Columns), the Observatory and the Juego de Pelota (Ball Court). You can choose between a guided tour or rent a car and visit the place at your own pace. We recommend you to bring enough water to drink and to protect yourself from the sun because the heat and humidity of the jungle will be the companion of this incredible tour.

A few minutes away from Chichén Itzá is the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Valladolid. Its main square invites you to walk while having an ice cream. In its surroundings you will discover handicrafts made of henequen, hammocks and woven garments. In the market you can taste delicious typical food. You can also walk the Calzada de Los Frailes (Friars Road) that will take you to the Franciscan-style Convento de San Gervasio (San Gervasio Convent) full of the history of miscegenation. You cannot miss swimming in the Cenote Zací located a few blocks away from downtown, or the nearby cenotes of Xkéken and Samulá.

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