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Route to the Pueblos Mágicos (Magical Towns) of Yucatán

Valladolid, Izamal, Cancún, Mérida

This route departs from Cancun, Quintana Roo, in the Mexican Caribbean. Cancun is a multifaceted destination that has a great hotel variety that ranges from hostels and boutique hotels to international all-inclusive resorts. Along with its beautiful beaches,you will also find gastronomic options from around the world and impressive entertainment centers. You can visit archaeological sites, museums, cenotes and theme parks to name a few. From this place, you can visit Isla Mujeres, Isla Contoy, Holbox, Puerto Morelos and the Riviera Maya (which includes destinations such as Playa del Carmen and Tulum), famous for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, and its beautiful natural landscapes.

On the way to the state of Yucatan you will find the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Valladolid, a picturesque place with brightly colored houses and colonial architecture. In its main square you will find local crafts such as hammocks, embroidered garments and pieces made with henequen and leather. The Calzada de Los Frailes (Los Frailes Road) is a pedestrian street that has coffee shops, bars, galleries and restaurants. Your tour will take you to the sober Franciscan style Convento de San Gervasio (Convent of San Gervasio), inherited from the times of the conquest. If you are adventurous, don't forget to visit one of the nearby cenotes such as Zací, at downtown Valladolid, or Samulá and Xkéken, you can also visit the archaeological sites of Chichén Itzá and Ek’ Balam.

In the state of Yucatán you can also visit Izamal, known as the Yellow City or City of the Three Cultures. It is painted -in its entirety- in white and yellow since the visit of John Paul II, and it has been kept that way by the will of the inhabitants and local authorities. This decoration helps to maintain the colonial image with which the city flourished. Its attractions date back to the 16th century, such as the Convento de San Antonio de Padua (San Antonio de Padua Convent), the market and the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace). Handicrafts can be found in the Centro Cultural y Artesanal de Izamal (Izamal’s Cultural and Craft Center), right there is the Museo de Arte Popular (Museum of Popular Art) and a spa for relaxing treatments. In the main square you can buy jewelry, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and also hammocks woven with henequen fiber. Enjoy the sound and light show in the atrium of the convent, where you will learn the secrets of the Mayan culture.

The last spot of this route is Mérida, the capital city of the state of Yucatán. Discover the magic of its traditional streets with impressive mansions of colonial architecture such as the ones found at Paseo Montejo. In Mérida it is also possible to see the Mayan culture alive among its inhabitants, in their traditions and in their language. Enjoy the variety of its cuisine, make sure you try the panuchos, the cochinita pibil, the queso relleno, as well as a refreshing chaya water. At night, the main square becomes the ideal place to have fun, with the wide range of dancing, painting and crafts activities that you will find there. Mérida has tourist attractions for all types of visitors, we recommend you to visit its cathedral in the historic center and tour its neighborhoods, you can either do it on your own or through a guided tour. Let yourself be carried away by the magic of its buildings, parks, churches and convents.
This route departs from Cancun, Quintana Roo, in the Mexican Caribbean. Cancun is a multifaceted destination that has a great hotel variety that ranges from hostels and boutique hotels to international all-inclusive resorts. Along with its beautiful beaches,you will also find gastronomic options from around the world and impressive entertainment centers. You can visit archaeological sites, museums, cenotes and theme parks to name a few. From this place, you can visit Isla Mujeres, Isla Contoy, Holbox, Puerto Morelos and the Riviera Maya (which includes destinations such as Playa del Carmen and Tulum), famous for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, and its beautiful natural landscapes.

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On the way to the state of Yucatan you will find the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Valladolid, a picturesque place with brightly colored houses and colonial architecture. In its main square you will find local crafts such as hammocks, embroidered garments and pieces made with henequen and leather. The Calzada de Los Frailes (Los Frailes Road) is a pedestrian street that has coffee shops, bars, galleries and restaurants. Your tour will take you to the sober Franciscan style Convento de San Gervasio (Convent of San Gervasio), inherited from the times of the conquest. If you are adventurous, don't forget to visit one of the nearby cenotes such as Zací, at downtown Valladolid, or Samulá and Xkéken, you can also visit the archaeological sites of Chichén Itzá and Ek’ Balam.

In the state of Yucatán you can also visit Izamal, known as the Yellow City or City of the Three Cultures. It is painted -in its entirety- in white and yellow since the visit of John Paul II, and it has been kept that way by the will of the inhabitants and local authorities. This decoration helps to maintain the colonial image with which the city flourished. Its attractions date back to the 16th century, such as the Convento de San Antonio de Padua (San Antonio de Padua Convent), the market and the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace). Handicrafts can be found in the Centro Cultural y Artesanal de Izamal (Izamal’s Cultural and Craft Center), right there is the Museo de Arte Popular (Museum of Popular Art) and a spa for relaxing treatments. In the main square you can buy jewelry, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and also hammocks woven with henequen fiber. Enjoy the sound and light show in the atrium of the convent, where you will learn the secrets of the Mayan culture.

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