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Travelling Back in Time Through the Puuc Route

Edzná, Campeche, Mérida

Start this route from the walled city of Campeche, facing the Gulf of Mexico. Get to know its bastions and fortifications, built to defend the city from pirate attacks. Walk through its historic downtown area, surrounded by colonial houses and small restaurants where you can savor the local cuisine, which blends the flavors that have arrived at its port: spices and exotic ingredients with the prehispanic flavors of the Mayan culture, such as chocolomo, joroches. or a fresh ceviche.

In Edzná, you will start the tour of the important archaeological sites of Campeche. Here you will learn about the history of its great boom between 500 and 900 A.D. There are about 200 structures, among which the Gran Plaza (Great Plaza), the Great Acropolis, the Casa Grande or Noholná, a juego de pelota (ball court) and even a white path called “sacbé” stand out.

Arriving at the limit of the state of Campeche, Hopelchén awaits you with its surprising colors. Its colonial architecture buildings contrast with the vivid colors with which they are painted: red, yellow and blue; here you can take some incredible photos. Prehispanic culture is combined with Spanish at this location, and you can perceive it in the temples, such as that of San Antonio de Padua, which dates back to the 17th century with its Baroque altar; this can also be perceived in its food and in nearby attractions such as the archaeological site of Tohcok or the Grutas de Xtacumbilxunaan (Xtacumbilxunaan Grottoes).

To start the Yucatan part of this route, Sayil welcomes you. This archaeological site of the Puuc region will make you feel like a true explorer, as this great Mayan city still has many structures sheltered by brushwood. The Palacio Norte (North Palace), the Templo Mirador (Mirador Temple) and Estela 9 (monument) stand out, Estela 9 is where the image of the god Yum Keep is engraved.

Following this route of impressive Mayan cities, is Kabah. It is also part of the Puuc region and was an important Mayan city, it was even mentioned in the Chilam Balam (Mayan Books). Here you can walk along an old sacbé or white path, until you reach Codz Pop, an impressive structure that stands out for the many masks dedicated to the god Chaac (God of rain).

This wonderful route that follows the footsteps of the Mayan culture in Yucatán, will also take you to Uxmal. This place was named Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, it is a very important city of the ancient Mayans, where the Puuc style also predominates, it is shaped by 15 groups of buildings, where sculptures and engravings of the god Quetzalcóatl or the god Chaac can be appreciated. The Pirámide del Adivino (Pyramid of the Fortune Teller), the Palacio del Gobernador (Governor's Palace), the Gran Piramide (Great Pyramid) and the Templo Sur (South Temple), stand out.

The charming town of Muna in Yucatan opens its doors for you to experience its incredible past, here the temple and old Convento de la Asunción (Convent of la Asunción) of the 18th century stand out, as well as the Capilla de San Bernardo (Chapel of San Bernardo). It is a stop to take photos, walk through the town square and enjoy its tranquility.

To end this route with a flourish, spend a few days in the city of Mérida. Walk along Paseo Montejo and be amazed by the fabulous white mansions. Stroll through the downtown area, visit its cathedral, eat the traditional panuchos (patties), the queso relleno or the cochinita (pork) tacos and refresh yourself with chaya water. At night you can enjoy cultural shows in the main square, that will make you spend unforgettable moments.

Start this route from the walled city of Campeche, facing the Gulf of Mexico. Get to know its bastions and fortifications, built to defend the city from pirate attacks. Walk through its historic downtown area, surrounded by colonial houses and small restaurants where you can savor the local cuisine, which blends the flavors that have arrived at its port: spices and exotic ingredients with the prehispanic flavors of the Mayan culture, such as chocolomo, joroches. or a fresh ceviche.

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In Edzná, you will start the tour of the important archaeological sites of Campeche. Here you will learn about the history of its great boom between 500 and 900 A.D. There are about 200 structures, among which the Gran Plaza (Great Plaza), the Great Acropolis, the Casa Grande or Noholná, a juego de pelota (ball court) and even a white path called “sacbé” stand out.

Arriving at the limit of the state of Campeche, Hopelchén awaits you with its surprising colors. Its colonial architecture buildings contrast with the vivid colors with which they are painted: red, yellow and blue; here you can take some incredible photos. Prehispanic culture is combined with Spanish at this location, and you can perceive it in the temples, such as that of San Antonio de Padua, which dates back to the 17th century with its Baroque altar; this can also be perceived in its food and in nearby attractions such as the archaeological site of Tohcok or the Grutas de Xtacumbilxunaan (Xtacumbilxunaan Grottoes).

To start the Yucatan part of this route, Sayil welcomes you. This archaeological site of the Puuc region will make you feel like a true explorer, as this great Mayan city still has many structures sheltered by brushwood. The Palacio Norte (North Palace), the Templo Mirador (Mirador Temple) and Estela 9 (monument) stand out, Estela 9 is where the image of the god Yum Keep is engraved.

Following this route of impressive Mayan cities, is Kabah. It is also part of the Puuc region and was an important Mayan city, it was even mentioned in the Chilam Balam (Mayan Books). Here you can walk along an old sacbé or white path, until you reach Codz Pop, an impressive structure that stands out for the many masks dedicated to the god Chaac (God of rain).

This wonderful route that follows the footsteps of the Mayan culture in Yucatán, will also take you to Uxmal. This place was named Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, it is a very important city of the ancient Mayans, where the Puuc style also predominates, it is shaped by 15 groups of buildings, where sculptures and engravings of the god Quetzalcóatl or the god Chaac can be appreciated. The Pirámide del Adivino (Pyramid of the Fortune Teller), the Palacio del Gobernador (Governor's Palace), the Gran Piramide (Great Pyramid) and the Templo Sur (South Temple), stand out.

The charming town of Muna in Yucatan opens its doors for you to experience its incredible past, here the temple and old Convento de la Asunción (Convent of la Asunción) of the 18th century stand out, as well as the Capilla de San Bernardo (Chapel of San Bernardo). It is a stop to take photos, walk through the town square and enjoy its tranquility.

To end this route with a flourish, spend a few days in the city of Mérida. Walk along Paseo Montejo and be amazed by the fabulous white mansions. Stroll through the downtown area, visit its cathedral, eat the traditional panuchos (patties), the queso relleno or the cochinita (pork) tacos and refresh yourself with chaya water. At night you can enjoy cultural shows in the main square, that will make you spend unforgettable moments.

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