Chetumal is the state of Quintana Roo’s capital, located two hours away, by car, from the Pueblo Mágico of Mahahual. Its great cultural and historical richness can be admired through the different monuments and museums that are located along the longest boulevard in the whole Yucatán peninsula—Boulevard Bahia.
Along the coast, either on foot or by bike, you’ll find different monuments such as the 1996-built Manatee fountain, where Chetumal was decreed as the Manatee Sanctuary. Some yards ahead you will see the Sculptural Corridor “Chactemal”, an area with more than 20 sculptures created by national and international artists, which allude to the state natural beauty.
Make a stop at the Fisherman’s Fountain, known as the visitors’ favorite spot to take pictures due to the beautiful wooden dock that goes several meters into the bay and its great handmade clock.
Ahead you will see the Explanada de la Bandera (Flag’s esplanade), which stands out for its large column with a clock on all four sides. It’s ideal to take a break. Since this esplanade is located behind the Bay, it will allow you to enjoy the tranquility and services offered for an afternoon of leisure.
“Manuel Altamirano” market is one of the main places to enjoy Chetumal’s typical food. You will be able to order the region most popular dishes such as the Tikinxic fish (roast fish on the grill, seasoned with “achiote”, or annatto seeds, and sour orange, tomato, chilli and onion), chicken-or-pork-filled tamales wrapped in banana leaf, panuchos, sopes, eggs, shrimp, as well as several types of broths, among many stands with regional snacks.
In “Lázaro Cárdenas del Río” and “Andrés Quintana Roo” markets you can acquire products such as flowers, fruits, meat and other local snacks.
You can find Chetumal history not only in its monuments and esplanades, but in its museums. The Museo de la Ciudad (Museum of the City) displays photographs, tools and documents that tell the city foundation story. The Museo de la Cultura Maya (Museum of Mayan Culture) covers the entire history of Mayan periods.
You can't miss the opportunity to observe the cosmos, stars, galaxies and planets magic at the Planetario Yookól Kaab (Yookól Kaab Planetarium).
There’s no need to worry about accommodation—Chetumal has a wide variety of cottages, hostels and hotels which suit all tastes and budgets.