Things to do on the Yucatan Peninsula

The Yucatan Peninsula provides the perfect combination of beach and culture, with crystal clear Caribbean waters and white sand beaches, along with countless ancient Mayan ruins. While the sites of Tulum and Chichén Itzá are the two most famous ruins, there are so many more worth exploring such as Uxmal, Calakmul and Kabah, to name but a few. If nature is more your thing, check out the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean, with over 330 species of bird and over 100 mammal species. Or for those keen on getting in the water, the cenotes around the Yucatan Peninsula make spectacular swimming or diving spots, and at certain times of the year it is sometimes possible to swim with whale sharks off the coast. Take a look below for more on all of our top picks of things to do on the Yucatan Peninsula.

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Central America > Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula

Tulum was a site of huge importance between 1000 and 1600 AD, and something of a haven for the elite of the Mayan world. Read more

Chichén Itzá

Central America > Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula

The ruins of Chichén Itzá are on the UNESCO World Heritage list and the site was crowned one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. Read more

Mayan Ruins in Yucatan

Central America > Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula

The Yucatan area has numerous sites with Mayan ruins. While some sites cover vast areas and have been well preserved or restored others are much smaller and have suffered over the years. Many of the sites still have vast areas that are yet to be excavated and explored. Read more

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

Central America > Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula

Covering around 1.3million acres the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve is the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean. Read more

Swimming with Whale Sharks

Central America > Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula

Ever swum with Whale Sharks? No? Well now is your chance... Read more

Day at a Cenote

Central America > Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula

Cenotes (natural limestone sinkholes) come in different forms from the ‘open’ cenotes that can be found at ground level to the ‘semi-abierto’ cenotes that are half open and half in caves, accessible through small openings leading to chambers filled with stalactites and stalagmites. Read more

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