Luxury Yucatán Holidays
- Ancient Ruins
- Colonial Cities
Located in the southeast of Mexico, Yucatán has a wealth of pyramidal ruins lurking among the wild undergrowth, a legacy of the ancient Maya civilisation that has left its mark on the Mexican landscape. These ruins are fascinating whether you are a history buff or not, and honestly, there is something for everyone in the region regardless. A number of eco themed parks are thrilling escapes for children, couples can enjoy the buzzing nightlife of the beach towns, and Yucatán’s diverse landscape, encompassing lush jungles, underground rivers and collection of cenotes (natural sinkholes) make for an incredible experience. Mayan and Spanish flavours are bursting out of the cuisine in Yucatán – you must try their traditional Yucatec Mayan cochinita pibil dish.
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The capital of the state of Yucatán, Mérida stands as a testament to the vibrant tapestry of culture, history, and contemporary life. Boasting colourful colonial architecture, this city was founded on the ancient Maya city once known as Thó. A living museum of the Yucatán's storied past with grand plazas, markets and an array of galleries, museums, gourmet restaurants and cafes inviting exploration. Mérida’s welcoming vibe reaches its bright cultural scene where traditional gastronomy, dance, and music boom. Perfect for those looking to experience authentic Mexico.
Many holidayers also visit Mérida, Yucatán for its beautiful white sandy beaches. Visit the right beach at the right time and you may even see some flamingos! Feel a beach holiday in Mérida could be for you? Get in touch with our Holiday Experts to start planning today.
Confirmed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Uxmal is a genuine archaeological wonder. Its notable pyramid towers over the lush landscape – a symbol of the city’s cultural and spiritual importance – and showcases a collection of the most extraordinary ruins in the ancient Maya world. We highly recommend an expert guided tour of this magnificent site to walk you through its Puuc style grandeur and intricate geometric patterns and stone carvings.
One of Mexico’s Pueblos Magicos, recognised for its magical quality, the “Yellow City” is a charming town overflowing with history and, of course, colour! Its largely yellow painted architecture is a beacon for the intrepid traveller, inviting you in to explore its well-preserved heritage and local traditions. The most popular cultural site is the vast Convento de San Antonio de Padua, steeped in history! Built on top of a hill, originally a Mayan pyramid destroyed by the Spanish, the monastery’s stones were repurposed from the temple, identifiable by the unmistakable maze-like design.
The first capital of the region effortlessly weaves colonial history and Mayan heritage together. Meander through cobblestone streets with pastel-hued facades, and a historic city centre, taking in this captivating town. Beyond Valladolid’s cultural legacy, it is also a gateway to exploring several significant Mayan archaeological sites such as Chichen Itzá, Ek Balam, and Cenote Xcanche, the latter only being accessible by bike.
An icon. This archaeological site is one of the New Seven Wonders of the world and represents the ancient brilliance of the Mayan civilization. The focus is El Castillo, being the most famous construction – the stepped pyramid which served as a celestial observatory and ceremonial structure. Other points of interest aren’t to be missed from the Sacred Cenote to the Temple of the Warriors and the Great Ball Court. We recommend taking a private guided tour which offers expert insight with rich and profound context.
Where to Stay in Yucatán
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Plan Your Holiday
The best time to visit Yucatán
Yucatán enjoys a tropical climate year-round where temperatures during the day hardly drop below 25oC. The dry season runs from December to April, and you’ll be greeted with near uninterrupted sunshine with the odd passing shower.
Towards the end of the dry season, around May, the humidity and temperature start to rise and between July and September temperatures of 30oC can be experienced. June to November is the official Caribbean hurricane season and while the Yucatán dodges many of the hurricanes that Caribbean islands can often encounter, storms (though rarely destructive) are not uncommon. The silver lining? Whale sharks and dolphins appear off the coast of the region from mid-May to mid-September.
Yucatán Travel Essentials
Mexico has put a smoking ban in place from January 2023. The ban prohibits smoking in both open and closed public spaces. Most hotels, however, have a designated smoking area. Please speak to your Travel Consultant regarding the smoking policy at your hotel and any questions you might have.
Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus-Diphtheria vaccinations are currently recommended. Mexico is regarded to have a risk of contracting the Zika virus. However, please consult your GP at least four to six weeks prior to travel for current advice.
The time difference is GMT -6 hours.
The flight time from London to Mérida is 14½ hours via Houston, Texas.
The currency is the Mexican peso.
British passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to Mexico.
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