CANCUN, MERIDA & COZUMEL CArnAvAl
In the wake of Cancun's spectacular success, new resorts such as those at Akumal, Puerto Venturas, Buena Ventura and Puerto Cancun have extended the development some 130 kilometers down the Yucatan coast while the laid back destinations like Isla Mujeres and Playa del Carmen have become crowded and intensely developed. Long before Cancún was invented by the tourism industry, Merida and Cozumel were holding their Carnavals.
These destinations are almost midway between Mérida
and Cancún. From Mérida it's 2 1/2 hours by car to Chichén on the new
toll road, or autopista. The trip all the way figure
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TRIPADVISOR USERS for Mexico are all here on the
|This is the capital of the
Yucatan which has
Mexico's most popular tourist attraction since the
Mayan built their resort at Tullum in the early part of the first
millennium. The sweeping curve of southern Mexico means
that the Yucatán state capital, Mérida , is actually north of
Mexico City but most of the
Located 30 miles inland and 200 miles from Cancun, the capital of the State of Yucatan, Merida (MAY-ree-dah) is the Gateway to the Mayan world and home of Mexico's 3rd greatest Carnaval. Here in this 450 City of 1 million, Spanish and French Colonial influences combine with a Mayan heritage.
The traditional capital of the Yucatan Mayan also celebrates Carnaval
CITY OF THE YUCATAN
Travel Tales & Tips
darthmilmo's Mérida Travel Tips virtualtourist.com/m/36bbe/e599a/Merida at Lodging.com
|Isla Mujeres Cancun|
GETTING THERE: The passenger ferry for Isla Mujeres officially leaves from Puerto Juárez regularly between 6am and 8pm with both fast (15min; US$3.50) and slow (45min; US$1.80) services. To get to the ferry terminal, catch a bus ("Ruta 13") heading north from the stop on Av Tulum, opposite the bus station (20min), or take a taxi from Tulum (around US$3.50) Another ferry leaves from Punta Sam, a few kilometres north of Puerto Juárez accommodates cars
plenty of bicycles and mopeds for rent
Places To STAY
|Playa del Carmen Yucatan|
32km (20 miles) S of Puerto Morelos, 70km (44 miles) S
of Cancún, 10km (6 1/2 miles) N of Xcaret, 13km (8 miles) N of Puerto
Throughout the late nineties and into the millennium Playa del Carmen , the departure point for boats to Cozumel has mushroomed into a major holiday destination.
Mayan fortress of Tulum; snorkel Banco Chinchorro near Belize; night beach walks to view
turtle nesting; explore the newly discovered Maya site Kohunlich, notable for its giant carved masks, in southern Quintana Roo jungles; Caribbean port city of Chetumal; trek and kayak the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve discovering small Mayan temples; swim in cenotes; hike the jungle covered site of Coba; learn uses of medicinal trees; observe birds and jungle wildlife
70km (44 miles) S of Cancún; 19km (12 miles) SE
of Playa del Carmen The island is 45km (28 miles) long and 18km
(11 miles) wide, and lies 19km (12 miles) from the mainland. Most
of the terrain is flat, undisturbed scrubland.
Isla de Ixchel There are more than 40 shrines to the goddess of fertility, Ixchel. For centuries Mayan have traveled to the island for fertility blessings.
The main commerce is cruise ships and diving which makes San Miguel a shopping mecca for tourists and boaters
Carnaval by 2camels.com
FESTIVALS & EVENTS