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Yucatán Peninsula Things to See and Do

Check out Activities during your travels to Yucatán Peninsula. Scroll down to find the top-rated attractions, sightseeing and Activities in Yucatán Peninsula as rated by local experts, VIVA's on-the-ground professional travel writers, and travelers.




 
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Chichen Itza trip

Chichen Itza trip

This is a must-do if you are in this area and trips are offered not only from Playa but also Ancun and Tulum....

Cultural Tour, Ruin, Adventure Tour
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Tulum Ruins

Tulum Ruins

This is one of the prettiest Mayan sites you can visit, neatly cared for with trimmed grass and palms surrounding well-restored ruins. The buildings...

Ruin, Cultural Tour
Tulum, Mexico

Uxmal

Maya legend tells of a dwarf in the ancient city of Uxmal, who claimed to have magical powers. Uxmal’s ruler, confident that the dwarf was a fraud,...

Ruin
Merida, Mexico

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve

If Cancún is a place for the hedonist with its loud, late-night bars, American fast food, and over-developed coastline, then the Sian Ka’an...

National Park
Tulum, Mexico
Snorkel Cozumel - close reefs

Snorkel Cozumel - close reefs

Making a trip out to Cozumel from Playa del Carmen is worthwhile to head out to some good snorkeling sites, although it can cost a bit when you add...

Boating, Diving
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Snorkel Cozumel - far reefs

Snorkel Cozumel - far reefs

There are several stalls at the ferry dock who offer this trip, which usually heads to two sites, but bargain hard and you should be able to get an...

Diving, Boating
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Swim with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery

Swim with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery

Dolphin Discovery offers educative swim-with-dolphins programs in the sea in Isla Mujeres, Cozumel Island and Puerto Aventuras in the Mayan Riviera....

Other Activity
Cancún, Mexico
Templo de San Bernardino and Ex-Convento de Sisal

Templo de San Bernardino and Ex-Convento de Sisal

Stroll down Valladolid’s loveliest street, the Calzada de los Frailes (Street of the Friars) from the Zocalo to this former...

Historical Building
Valladolid, Mexico
Pyramid of the Magician (Pirámide del Adivino)

Pyramid of the Magician (Pirámide del Adivino)

The most famous structure at Uxmal is the Pirámide del Adivino, variously translated as the pyramid of the magician, soothsayer or sorcerer. A...

Ruin
Mexico
Uxmal - Governor’s Palace (Palacio del Gobernador)

Uxmal - Governor’s Palace (Palacio del Gobernador)

The Governor’s Palace is majestic, a dwelling truly fit for kings. Completed in 987 AD it is the architectural opposite of the Pyramid of the...

Ruin
Mexico
Uxmal Ruins - Nunnery Quadrangle (Cuadrángulo de las Monjas)

Uxmal Ruins - Nunnery Quadrangle (Cuadrángulo de las Monjas)

To the Spanish this perfectly proportioned complex resembled a convent and so they called it a nunnery. Warriors might have studied here, or perhaps...

Ruin
Mexico
Uxmal Ruins - Other sites of interest

Uxmal Ruins - Other sites of interest

At the Uxmal Ruin complex, the big draws are the Magician's Pyramid, the ...

Ruin
Mexico
Plaza Grande/Zócalo (Independence or Main Square)

Plaza Grande/Zócalo (Independence or Main Square)

For more than 450 years the Plaza Grande, or Independence Square as it is officially known, has drawn Méridanos to this shady and spacious park,...

City Plaza
Merida, Mexico
Catedral de San Ildefonso

Catedral de San Ildefonso

The Door of Forgiveness leads into the first cathedral completed in the Americas, which is dedicated to San Ildefonso of Toledo. Construction began...

Historical Building
Merida, Mexico
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Contemporary Art Museum of the Yucatán)

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Contemporary Art Museum of the Yucatán)

Opened in 1994, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MACAY) stands proudly next door to the cathedral on the Main Square, occupying the former Peninsular...

Museum
Merida, Mexico
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