I know exactly what you are thinking. I know all you need right now is quarantine to be over, leave your house and feel alive again. I know you are struggling and can’t wait to jump on a plane and go travelling. But don’t panic, it’s just a matter of time. Plus, we can still dream. And plan our next trip.

One thing we have learned for sure during this hard time at home is to appreciate even more what we were taking for granted. Running outside, enjoying a coffee with a good friend, chilling at the park, go to the beach, explore the world. Everything will taste so much better once we get back to a normal life. We will appreciate every little thing and we will realise how important it is to live every day to the fullest.

I guess you have been thinking a lot about all the things you want to do once the pandemic is over. You need to make up for lost time and start chasing those dreams you have been putting on hold for too long. Well, what’s better than a trip to Yucatán Mexico to celebrate life? Palm trees, crystal clear waters, Mayan ruins, architecture, picture-perfect little villages and great people.


The capital of Yucatán. Mérida is a great city where history, architecture, traditions and authenticity all mix together to create an awesome blend. It has everything you could ask for: vibrant colours, historic buildings, museums, great food, active nightlife, free events and friendly locals. You will quickly fall in love with the city. Moreover, Mérida has a strategic location that allows you to easily explore the surrounding area. We definitely recommend you to find an accommodation here and spend at least 4-5 days to make sure you are not missing out on anything. Want to know how to live Mérida like a local? Check this out.


Yucatan is located on the South-East part of Mexico, offering a beautiful coastline facing the Gulf of Mexico. I guess when hearing the word Mexico, you immediately picture yourself relaxing on a hammock by the beach sipping tequila and eating tacos. Well, let me tell you that this is possible in Yucatán. You have plenty of beaches you can choose from: from virgin and hidden beaches to beaches with more action where you can walk along the malecón or try some cool sports like kitesurfing. Not sure where to go yet? Here we tell you about the most beautiful beaches in Yucatan.


You are probably not too familiar with this as cenotes are mainly found in the Yucatán Peninsula. Cenotes are natural pits or sinkholes that have been created from the collapse of limestone rocks. They are natural paradise and probably what you will love the most here in Yucatán. Cenotes are unique and magical places where you can admire beauty in all its glory and refresh yourself in crystal clear waters. Find out more about cenotes in this article. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I will let the picture speak for itself.

Mayan ruins

Yucatán is a way more than just beautiful nature (as this wasn’t enough). This region has so much to offer like the most impressive Mayan Ruins where you will find yourself speechless in front of amazing millennia-old, monumental structures. Yucatán is home of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Chichén Itzá, the most famous ruin site in Mexico. But this is not the only one, there are many other spectacular sites that are definitely worth the visit as for example Uxmal, Mayapan and Ek Balam. Wherever ruins you decide to visit, make sure to arrive very early (and I mean very early) to avoid the crowds and live a better experience. Don’t miss the opportunity to get deep into the Mayan world and learn about this fascinating population.

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Pueblos Mágicos

“Pueblo” means “town, village” in Spanish. Close your eyes and imagine the most beautiful picturesque little village you can think of. Well, there is no need to imagine it anymore as a place like this really exists here in Yucatán. Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism initiated a programme called Programa Pueblos Mágicos (Magic town programme) to promote different towns around the country that offers the visitor a “magical” experience. Such pueblos mágicos are chosen for their cultural richness, folklore, traditions, natural beauty, cuisine, history, art crafts and friendly hospitality. Grab your camera and get ready to live a unique experience walking around these magical places. Have a look at this post to see which are the two towns you can’t miss in Yucatan!

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Travelling is not only about visiting new places. Travelling is about experiencing a different culture, learning about the traditions, interacting with the locals and tasting new flavours. Mexico is a huge country where every state differs in gastronomy and offers very typical tastes. Yucatecan cuisine is famous for having diverse flavours and for being an intangible cultural heritage of the State. The traditional dishes are created with a mix of local elements, ingredients that came from a different country like Spain and traditional spices that the ancient Mayas used. Panuchos, Salbutes, Poc Chuc, Cochinita, Papadzules, Marquesitas are just some of the many dishes you can taste in Yucatan. Prepare yourself to live a culinary experience like no other. Check out here the best restaurants to try in Mérida.

I am pretty sure we have convinced you to pack your bags and come visit us. Hopefully it won’t be too long before you can jump on a plane and start exploring this beautiful part of Mexico! Add Yucatán on the top of your bucket list and start planning your next adventure!

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