Experiencing the Gems of the Yucatán Peninsula
We always feel slightly envious (in a nice way, though!) whenever we hear of people who get to travel to the Yucatán Peninsula. That is because of places like Cancun, which bless visitors with magnificent sunshine and beaches to die for. Once you step off that flight to Cancun, here are a few of the Yucatan gems you should explore on terra firma!
We would not be able to look people in the eye if we went to the Yucatán Peninsula and did not visit Chichen Itza. This sacred site of the ancient Mayan-Toltec civilization, and other sites like it, display the world view of the civilization through the architecture and design. The site of Chichen Itza is easily the most important of these, and the Kukulkan Pyramid, or “El Castillo” as it is more commonly referred to, is the most famous.
Tulum is perfect for anyone who is looking to explore and to relax at the same time. This 13th century walled city was one of the last Mayan strongholds and sits on the coastline, looking over the beach with its glistening turquoise waters. You can also explore a cave and go diving. Basically, you have paradise, exploration, and history all in one place – what a gem!
And now for something completely different: an underwater museum. There is not many of these in the world, so if you are in the Yucatán Peninsula, then make the most of your time there to visit this museum. Situated in the waters that surround Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc, this museum is home to more than 400 sculptures, which are fixed to the seabed and are designed to help sustain coral life. The aim of the museum is to show how the environment and art can interact and to act as a home for coral life.
This is the quintessential relaxation spot in the Yucatán Peninsula. The pace of life is easy going and, uniquely, people get around by golf cart! The waters are a beautiful turquoise color and you can go snorkeling or diving, or you can, alternatively (and most appealingly!), just laze on the golden sands. While there, you can also visit a turtle farm – we challenge you to not want to take one home with you!
Of course, we could not finish this piece on the Yucatán Peninsula without touching on the cuisine! Take the time to sample some of the Mexican cuisine. Chiles en nogada is a very Mexican dish that recreates the colors of the Mexican flag – red, green, and white.
The dish consists of chilies filled with a mixture of meat, spices, and fruits (the green), walnut-cream (the white), and pomegranate seeds (the red). Fail to try this foodie gem and you just have not been to Mexico!