Teds Travels – Do you know what Yucatan has to offer
When our passengers ask us if it safe to travel to Mexico we normally advise them to travel with common sense, just as anywhere else! Some recommendations for example are not putting your wallet in your back pocket or leaving you bag on the floor to take a picture.
Personally, I love Mexico, especially the colonial magical towns. But if you have some clients traveling to USA and they are looking at a few days to fill in somewhere else, we suggest the Yucatan Peninsula. They can start in Merida, one of the safest cities in Mexico, and visit the ruins of Uxmal and Kabah. Then we recommend staying in a hundred-year-old hacienda where they used to produce henequen. They can drive early in the morning to Chichen Itza to avoid the crowds arriving at 10am from Cancun, that’s why we suggest avoiding Cancun! If your clients want to enjoy the beauty of the Mexican Caribbean, then Tulum would be a much better place to do so.
On the same day as Chichen Itza they can stop in the lovely Valladolid where cenotes and colourful architecture will enhance their trip. From there, your clients can either go north towards Holbox Island, or east onto Isla Mujeres or Tulum. How to choose? The three destinations are gorgeous. Holbox is great to relax, windsurf and whale shark swimming. On their way to Holbox we recommend stopping by Ek Balam, a not so known archaeological site with a beautiful cenote great to fresh up! We can also take them to different Cenotes for an underwater swim in crystal clear waters once used by the Mayans for ceremonial events.
If you clients prefer the Riviera Maya, they can stop first in Coba on their way to Tulum or Isla Mujeres. Coba was an important and very large Mayan settlement. After visiting this site they can go onward to their relaxing Caribbean holiday.
In Isla Mujeres, Playa Norte was just named one of the top 10 best beaches on the world, is great for snorkelling as it has a great reef called Garrafon, but that’s not all, the underwater museum is here too. Tulum is for those clients who will appreciate a private villa in the jungle with access to a breathtaking beach and nice restaurants. It all depends on their interests and we can arrange anything for them.
I’m running out of room for now, but I forgot to tell you about the food! According to the Mexican at our office, Yucatecan food is one of the best, we can arrange a cooking class followed by live music at Merida’s charismatic little plazas.
Ted Dziadkiewicz is Director and Founder of Contours Travel, Australia’s longest running tour operator to Latin America. He has been more than 100 times to Latin America over the past 40 years and visited over 20 countries. If you want to know more visit www.contourstravel.com.au