Trip tips for the Yucatan Peninsula


Trip tips for the Yucatan Peninsula 


1. Take a shuttle across the border
In Central and South America, it’s very common for the general population to use chicken buses (converted school buses). Even though the shuttle costs a bit more, I strongly advise you to take it if you’re arriving in Mexico from Belize or Guatemala. With a chicken bus, you have to make so many changes that you’ll lose precious vacation time.

2. Save money with second-class buses
Once you're in Mexico, you can easily travel on less expensive buses, such as ADO buses. They’re a little less comfortable, but if money is a factor, they’ll help you save a lot!

3. Try couchsurfing
There’s no better way to meet locals, immerse yourself in the local culture, and sample real Mexican cuisine than couchsurfing. Your hosts will show you their city, and knowing Mexican hospitality, you won't be disappointed!

4. Spend an afternoon in a cenote
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit a cenote. These natural wonders will amaze you with their clear water and fish under the blue Mexican sky.

5. Explore Merida
Merida is the cultural capital of the Yucatan. You’ll see beautiful colonial buildings, parks, streets, and churches that look as if they’ve stepped out of another century. Every day is a celebration in Merida, where concerts and traditional dance performances often take place on the street.

6. Visit Maya ruins
Located beside the Caribbean Sea, the Tulum ruins are a must-see. And the ruins at Chichen Itza are even more stunning. Arrive early to avoid the crowds.

7. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
Especially in the summer. The heat and sun can be overwhelming, so make sure you have plenty of sunscreen with you. Ideally, you should avoid going out between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

8. Visit the Yellow City
Izamal, or the Yellow City, is located near Merida. Just take a colectivo (a small bus) from the town market. They hold around 10 passengers and go through about every 10 minutes.

9. Try Maya chocolate
Visit the Chocolate Museum in Valladolid, where chocolate is prepared using ancient Maya methods. Admission is free, and after the visit, you can taste and buy various types of chocolate, or even enjoy some at the adjoining café.