Michael Turtle – TIME TRAVEL TURTLE
Mexico is one of those countries that has quit distinct cultures and heritages in its different regions. I haven’t been to the whole country (something I hope to correct sometime soon) but I have spent a bit of time around the eastern part. It’s here that I first fell in love with the country – and everything it offers from a modern and historical point of view.
Of course, the laidback atmosphere you’ll find in many parts of Mexico is one of the reasons you’ll relax in a visit to the country. But I love seeing the sights and eastern Mexico (particularly around the Yucatan) has some of the best places to visit – the Mayan ruins!
This was the focus of my first trip to Mexico, and I really enjoyed the most popular ancient cities like Chichen Itza, Uxmal, and Palenque. But, if you’ve got the time, you can go a bit deeper and find incredible Mayan ruins like Calakmul and Yaxchilan.
It’s not all ancient heritage, though. I would also recommend a visit to Campeche to see some of the colonial history of Mexico. And you’ll find the natural beauty everywhere but, if you’re near Tulum, it’s definitely worth checking out the World Heritage Site of Sian Ka’an.
SEEING THE MAYAN CITIES >> THIS IS THE TOUR I RECOMMEND <<
Getting to the best of the ancient Mayan cities in Mexico (and neighbouring countries) can be a little tricky. To make it easier, and learn more along the way, I recommend this tour of the Mayan heritage.
THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN MERIDA >> MEXICO’S COOLEST CITY <<
In recent years, Merida has emerged as one of the coolest new cities in Mexico. It’s not just the history and the culture, it’s the emerging hipster scene that gives it an edge. Here are my tips for the best things to do in Merida.
IS CHICHEN ITZA WORTH IT? >> MY VIEW OF THE MOST FAMOUS MAYAN SITE <<
Chichen Itza gets the most visitors of any Mayan ruin, but does that mean it’s the best? Here is what I think about visiting Chichen Itza from Playa del Carmen and offer some advice of what else to see.