6 hidden winter getaways in southeast Mexico

Quintana Roo, Campeche, and Yucatan await

 

Enjoy a warm winter vacation

 

Located in the Mexican Caribbean, the Yucatan Peninsula is the perfect place to escape for a few days. Whether you plan to enjoy the beach or walk in any archaeological site, you’ll find plenty of places to rest and relax.

In this blog post, we recommend six places to escape this cold winter and enjoy a warm vacation in southeast Mexico.

 

 

1.- Sian Ka’an Biosphere

In Spanish, “Heaven’s Gate” is located just down the Riviera Maya. A nature reserve that houses the unimaginable amount of flora and fauna and the most utopian landscapes you will find in Quintana Roo. It has areas for camping, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming and cycling.

Due to its proximity to the city of Tulum, lodging not be a problem. There are hotels and inns that are available for your visit, be sure to book early.

It is not on the list, but you should definitely go, read: 5 reasons we love Tulum, and you should too

Photo Univers-Maya-Fr

Photo Univers-Maya-Fr

2.- Celestún

Located on the coast of Yucatan, this wonderful natural site is home to pink flamingos and birds such as the osprey, pinto duck and blue heron, making it one of the most important natural areas of Mexico.

In Celestún, you can enjoy activities such as boat trips through the mangroves, bird watching, snorkeling and visiting the iconic inclined lighthouse at Fisherman’s Wharf. We recommend you stay on the beach until nightfall, the sunsets in Yucatan are a gift of nature.

 

Photo ViajandoMéxico

Photo ViajandoMéxico

3.-  Calakmul Biosphere

This natural paradise of Campeche exists since 1989. Its 723,000 hectares of tropical forest are home to the jaguar, tapir and deer, some species of mammals that inhabit it. This site is the place to let out your adventurous spirit fly while you discover over 300 species of birds and 70 reptiles. Go prepared with your camera ready for a unique adventure.

Within this reserve are the archaeological sites of Calakmul, Xpujil, Tamchén, Becan and Lagunita. This book is perfect for adventure lovers, as they can walk through the forest and discover the secrets of the ancient Mayan cities.

There are many beautiful places to visit in Mexico, reads: 30 Impressive archaeological sites in Mexico

 

Photo FomentoCulturalBanamex

Photo FomentoCulturalBanamex

4.- Valladolid, Yucatán

Walking the streets of Valladolid is a real privilege. A small colonial city founded in 1543 by Francisco de Montejo, named in honor of the Spanish city. Its location is perfect as it is close to the archaeological sites Chichen Itza and Uxmal. You can’t leave Yucatán without visiting the Zaci, Samula, X’Keken and Saamal cenotes.

The Cathedral of St. Servatius, colloquially known as “The Punished Church” is one of its main attractions. This magical town of Yucatán has great influence in colonial architecture, from households to the Government Palace.

Mexican food? Valladolid is the best option, read: Food lovers, Welcome to La Casona de Valladolid

Photo MayapanTravel

Photo MayapanTravel

5.- Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo

Separated from Cancun by a strip of turquoise waters, this small island of the Mexican Caribbean offers many activities within the city. Walking along the main street while watching its white sandy beaches is the beginning of your visit, that will lead you to Punta Sur. With its cliffs lined with green plains, it’s a landscape that you’ll remember forever.

North Beach is the most popular beach in Isla Mujeres. Locals and foreigners go to enjoy some sun and swim in its waters. Enjoying the sunset from one of the piers in Isla Mujeres is an unforgettable experience: due to its geographical location the day and night can be seen almost simultaneously.

Photo IslaDebDotCom

Photo IslaDebDotCom

6.- Palizada, Campeche 

A magical town with over 200 years of history that will make you vibrate. The preservation of its architecture is a reason why many travelers are attracted to visit this place: for example, the small houses with classic French tile roof. Palizada is located on the river of the same name, a tributary of the Usumacinta river: perfect site to take a bird watching tour.

The “Crocodiles from Palizada” ranch is dedicated to raising these species. It’s a good spot for the reptile lovers to see them in a controlled habitat. It’s common to find saraguato and howler monkeys in this jungle paths.

 

Photo Flickr

Photo Flickr

Discover hidden places, read: Winter Road Trips in Mexico

As you can see, these six sites in the Yucatan Peninsula perfectly combine history and nature as well as unique travel experiences and are certainly excellent choices to visit this winter in Mexico.

Do you know any other place to get away from the cold in winter? Share it with us.