Magno Travel Insights for Yucatán State
Hi, Magno readers! The Magno Insights are some of the learnings I’ve come to after 25 years of traveling experience in Mexico. By taking advantage of these inputs, you’ll go a little beyond on your trips in Mexico. Please take advantage of these recommendations that I consider useful for any kind of visitor.
So, some recommendations for the state of Yucatán are:
* I advise you to plan your trip to Yucatán state in advance to avoid confusion. Yucatán is a state whose tourism attractions offer is so big that feeling that sensation of Where to start? is common in visitors.
Why? Let me tell you why. Beaches, rainforests, Maya ancient archaeological zones, colonial age churches, “cenotes” (sinkholes), magical villages, thematic tourism routes, sisal “Haciendas,” etc.
Did you see it? Yucatán is so fantastic that having a little plan in advance will give you peace of mind.
I repeat it again. The offer of top-notch attractions is little less than abundant, and to round off the situation, the vast majority of them are something like a must-see.
* Don’t forget to pack in your luggage pieces light clothes made of natural fabrics, and in bright colors.
Those ones will make your stay in the magical Maya land much more pleasant, in addition to a good hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a useful pair of sunglasses.
Yucatán is mostly a warm state all year long, so cold days here don’t register their presence frequently.
* Depending on your particular likings or wishes, I recommend taking tours through the magical “Yucatán” territory through thematic corridors. I explain myself.
Yucatán is special because it offers Maya archaeological zones, Haciendas, “cenotes,” caverns, ports, beaches, lagoons, colonial cities, and lots of exuberant nature places.
As you can see, you may not be interested in visiting all of the corridors, perhaps just a few. However, they are part of a historical wholeness that time cooked here exquisitely.
* Purify your soul with the beautiful spectacle of the pink flamingos’ contemplation in their sacred home, the “Ría Celestún.”
Located on Yucatán Peninsula’s western coasts, it’s one of Mexico’s earthly paradises, where these beautiful colored birds nest and give life to their offspring. The majestic presence of mother nature is unmatched here. Enjoy it.
* Explore and feel “Chichén Itzá” Maya ancient site to its fullest. If it isn’t against your beliefs, sitting passively to meditate and breathe becomes an activity from another world. Literally. The archaeological zone that crowns the ancient Maya knowledge offers genuine diamonds to visitors.
Temples such as the one dedicated to the god “Kukulcán,” or also known as “El Castillo,” the “Templo de los Jaguares,” the “Templo de los Guerreros,” the astronomical observatory “El Caracol,” will catch your mind for sure.
The “Cenote Sagrado,” the “Pok Ta Pok” ball playground, the ancient Maya game ball, the “Grupo de las Mil Columnas,” the “Plataforma de Venus,” are some other Chichen Itzá’s treasures.
I advise you to be accompanied by a specialized guide that you can hire at the archaeological zone’s entrance. You won’t see Chichén Itzá the same way you arrived before.
* Respectfully, stop for a moment without taking it for fun in front of the “Pirámide de Kukulcán” or the “El Castillo.” Clap a few times loudly with your right hand slightly in downward misalignment from the left hand. I can’t explain what you’ll hear next.
It’s one of the most beautiful, sweet, harmonious, and incredible sound gifts that a human being can listen to.
Every time I finish doing it in front of the pyramid, I just bow my head and silently recognize the majestic demonstration of Maya’s extraordinary ancient knowledge scope poured there without further words.
* Open a parenthesis to delight and be fascinated with the best dishes of the “Yucatán’s” cuisine. Edible gems such as “Tikin Xic” fish, the “Cochinita Pibil,” the “Panuchos,” the “Papadzules,” the “Sopa de Lima,” the “Huevos Motuleños,” among many others.
I definitely advise you to arrive with a huge empty space in your stomach in Yucatán state. There’s no loss of anything. I swear it to you. Now, if you want to taste tough drinks, then the “Xtabentún” liquor will make you stand up again. Cheers!
* If you speak some Spanish and express yourself minimally in this language without the listener ever going crazy, I recommend speaking to have formidable conversations with a native Yucatán’s inhabitant.
With few exceptions, which they may happen in any part of the world, exercising the art of conversation with locals is an act of fascination and exchange of pure joy. Friendly, talkative, approachable, kind, open, etc. What else can I tell you?
If you are to make friends in Mexico, start with the Yucatán state. Satisfaction is guaranteed, or I’ll return your bitterness. Thank you. You are welcome.
* Refresh and drink a real-life experience in one of the over 3,000 “Dzonots” or “cenotes” (sinkholes) where swimming is allowed throughout the state.
Some of them are just to visit them and watch. That’s it. In others, you can swim, and in many others, diving is permitted.
These geographical depressions where the water has taken possession of the cavity, aren’t only a visitable physical space. They will also offer you a fascinating encounter with the ancient Maya culture but also with the paradise of relaxation, fun, and Yucatán’s state wonders.
In fact and as I mentioned, there’s a thematic corridor of the “cenotes,” the so-called “Ruta de Los Cenotes,” which runs inland Yucatán state. Their names? Sure. There they go. They are in Yucatán’s Classic Mayan Language.
“Ik Kil” or the “Cenote Sagrado,” the “Cenote Azul,” close to the village of “Misne Balan,” the “Cenote “Dzitnup,” or also called “X’kekén,” the “Cenote Xcalah,” the “Cenote Zaci,” the “Cenote Chelentún,” among many others.
Ah! Make me a favor, please. As they are delicate water reserves, I recommend you avoid using non-biodegradable sunscreen or chemical substances on the skin and avoid 100% leaving traces of garbage of any kind.
Thank you very much, indeed. Yucatán and all the lovers of this wonderful land will thank you.
Ah! Sorry, something else. I just forgot. For ancient Maya and many contemporary Maya people, “cenotes” are sacred places. They represent the entrances to the underworld where the gods of that earth’s space dwell.
Showing a little respect before jumping joyously into its divine waters isn’t at all superfluous. Thank you very much again.
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