The state of Yucatán is not to be confused with the Yucatán peninsula. It is just one of the 3 Mexican states which is located on this far eastern peninsula of the country.

This is Maya territory with restored remnants of their ancient civilizations found in the old cities of Chichen Itzá, Uxmal, Ek’Balam, and other smaller city ruins sites.

The Spanish influences of the wealthy land owners can prominently be found in the capital city of Mérida with its magnificent stately mansions. Much of their good fortune came from producing henequén or sisal, a plant fiber used to make everything from the thick ropes on sailing ships to hammocks to burlap bags and hundreds of other items used around the house.

Two other notable towns to visit are Izamal with its yellow buildings and Valladolid which actually has a cenote right in the center of town. Travelers will find many cenotes located throughout the state.

In regards to wildlife, tens of thousands of colorful pink flamingos live year-round along the Gulf of México shoreline. They migrate up and down the coast depending on when they are breeding and when they are laying their eggs. 

Map / Quick Facts

Location: Yucatán Peninsula

Capital City: Mérida

Pueblo Magicos

Distances from Mérida to
Celestún - 67 mi / 107 km
Dzilam de Bravo - 67 mi / 108 km
Izamal - 43 mi / 68 km
Progreso - 28 mi / 44 km
Rio Lagartos - 135 mi / 216 km
Valladolid - 100 mi / 160 km

Campeche, CAMP - 115 mi / 184 km
Cancún, QR - 190 mi / 305 km
Cobá, QR - 135 mi / 217 km
Playa del Carmen - 180 mi / 288 km
Tulum, QR - 161 mi / 259 km

Nearest Airports from Veracruz City to
Mérida International Airport MID
4 mi / 6 km

Campeche International Airport CPE
96 mi / 160 km

Cancún International Airport CUN
177 mi / 285 km

Weather in Mérida
Jan-Feb High 80s / Low 60s
Mar High 90s / Low 60s
Apr-Oct High 90s / Low 70s
Nov-Dec High 80s / Low 60s



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Chichen Itza


Beach - Progreso