Small atlas to explore Yucatan (the place of infinite colors)

When we think of a trip to Yucatán, we imagine exploring its archaeological sites, a walk through Mérida, and the possibility of swimming in one of its cenotes. However, Yucatán is much more than that. It is the region of the lowland Maya, whose historical footprint and its natural landscape give it an identity as authentic as it is fantastic, full of colors.

It is an area rich in tourist attractions—experiences ranging from archaeological sites, beaches, mangroves, and cenotes. But let’s start at the beginning.

Yucatan Basics

The state of Yucatan is located on the north part of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is essential to clarify that the Yucatan Peninsula is made up of several states and Yucatan: Quintana Roo and Campeche. Although these areas share traditions and are a part of the Mayan history, they have different territorial compositions and attractions.

The Yucatan has beaches on the coast of the warm Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, and colonial cities. Its capital is Merida, known as the white city thanks to its symbolic architecture.

The state has 106 municipalities, each a representative jewel of the state. There is a story to discover in all of them, and although it sounds impossible, it will be something we will want to do once we set foot there.

There will be a feeling of wanting to do everything simultaneously during the trip, from visiting beaches, swimming in cenotes, touring colonial cities, and eating eclectic dishes that mix all of Mexico’s histories.

What is Yucatan’s climate?

The average annual temperature in Yucatan is 26°C, but maximum temperatures reach 36°C in May. This indicates that the best times to travel are between January and May and between October and January, where the average minimum temperatures are 16°C.

The climate is primarily warm and sub-humid, and the rains occur in summer from June to October.

The colors and flavors of Yucatán

Yucatecan gastronomy is based on the smells and flavors of diverse ingredients such as limes, oranges, achiote, habanero peppers, bananas, and pumpkin. In Yucatán, the Maya influence is evident in the local cuisine.

Among its dishes are papadzules, panuchos, poc-chuc, stuffed cheese, cochinita pibil, lime soup, chicken pibil, etc., a bomb of flavor and color. As for sweets, marquesitas, churros, and ice cream stand out.

For refreshment after exploring Yucatán, we recommend drinking chaya water. 

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Explore the most beautiful cenotes in Yucatán

If we explore Yucatán, we must go to the impressive cenotes, a unique natural phenomenon in the area. The cenotes of Yucatán have their turquoise blue and emerald green colors. To preserve the cenotes, one should shower before entering a cenote to prevent chemicals or sunscreen from entering the water. In the cenotes, one can swim, dive and snorkel.

Yucatan is also for souls looking to be in contact with nature. For them, there are multiple proposals, such as kayaking among mangroves, rappelling down cenotes, watching the fauna, and enjoying an authentic bird paradise. A burst of nature that will make us take thousands of pictures.

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Yucatán: party and colors

Authenticity is hard to find these days. Fewer and fewer places preserve culture as deep-rooted and rich in customs and traditions as the state of Yucatan. From traditional Mayan celebrations to the cooperation and collective conscience give the community a sense of belonging and immense regional pride.

On the other hand, Yucatecans have taken it upon themselves to highlight their musical styles regionally and nationally. For example, the jarana is one of the native dances of the territory that sometimes accompanies them. Or listen to good live music in their plazas with a good mojito.

The state of Yucatan has four magical towns: Izamal, Valladolid, Maní and Sisal. These towns exemplify and transport us to Yucatan culture, traditions, and magical essence. They are an excellent travel option to walk through its colonial streets and enjoy the beautiful architecture, people, and authentic gastronomy.

What is it like to experience Yucatán with Rutopía?

With Rutopía, we will experience Yucatán in different ways. So whether we are looking for a family trip or a romantic getaway, at Rutopía, we have the perfect travel specialists to design this adventure.

Another option is to experience Yucatan hand in hand with the communities. Where we will visit a charming fishing village, which was a place for commercial exchanges among the Mayas. Afterward, we can go to the Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve. Finally, after this glorious day, we will head to the beautiful city of Valladolid.

Also, during a trip to Yucatán, we can learn from excellent spiritual guides and their knowledge. This is through workshops such as on medicinal plants or the importance of corn. We can also learn to connect with nature and experience a spiritual journey in a cenote.

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For the adventurous, there is the option of ecotourism. The cenotes, mangroves, and archaeological zones are perfect places for ecotourism in the state, such as diving, fishing, and camping. In this experience, we can get to know the diversity of the local fauna. We can also experience extraordinary natural phenomena, such as Las Coloradas, a lagoon dyed in different shades of pink.

Last but not least, we can experience Yucatán through its food: Yucatán is a great place to eat! We can take a tour of Yucatan, enjoying its exquisite gastronomy. Yucatecan food is one of the most spectacular gastronomies in Mexico. Food is so important in this state that it has a traditional dish every day of the week, such as the bean and pork dish on Monday.

It’s time to discover Yucatan

.Yucatan is a magical, colorful place that will make visitors fall in love with all it offers. Whether visiting with family or friends, it is one of the best destinations in Mexico. This destination should be a must in plans to get to know Mexico.

 

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July, 2021
We had an amazing honeymoon thanks to Rutopia in Mexico
We had an amazing honeymoon thanks to Rutopia & Jorge. Initially I had just contacted them to get some ideas about my trip, but I ended up booking our trip to Mexico with Rutopia, after a lot of back-and-forth planning with Jorge. We wanted to visit and see both cultural/historical/gastronomical/vacation places in Mexico and our trip made that happen. Our hotels were excellent. Our drivers and guides were always on time. The activities were fun and informative. Couldn't ask for more. We did not encounter any problems, we did not have to pay any extra money for an activity either. Everything went perfectly well. Special thanks to Angel who was our guide in Merida and Chichen Itza.
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Catherine T.

Enero, 2020
Perfect trip for a woman in Mexico
The Mexican Eco company Rutopia is excellent. As a solo female traveller, I was very pleased with the custom itinerary planned for me by Sibila. All of my requests were fulfilled, from urban tours and decent, clean hotels in CDMX to horseback riding, hikes and cooking lessons in beautiful Guanajuato. All drivers and guides were professional , knowledgable and arrived on time. I was very reassured by Melina from Rutopia, a warm and and very diligent person who checked in with me every step of the way both before my trip and during my days in Colonial Mexico. I heartily recommend this company as a reliable source for trip planning in Mexico.
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Diciembre-Enero, 2020
Super easy way to plan a great trip Mexico
Jorge and Melina did a great job and I was very happy with my trip. On very short notice during the high season, Jorge put together a perfect itinerary. I hate to plan and Jorge took all the work out of it. He put together a good balance of the big, can’t miss sites and activities that were a little more off the beaten track. Jorge helpfully worked with me to adjust the itinerary to meet my interests, and in hindsight, I only wish I had gotten more involved. Every tour they arranged was fun and worthwhile with knowledgeable and professional guides and comfortable transportation. During my travels, Melina kept close tabs on me to make sure things were going smoothly. The few times I sent her a message, she quickly responded and she would check in on me every couple days when I hadn’t been in touch.
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Jul 2 - Jul 9, 2021
A dream vacation in México
My husband and I had the best vacation of our lives while visiting Oaxaca, Mérida, Valladolid and Puerto Morelos in México. Vanessa helped us tailor the trip and then Marisol coordinated the final details. Anita, from Rutopía, was always responsive to our questions and concerns while we were in México. In Oaxaca, Alex, our guide from Etnoturismo, made sure we fell in love with that city. And we did indeed. The colors, the food, the people are just amazing and have a special place in our hearts. The guide we got for Chichén Itzá, Juan, was very knowledgable and took great photos of us. The hotels chosen by our local specialists were breathtaking. We wouldn't have been able to plan such a wonderful vacation without their help. Muchas gracias!
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Diciembre-Enero, 2020
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Rutopia did an outstanding job with the arrangement and execution of a 9 day tour of Mayan sites in the Yucatan peninsula. We provided Rutopia with the general parameters of the trip we wanted and they suggested an itinerary. After our approval, they set up the hotels, transportation within Mexico, and site tours. The hotels were good quality, and all of the drivers and tour guides showed up on time. We were very impressed with the quality of the tour guides and learned a lot on the trip. Jorge handled setting up the itinerary, and Melina handled the execution of the trip and was readily available via WhatsApp throughout the trip for any questions or issues. Melina was particularly helpful in changing our transportation arrangements to the airport at the last minute per our request. I would recommend Rutopia and would use them again for future trips.
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Varadarajan

July, 2021
Fantastic Will do it again
My wife and I had a fantastic holiday in Mexico thanks to Marisol, Ana, Teresa and their colleagues & partners. The entire itinerary and arrangements were put together in less than 4 days. What we really liked about Marisol & her team was that they were only a message or a phone call away for any query/suggestion, etc. The trip was bespoke to the extent that Rutopia had kept in mind about our interests, food habits & executed bookings, tours. They were also very flexible in catering to last minute changes/requests. The team took upon them to ensure that our entire trip was comfortable & safe by taking care of even small stuff that one normally finds out post getting to a place. We would definitely like to use their services again!!
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July, 2021
Authentic and unique
Rutopía has offered us an excellent treatment from the first day, fulfilling what was promised and making it an unforgettable experience. We have been to the attention of Nubia, a charming person and professional.
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David

July, 2021
Journey to Mexico City, Cholula and Cuetzalan
We had a wonderful time. We started out in Mexico City with a 2 day tour filled with museums, food, and beautiful sights. We then went on to Cholula to experience the culture in a smaller town, see a local market, and eat traditional food. We finished the tour in a small town called Cuetzalan, where most people speak an indigenous language. All of our guides were great. Thank you for a memorable vacation!
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Ai

Septiembre, 2020
Travel with soul
I have traveled twice with Rutopía (family trips) and both have been wonderful experiences. Places of enormous beauty and biocultural richness, impossible to get to know in conventional tourism. Best of all: the hosts! Lovely people who know and love their cultures and territories and know how to transmit it with affection, pride and a great sense of hospitality. Undoubtedly, we will travel with them many more times!
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Bikø J

Noviembre, 2020
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I traveled to Chiapas for an ecotourism experience with Rutopia and I liked it very much, the team responds very quickly to all questions and accompany the traveler throughout the experience, I missed my flight and they were very flexible to accommodate the entire itinerary, My destination was the lakes of Tziscao, where I was received by Neri with his family in very nice cabins next to a lake with incredible views and a magnificent tranquility, with them you make experiences of beekeeping and coffee and tours to nearby lakes, Montebello is a must! 100% recommended.
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Alexhcros1500

Marzo, 2021
Super local agency
We have worked with Rutopia for several tours in Mexico in the Yucatán and Chiapas and we have never been disappointed. Authentic experiences, with locals, in magical places and off the beaten tourist track. Our contact Marisol was always super available and responsive, understanding and anticipating our desires. And she speaks very good French. I highly recommend Rutopia!
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Mikel D

Abril, 2021
The best moment lived in Mexico
We were traveling as a group of friends with nothing organized. We like to improvise and be able to find alternative plans to the conventional tourist routes. We arrived in Puerto Escondido - Mexico's paradise - and started looking for options. A Mexican friend recommended us to contact Rutopia and we did. We explained our way of traveling - which they quickly understood - and in a few hours they came to us with a perfect selection of activities. We chose one of them and the next day we found ourselves galloping through beautiful hills, crossing a small lagoon in canoes, bathing on an unspoiled beach at sunset and sipping freshly picked coconuts with some mezcal. We had dinner in the only hut on the beach, eating fish that had been caught that day from the lagoon. Then we went to see the luminescence of the placton with paddle canoes until we were surprised by one of the biggest and reddest moons I have ever seen in my life. We ended up sleeping in bamboo huts a few meters from the waves. There were no more than 5 huts on the miles of beach that we could see. And at ALL times with an exquisite treatment - sympathy, kindness and attention. This is just one of the plans we booked with Rutopia, which definitely changed the course of our trip. Without a doubt, I would repeat this experience in any place I would like to visit in Mexico. Viva Mexico!
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Claudia A

Septiembre, 2020
Super organization, great accommodations and nice team
The trip was perfectly organized, we were always exclusive or in very small groups and had freedom to do our own activities. All accommodations were fantastic and sustainable, the food almost always local and very good, we could always fill our Rutopia water bottles and travel as plastic free as possible. We were met at the airport and had assistance getting a rental car. After that, we traveled independently but had our fixed dates and reservations with Rutopia. It was the perfect mix!
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pascalrichard0304

Marzo, 2020
Circuit in Yucatan
Discovering wonderful and surprising sites, Mayan communities with an unforgettable welcome, breathtaking landscapes, a very pleasant climate in the middle of March...and smiling people! A big thank you to Rutopia and his team for the elaboration of this ideal circuit, alternating nature, city life, simplicity and comfort. Thanks to Mélina for the follow-up during our trip. We don't speak Spanish well enough, and we appreciated having a French-speaking contact person who could be reached if necessary. We still have a lot to discover and hope to come back very soon, and with Rutopia without hesitation!
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Sabrina N

Marzo, 2020
Perfect
For those who don't like to manage logistics like hotels, rental cars, activities. And above all, to have someone who speaks fluent French that we can reach at any time for the unexpected... You are in the right place! Thank you to Chloe for the preparation of our trip, to Melina our Ariadne's thread and Teresa for her welcome and help at the arrival and departure. A big thank you to Enrique and Blanca from Nuevo-Durango for their welcome, their smiles, their family, a lot of emotions at the time to leave you. Thanks to Mémo for your teaching of Mexican customs (Sian Ka'an) The Yucatan is a magnificent region. And the population is very pleasant. Only downside Holbox... Too much dust, too much smell of fuel oil, too much tourist. I will keep in memory these wonderful moments!
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