Find unique things to do in Yucatan Peninsula in the video below. It includes such off the tourist track places as Ek Balam, with its magnificent carvings in the face of a pyramid that you can climb. You’ll also find Valladolid, where you can get wonderful local Yucatecan food. Plus, you’ll love Izamal, the yellow-painted town with its cathedral, home of the Black Christ or Cristo Negro. And, of course, there’s the usual Yucatan tourist hotspots of Tulum, Chichen Itza, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Coba, and Akumal.
Where is the Yucatan Peninsula? On the map of Mexico, below, you can see that Mexico looks like a hand, and the Yucatan Peninsula looks like a thumb. The thumb sticks out into the Caribbean Sea.
Interestingly, the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula extends close to both Cuba and Florida.
Mayan ruin sites exist in the Yucatan Peninsula. You can find them in the Mexican states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco (where Tabasco Sauce comes from), and Chiapas.
There are also Mayan ruins in the countries of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador, which is cut off at the bottom of the map, below.
I wish I was in Yucatan. It’s this time of year, when the wind whips cold and the snow blankets the earth that my mind and heart turn to Yucatan.
This is the time of year to head out of cold country and head to Yucatan. I yearn for those turquoise waters of the Riviera Maya, the heat of the Mayan ruins such as Chichen Itza, and the warm and friendly Mayan people.
Chicxulub Yucatan where the comet hit: We visited the place wondering what we would find there: Desolation? An endless expanse of dirt without life? Miles of volcanic ash?
None of the above. Chicxulub Yucatan where the comet hit, presently exists as a sleepy fishing village at the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula.
It is the site where, 65 million years ago, a six-mile-wide meteor hit the earth leading to the extinction of the dinosaurs.
The Riviera Maya is in Quintana Roo, a Mexican State in the Yucatan Peninsula. In the map of the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, you can see that Cancun is in the state of Quintana Roo.
The Riviera Maya, a tourist designation, extends along the extreme eastern coast of Quintana Roo along the Caribbean Sea (also on the right).
Where the Maya live in Mexico has been an unknown for many people. With all the information on the Mayan Prophecies and the End of the World saturating the media during 2012, you would think that people worldwide would know where the Maya live. But, many people haven’t a clue where the Maya live in Mexico.
Well, the map shows where the Maya live, which is in the Yucatan Peninsula. It looks like a thumb sticking out into the Caribbean Sea.
Jumping Leaves, a GUEST BLOG from Kristine Ellingson, author, Tales from the Yucatan Jungle: Life in a Mayan Village: