Grand archeological sites, historic haciendas turned luxury boutique hotels, sparkling cenotes, picture-perfect beaches. There’s enough to see and do to satisfy every type of traveller, and it can all be found on the perfect Yucatan getaway.
The region offers a truly diverse vacation experience whether you’re searching for romance, relaxation, family fun or something in between.
Luxury & Romance
Colonial charm meets luxury in the many historic haciendas dotting the region.
Dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, many of these haciendas have been transformed into beautiful five-star hotels, complete with elegant rooms, fine dining facilities, sparkling swimming pools and picturesque grounds for the ultimate romantic getaway.
For something truly special, many properties, such as Hacienda Santa Rosa and Hacienda Temozon, can arrange private dinners for two complete with candlelight and music.
Culture & History
Yucatan is ripe with opportunities to experience the rich history and culture of the region at archeological sites. Don’t miss Chichen-Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Uxmal and Ek Balam.
Step back in time as you traverse the grounds of these sprawling sites and feel the history of the Mayans unfold with every step.
In addition, the historical centre of Merida is filled with history and the chance to experience local culture. Sample authentic Yucatecan cuisine and take part in near-daily cultural events featuring traditional music, dance and foods.
From lush jungle and white sand beaches to mangroves and biosphere reserves brimming with birds and other local wildlife, Yucatan offers more than enough for anyone interested in spending time in nature.
Celestun Biosphere Reserve for example, is home to more than 300 bird species. That includes an abundant population of vibrant pink flamingos.
Or, head underground. Unique to the region, there are thousands of cenotes in Yucatan. Filled with crystal-clear fresh water, these otherworldly sinkholes are stunning to see. Whether deeply subterranean, or above ground framed by vibrant jungle foliage.
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Merida, the charming capital of the State of Yucatan, is safe and family-friendly. It’s the perfect jumping-off point for discovering the surrounding area’s many attractions. Kids have the chance to beach-hop, zipline, snorkel, swim in cenotes, see local wildlife in biosphere reserves and explore archeological sites.
Merida itself is also not to be missed, whether travelling as a couple or family. Majestic colonial architecture, leafy plazas that come to life in the evening with music and food vendors and cultural events the whole family will love are all on offer.
A bucket-list-worthy Yucatan getaway for everyone
Yucatan is a truly well-rounded destination. Immerse yourself in nature, luxury, romance, history and culture at nearly every turn.
How to get there
There are several flight options out of Canada to Mérida International Airport.
November through April, WestJet offers direct service from Toronto every Tuesday with connecting flights across Canada.
Year-round connecting flights are also available with WestJet’s codeshare partner, Aeromexico departing from Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.
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