In Yucatán there are no true rivers above ground, only formations called rías, which are entries from the ocean to the coast, forming canals with abundant aquatic vegetation called mangroves. It is worthwhile exploring them; it is a unique experience. Declared “Biosphere Reserve,” with 60,000 hectares, Ría Lagartos, located 2.5 hours from Mérida (230 kms) and from Playa del Carmen, and 1.5 hours from Chichén Itzá, hosts the largest American flamingo population in México. They build their nests in the spring and summer. Its coastal lagoons are areas of seasonal rest and winter territory for flocks of migratory and local birds, with a current record of 388 different bird species in the area. The beaches offer habitat for nesting of Carey and white marine turtles.
Its name is derived from two Mayan words, LOL (flower) and TUN (stone). Located in the hilly Puuc region, 110 km. southeast of Mérida, these are the largest caves on the peninsula. They are also the ones that are the most studied. Evidence has been found here of human contact going back 7,000 years. Mammoth, bison, feline and deer bones have been found in the caves, along with fresco paintings on the walls.
The natural wonders of the state of Yucatán are innumerable and some of the most important and unusual are the cenotes, or sinkholes.
Na' Lu'um is a magical place situated in the heart of the Mundo Maya, where visitors will have a relaxing stay, full of peace and tranquility. Nature is the owner of this space where you will be away from the everyday routines of life. Rustic Mayan design has been combined with modern amenities to create a unique and special place, only 30 minutes from Mérida.
The word "Na' Lu'um" is Maya for Mother Earth (Ná means mother, Lu'um means earth). Humans need contact with nature in order to be balanced. Na' Lu'um provides a reconciliation of humans with nature, to be able to coexist with Mother Earth and to express appreciation for giving us the opportunity to enjoy her beauty.
The natural wonders of the state of Yucatán are countless and some of the most important and unusual are the cenotes or sink holes. In the Yucatan there are over 6000 cenotes, with only 2400 actually studied and registered.
Located less than 2 miles from Chichén Itzá. Called the "Sacred Blue Cenote," it is a perfectly round well-type cenote with magnificent hanging vines and waterfalls. This is an ideal place for cooling off after visiting the ruins! The open cenote sits about 85 feet from the surface, and a grand stairway leads you down the steps into the water. Access is safe and easy.
If you are looking to do something different, something the whole world has not done yet, and you have already visited Mayan ruins, Mérida's Centro Historico, and the downtown market, the coast of the Gulf of Mexico should be your next stop. All along the Yucatecan coast of the Gulf of Mexico, you will find beaches, lazy beach towns, delicious restaurants and many different kinds of eco-tourism adventures.
San Crisanto is a small fishing village located 52 km. east of Progreso, and 10 km. past Telchac Puerto. It is characterized by its abundant production of coconut trees, which has led it to become known as the host of the Annual Coconut Festival, where this fruit is offered in various desserts made by local producers.