A Tourists guide to the Yucatan Peninsula. by:Orson Johnson
Mexico has always been a prime destination for tourists, and the Yucatn Peninsula is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The Yucatn Peninsula is located in the south-eastern region of Mexico and is comprised of several Mexican states, namely, Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatn.
The Yucatn Peninsula is the historical homeland of the ancient Mayan civilization and many of their ruins can still be seen across the peninsula today. Most of the people here are also of Mayan descent and some of the locals still speak the Mayan dialect. Tourists will not find it difficult to interact with the locals as almost all of the residents can speak Spanish fluently.
There are a number of different ways of getting to the Yucatn Peninsula. Visitors can get in by plane through the Mexican airports of Cancn, Mrida or Cozumel. Tourists can also get there by bus from the Chiapas region. Expreso Maya, a popular tourist train service, also runs through the area and provides guided train tours of the Yucatn region.
There are many sightseeing destinations for tourists to visit in the area. Some of the most popular destinations are the Mayan archaeological sites. These include the Chichn Itz where the Kukulcan Pyramid is located and the ruins in Ruta Puuc. In the state of Quintana Roo, Coba and Tulum are also popular destinations for tourists interested in ancient Mayan ruins.
There are also many ecological parks scattered throughout the Yucatn Peninsula like Garrafn, Xel-H and Xcaret, which were established to help preserve the local flora and fauna. These parks are also very popular tourist destinations and attract many eco-tourists and environmental conservationists.
The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is also located near the Yucatn Peninsula. Many tourists visit this region to enjoy a bit of snorkelling and reef diving. Venturing into the bay will allow visitors the privilege of swimming alongside the local dolphins. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is also known as the second largest barrier reef system in the world. This giant reef system is located off the coast of the peninsula and it extends as far as the Bay Islands in the country of Honduras.
Today, many tourists are visiting the Yucatn Peninsula to conduct archaeological surveys and for the purpose of ecological tourism. The Yucatn Peninsula is a beautiful tropical region that also draws in holiday makers who just want to enjoy some fun in the sun on the beaches surrounding the area.
About the author
Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Yucatan Peninsula holiday rentals and Worldwide rentals.