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Mexico’s Yucatan State Poised To Be Mexico’s Next “IT” Destination

Thursday, Aug 01, 2019

Mexico’s Yucatán state is on the brink of becoming the next “it” travel destination in Mexico. A host of developments already underway, as well as future ones on the horizon, are taking this culturally rich destination on the rise and highlighting the features that make it a perfect microcosm of Mexico. It is important to note that the state of Yucatán is not the same thing as the Yucatán Peninsula. The Yucatán Peninsula is a region of Mexico comprising three states: Quintana Roo, home to popular resort cities such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen; the state of Campeche, known for its colonial cities and rich history; and the state of Yucatán, which sits between the other two. The state of Yucatán has been experiencing positive growth in tourism numbers since October 2018. Air connectivity continues to increase, and currently, there are direct flights from Miami, Houston and Toronto into state capital Mérida. Grupo Xcaret is expected to open a cenote park near the colonial city of Valladolid and Chichén Itzá, one of the state’s most important and beloved Mayan archaeological sites. Speaking of Mayan heritage, the state of Yucatán is shaping a program designed to immerse travelers into this ancient indigenous culture, which still thrives on the peninsula today. Through this one-, two- or three-day immersive experiences, visitors can live beside and learn from the Mayan people in the area. This program is expected to launch in 2020. Capital city Mérida has been selected to be the host the 2020 edition of Tianguis Turístico, Mexico’s largest annual tourism industry event. For more information on the State of Yucatan, please visit