Departing from Merida through the modern highway Merida- Progreso , north site of the City, is the XCANATUN HACIENDA ( Stone House) an henequen former hacienda ( S. XVIII), beautifully restored by the owner , Jorge Ruz Buenfil , who inherited by his father the love and patience, secrets of the Mayan World, the archeologist Alberto Ruz Lullier, discoverer of Pakal´s Tomb at Palenque. Nowadays is a LITTLE AND LUXURIOUS HOTEL with an excellent and exclusive cuisine.
A PEEK INTO HACIENDA XCANATÚN
Near by, is the deviation to the archeological site of DZIBILCHALTÚN (writing on flat stones) one of the most important ruins in the Mayan World. An interesting feature is the TEMPLE OF THE SEVEN DOLLS, named because of 7 figurines that were found inside; perfectly lined up with the cardinal points; the inside and outside facades have doors and windows, through them you can observed THE SPRING AND AUTUMN EQUINOXES, an extraordinary light phenomenon. Contemplate the Franciscan OPEN CHAPEL in the middle of the Mayan ruins, constructed at the colonial times, and have a refreshing time at the crystalline water in the CENOTE XLAKÁH ( old town) a center made for the religious rituals that also provide water to the population.
TEMPLE OF THE SEVEN DOLLS
- Open Monday to Sunday 8:00 a 17:00 h.
- General admission : 107 pesos; National : 82 pesos; Under 13 years: 5 pesos. Sundays: national visitors free with ID.
Once in PROGRESO, you will be impressed by the extremely tall and long Pier, the largest Pier in México an a product of extreme marine engineering .In this place you can enjoy the recently rebuilt TURISTIC SEAFRONT, in where you can take a stroll and enjoy the soft breeze of the Mexican Gulf, in the nice and white sand beach ,get in the water and walk , 20, 30, 40 meters, There´s no deep! Don´t forget to taste the delicious regional food and the refreshing beverages in the many restaurants that border the port´s seafront , Spoil yourself !
INTERNATIONAL TOURISTIC SEAFRONT IN PROGRESO
UAYMITÚN - TELCHAC
If you move forward to the east way, road Progreso - Telchac you can visit the birds viewpoint of UAYMITÚN, a three level construction, in where you can admire the diverse bird species that live in the mangrove, as the colorful and stunning pink flamencos. Almost at TELCHAC PORT , is located the Reef Yucatán an All Inclusive Hotel & Convention Center, a tourist complex with all the facilities that offers a relaxing atmosphere , really good food and refreshing beverages.
DON'T MISS - EL CORCHITO
Near the entrance to PROGRESO, on the road that leads to TELCHAC, is the entrance to the ecotouristic spot EL CORCHITO, administered by a cooperative of local fishermen that organizes trips through the swamps and mangroves to know, understand and learn to conserve these important natural resources of the Yucatan coast.
A SMALL VIEW OF EL CORCHITO
- Monday to friday from 8:30 to dusk.
- Price: 20 pesos per person.
- Don't forget to bring swimsuit, towel, insect repellent and cap or hat.