North route - Sun, sea and sand
This is the route to take to enjoy Yucatan?s beautiful white sand beaches and experience a trip into the world of the ancient Maya.
Start by taking the Merida-Progreso highway north towards Progreso about 14 km (8.5 miles) to the Dzibilchaltún archaeological zone. Here you can visit the Temple of Seven Dolls, famous for its Spring equinox phenomenon. Take the chance to cool off in the cool waters of the open-air Xlakah cenote.
Keep going north to Progreso to feast on a huge variety of fish and seafood specialties typical of the state?s Emerald Coast. Stroll along the 4 km (2.5 mile) long embarcadero, lay back in the soft white sand or take a dip in the Gulf?s warm waters. For a bit of nature, check out El Corchito where a cooperative offers boat tours of the mangroves and their wildlife.
Next take the coast highway east towards Telchac Puerto, a water sports paradise. On the way stop at the famous lookout over the flamingo feeding grounds, or take a side trip to the Xcambo archaeological site, an interesting site surrounded by wetlands.
Finish up this route at Dzilam de Bravo, a fishing town with quaint colonial era buildings. The main attraction here are the ?Bocas de Dzilam?, impressive freshwater upwellings in the middle of the ocean. It?s also a great place to experience native wildlife, including hundreds of bird species, crocodiles, etc.
Camping in the Dzilam area is a unique ecotourism experience. Tours can be hired at the dock by the lighthouse or the cooperative offices and cost depends on the tour.