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Diversity, exuberance and mainly the beauty of Homun cenotes make them one of the best natural attractions of Yucatan; Homun cenotes are not part of the tourist routes so they maintain their rustic and natural look. The cenotes can be visited by car or mototaxi, typical transport in Homun village. If you go by car is recommended to hire a guide for visiting the cenotes; if you go by public transportaion is recommended to hire a mototaxi, whose driver is the guide too; this way you'll know the best cenotes of the area. Entrance fee for each cenote is approximately 25-30 pesos
The three cenote tour at Cuzama, (Chelentun, Chansinic'che and Bolonchoojol) are probably the most famous. The locals will take you on a wagon ride tour for about $200 pesos. Two of the three cenotes have stairs and the third is accessed by a wooden ladder.
El Corchito; Take a short ride on a small boat across the Ria to visit the cenotes. There is a nice picnic site if you would like to bring a lunch or snack. http://www.yucatantoday.com/en/ topics/progreso
Sambula; Recommend pairing this cenote visit with a stroll around the Motul center square and with lunch at the Cocina Maria Jose. http://www.yucatanall.com/turismo/turismo-yucatan/ cenotes/4395-cenote-sambula
San Ignaciao; This cenote is more touristy and is a bit more expensive but it has coloured lights which adds some ambiance and lunch in the on-site restaurant is reasonably priced and delicious. http://www.explorandocenotes.com.mx/cenote-san-ignacio
San Crisanto: Mangrove and Cenote; This is a bit off the beaten path but totally worth the visit. A local fisherman will take you on a short boat ride through the mangroves to a wonderful fresh cenote. What makes this cenote special is the Tarpons that were dumped into it in the last hurricane and continue to thrive in their new habitat. http://www.yucatantoday.com/en/topics/ san-crisanto-mangroves
The village of Cenotillo has a large number of cenotes located within the town and the outskirts - more than 150, according to the locals. Ask around for a guide to take you to some of them.
General Info: http://www.yucatantoday.com/en/topics/seven-best-cenotes-yucatan
Uxmal; http://www.sacred-destinations.com/mexico/uxmal is 150 acres of ruins. They are as big as Chichen Itza but less touristy. A guide is strongly recommended if you would like to get the most out of your visit. There is a restaurant on site and a wonderful light show in the evening.
Dzibilchaltún; http://www.yucatantoday.com/en/topics/dzibilchaltun are the closest ruins and they also have a museum, a restaurant and Cenote Xlacah for a nice cool swim during your visit.
Xcambo; http://mayalesserknownruins.blogspot.mx/2008/12/xcambo.html Small and quiet the ruins are fairly close by. You can also see pink flamingos on the road to Xcambo depending on the time of year.
Chichen Itza; http://www.chichenitza.com/ World famous Ruins
Mayapan Ruins: http://www.mayan-ruins.org/mayapan/ This site will add to your education and understanding of the Maya. Mayapán was the last standing civilization before the arrival of the Spanish and holds a wealth of information.
Xcanatun: http://www.xcanatun.com/index_i.htm; This is the closest hacienda, it is a wonderful
place for lunch or dinner and the spa here is beautiful and fairly well priced.
Yaxopoil: http://www.yaxcopoil.com; natural, unrestored with machinery and a museum
Ochil; http://www.haciendaochil.com; Restaurant and museum, beautiful gardens
Hacienda Sotuta de Peon: http://www.haciendaviva.com/; This is a restored hacienda with wagon tours. There is a nice restaurant and Cenote
Dzul-Ha for a relaxing swim.
Hacienda Teya: http://haciendateya.com/inicio/; This is a nice restored hacienda with a lovely Yucatecan lunch served noon to 6pm daily.
General Info: http://www.yucatanliving.com/destinations/yucatan-haciendas.htm; general
Lol Tun Caves are located 110 kms from Merida and 5 kms from Oxkutzcab. Family friendly, tours run from 9am to 4pm. You must have a guide to enter the caves.
Grutas de Calcehtok are the second largest after Lol tun. These caves are for the more extreme adventurists.
Balankanche Caves are located 6 kms from Chichen Itza. This is a much smaller cave but has hundred of Maya artifacts. Good walking shoes required but it is easily accessible.
Tzabnah Caves are located 25 miles south of Merida in the village of Tecoh. To find a guide to take you in, please call or visit the municipal office.
General information: http://www.yucatantoday.com/en/topics/caves-yucatan
Gran Museo Del Mundo Maya: http://granmuseodelmundomaya.com/ This is a brand new museum in Merida which features the Mayan Culture through the ages. It’s located at the north end of Merida and costs $150 pesos per person.
Museo Regional de Antropologia: located on the corner of Paseo de Montejo and Calle 43.
Museo Nacional de Arte Popular: located on Calle 59 between Calles 48 and 50 in Centro. It features traditional Maya garments as well as ceremonial masks.
Palacio del Gobernador (Governor's Palace): it features wonderful murals and paintings. It’s located right in Merida Centro. Admission is free and they also have public washrooms.
Casa de Montejo: It features beautiful old furniture and generally an art display of some sort. It’s located right in Merida Centro and admission is free.
Yucatan Railway Museum : Located on Calle 43 at Calle 48, Merida, Yucatan. Admission is by donaton. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yucatan-Railway-Museum
General Information: http://www.yucatantoday.com/en/topics/museums-merida
Symphony, Merida; http://www.sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx/
Water Park, Merida http://www.riosalvajemerida.com.mx/
Sport Fishing or Private Sunset Cruises; Rojano Marinas, see attached info for details
Weekend Polo matches at the Yucatan Polo Club: http://www.yucatanpoloclub.com/
Zoo, Parque Centenario, located at Calle 61 and Avenida de los Itzaes
Parks; La Plaza Grande, el Parque Hidalgo, el Parque de la Madre y el Parque de Santa Lucia are all in Central Merida a hundred meters from each other. There are beautiful churches, quaint parks with century old trees, and it’s a people watching dream. Sunday is especially wonderful - bring your camera!
Coco Plantation; http://www.ecomuseodelcacao.com/index.php?idioma=eng
Golfing: We have two local courses, one is public and costs about $90 per round and the other is semi-private so you need to contact them for prices and availability. You may find more information on both courses here: http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/mexico/yucatan/.
Spa Treatments: Massages, facials, nail care and other cosmetic treatments are readily available all over the Yucatan. You can find everything from massages on the beach (Progreso on Cruise Ship days around 150 pesos) to exclusive Spa’s like the fabulous Hacienda Xcanatun http://www.xcanatun.com/spa.html.
Or Thai Spa in Merida.
Natural Thangs Garden Center: Before heading out on an excursion, head on over to Natural Thangs for a delicious breakfast! Open on Mondays from 9am-12pm. Enjoy fabulous Breakfast Burritos, Tacos, Egg & Sausage sandwiches, Fresh ground coffee and more!
Massages at Casa Preciosa: We have wonderful massage therapists who can come to the house by appointment. Relax on the rooftop terrace or pool courtyard while getting a fabulous massage! Just let us know and we will set it up for you.
Private Photo Sessions: Set up a private photo session at the beach and pool. Paula is a professional photographer who can capture your vacation memories.