Land of the Pheasant and the Deer
Yucatan State is the legendary “Land of the Pheasant and the Deer” which were the main ingredients in Mayan food.
Yucatan, considered one of the safest states in Mexico, is the perfect vacation, retirement and business destination.
Once home to the ancient Mayans, it is now a thriving region where you can interact with their direct descendants, while enjoying the comforts of modern living.
Explore its modern, twenty-first-century capital city, its quaint colonial towns, villages, beaches and of course its magnificent Mayan temples and pyramids.
The state of Yucatan is Located in southeastern Mexico, on the northern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Mexico
It is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Mexico, to the east by the state of Quintana Roo and to the southwest by the state of Campeche.
There are reliable sources that claim that the name "Yucatán" was given to this part of Mexico due to a misunderstanding between the Mayan natives and the Spanish explorers, however, several versions exist.
One of them being that the Spaniards asked what the name of the land was, and the Mayan natives replied in their Mayan tongue “Ma’anaatik ka t’ann” which means “I do not understand you".
The Spaniards, not understanding, assumed the Indians had said, “Yucatán is the name of this land .....
When visiting Yucatan Mexico, I suggest you start your trip by exploring its capital city and cultural center Merida Mexico, originally the Mayan city of T´ho (Toh).
Merida, also called the White City, was founded in 1542 by the Spanish
Yucatan State Colonial Towns
Mayan Temples and Pyramids
If you are interested in ancient Mayan Ruins, Temples and Pyramids, then you’re in the right place.
Yucatan state is home to the two major archaeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula, as well as other smaller Mayan cities, which are also important and interesting.
The Mayan Temples and Pyramids of Chichen Itza, Uxmal and Dzibilchaltun to name a few.
Chichen Itza (chee - chen - eet- SA) - Is located 75 miles (120 Km) from Merida. It's main Pyramid known as El Castillo (The Castle), built in honor of the god Kukulkan, was recently voted as one of the Seven new Wonders of the World.
Uxmal Mexico (oosh-MAL) - Located 50 miles (80 Km) from Merida is a World Heritage Site, its buildings typical of the Puuc style, are noted for their size and decoration. Its highest structure is the Pyramid of the Magician.
Temple of Seven Dolls
Dzibilchaltun (dzee-beel-chahl-TOON) - is one of the smaller but no less impressive Mayan cities. It is located 15 km (9.3 miles) north of Merida, on the road to Progreso Beach.