Three trips from Merida

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Cenotes Th­ese wa­ter-filled lime­stone sink­holes, revered by the an­cient Mayans, are dot­ted around the Yu­catan Penin­sula. The great­est col­lec­tion is around Merida, with Xlacah, 40m deep, popular with swim­mers and divers. Ce­lestun This quaint fish­ing vil­lage, lined with beaches and seafood restau­rants, is the gate­way to the 591 square kilo­me­tre Ce­lestun bio­sphere re­serve, home to one of the world’s largest pink flamingo colonies. Vis­i­tors can take a boat trip around the la­goon. Mayan ru­ins Chichen Itza is the most fa­mous and best re­stored of the Yu­catan’s Mayan ru­ins (and an easy day trip from Merida), but for fewer crowds, con­sider Ux­mal. Nes­tled in the hilly Pucc re­gion south of Merida, it flour­ished be­tween AD600-900. No­madas Travel (no­madas­travel.com) ar­ranges tours to all of the above.

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