A week exploring some of Mexico’s lesser-seen wonders
Mexico is the perfect destination for a leisurely vacation sipping cocktails on the beach. But it’s even better for adventures. Here, nature astounds with mountains higher than Colorado, forests larger than Alaska, and canyons deeper than Arizona. History mystifies with classically designed Spanish colonial structures juxtaposed alongside ancient Mayan pyramids steeped in cryptic narratives and chilling sacrificial lore. Across the country, there are plenty of extraordinary adventures just a road trip away from even the busiest airports.
If you’re visiting the Yucatán, there’s a good chance your flight will arrive in Cancun. As soon as you land, pick up your rental car and hit the road! Although Cancun is replete with lavish resorts and boisterous nightlife, a destination for off-the-beaten-path adventures it is not. Head west towards the charming colonial town of Valladolid. A perfect spot for a low-key lunch, it’s also a great launchpad for exploring curious attractions nearby. There’s Chichén Itzá of course, but there’s also the more relaxed Ek’ Balam to the north, which is the perfect pit-stop along the way to the cosmic pink lagoons of Las Coloradas near Río Lagartos.