Progreso (Mexico) Yucatán Cruise Port Guide: Review (2022) (2023)

All you must know about the Yucatán cruise port in Progreso (Mexico): where is the terminal and ships dock; top things to do on shore excursions, and on your own.

The cruise port of Progreso (in Mexico) boasts a superior number of cultural attractions such as the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá, Dzibilchaltun, and Uxmal; and the colonial city of Mérida located around 26.84 miles (43.2 km) south of the port.

There are also a few other pleasant things nearby for cruise visitors to do such as enjoying a day on a beach, horseback riding, kayaking, snorkeling, or sightseeing.


  1. Where is Progreso
  2. Where cruise ships dock
  3. Shuttle bus
  4. To see and do in Progreso
  5. Top highlights of Progreso and Yucatán
  6. What's within walking distance
  7. How to explore Progreso
  8. Shore excursions (Shorex)
  9. Discover on your own
  10. Sightseeing and scooters
  11. How to get around
  12. Local cuisine, drinks, and lunch
  13. Shops and shopping
  14. Must-know: tourist info, language, currency, wi-fi and more
  15. Safety, emergencies, and basics


Progreso is a regularly visited cruise port of call in the West Caribbean itineraries during the Fall and Winter seasons, with as many as 472,000 passengers and over 146 cruise ship visits in 2019.

The cruise port in Progreso has a pleasant ambiance, the area is neat and well kept. For the most part, Progreso is safe but advisable to use caution in crowded areas. The local population tends to be good-natured, polite, helpful and speak English reasonably well. For those cruising with families, there are a quite few fun things to do. Cruise passengers with disabilities or with walking difficulties will not find it too challenging to wander around in Progreso on your own.

Where is Progreso and the cruise port

Progreso, a small port city with a population of around 54,000, is strategically located in the Yucatán state, on the lovely North coast of Mexico, on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, 534.3 miles (859.8 km) South of Louisiana (USA).

Where cruise ships dock

Cruise ships dock on a 1,000 foot (330 meters) long pier with berths for up to 2 vessels to moor. At the end of this pier there is a modern terminal building with most basic services and amenities. The pier where cruise ships dock is perpendicular to the world's longest pier, known as Terminal Remota, which is around 4 miles (6.44 km) long.

Shuttle bus in Progreso

The cruise port in Progreso has a shuttle bus generously provided by the port authority. The shuttle bus will be parked just outside the cruise terminal, and the drop-off is at the Auto Progreso main bus station right in the town center. The shuttle bus is free, typically takes around 15 minutes, and runs every 20 minutes.

Things to do in Progreso cruise port

The port of Progreso is a singular port for cruise travelers interested in archeologic and historic sites. After all, this is the best port to explore the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá - one of the most famous UNESCO heritage sites - or the colonial city of Mérida.

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For those looking forward to relaxing day on a pristine beach, there are a few attractive options. And there are great outdoor activities to enjoy.

Cruise passengers who typically prefer to explore on your own will find it easy to meander on foot around Progreso. Cruise visitors will only find a few shops in Progreso, but there a few convenient places to buy local souvenirs and regional crafts.

Top highlights, sights and attractions in Progreso cruise port and Yucatán

  1. Chichén Itzá archeological site
    UNESCO Heritage site. Highlights:Kukulkan Pyramid, Warriors’ Temple, circular observatory known as El Caracol. Distance from cruise port:102 miles (164 km).
  2. Uxmal Mayan ruinsUNESCO Heritage site. Highlight: Pyramid of the Magician. Distance from cruise port:75.4 miles (121 km).
  3. Dzibilchaltún Mayan ruins
    Highlights:Temple of the Seven Dolls, National Ecological Park, and Cenotes. Distance from cruise port:19.9 miles (32.1 km/meters).
  4. Mayapán ruins
    Highlights: temples of Kukulcan and Redondo. Distance from cruise port:57.8 miles (93.1 km).
  5. Cenotes
    Unique sights and experience. There are hundreds of cenotes (natural sinkholes) close to Progreso that can be visited on cruise excursions.
  6. Mérida - the capital of Yucatan
    Highlights:Cathedral, the Paseo Montejo, museums housed in palaces like the Quinta Montes Molina or the Palacio Cantón. Distance from cruise port:31.1 miles (50 km).
  7. Izamal Town and Archeological Site
    Smaller but older town than Mérida, Izamal (known as the Yellow City) has a wonderful quaint character and a couple of archeological ruins to visit. Distance from cruise port:69.9 miles (113 km).
  8. Flamingos and Xcambó
    Near the archeological site of Xcambó visitors will watch hundreds of wide-winged flamingos. Distance from cruise port:27.2 miles (43.8 km).
  9. Progreso Beach, Malecón and Craft Market
    Cruisers will not find any landmarks or cultural sites in Progreso City. However, the beach is a delight and has nice restaurants along the Malecón. The Craft Market is worth a visit on the way to the beach. Distance from shuttle bus drop-off:0.4 mile (600 meters).
  10. Beach Day-Pass
    All cruise line and shore excursion online services offer day-passes to private beaches and resorts in Progreso such as Technotel, Silcer Beach Club, Vista Mar, or Costa Club. Distance from cruise port:around 5.9 miles (9.4 km).
  11. Outdoor activities
    Close to the cruise port in Progreso, there are a few adrenaline pumping things to do such as jetski, horseback riding, kayaking, buggy tours, biking, caving, snorkel, or fishing.
  12. Celestún Biosphere Reserve
    To see and do: kayaking in mangroves, watch flocks of flamingos, herons and pelicans, and secluded, off-track beaches. Distance from cruise port:
    76.4 miles (123 km).
  13. El Jaguar Golf Course
    18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Distance from cruise port:20.1 miles (32.4 km).

What's within walking distance and nearby

If you read on less accurate port reviews that you can walk from the cruise terminal to the city of Progreso, be aware that it is a 4-mile long walk in the sweltering Mexican sun. However, the city of Progreso has attractions which can be enjoyed on foot. More below about what to do in Progreso downtown.

How to explore Progreso for cruise travelers

Cruisers planning to explore the top highlights of Progreso port will discover that many attractions can only be explored on a shore excursion.

The city of Mérida is an exception, which is around 26.8 miles (43.2 km) south of Progreso and can be reached by bus in approximately 1 hour. Local buses depart to Mérida every 10 to 15 minutes and cost around $21 Mexican pesos (less than US$1) each way.

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Cruise visitors that typically prefer to stay close to the port, will find the city of Progreso very easy to leisurely explore on foot. The shuttle bus drop-off at the Auto Progreso main bus station is no more than a 5-minute walk from the Malecón, the boardwalk, and main street along the vast beach of Progreso.

In one word, unless cruise travelers do not wish to venture farther than the pier and the modern terminal, there are 3 possible ways to discover the principal attractions of Progreso and Yucatan:

  • Book a Shore Excursion
  • Travel On Your Own
  • On foot

Shore excursions (shorex)

All cruise lines offer over 30 shore excursions to all notable highlights of Progreso and Yucatán. There are also many delightful excursions offered by the following reputable private online services:

Explore on your own

To travel on your own, there are local taxis just outside the terminal building. The shuttle bus is the best way to travel to the small city of Progreso to enjoy the beach and restaurants by the Malecón and explore on foot. Cruise visitors that wish to travel to the key highlights on your own will find local buses in the drop-off bus station in Progreso.

Sightseeing and scooters

In the city of Progreso, on Calle 80, close to the Malecón and the beach you will find scooters for rent and a small sightseeing bus that tours the city. Auto Progresso also offers a city tour on a colorful open bus - El Guajolotero. This panoramic 45-minute sightseeing tour around the city of Progreso costs US$9.00 per person, visiting the town square, the boardwalk, the sheltered port, the marinas, and a couple of local neighborhoods.

How to get around and transportation
in Progreso, Yucatán, cruise port

As mentioned already, it is relatively easy to get around and explore Progreso on your own. Progreso and Yucatán have an acceptable transportation network although there are only a couple of few public services: taxis and buses.

Taxis and Uber

Cruise travelers will find a taxi dispatch righty outside the terminal close to the shuttle bus stop. Taxis do not offer specific excursions prices. Local drivers speak reasonable English. Taxis tend to be in excellent condition, are not metered, have AC, are reasonably affordable, and accept both US dollars and local currency.

Uber does operate in Progreso. If traveling to Mérida, Cabify is a good way to get around this large city. Expect to pay around US$50.00 for a taxi to Mérida, one-way, for 4 passengers. To correctly calculate a taxi or Uber fare to Mérida see Taxi Finder or Ride Guru.

Public Buses

Auto Progreso is the main bus operator in the State of Yucatán which is also the provider of the shuttle bus from the cruise pier to the city of Progreso. As mentioned before, the shuttle bus drop-off is at the main bus hub in the city, and from here there are regular buses to most notable highlights of Yucatán. Be aware that Auto Progreso also offers a number of organized tours to the top attractions and prices are radically different. For example, the regular bus fare between Progreso and Mérida costs around US$2.00 (return) while a guided tour will set you back between US$10 and US$26.
Auto Progreso Website

Dining, local cuisine, drinks, quick bites, and lunch in Progreso

Cruise passengers looking forward to savoring local food will only find a few convenient places to enjoy delicious lunch, a light meal, or refreshing drinks by the Malecón in Progreso.


You may like to try typical cuisine like marinated meat wrapped in banana leaves (Pibil), stuffed tortillas (Sopes), chiles rellenos, empanadas, ceviche, seafood, lobster, or guacamole.

And local drinks such as mezcal, tequila, and all famous Mexican beers. Broadly speaking, eating and drinking in Progreso is relatively affordable. A full and excellent lunch will cost around US$15.00 per person.
The following restaurants are well rated and ordered by distance from the start of the Malecón:

  • Barlovento
  • Eladio’s
  • Los Henequenes
  • Le Saint Bonnet
  • Maya Ka
  • Crabster
  • Leña Y Mar
  • Milk Bar
  • Carabela

In Progreso cruise port there are quite a few shops selling souvenirs and local gifts. You will find most shops in 3 main areas: the cruise terminal, the central bus station, and in the city center on the Malecón and on Calle 80 (the main street which ends on the beach).

On this main street, the Mercado Popular is a large craft market painted in turquoise cruise visitors will not miss right in front of the 120-foot white lighthouse.

There is little more than a couple of local crafts and Mexican souvenirs for cruise travelers to take home besides hammocks, leather boots and hats, silver jewelry, vanilla, coffee, and hot sauces.

In the duty-free area of the cruise terminal, you will also find fragrances, tobacco, and alcohol with excellent prices, and typical stores like Pirana Joe or Rogers Boots.

Must-know: tourist info, language,and money

Tourist Info

There is a tourist info kiosk at the start of the Malecón, close to the Juan Miguel Castro monument by the beach.


Spanish is the official language. However, as in any major tourist cruise port, English is widely spoken.

Currency and ATMs

The Mexican peso is the official currency. Don't take for granted that the US dollars are accepted as in other Mexican cruise ports like Cozumel or Costa Maya. Like in the US$, the peso uses the $ sign and it can be sometimes confusing when seeing prices in Mexican pesos. When in doubt, makes sure you look for MX, Mex$, or MXN. The peso is divided into 100 centavos (cents). There are 5 different coins: 50 centavos, $1, $2, $5 and $10 pesos; and 6 larger bills: $20, $50, $100, $200, $500 and $1000 pesos.

Cruise travelers will not find an ATM at the terminal. But there is an ATM in the bus station where the shuttle stops in the city center. Close by, on Calle 80 #145, there is an HSBC bank with an ATM.

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Credit and debit cards

Credit and debit cards are only accepted in some restaurants in Progreso and in Mérida.

Tipping and Haggling

Tipping: when at a restaurant a tip is appropriate as in the US (15-20%). You can tip taxi drivers but it is not expected.
Haggling: it is normal and expected to haggle in any shop except on the duty-free shops with fixed prices in the cruise terminal.

Keep in touch: phones, wi-fi and Post Office

Wi-fi and internet

There are a couple of bars in the cruise port terminal that offer free wi-fi for customers only. The bus station in Progreso where the shuttle bus drops-off provides free wi-fi.


Mexico Code: 52. To call the US or Canada dial 001 prior to the number. To call other countries dial 00 + country code + area code + local number. T-Mobile offers calls at 25 cents/min. and text at no cost. Other US phone providers may work but is advisable to check with your provider to avoid roaming charges.

Post Office

Cruisers will find the Mexpost (Mexican postal service) in the heart of the city of Progreso on Calle 31 #147, around 900 feet (300 meters) south of the main shuttle bus drop-off.

Safety, US travel advisory and basics


The pharmacies of Mexico are famous for selling over the counter medication that in other countries require prescriptions. In the city of Progresso, on Calle 80, two pharmacies are impossible to miss: Farmacias del Ahorro and Emérita Farmacias.


The Centro Médico Americano is the best and main hospital of the city of Progreso, delivering of health services of medium complexity to locals and visitors. The hospital is located on Calle 30 #320.

U.S. Consulate

There is a U.S. Consulate General in Mérida, open from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday except for U.S. and Mexican federal holidays. Phone from Mexico 999 316 7168, from the U.S. (1) 844 528 6611. U.S. Consulate

For comprehensive and updated information about traveling to Mexico see the U.S. Department of State website page evolving advisory.

Covid-19 advise for cruises to Progreso (Mexico)

For updated coronavirus (Covid-19) information and travel advice to Mexico and Costa Maya visit the website of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico. For more Traveler's Health advice to Mexico see the CDC Website.

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Progreso, Yucatán, basics at a Glance

Entry Requirements:Passport is NOT required for U.S. citizens with a valid photo ID such as a driver's license. Non-U. S. visitors are required to have a valid passport.
Emergencies Phone:General and medical emergencies: 911
Driving:Driving is on the right, easy, and safe.
Electricity:Standard American 120 V current with 60 Hz frequency. Most places have 3 prong outlets but in older venues you may find 2 pin ones.
Drinking:The legal drinking age is 18 years.
Smoking:Smoking is prohibited in restaurants and public buildings. Restaurants and bars may allow smoking outdoors.


Is Progreso Mexico worth visiting? ›

Progreso, Mexico is definitely worth visiting to dip your toes in the warm water and relax on the white sand! The beaches are nice and there are many other places to explore in the area, including Mayan ruins, beach clubs, and the world's longest pier.

Are there Mayan ruins in Progreso Mexico? ›

Progreso Uxmal Mayan Ruins and Lunch Excursion Reviews. Uxmal, is an impressive set of ruins, easily ranking among the top Mayan archaeological sites. Come and enjoy this Progreso Uxmal Mayan Ruins Full Day Excursion and learn about the Mayan culture and its mysteries.

How long is the pier at Progreso Mexico? ›

Located in a port city in Mexico in the state of Yucatán, the pier was built for docking large cargo and passenger ships. The pier hasn't always reached such great lengths. Starting in 1985, builders began extending the original structure from 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) to its current length of 6.5 kilometers (4 miles).

What is Progreso Mexico known for? ›

Progreso, Mexico, is a tiny port town on the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Known for having the longest pier in the world at 6.5 km (4 miles) long, the Puerto Progreso Yucatan is a frequented stop on many major cruise ship routes. The town is also considered the gateway to the Mayan ruins.

Is Progreso safe for tourists? ›

Nuevo Progreso is Considered one of the Safest Border Towns in México. Don't let the news discourage you from visiting Tamaulipas' small tourist town of Nuevo Progreso. Aside from a few hot spots of crime in the southern part of the state, the border areas, specifically Nuevo Progreso, are completely safe for tourists.

How far are the Mayan ruins from the cruise port? ›

Chacchoben Ruins, is located 90 KM West of Costa Maya, that is only a 50 minute ride from the Costa Maya Port.

Can you swim in Progreso beach? ›

The water in Progreso is very clean, clear, and perfect for swimming in. It is usually very calm too, making a day trip here perfect for families with kids.

What can I buy in Progreso Mexico? ›

The numerous shops and stores offer pottery, glassware, leather goods, clothing and arts & crafts from all over Mexico. In addition to the smaller places, there are two "superstores", The Canada Store and El Super Disco. Progreso is also a popular place to buy duty-free alcohol, cigarettes and perfumes.

What is the water temperature in Progreso Mexico? ›

The swimming season in this location lasts all year round. Average annual water temperature on the coast in Progreso is 80°F, by the seasons: in winter 75°F, in spring 79°F, in summer 83°F, in autumn 82°F. Minimum water temperature (72°F) in Progreso it happens in January, maximum (86°F) in September.

Do you need a passport to cruise to Progreso Mexico? ›

Progreso, Yucatán, basics at a Glance

Entry Requirements: Passport is NOT required for U.S. citizens with a valid photo ID such as a driver's license. Non-U. S. visitors are required to have a valid passport.

Can you walk across the border at Progreso? ›

Crossing the Border into Nuevo Progreso

Crossing into Nuevo Progreso is easy and quick. Right when you get to the border on the right side is a parking lot. In order to save time, its best to walk across.

Are there big cats in Yucatan? ›

Jaguars, pumas, and ocelots may be the most famous big cats of the Yucatan, but the most unusual is the margay.

Are there jaguars in Yucatan Mexico? ›

Even though there are still more jaguars on the Yucatán Peninsula than anywhere else in the country, it's the only region in Mexico where the animal's range has diminished — in part because of the development of the so-called Riviera Maya, a string of heavily developed beach towns that snakes down the Caribbean coast ...

Is it safe to travel to Mexico right now 2022? ›

Reconsider travel due to crime and kidnapping. Transnational criminal organizations compete in the border area to establish narco-trafficking and human smuggling routes. Violent crime and gang activity are common.

Is Yucatan Mexico 2022 Safe? ›

In short, yes. Yucatan state, of which Merida is the capital city, is among the safest states in Mexico.

What documents do I need to go to Progreso? ›

To cross the Nuevo Progreso border, you will need a valid passport book, passport card, or an enhanced driver's license. This is true of all land border crossings into Mexico.

What should you not say in Mexico? ›

11 Things Tourists Should Never Say in Mexico City
  • “I'll have a Tecate, please.”
  • “Le voy al América.” (I support Club América [a Mexican football team].)
  • “I'm American.”
  • “I love South America!”
  • “Una quesadilla sin queso, por favor.” (A cheeseless quesadilla, please.)
  • “I love burritos!”
  • “Do you speak Mexican?”

What foods should you avoid in Mexico? ›

Avoid raw seafood, undercooked eggs, and any meat that is not completely cooked. If you want to eat fish, order it cooked, or try ceviche, which is a “raw” fish dish that utilizes citric acid to kill bacteria (it's delicious!)

Do you tip in the Yucatan? ›

Waiters working at restaurants and bars should always be tipped for good service; a sum equivalent to 10-15% of the total bill is appropriate.

Are the Mayan ruins worth seeing? ›

Everyone who visits or has plans to visit the Maya Riviera in the Yucatan knows about Chichen Itza. Being a World Heritage Site and home to the Pyramid of Kukulcan, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, this is no surprise. Dominating the center of the site, the Pyramid of Kukulcan alone is worth the visit.

Is Chacchoben Mayan ruins worth it? ›

One of Our Favorite Ruins and the Most Popular in the Costa Maya. A unique setting in the south makes this Mayan site worth the day trip from the Riviera Maya or a great half day trip from the Costa Maya. Chacchoben is 177 kilometers (110 miles) south of Tulum and is manageable in a day.

What should I wear to the Mayan ruins tour? ›

Wear comfy shoes suitable for climbing when you go to Coba.
  • Bring lots of light-colored, light-weight clothing.
  • Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants: you will be cooler that way.
  • Wear a hat with a brim at all times.
  • Wear sunblock--get SPF 30 or more, but find a light gel product, rather than a heavy cream.

Are there crocodiles in Progreso Mexico? ›

Progreso, Yucatán — Destruction of natural cienegas has pushed crocodiles into view along the Yucatecan coast.

What is the best month to visit Merida Mexico? ›

The best time to visit Mérida is between December and March if you're looking for dry weather and lots of things to do. Opt for a January trip to experience Mérida Fest, a huge annual celebration that honors the founding of the city.

Is there seaweed in Progreso Mexico? ›

There are, however, spots along Mexico's Caribbean coast that still remain almost entirely seaweed free, such as Isla Mujeres and parts of Cozumel. Also virtually intact are Yucatán's beaches on much of the Gulf of Mexico, such as Progreso, Sisal, and Celestún.

What are things you can only get in Mexico? ›

10 Must Buy Souvenirs to Bring Home from Mexico
  • Mayan Wooden Mask.
  • Lucha Libre Mask.
  • Mexican Chocolate.
  • Mexican Vanilla.
  • Pottery.
  • Xtabentún Liqueur.
  • Taxco Silver.
  • Mexican Textile Souvenirs.

What food can I bring back from Mexico? ›

Food. You can bring back most prepared/baked food, including condiments, vinegar, oils, packaged spices, honey, coffee, tea, and certain cheeses.

What are top 3 products Mexico is famous for? ›

Mexico produces a bounty of iconic and amazing products that come from its rich land and from its talented artisans that are steeped in tradition and ancestral methods. Among the most recognized around the world items we know and love are cocoa, tequila, Talavera pottery and, the ever important, coffee.

Where is the warmest ocean water in Mexico? ›

Among Mexico's major beach destinations, the hottest during the day on average are Zihuatanejo and Huatulco, while the warmest nights happen at Acapulco.
Ocean Temperature.
Pacific Beaches
Cabo San Lucas7624
Puerto Vallarta8127
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What is the hottest month in Yucatán? ›

The hottest month of the year in Mérida is May, with an average high of 97°F and low of 75°F. The cool season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 8 to February 11, with an average daily high temperature below 87°F. The coldest month of the year in Mérida is January, with an average low of 65°F and high of 85°F.

What is the rainy season in the Yucatán? ›

The Yucatan Peninsula is hot year-round. The two distinguishable seasons are the wet season and the dry season. The wet season usually starts in June and ends in October, making the dry season generally from November through May.

What documents are needed for a cruise to Mexico? ›

Do you need a passport for a cruise to Mexico? If you are planning a cruise to Mexico, make sure you bring one of the following documents: U.S. passport book, passport card, Trusted Traveler card (Nexus, SENTRI, or FAST), or an enhanced driver's license.

Can a US citizen enter the US without a passport? ›

While dual citizens may be able to travel abroad with alternative documentation, all U.S. citizens are required to present a U.S. passport in order to re-enter the United States.

Should I get a passport book or card? ›

The passport card was designed for the specific needs of northern and southern U.S. border communities with residents that cross the border frequently by land. The passport book is the only document approved for international air travel.

Where is the safest Mexican border crossing? ›

LAREDO, Texas (Border Report) — Two South Texas cities on the Mexican border have been named among the top 20 “safest cities” in America, according to a recent survey. Laredo is listed as No. 3 in the 2022 Safest Cities in America survey out this week by WalletHub.

What do I need to cross the border into Mexico by walking? ›

U.S. citizens must present a valid U.S. passport book or card, in addition to an entry permit (Forma Migratoria Multiple or FMM) issued by Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM). Travelers should be sure to enter Mexico with valid proof of automobile registration, even if remaining in the border zone.

How long does it take to cross the border walking? ›

The wait to enter Mexico is usually 10-15 minutes During rush hour, it may take up to 25 minutes. Late at night and in the early hours of the morning, there is often no line at all. The wait to cross back into the U.S. on foot is usually 60-70 minutes on average.

Do crocodiles live in Yucatan? ›

The Morelet can also be found along the coast in brackish waters and the grassy savannas on the Yucatán Peninsula. These crocodiles become much more distributed during the rainy seasons when flooding occurs and it is easier for them to move elsewhere.

Are there mosquitoes in Yucatan? ›

Mosquitoes in Mexico are most commonly found during the mosquito season that runs from April to November. Areas in the south of Mexico such as Chiapas, Tabasco and Yucatan often experience more mosquitoes in this period than areas further north.

Are there tarantulas in Yucatan? ›

Tliltocatl epicureanus (synonym Brachypelma epicureanum) is a species of spider in the family Theraphosidae (tarantulas), found in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico.

Are there poisonous snakes in the Yucatan? ›

The Nauyaca Real is considered the ultimate pit viper, and the most dangerous venomous snake in Yucatan. This impressive venomous snake is one of the most dimorphic species found in Yucatan: Males can reach 1.80 meters in length; females grow larger, over 2.5 in length.

Are there wild monkeys in Yucatan? ›

Other than human beings, Yucatán is home to two species of primates, these being howler and spider monkeys. But if you want to see them in the wild you will have to head to the south of the Peninsula. Some of the best locations include Punta Laguna in Quintana Roo and Calakmul national park in Campeche.

Are there bears in Yucatan? ›

Arctotherium is the only known bear from the Yucatán Peninsula.

Is visiting Chichen Itza worth it? ›

Chichen Itza is surrounded by about five square miles of visitor's park. It is well worth a tour as an attraction on its own or staying in nearby areas like Tulum or Cancun. Chichen Itza is a fascinating piece of Mexico's rich history, and yes, it receives many tourists each year.

How many days do you need in Yucatan? ›

We recommend budgeting two to three weeks to explore Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula at a leisurely pace. This will allow you enough time to visit all the major sights, from Chichen Itza to the cenotes and the islands.

Is Merida Mexico Beautiful? ›

Merida truly is a beautiful travel destination, inside and out. Nicknamed the ciudad blanca (white city), you certainly do see some white structures while roaming around the grid-like streets of this charming colonial city.

Do you need a passport to go to Progreso? ›

To cross the Nuevo Progreso border, you will need a valid passport book, passport card, or an enhanced driver's license. This is true of all land border crossings into Mexico.

What can you buy in Progreso Mexico? ›

The numerous shops and stores offer pottery, glassware, leather goods, clothing and arts & crafts from all over Mexico. In addition to the smaller places, there are two "superstores", The Canada Store and El Super Disco. Progreso is also a popular place to buy duty-free alcohol, cigarettes and perfumes.

What are 2 interesting things to see or do in Merida? ›

Top Attractions in Merida
  • Hacienda Sotuta de Peon. 1,297. Ranches. ...
  • Paseo de Montejo. 3,472. Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings. ...
  • Mayapán Archaeological Zone. 709. Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins. ...
  • Ruta Puuc. 573. ...
  • Plaza Grande. 1,506. ...
  • Cathedral de Mérida. 2,073. ...
  • Gran Museo del Mundo Maya. 1,750. ...
  • Cenote X Batun. 289.

Why is the water pink in Merida? ›

The water and surrounding environment are incredibly salty, which attracts brine shrimp, plankton, and red-colored algae. As the water evaporates in the glimmering Mexican sunlight, these organisms become more concentrated, creating the famous bright pink water!

Can you get off a cruise ship without a passport in Mexico? ›

The answer to all of these questions for U.S. citizens is no -- as long as you're taking a closed-loop cruise. Closed-loop cruises travel to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda but start and end at the same U.S. homeport.

Can you go to Mexico without a passport on a cruise? ›

If you are cruising to Mexico on a closed-loop cruise, (a journey that starts and ends at the same U.S. port), you can enter without a passport and show a state-issued ID and an original birth certificate instead.


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