The Insider Guide to the state of Yucatan

By Daniela Ramos | Last updated on June 13, 2022

Yucatan is one of the most visited states in Mexico because of its cenotes. Yucatan is home to 6,000+ cenotes and it has the most cenotes not just in Mexico but all over the world. With its close proximity to Cancun, the Yucatan Peninsula has the largest volume of tourists visiting popular destinations like Merida and Valladolid. It also has a reputation as the safest state in Mexico with low crime rates. This resulted in many expats (Americans, Canadians, and British) choosing to move to Yucatan with their families.

💃🏽 Fun fact: According to legend, Spanish conquistador Francisco Hernandez Cordova arrived in the Yucatan Peninsula in 1517. He asked the first people he saw there where he was and the people responded with “Tetec dtan. Ma t natic a dtan,” which means “you’re speaking so fast, I do not understand your question.” From that sentence, Cordova thought they were answering his question so he came up with the word “Yucatan.”

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Yucatan is a state in Mexico, located in the southern part of the country, next to the state of Quintana Roo. The capital of Yucatan is Merida, a city with a reputation of the safest places to live in Mexico.

The state of Yucatan is famous for its 6,000 cenotes all over the state, which is the largest number in Mexico (in one area). The popular cenote tours in Cancun and Tulum go to Yucatan.

ABSOLUTELY! Yucatan is the safest place to visit (and live in) in Mexico because of its low crime rate, safe environment for families, and a very welcoming expat community.