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Visit less touristy Yucatan and Quitana Roo

3 weeks escaping mass tourism in Yucatán and Quitana Roo

by charlotteblouet95About Me:Hello, I’m Charlotte a french girl of 27 years old. I traveled 6 months in America Latina after working in marketing and communication for 2 years. My next plan is to discover Asia. read more

North AmericaMexico8 days / August 2022

Highs & Lows

Amazing weather and food!

Too touristic and more expensive.

Itinerary Overview

The Yucatán and Quintana Roo are the most visiting regions of Mexico. You can go from places overrun by huge yachts to more authentic places. It’s also the region known of its thousands of cenotes, that will for sure blow your mind. 

I stayed 3 weeks in these 2 regions, trying to escape mass tourism and I think I did pretty well. If you ask to the good persons, you can find very nice places still unknown. So don’t hesitate to say to your hostel or to the restaurant waiter that you’re looking for places off the beaten track, where Mexicans go for exemple.  

In this article I will share with you my experience in Merida, a nice city in the Yucatan, where from there you can reach different spots. And I will talk about Cozumel, an island in the Quintana Roo, very well known for scuba diving. 

  • 5 Nights: Mérida
  • 3 Nights: Cozumel

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would have stayed longer in Cozumel instead of going to Isla Mujeres.

  • How was the food?

    Poncho Maiz in Merida and K’ooben Laab for Cozumel.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    To rent a scooter in Cozumel and pass the scuba diver certificate.

  • Packing tips?

    Very hot and sunny so things to protect you and swimwear of course.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Create groups of people to take a cab to go in different places.

  • Any surprises?

    The port when I arrived in Cozumel.


  • Barrio Vivo Hostal : great team, very fancy and private bunk bed, pool and very good free breakfast. 15/20 min from the center but worth it.

  • Amigos Hostel: I recommend it 100%. Super well kept, great pool, great recommendations and very well placed.