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Beyond the luxurious sunbeds dotted around the infinity pools of Mexico’s hotel resorts lies an authentic Mexican experience guaranteed to immerse visitors in the nation’s culture, promising astounding landscapes and architecture.

 

Kulvir Singh Virk

Top Architectural Sites to Visit in the Yucatán Peninsula

 

Located in southeast Mexico, the Yucatán Peninsula spreads across three states and boasts breathtaking stretches of coastline, as well as offering a vast array of stunning architectural masterpieces that encapsulate the beauty of Mexico’s buildings – complimented by clear-water beaches and surrounding jungle areas.

The peninsula was historically inhabited by the Maya, who were responsible for a rich selection of architectural wonders – many of which can still be seen today. Visitors can still enjoy these archaeological sites and immerse themselves within the historical context of the peninsula during their travels. One of the most popular sites is the Cathedral de Merida in the centre of the city of Yucatán, constructed on Maya ruins in the 16th century. The cathedral was built following instructions from King Phillip II of Spain to honour the archbishop of Toledo.

Boasting arches and a Renaissance-style interior, the cathedral is a key attraction for anyone visiting the Yucatán Peninsula. The historic building – along with many of the peninsula’s other spectacles – has proved to be a fantastic visitor experience, leaving architects, as well as tourists, in awe. This area is particularly favoured by freelance architect Kulvir Singh Virk, who has drawn great inspiration from all that the Yucatán Peninsula has to offer during his 25-year career – not only due to his architectural expertise but also due to his fascination with historical buildings and sites.

 

 

Another astounding architectural site is El Castillo, located in Chichen Itza in the state of Yucatán: a pyramid consisting of 91 steps topped with a square terrace. Next to this pyramid is El Caracol, an observatory building that was erected around 906 AD.

The remarkable buildings found throughout the peninsula are accompanied by a large selection of cultural and recreational activities, such as museums and live music, promising an unforgettable experience for any visitor. This area is the perfect mix of cultural discovery and natural beauty, promising both a luxury beach holiday and an insightful experience that will take inquisitive tourists far beyond sunbathing and swimming pools.