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There is Mexico. And then there is Yucatán.
In search of a break from the turbulent months before, a week in Yucatán with beaches, road trips, cenotes and a few Mayan ruins at the beginning of the year didn't sound too bad.
And while the beaches and the center of Tulum were completely overcrowded with masses of party tourists, a short road trip to the west was particularly worthwhile. Relaxed and pretty places like the small, colonial Valladolid, the ruins of Uxmal and hundreds of flamingos on the coast off Celestún were just a small part of it. And while Tulum and a sunrise over the ruins on the cliffs of the coast were still on the list, the most breathtaking thing was diving in the cenotes, the sacred underground caves of the Mayas. On the way south to Guatemala, a stop at the beautiful Laguna Bacalar was also a must.
All in all, one week was far too short to discover all the secrets of the Yucatán.