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Setting sail from Puerto Morelos
Puerto Morelos sits on the Riviera Maya roughly halfway between Cancún and Playa del Carmen, with a more authentic feel than both of its more famous neighbours. Development here has been restricted, and the main attraction is the stunning Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, a magnet for snorkellers and scuba divers. The town is surrounded by mangrove forests, while inland you can explore the spectacular sinkholes known as 'cenotes'.
Mexico: Seybaplaya (Campeche)
The port of Seybaplaya is the jumping off point for Campeche, a charming colonial town reminiscent of Cartagena in Colombia. The historic centre is a photogenic parade of pastel-coloured buildings, cobbled streets and pretty balconies, while further inland lies the impressive Mayan site of Edzná.
Mexico: Dos Bocas (Palenque)
The three-hour drive from Dos Bocas to Palenque is well worth the journey: this magnificent archaeological site, hidden amongst the dense forests of Chiapas, is one of the finest examples of Mayan architecture in Mexico. The ruins bear more resemblance to Mayan sites in Guatemala than those in the Yucatán, and the jungle setting is truly magical.
The town of Progreso, on the north coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, is the jumping off point for exploring the fascinating Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá, a 100-mile drive inland. The lovely colonial town of Mérida is another option, and is much closer, while Progreso itself has a decent beach.
Arriving in Puerto Morelos
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