Mask display – Museo Palacio Canton, Merida, Mexico
Not only is the Palacio Cantón one of the loveliest buildings on Merida’s Paseo de Montejo, but it’s also home to one of the city’s best museums: the Museo Regional de Antropología de Yucatán.
The palace’s original owner was Francisco Cantón Rosado, one of the most important men in Yucatecan history. Having distinguished himself as a general in the Caste Wars against the Maya, the arch-conservative Cantón earned riches as a railroad baron, and was elected governor of the state. After retiring, he moved into the palace which he had constructed with materials imported from Europe. Decades after his death, the Palacio Cantón was sold to the state and, in 1950, transformed into a museum.
Even if it didn’t host an incredible museum, the palace would be worth visiting just to see its interior. Italian marble, Doric columns, a spiral staircase… the splendor just accentuates the delicious irony in hosting the Anthropology Museum here. What would General Cantón think, after all, if he knew his retirement palace was being used to celebrate the very people he built his career fighting?
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Touring Tulum is never a bad choice when you visit Mexico. Tulum is one of the most beautiful areas on the Mayan Riviera. Less than 30 minutes away from the popular Playa Del Carmen, situated in the state of Yucatan, Tulum offers a perfect 2nd leg to your Mexico vacation getaway or a great place to tour from your hotel in Playa. There are warm sandy beaches, sunny jungles, stunning ruins, and all the things that make Mexico such a great place. If you are trying to escape the tourist scene, Tulum is the destination for you. Many beach side cabanas are offered for you to stay the night in should you so desire. Relax in a hammock and watch the sunsets cross the sky, and iguanas cross the ground.
Just next door to Tulum are some of the most stunning Mayan ruins in Latin America. Long ago, Tulum was a flourishing Mayan city perched just off the Caribbean Sea. This amazing setting makes for unforgettable vistas and truly memorable tous. Just a short day trip away from Playa Del Carmen, this region was once a major trading post for Mayans and Spaniards alike. Today there still is a lot to do and see here.
As one of the most popular cities on the Mayan riviera, Tulum has escaped much of what plagues Cancun, and yes even Playa Del Carmen sometimes… big business tourism. You won’t find major resorts and crazy bars and over drunk teenagers here. This is a place of beauty, relaxation and contemplation. You can explore the over sixty archeological sites around the area, well preserved and monuments to great civilizations of long ago. Be sure not to miss a trip to El Castillo that is built atop the highest point in Tulum. This is a temple built like a pyramid that has served as a lighthouse and guard tower for generations. You can see many of the other ruins from this vantage point.
Whether you take a tour of Tulum to see the ruins, enjoy the uncrowded beaches, swim in the turquoise waters, or relax in a truly relaxed setting, Tulum has a lot to offer for the budget traveler and family vacations as well. You won’t ever forget that time you were able to sleep in a cabana on the beach, watch the sunrise from your palapa and enjoy the sunsets swinging in your hammock. Take a tour of Tulum, you won’t regret it!
We review all things Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. Check out these two amazing Tulum resorts we reviewed for your next vacation: The stunning Akumal Tulum Resort and the otherworldly Dreams Tulum Resort. You won’t regret your choice to vacation in this part of Mexico!