Top 5 things to do in El Cuyo
1) Relax and enjoy the virgin beaches
2) Kitesurfing, or *paddleboarding on the sea or in the lagunas – dolphin, manta ray & turtle spotting.
3) Catch your dinner – go fishing with the locals on the jetty,or if you’re looking for calmer waters, wander out to the palapas on the lagoon side (also a perfect place to watch the sunset). If you’re wanting to fish out at sea, you can hire one of the locals… If you’re happy trying out traditional hand fishing you can either ask at the port, or contact Tours Aventuras, or if you’re more serious about your fishing, contact Ryan from ComeKiteWithUs. Ryan has all the kit you’ll need for sport fishing and does tours with the locals.
4) Explore the village by *bike or by *quadbike and barter with the locals selling their produce on the street, or the fishermen coming back into port – and appreciate real Mexican culture and daily life.
5) For those wanting to go slightly further afield, you can venture out to the pantheon on the sand track towards Las Coloradas to see how Mexican’s venerate their dead (approximately 3km).
BONUS THING TO DO! Get a birdseye view over the town from the lighthouse – built upon Mayan ruins. You’ll need to politely ask for keys from the Capitaneria office (opposite the entrance) and a goat lives in the grounds so be sure to shut the gate behind you!!
*Paddleboard hire($10 USD/hour) available from Naia Cafe & Extreme Control *Bike hire (100$/day) hire available from Naia Cafe *QuadBike hire available from Don Jorge on the corner of the main square, near the bakery (200$/hour)
Top 5 things to do nearby El Cuyo
1) Flamingo Spotting & the Pink Waters of Las Coloradas – See flamingos in their natural habitat (by boat or along a sandy track) on the way to the naturally occurring and world famous stunning pink waters of Las Coloradas. You can also treat your skin to a mud bath in the ‘baño maya’, and float in the waters of the blue lagoon. If you don’t believe the photos below, see the youtube video by ‘Expert Vagabond’ (Please note that you can no longer swim in the pink lagoons but I can assure you that your day spent here will still be totally amazing!).
2) Do a day trip to Holbox – only 31km from El Cuyo, the island is surrounded by the same azure waters, and the shallow lagoon separating it from the mainland is a stunning green. It’s laid back, artistic vibe and eco friendly way of life has attracted a lot of attention in recent years. There are no cars on the island – golf buggies are used to get around, and the local specialty lobster pizza is reported as being a ‘must taste’!
3) Valladolid – eat traditional Mayan food and visit the impressive colonial town (there’s also a beautiful cenote in the town centre where you can jump in from 3m high – if you’re mad enough!!) I also recommend stopping in at Wabi Gelato for artisanal organic and totally yum ice cream, and the chocolate shop on the main square that does traditional Mexican chocolate – and has free tasters available!
4) Ek Balam – beautiful peaceful un-touristy Maya ruins where you can climb pyramids, and also visit the cenote in the grounds (where you can jump in from the top if you’re mad enough).
5) Chichen Itza – no visit to Yucatan would be complete without a visit to Chichen Itza, voted one of the 7 modern wonders of the world. Make sure you get there early morning to avoid the crowds and the heat.
BONUS THING TO DO…Izamal – visit the yellow town (painted yellow for Pope Jean Paul II visit in 1993 and it now remains this way) and its beautiful yellow Franciscan monastery. There’s also a Maya pyramid to climb and an amazing restaurant ‘Kinich’ where you can enjoy well cooked traditional Yucatan food.
For tours from El Cuyo, several of the local fishermen do boat trips along the river or to Holbox by sea. Alternatively, Nuscaa Experiences run standard and bespoke tours in their yellow VW Bus to all of the above destinations.