Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico


Chetumal is the birthplace of miscegenation, an important historical place where it is believed that the first Mexicans were born. Today it is the capital of the State of Quintana Roo, a modern city with infrastructure to receive tourism

About Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Chetumal, or Ch'aak Temal "place where red trees grow”, as it is known in Mayan, is the birthplace of miscegenation. It was in this region where, according to history, the first Mexicans resulted from the union between Gonzalo Guerrero and the Mayan Princess Zazil. The city features a great historical and cultural wealth, not only because it was an important city for the Mayan civilization, or a region coveted by the Spaniards and the English pirates in colonial times, but because it is a city that has gone through a period of modernization since 1974.

Chetumal has tourism infrastructure and cultural attractions that you can visit to learn about its history, such as the Museum of Maya Culture, regarded as the largest and most complete of all Quintana Roo, featuring genuine Mayan pieces, as well as high-quality reproductions. The Cultural Center of the Fine Arts is a building that houses the Minerva Theater  Paseo del Arte, and the Museum of the City, which displays photographs and documents that record the history of this region. There are also monuments worth seeing in the city, the most representatives are the Monument to the Flag, the Monument Cradle of miscegenation, the Monument to Andrés Quintana Roo, the Independence Monument, and the Monument to Fishermen.

Chetumal is also a starting point to discover some of the most important archaeological sites of the Maya civilization. In the surrounding area you can visit Oxtankah, Dzibanche, and of course Kohunlich, with its impressive Temple of the Masks, a building with ornate stucco figures. In addition, Chetumal is located in the Yucatan peninsula, on the shores of the bay of Chetumal, which is a great attraction by itself, since the beaches of Quintana Roo are considered Mexico's most beautiful both by their blue colors and their cool temperatures.

Speaking of natural beauty in Chetumal, we cannot fail to mention Bacalar, a nearby town that is seated around the lagoon with the same name, the lagoon of Bacalar, also known as the Lagoon of Seven Colors.

The city of Chetumal is located on the border with Belize, where you can find a wide variety of products ranging from wine, clothes and perfumes.

***The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN).