Imagina Estudio

Xcambo & Progreso | Archaeological site, kayak and beach




Maya means "place of the virgin or maiden, or the waning moon ". It is considered by experts as one of the most extensive areas on the mainland coast, with large buildings.

It sits on the wet forest swamp, just 2 kilometers from the coast. It defined as a port that was very important for business development and salt industry of pre-Hispanic times, mainly during the Early Classic period (B.C. 250-600 A.D.).

On the site, you can admire the Temple of the Cross a large stepped base with a cross on top and the Temple of Sacrifices, and the chapel of the Virgin.

XCambo is located on the Yucatan coast, in the municipality of Dzemul.


Here you can take a stroll by the seafront, enjoy the breeze and savor the delicious regional food in the many restaurants that border the port’s seafront.

Thanks to its modern deep-sea port, a tourist meeting point and a border open to commercial exchange with the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Nowadays it is the arrival point of numerous cruises from all over the world, out of which an endless number of passengers disembark to enjoy not only its natural charm and its exquisite flavor of this historic port, but also the peace and tranquility of its people.

Its superb position within the Yucatan Peninsula and its touristic infrastructure makes the city of Progreso the most important port of the state. It is an optimal spot for practicing the most varied aquatic sports: such as snorkeling, windsurfing and kayaking.

It is located 36 km north of Merida on highway 261. You will find a traditional market, a plaza, restaurants, hospitals, hotels, foreign exchange houses, taxis, banks and gift shops with traditional crafts.

The color of the water in La Ria is different in each season of the year, as it depends on factors such as weather conditions, rains, cold fronts and others.


As you wind your way through these amazing mangroves in your kayak, your guide will explain the importance of this sensitive part of the ecosystem. Afterwards, you will head east to the archeological zone of Xcambo, a Mayan city of grand importance. This is where salt was produced and commercialized with the other great Mayan cities. After this visit, you will return to Progreso for lunch on the beach under the shade of a thatched roof. After lunch, enjoy a stroll on the seaside walk “malecón” along with a typical “marquesita” – a large, rolled wafer with cheese inside.

This trip offers an attractive combination of history, fun, adventure and nature.


  • Departure from your hotel at 9:00 a.m.
  • Transportation with A/C
  • Specialized guide
  • Kayak trip in the mangroves
  • Flamingo watching along with other marine birds
  • Visit to Progreso beach
  • Return to hotel at 5:00 p.m.

Not included:
• Lunch
• Beverages
• Entrance to Xcambo
• Tips

Bring hat or cap, comfortable clothes, camera, bathing suit, towel, and biodegradable sun block and repellent.

This tour operates with minimum 4 people, however contact us for availability.


Departures: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.