Yucatan (Progreso), Mexico

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Explore Yucatan (Progreso), Mexico

Carnival cruises to Yucatán (Progreso), Mexico dock on the Emerald Coast of the Gulf of Mexico, where hot pink flamingos gather by the hundreds and sun-bleached Maya pyramids rise from the jungle. Inland from Progreso’s golden beaches are the spectacular Maya ruins of Uxmal and the colorful city of Mérida, the region’s best shopping stop for handmade crafts. Discover the Maya world’s natural beauty and ancient history with cruises to Yucatán, Mexico.

  • Stroll through the Spanish colonial city of Mérida.
  • Find Maya gods carved into stone at the Uxmal ruins.
  • Cruise to Progreso, Mexico to explore the Maya ruins at Xcambó and Dzibilchaltún.

Things To Do

Local Attractions

When you cruise to Yucatán (Progreso), Mexico, you’ll be greeted by sparkling green waves rolling onto a white-sand beach. Enjoy a day here or explore inland. The finest art of the ancient Maya world is found in Uxmal, while you can swim in a cenote in Dzibilchaltún. Beautiful Mérida, the “White City” of grand colonial architecture, is just a taxi ride away.

  • Relax on Progreso’s beach of calm waves and tall palm trees.
  • Circle Uxmal’s monumental Pyramid of the Magician, rising above the Yucatán jungle.
  • Don a jaunty Panama hat while strolling past Spanish palaces in Mérida.
  • Relax on the beach and pay a visit to the flamingos.
  • Dive into the clear waters of a cenote after exploring the ruins of Dzibilchaltún.

Fun Facts

  • Progreso, Mexico’s waters are very shallow near shore, requiring cruise ships to dock 5 miles offshore. The cruise ship pier in Progreso is the world’s longest.
  • Scientists believe that the gigantic meteor that fell on the Yucatán 65 million years ago killed the dinosaurs. The meteor’s impact crater lies beneath the sea in the offshore waters of Progreso and Chicxulub.
  • Flamingos are bright pink because they absorb the color from their favorite food—red-shelled crustaceans.

Within Walking Distance

Within Walking Distance

The glittering green Gulf of Mexico is shallow and calm in Progreso, the perfect spot for swimming and kayaking. Thatch-roofed palapa-style restaurants dot the coastline, where you can sample fresh seafood and icy beers under swaying palm trees.

Beyond the Port Area

Beyond the Port Area

Nearby the port area is Uaymitun village, where a flock of pink flamingos make their home. Climb the viewing tower to watch these beautiful birds feeding and flying. You can visit one of the largest flocks of flamingos in North America at the Celestún National Wildlife Refuge, west of Progreso. Here, you'll quickly spot the bright pink flamingos standing in the shallows beyond the mangroves, along with the shorebirds such as pelicans, sandpipers and spoonbills.

Maya Ruins Near Progreso

Carnival cruises to Progreso dock near the ruins of three ancient Maya cities: Xcambó, Dzibilchaltún and Uxmal. Tour one of the most important archeological sites on the American continent and once home to the great Mayan Empire on the Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins excursion. View the pyramid of Kulkulcan, the ball court, the mystical cenote, the temple of the warriors and the observatory.

Maya Ruins Near Progreso

Nearby the beaches of Chicxulub and Uaymitun are the sun-bleached temples and pyramid platforms at Xcambó. South of Progreso is Dzibilchaltún, where 8,000 ancient buildings are waiting to be excavated by archaeologists. Take the Mayan Ruins & Beach Break Combo excursion and follow the ancient Maya road to the Temple of the Seven Dolls on a platform of stairs. For a refreshing cool-down, jump into the sacred cenote, a freshwater well, with Maya ruins tucked among the surrounding trees.

The unique ruins of Uxmal are nearby Progreso. Rising 115 feet above the ancient city is the unusual Pyramid of the Magician, with its smooth oval shape. Uxmal is famous for its beautiful buildings covered in rock carvings. Examine the walls and doorways of the Nunnery to find the curly-nosed rain god Chaac, mythical feathered snakes, and fantastical human heads—some of the finest ancient Maya art in Mexico.

Shopping in Progreso


Progreso, Mexico, is just a quick drive from Mérida, the vibrant Spanish colonial capital of the Yucatán. See the sights of Mérida by foot from El Parque in Plaza Grande, the main square. The leafy square is surrounded on all sides by pastel-colored Spanish palaces. On one side is Mérida’s cathedral—the oldest in the Americas—built of stone blocks from an ancient Maya city. Stroll up 60th Street (Calle 60) past Mérida’s churches and squares, and enjoy a hearty Yucatecan lunch of pit-roasted pork. As you explore Mérida, you’ll pass dozens of artisan shops. Don’t miss the city’s bustling market district and the Bazaar de Artesanías, the crafts market. Mérida is famous for its embroidered guayabera men’s shirts, hand-woven Panama hats and comfortable hammocks. Savvy shoppers should also look for Maya linen huipil dresses and handmade huarache sandals.

Travel Tips


  • Progreso is on the northern tip of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula on the Gulf of Mexico.
  • For your cruise to Progreso, Mexico, pack light clothing for humid weather from May to July. The rainy season is May to October, with frequent but brief bursts of rain. Winter in the Yucatán has cooler temperatures and clear skies.
  • Flamingos live year-round at Celestún National Wildlife Refuge.