Highlights of Yucatán: readers’ travel tips

Uncrowded ruins, an underwater sculpture park, hidden cenotes and authentic places to eat in popular spots are among the Mexican secrets shared by readers

Get up early and be the first to arrive at Siete Bocas ($15pp), one of the many underground lakes or cenotes in Yucatán. These are off the tour-group trail, leaving you alone in the jungle to plunge through the limestone holes into the clear freshwater pools and the chance to take a slightly daunting but amazing underground swim. The best way to get there is to cycle the flat 10 miles from Puerto Morelos, the first town south of Cancún. Bikes and scooters can be rented in Puerto Morelos or Cancún (intercity buses carry bikes for a small fee).

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