Chetumal Travel Guide

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Founded in 1898, and located on the shores of the bay of the same name, Chetumal ("place of abundant red cedar", in Maya) is the capital of Quintana Roo. The city is attractive and its location on the main road south from Yucatan to Belize makes it a place many travelers end up spending some time in.

The closest thing to a real "sight" is the Museo de la Cultura Maya (Tues-Sun 9am-7pm; US$4) on Héroes, near the corner of Mahatma Gandhi. Although it has very few original artifacts, the numerous interactive displays and models provide a good insight into ancient Maya society, mathematics and cosmology.

Chetumal is a good place for making daytrips to beaches and Maya ruins in the area.

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