Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Felipe Carrillo Puerto

At the heart of the Maya Ka'an region, the city of Felipe Carrillo Puerto is a captivating hotbed of culture and ecotourism.

Felipe Carrillo Puerto is the urban and cultural seat of the region known as Maya Ka’an. As the sole city in the area, it is an obligatory stop when exploring the central region of Quintana Roo. 

Carrillo Puerto boasts its own distinct flavor and style on the Peninsula, influenced by the dominance of Maya culture, language, and cuisine. Learn more about this place and discover why it’s a must-visit.

Brief History of Carrillo Puerto

The city was founded in 1850 with the name Noj Kaaj Santa Cruz Xbalam Naj, commonly known as Chan Santa Cruz. It played a crucial role in the Caste War of the Yucatan, a conflict that pitted the Mayas against the Mexican government for over 50 years. 

In 1930, the city was renamed in honor of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, governor of Yucatán from 1922 to 1924 and advocate for Maya culture and communities.

Things to do in Felipe Carrillo Puerto

  • Museo Maya Santa Cruz Xbaalam Naj: This museum displays infographics, scale models, artifacts found in the area, and other items that narrate the region’s history.
  • Centro Cultural Comunitario: Enjoy musical concerts and theatrical performances at this community cultural center, among other activities.
  • Centro de Cultura e Idiomas Na’atik: This cultural center promoting culture and languages is a great place to interact with locals and foreigners.

Santuario de la Cruz Parlante: This church is a unique syncretism of Catholicism and Maya culture. The story goes that in the late 1850s, wooden crosses appeared on a cedar tree by a cenote. These crosses began to speak, delivering messages and instructions to families, resulting in an community organized under a theocratic-military style of government (thus the name of the church: “Sanctuary of the Talking Cross”). Nearby Attractions: Explore the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, the archeological site of Muyil, and the Siijil Noh Ha ecotourism center.

How to Get There?

Felipe Carrillo Puerto is located 96 miles north of Chetumal and 142 miles south of Cancún. The coastal road (federal road 307) connects these three cities. 

You can reach the city by plane, bus, or car. The Chetumal International Airport is 80 miles from Felipe Carrillo Puerto. The city also has a bus terminal running lines to destinations across the state and country.





Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Q.R., México

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