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The states of Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo comprise the Yucatan Peninsula.

The landscape varies as much as the attractions, offering vast expanses of green jungle, white sandy beaches, coral reefs, swamps and hills. This vibrant peninsula is one of the most ecologically important regions in the world - the home to species not found anywhere else on Earth.

Colonial cities like Merida and Valladolid represent the Spanish influence; exotic resorts of Cancun, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen offer modern luxuries; and once wondrous cities, like Chichen-Itza, Uxmal and Edzna now stand as monuments to the great Mayan civilization.

Culturally, the Yucatan Peninsula is a country within a country. Most Yucatecans still speak the clipped, rhythmic Mayan language and their distinctive facial features silently attest to their ancestral heritage.

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