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Progreso, Mexico

Progreso is a city in the state of Yucatán, Mexico, on the Gulf of Mexico on the northwest coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. The city was founded in 1811 as a port for exporting sisal (henequén) fiber from the Yucatán haciendas. It has a long heritage of fishing as well as shipping. Now numbering 37,000 inhabitants, Progreso has recently experienced growth due to its presence on some cruise line stops in Mexico, and is now a favorite destination for both locals and tourists.

The earliest Mayan settlements on the site date back to the 1st century CE, when the city was known as Xcambó. The city was dominated by nearby Izamal, and was most populated from the Early Classic Period until the 6th century CE. The primary economic activity at that time was salt extraction.

Progreso is a center for both the fishing industry and the container industry. All containers arrive in Progreso and are distributed... Read more

Progreso, Mexico

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Progreso is a city in the state of Yucatán, Mexico, on the Gulf of Mexico on the northwest coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. The city was founded in 1811 as a port for exporting sisal (henequén) fiber from the Yucatán haciendas. It has a long heritage of fishing as well as shipping. Now numbering 37,000 inhabitants, Progreso has recently experienced growth due to its presence on some cruise line stops in Mexico, and is now a favorite destination for both locals and tourists.

The earliest Mayan settlements on the site date back to the 1st century CE, when the city was known as Xcambó. The city was dominated by nearby Izamal, and was most populated from the Early Classic Period until the 6th century CE. The primary economic activity at that time was salt extraction.

Progreso is a center for both the fishing industry and the container industry. All containers arrive in Progreso and are distributed to Yucatán, Campeche and Quintana Roo.

Progreso also is one of the newest ports for large cruise ships and an emerging Balneario resort destination. Passengers disembark on a very long pier, the Terminal Remota opened in 1989 that juts out 6.5 km (4.0 mi) into the Gulf of Mexico. Passengers are taken to shore to visit Progreso, Mérida or the Maya civilization archaeological sites of Uxmal and Dzibilchaltun.

During the months of July and August, the beaches fill with thousands of mostly local tourists, as it is traditional in these months for well-to-do residents of Mérida to leave the city and spend the summer in the cooler seaside environment.

Climate

Despite its coastal location and fairly humid climate (average humidity around 70–80%), Progreso has a semi-arid climate. There is little variation in average temperatures through the winter months from December to March are noticeably cooler. Precipitation is scarce throughout the year but is more abundant from June to October. On average, there are 36 days with measurable rainfall.


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Progreso, Mexico: Port Information


Your cruise ship will dock at the Progreso Pier which is known as the longest pier in the world. 
Shuttle buses to the center are available. Near the pier, you can find a great beach with lots of facilities. 

Get around Progreso, Mexico


The center of the town with the main attractions can be easily explored on foot.

What to see in Progreso, Mexico


  • Muelle Altura Progreso (Progreso Pier). The 6 km pier, the longest in the world, due to the shallow water on the Yucatan coast, has made Progreso the most important port for the export of Yucatan's products and visiting cruise ships. By law, you can't enter the pier, but try to ask the Customs officials.
  • Xcambó Archaeological Site (2km E of Progreso). Because of the relatively long period of occupation, some pre-Columbian ruins are still visible here, right by the coastal road. The site consists of two plazas surrounded by numerous buildings, ten of them large. Especially notable are the Pyramid of the Crosses and the Pyramid of Masks. Today the location is a pilgrimage destination, due to a legend that the Virgin Mary once appeared here.
  • Uaymitún (just E of town en route to Chicxulub Puerto). There is a small flamingo colony located here. If you don't manage to get to Celestún you might still be lucky and see a few here.

What to do in Progreso, Mexico


  • Enjoy the beach.
  • Sometimes in the winter, there are dolphins near the entrance to the lagoon (3 km N of town center).
  • There are sailboats going to Arrecife Alacranes nature reserve 110 km NNW (2-day trip) - several tiny coral islands, lighthouse, you stay on the boat overnight. Diving, snorkeling.
  • There's a wreck in only 15m depth sunk by accident on his way further NW to become an artificial reef for divers. Enquire in Progreso or Chelem just W.
  • Remember: Chicxulub - 20km SW (not Puerto) was impact point of the giant meteorite many scientists believe eradicated dinosaurs along with 90% other species some 65 million years ago. The diameter of the crater is some 180 km.
  • Dzibilchaltún

    is a Mayan ruin some 25km S - during the spring and autumn equinoxes, the sun shines through the window of the main "Temple of the Seven Dolls". While the site and structures are not nearly as massive as

    Chichen Itza

    , it's still beautiful and very peaceful since there are no vendors all over the place hawking souvenirs like at Chichen Itza. There is also a cool cenote sinkhole where you can swim and a small museum. Tours are offered in English and Spanish, or you may wander the site on your own. You can reach

    Dzibilchaltún

    via bus, or rent a motor scooter in Progreso.

What to eat and drink in Progreso, Mexico


Eat

Fresh raw seafood, either fish or crab or mix. Served cold, little spicy, with lemon. Eat it only till noon, as locals do. Good for a hangover.

Drink

A few bars and cantinas on Calle 80. Beers on the beach restaurants are overpriced.

Shopping in Progreso, Mexico


Local jewelers in the marketplace will make jewelry according to your idea or sketch. Opposite to marketplace, there's an artisan market whenever a cruise ship arrives.

  • Liquor stores, One on Calle 80, one on Calle 27.

Safety in Progreso, Mexico


Progreso is pretty safe. Nevertheless, you should always use your common sense. Don't wear expensive jewelry and other valuables - don't show your wealth. ​Always keep your vehicle locked. Take care of your passport or other ID.

Language spoken in Progreso, Mexico


Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken in tourist places.

LOCAL TIME

6:32 am
November 20, 2019
America/Mexico_City

CURRENT WEATHER

24.09 °C / 75.362 °F
broken clouds
Thu

25.2 °C/77 °F
few clouds
Fri

25.58 °C/78 °F
sky is clear
Sat

26.03 °C/79 °F
sky is clear
Sun

25.66 °C/78 °F
sky is clear

LOCAL CURRENCY

MXN

1 USD = 0 MXN
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1 AUD = 0 MXN
1 CAD = 0 MXN

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