City Hall

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.

Get in

Progreso is 30 minutes from Merida by car, by Federal Highway 261.

  Auto-Progreso (Calle 29 No 151 between 80 and 82) operates second-class buses frequently from Merida to Progreso seven days per week, with buses running approximately every 10 minutes from 05:15 to 22:15 or later, depending on the season and passenger demand. The bus journey takes about 55 minutes.

Get around


Muelle Altura Progreso, the world's longest pier
Xcambó Archaeological Site


Progreso Beach


Local jewelers in the market place will make jewelery according to your idea or sketch. Opposite to market place (W) there's an artisan market whenever a cruise ship arrives.


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 hangover.


Ask locals for a house to rent. The W side is cheaper as there it is where the locals live. Many houses are rented only for holidays, so bargain hard.

Go next

Cenotes are caves with the "roof" collapsed. They are filled with crystal-clear water and connected to a state-wide underground system thousands km wide. Ask locals where you can swim & explore one.

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