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Tour of Southern Mexico

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Mexico

Face du Monde

"El dia de los Muertos" or "Day of the Dead" is an important holiday in Mexican culture; it combines elements of Christian and native rituals.  Top Contributor Face Du Mond traveled to Southern Mexico one October spending time around Quintana Roo, Yucatán and Campeche states.  Using his drone and ground cameras, he created an unforgettable view of Mexico during the period leading up to the holiday (which occurs in early November), capped off by a candlelit Día de Los Muertos celebration.

Mexico's Isla Mujeres

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Mexico 4K - Isla Mujeres 2018

Majestic

Isla Mujeres is a long but extremely narrow island which sits off the Caribbean Sea coast of Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula, in the state of Quintana Roo.  The beaches of the island resemble something between nearby Cancun and the Dominican Republic.  Top contributor Majestic used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to create an unforgettable aerial tour of Isle Mujeres.  In this video you will find views of magically blue water, beach activities, and the party atmosphere of an island paradise.

Aerial Tour of Chiapas

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CHIAPAS

Postandfly

Award-winning contributor Postandfly created this stunning aerial tour of Chiapas, which won DVOW in July 2019.  Home to a highly diverse landscape, Chiapas lies in the heart of the old Mayan Empire which covered much of what is now southern Mexico.  Featured locations include San Cristobal de las Casas, the Agua Azul waterfalls, the coffee plantations and the jungle near Tapachula, the Montebello Lakes, the port of Tapachula, Sumidero Canyon, and El Chiflon waterfall. 

The City of Oaxaca

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Oaxaca

Postandfly

Top contributor Postandfly created this stunning drone video of the city of Oaxaca, capital of the state of the same name in Southern Mexico.  The state is considered one of Mexico's great cultural treasures because of its indigenous population, in which at least 16 pre-Columbian tribes have survived and with greater continuity than in other parts of the country.  Located in a mountain valley, Oaxaca was the subject of four of the eight essays in DH Lawrence's travel book Mornings in Mexico (1927).

Mayan Lands

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Lands of the Maya - Guatemala and Mexico

videobros

The Mayan people, indigenous to the land stretching across parts of Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula portion of Mexico, were known for their sophisticated perspectives on science, engineering, and the arts.  Contributor and drone pilot Dronebros spent two years traveling the Mayan lands and created this video.  His work earned nominations for the AirVuz Drone Video of the Week and Drone Video of the Month, and was the Winner for the 2nd Annual Drone Video Awards' People & Lifestyle category. 

The Mayan Ruins of Tulum

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Sunrise at Tulum

Barnard Steele

Top contributor Barnard Steele created this magnificent sunrise drone video of some of Mexico's most well-known ruins.  The Tulum site is located on the so-called Mayan Riviera, a stretch of beaches and ancient ruins south of Cancun in the Yucatan Peninsula state of Quintana Roo.  Situated on some tall cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Bjuilt between the 13th-15th centuries, Tulum is one of the best-preserved sites of the Mayan Civilization which ruled over large stretches of the region in Pre-Columbian times.  

Cozumel's Punta Sur Eco Park

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Cozumel Punta Sur Eco Park 4K

Travel Droner

The southern part of the Mexican island of Cozumel is an eco-heaven of sorts; it's tidal lagoons are home to a variety of exotic fauna (and flora) ranging from rare species of birds and dwarflike racoons to American crocodiles.  Much of the southern part of the island is covered by parks, and Cozumel is starting to develop serious eco-tourism through these treasures.   In this beautiful drone video by TravelDroner, you'll be able to get an aerial view of the Cozumel Punta Sur Eco Park.

The Ruins of Chichen Itza

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A Drone in Chichen Itza

iDrone Aerials

Top contributor iDrone Aerials created this epic aerial view of the great ruins of Chichen Itza, on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.  Chichen Itza is believed by archaeologists to have been one of the largest cities in the Mayan civilization.  It is located in the state of Yucatán, one of the three states on the peninsula along with Quintana Roo and Campeche.  It was built beginning in the 7th century.  A UNESCO World Heritage site, the site was recently named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World by the Travel Channel.  

Cancun: Mexico's Tourism Powerhouse

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A day in Cancun, Mexico with some friends !

Travel Lifestyle

The beach city of Cancún in southern Mexico represents the country's most successful effort to use the power and purse of the central and state governments to develop tourism.  The city was more or less created out of thin air in the 1970's as a string of hotel and resort properties along a deserted stretch of beach in the state of Quiintana Roo.  Today, it's one of the country's leading destinations and a perennial spring break favorite.  Check it out from above in this awesome drone video by Travel Lifestyle.

Veracruz, Tabasco, and Chiapas

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South of Mexico: Veracruz, Tabasco, Chiapas

thedronexperience

Thedronexperience brings us this spectacular drone footage from southern Mexico.  Apart from the Yucatan, Southern Mexico covers the states of Veracruz, Chiapas, Tabasco, and Oaxaca.  The region is much more rural and less industrialized compared to areas to its north.  Its most important city is Veracruz, which is also the largest port city on the Caribbean side of Mexico.  The video shows some epic aerial views of the great port as well of the amazingly diverse natural scenery to be found in the region.

Quintana Roo: Tulum

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Tulum Mexico

JustinPoore

Tulum, Mexico was an ancient Mayan walled city prior to the conquest of Mexico by Spain.  Lying in what is now the Mexican State of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula, the ruins of the city stand on a bluff above some of the finest beach territory on the Caribbean Sea.  Drone pilot and travel vlogger JustinPoore used a drone to create this amazing view of this ancient city on the Mayan Riviera, whose beach was recently ranked #5 in a Lonely Planet survey of the world's top beaches.    

Flamingos in Yucatán

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Sisál, Yucatán - The Grand Flamingo Commute

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The Mexican state of Yucatan occupies the western part of the Yucatan Peninsula, which it shares with its neighboring state Quintana Roo.  Far from the beaches and resorts of Cancun and the Mayan Riviera, this is rainforest country and it offers an extraordinarily amount of biodiversity.  It's become one of the top eco-tourist destinations ni Mexico.  Contributor Iñigui was in  Sisál, Yucatán when he happened upon a flock of flamingos.  The drone video he took from this encounter is truly memorable.  

Greater Cancun

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Summer in Cancún | Quintana Roo, Mexico

hyatt_films

Hyatt_films used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone and a Fujifilm XT3 camera to create this magnificent travel video from Mexico's greatest playground: the area around Cancun in the state of Quintana Roo.  The highlighted spots are the Playa del Carmel, a beach south of Cancun which anchors the Maya Riviera; the fantastically long and narrow Isla Mujeres, just northeast of Cancun; and Cancun's hotel district, a huge strip of resorts on land which was virtually uninhabited as late as the 1970's.  

Cruise Ships in Cozumel

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Cozumel Cruise Port City 4K

Travel Droner

Cozumel is the largest island on either side of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.  It lies on the eastern (Caribbean) side, about 115 km (around 70 mi.) by car and ferry from the resort town of Cancun.  In recent years, Cozumel has become one of the top cruise ship ports of call in the Caribbean.  In this drone video by Travel Droner, you'll get a bird's eye view of the cruise ship trade in Cozumel.  In particular, you'll see the Symphony of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean Oasis class vessel which is the world's largest cruise ship as of 2019.

The Waterfalls of Chiapas

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Chiapas Waterfalls: Mexican Paradise

AurelBaud

The southern Mexican state of Chiapas is becoming known around the world for its magnificent waterfalls, which abound in this land of canyons and rainforests.  In this video by contributor AurelBaud, you'll get an aerial view of three of the most well known of these falls: El chiflon, Las Nubes, and Agua Azul.  Agua Azul is the best known of the three; it's actually a series of many cataracts on the Xanil River.  A concentration of calcium carbonate causes the falls' water to appear as a fantastic shade of blue-green. 

Chiapas: Sumidero Canyon

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Sumidero Canyon, Chiapas, Mexico

Postandfly

Sumidero Canyon is located in southern Mexico in the state of Chiapas, near the base of the Yucatan Peninsula.  The canyon's walls are as high as 1,000 meters (about 3.3k ft.).  Traditionally considered very remote, in recent years Chiapas has seen significantly higher levels of tourist visitation.  Award-winning contributor Postandfly flew his DJI Inspire 1 drone over the canyon to create this mesmerizing aerial view of some of the most spectacular natural scenery in all of Mexico.

Trip to Cancun and Tulum

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Scape From Love - Cancun & Tulum

lucaspinhel

Contributor LucasPinhel has earned a worldwide social media following from his travel Vlogs that artfully combine drone footage and people.  In this video you can join him to fly the skies of two Mexican vacation destinations, Cancun and Tulum. Both lie on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea.  These drone shots will let you join him and his friends as they make the most of their trip living in swimsuits in the sunshine and celebrating life along the beautiful coastline!

Cozumel: Island of Mexico

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Cozumel by Drone

Isabel Vaca

Cozumel is the most well known of the Mexican islands in the Caribbean Sea.  It sits a short ferry ride off the Mayan Riviera area of the mainland, south of Cancun, in the state of Quintana Roo.  Cozumel's tourism business was fairly modest until the Cancun area began to develop in the 1970's.  Now, Cozumel is home to a world-class scuba diving scene and it's an active cruise ship port of call.  In this video, you'll get a bird's eye view of this beautiful mangrove-covered island, compliments of contributor Isabelle Vaca.

Oaxca: Hierve el Agua

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Hiere el Agua: Petrified Waterfalls

Postandfly

Contributor Postandfly created this spectacular drone video of one of the world's most unusual rock formations.  The Hierve el Agua (the "water boils") is a a set of formations that look very much like streams of cascading water.  Amazingly so, especially when viewed from an aerial perspective.  The pheonenon is caused by streams of spring water that are over-saturated with the mineral calcium carbonate.  They are located in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, in the southern region of the country.  

Lake Bacalar

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Bacalar: Mexico's Beautiful Lake

Travel Lifestyle

Quintana Roo is the easternmost state of Mexico.  It occupies most of the great  Yucatan Peninsula, which it shares with the states of Yucatan and Campache and the Central American countries Guatemala and Belize.  Away from the beaches of Cancun, in the interior of the state, which is primarily jungle, you'll find the long, narrow lagoon of Bacalar.  The lake is stunning, with brilliantly clear aqua blue water.  Contributor Travel Lifestyle used a drone to create this amazing aerial video of this Mexican treasure.  

Bacalar Lagoon: Long Blue String

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Bacalar Lagoon

Postandfly

Award-winning content creator and drone pilot Postandfly created this stunning aerial video of a well known lake on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.  It's called Bacalar Lagoon, and the "lagoon" monitor is correct - it's technically not a lake, as it's connected to the Caribbean Sea through the porous limestone that runs through the area.  Lagoon or lake, it's a very long body of water - 42 square km or 16 square mi.  It's near a town of the same name, in the southeastern corner of Mexican Yucatan.  

The Mayan Riviera

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Mexico's Riviera Maya

Conexión Destinos

Contributor Conexión Destinos created this beautiful drone video from the Mayan Riviera in Caribbean Mexico.  Like Cancun itself, the area south of the great Mexican beach city was virtually uninhabited for centuries.  With the growth of Cancun and Cozumel, the stretch of Caribbean coastline became ripe for redevelopment.  Once known as the Cancun-Tulum Corridor in reference to its new endpoints, it has become known by its new name in deference to the native peoples who once lived here.  

Mavic Pro over the Mayan Riviera

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Dji Mavic Pro in Mexico

Rich McHardy

Contributor Rich McHardy put his brand new DJI Mavic Pro drone to good use creating this video from a trip to Southern Mexico.  The footage was shot along a stretch of coastline running from Cancun to Play del Carmen in the state of Quintanta Roo, on the Yucatan Peninsula. This area was once called the Cancun-Tulum Corridor.  In the late 1990's though, in reference to the numerous ruins sites from the Pre-Columbian Mayan Empire, it was officially renamed and rebranded as the Mayan Riviera.

Mexico's Isla Mujeres

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Beautiful Drone Footage of Isla Mujeres, Mexico

reelspecial

Check out this stunning drone video of the long narrow island off the coast of Mexico called Isla Mujeres, compliments of contributor Reelspecial.  It's a short boat trip from Cancun, the largest resort city on the Yucatan Peninsula.  In pre-Columbian times, it was associated with the Mayan goddess of childbirth.  At about the 2:00 mark you'll get a great view of Playa Norte at the north end of the island; this beach recently appeared in the #7 spot of Coastal Living's ranking of the world's top beaches.  

Nizuc Resort and Spa, Cancun

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Nizuc Resort & SPA Cancun

Travel Droner

Check out this amazing drone video of one of the top resorts in the Mexican beach town of Cancun, compliments of contributor and pilot Travel Droner.  The resort is situated near the south end of the main hotel zone, near Punta Zinuc.  It makes for a much more secluded feel compared to what is on offer with the larger resorts to the north.  When you watch the video of this stunning property, you will see why the influential magazine Travel + Leisure named Nizuc one of the world's top 100 hotels in 2018.  

El Chiflon Waterfalls, Chiapas

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El Chiflon waterfalls

Postandfly

Whenever you get mountainous areas which receive lots of rainfall, you will almost always find epic waterfalls.  That's what makes the Mexican state of Chiapas such as paradise for waterfall-lovers - it's a hilly interior province in the southern part of the country which is mostly rainforest.  Not surprising then that as the area opens up for tourism its waterfalls are started to become much better known.  Exhibit A: this beautiful drone video of El Chiflon waterfall by award-winning contributor Postandfly.  

Rapids of Bacalar

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Rapidos de Bacalar

jelipegomez

The eastern part of the Yucatan Peninsula in southern Mexico is home to some of the world's most unusual geology.  Due to a combination of factors, the area is literally covered with phenomena like sea caves and lagoons, the likes of which in many cases can't be found anywhere else on earth.  In this drone video by jelipegomez, you'll get an aerial view of this amazing landscape around the town of Bacalar.  It lies on a lagoon of the same name which runs parallel to the shoreline to its east.  

Mayan Riviera and Isla Mujeres

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Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills Resort and Spa

thedronexperience

When the stretch of Mexican coastline south of Cancun originally began to develop, it was called the Playa del Carmen to Tulum corridor, in reference to the towns at either end.  Beginning in the late 1990's, the area was given a new name: the Mayan Riviera, in reference to the area's native people.  In this drone video by the dronexperience, you'll get a bird's eye view of the Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills Resort, one of the premiere properties on the Riviera.  You'll also see the Isla Mujeres, which lies just off the coast of Cancun.

Kitesurfing in Telchac

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Miniatura del vídeo: Kitesurf en Telchac 0:48 Kitesurf en Telchac

jelipegomez

While Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is most closely associated with the Caribbean Sea, its northern portion actually lies on a different body of water: the Gulf of Mexico.  Like much of the Gulf, the semi-protected waters provide for some epic kitesurfing spots.  That's where this amazing drone video from jelipegomez was filmed, near the town of Telchac.  He did a beautiful job filming an obviously highly skilled windsurfer and at the same time capturing an incredible landscape and seascape.  

Droning around Cancun

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Quintana Roo

rkmaerial

The area around Cancun, Mexico may be the world's shining example of what planned development of tourist zones can accomplish.  Situated on the Caribbean coast of Yucatan, investors initially shunned the area until the Mexican government financed the first nine hotels there in the 1970's.  The rest, as they say, is history; the Cancun/Cozumel/Mayan Riviera area is now one of the top travel destinations in the hemisphere.  Check out Cancun and surroundings from above in this video by rkmaerial. 

Sights of the Yucatán

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Mexique drone

Clmng13

Contributor Mexique Drone put together this marvelous video featuring some of the top sights in the Yucatan region of southern Mexico.  Featured locations include the Playa del Carmen and the Xcaret Park on the stretch of Caribbean Sea coasline known as the Mayan Riviera; the archaelogical site of Ek' Balam in the Temozón Municipality in the area known as the Northern Mayan Lowlands; the Mayan city of Coba; the cenote (sink hole) of Zacil Ha; and the great Mayan ruins site of Tulum, as well as the nearby Kaan Luum.

Aerial Tour of Chiapas

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Chiapas, Mexico

Postandfly

Take an aerial tour of one of Mexico's most beautiful states, compliements of contributor Postandfly.  Chiapas is the southernmost of the 31 states which make up the country of Mexico.  It has a long coastline with Guatemala, longer in fact than its borders with neighboring Mexican states.  It's a land of lush rainforests and spectacular waterfalls, with a culture that has retained some of its pre-Columbian elements.  For these reasons, it's considered one of the top eco-tourist destinations in Mexico.

Ancient Tulum

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TULUM AMAZING AEREAL SHOOTING

Conexión Destinos

Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is home to some of both the newest and oldest settlements in the country.  For example, the city of Cancun was essentially born in the 1970's as part of a massive government effort to build tourism in what had been one of Mexico's poorest regions.  Just down the coast from Cancun though lie the ruins of Tulum, an ancient walled city built by the Pre-Columbian Mayan Empire.   You can see these amazing centuries-old ruins from abive in this drone video by Conexión Destinos.

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