WELCOME TO MERIDA!
With 106 municipalities, countless cenotes, beaches, archaeological sites, and haciendas, Yucatán boasts one of the world’s densest cultural landscapes thanks to its ancient and contemporary Maya population.
Accept that you’ll never be able to explore it all, but pack in as much as possible of our recommendations to mix and match your perfect trip!
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WHAT TO DO IN MERIDA
1. PASEO MONTEJO
Walk along Paseo de Montejo, look at the mansions, and drop in to some of the design stores to buy a unique memory of your visit. Freshen up after the walk with a visit to La Negrita Cantina*. Let yourself get lost in the colorful architecture and hidden gardens of the city. Enjoy dinner at Pichetta* (with a fantastic view of the cathedral). *Remember to reserve.
2. ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES
Wake up early to explore archaeological site and cenote, Dzibilchaltún (pack your swimsuit!). Get back to Mérida for fish tacos and a “michelada” at Dzalbay Cantina, snapping photos in front of their colorful murals.
Uxmal, is our favorite archeological site, but the most famous is Chichén Itzá, the capital of the Mayan Culture, the heart of Mesoamerica.
The natural wonders of the state of Yucatán are innumerable and some of the most important and unusual are the cenotes, or sinkholes. It is estimated that there are more than 6000, although only 2400 are registered. Cenotes are magical, enigmatic and unique in the world and were once the only resource for fresh, sweet water in the local Yucatecan jungle.
To understand the reason for their existence, click here. It’s all about meteors and dinosaurs!
4. CELESTÚN & VALLADOLID
Celestún is famous for its river or ría, beautiful flamingo colonies, fresh water springs, and calm beaches.
The most popular thing to do here is contract a boat to travel the ría and see the flamingos and hundreds of other bird species. Celestún is very close from Merida, about 60 min car ride.
Valladolid is a Maya city with a special colonial flavor. This is where you will see the majority of the townspeople still using the typical dress of the Maya. Also has very important cenotes, like Dzitnup, about 5 kilometers west and Ik-kil, 30 minutes from Valladolid, and 5 minutes from Chichén Itzá. Both are good for swimming with the latter being the most impressive.