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3 Days in Merida: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, March 2014

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Merida is a city that captivates many visitors so much that they decide to stay: it’s a haven for expatriates from the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The colonial center holds plenty of charms, including nightly music performances in various parks seven nights a week, plus the city is a great base for exploring Mayan ruins and cenotes.

Day 1: Exploring Merida


Soak in the colonial center of Merida, using the Zocolo (Plaza Grande) as your navigational center. Stroll the four sides of the plaza, seeing the cathedral, the Macay Museum, Casa de Montejo, Municipal Palace, and places to grab a bite or coffee. Walk a few blocks to the municipal market for some local color and shopping. Hire a carriage driver for a tour of town and Paseo Montejo. Catch a free music show and see couples dancing in the appropriate plaza for the evening—each plaza has its own night, which the tourism office can provide.

Day 2: Mayan Ruins


Take a trip to the Mayan ruins of your choice: Chichen Itza to the east, Uxmal (and possibly the Puuc Route) to the southwest, or Dzibilchaltun with cenote swimming and the Mayan museum to the north.

Day 3: Day Trips from Merida


Head to Celustun, about 60 miles northwest of Merida, to see pink flamingos, cool off in a spring-fed swimming hole, or tour a “petrified’ mangrove forest. Afterwards, head to the beach for some fresh seafood, shrimp ceviche, or a cold drink. End the day back in Merida in another plaza with a different music performance.

Tours & Tickets

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Chichen Itza Day Trip from Merida

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Immerse yourself in Mayan culture at Chichen Itza, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, where a private entrance awaits you – without the lines! This day ...  Read more

Location: Merida, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.99

Day Trip to Celestun: Flamingos, Mangrove Boat Ride and Tampeten Petrified Forest

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Get up close to thousands of pink flamingos and other incredible wildlife species on a boat ride through the estuary of Celestun Wildlife Refuge. This official ...  Read more

Location: Merida, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.99

Acanceh Ruins and Cuzama Cenotes Tour from Merida

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Dive into the clear waters of three Cuzama cenotes on this day trip by minivan from Merida. Stop en route at the Mayan site of Acanceh to view the excavated ...  Read more

Location: Merida, Mexico
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $49.99

Merida Market Tour and Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Get a true taste of Yucatecan cuisine and meet the local people of Merida as you shop at the market for fresh ingredients and prepare several tasty dishes. ...  Read more

Location: Merida, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $48.99

2-Day Uxmal Tour from Merida

Discover the architectural marvel of Uxmal, one of the largest and most significant of the ancient Mayan cities on the Yucatan Peninsula! This overnight trip ...  Read more

Location: Merida, Mexico
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $168.99

2-Day Tour to Chichen Itza and Mayaland Resort from Merida

See one of the new Seven Wonders of the World – Chichen Itza – and unearth the mysterious power of the Maya in the Balankanche Caves. This two-day trip from ...  Read more

Location: Merida, Mexico
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $168.99

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