Discover both the Yucatan capital of Merida and Dzibilchaltun—an ancient Mayan archeological site—on a shore excursion from your Progreso port of call. Begin with a sightseeing tour of Merida, the peninsula's cultural center. View the elegant 19th century mansions along its Paseo de Montejo and pay a visit to the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya—an artifact-filled museum dedicated to Mayan civilization. Next explore the Dzibilchaltun ruins and its intriguing Temple of the Dolls. You can even go for a swim onsite before returning to port.
Half-day Progreso shore excursion to Merida
Explore Merida's Gran Museo del Mundo Maya and Paseo de Montejo
Visit the archaeological site of Dzibilchaltun, once a major Mayan city
Begin your day's shore excursion by boarding a morning shuttle. Travel to a specified meeting point, where you'll encounter your guide and climb aboard a Mercedes Benz minivan bound for Mérida and the archaeological site of Dzibilchaltun. Sip provided refreshments and admire the scenery as you speed down the Yucatan Peninsula.
Once you arrive in Mérida, set off on a panoramic tour of the city. Admire the colonial churches and mansions in the bustling city center. View the chic, tree-lined avenue Paseo de Montejo, home to many French-style residences built at the turn of the 19th century. Stroll down the peaceful boulevard, admiring the pale buildings that gave the city its nickname 'La Ciudad Blanca' (the White City).
Stop at The Grand Mayan World Museum, where you'll learn about the cultural identity and history of the Yucatecan people by viewing the museum's 750,000 objects. Pause for lunch (own expense) in the museum cafeteria.
Back on board the tour vehicle, travel to the archaeological site of Dzibilchaltun, once a major Mayan city. Visit the Temple of the Seven Dolls to see the seven small figurines excavated there and the impressive stucco decorations.
Your last stop is the 140-foot- (43-meter-) deep Xlacah Cenote, located in the center of the Dzibilchaltun ruins. Once used during sacred Mayan rituals, this pool is now used as a swimming hole. Beat the heat with a dip in the clear, refreshing water before boarding your tour vehicle for a 2:30pm return to the Progreso cruise port.
Worry-free Shore Excursion:
Your guide ensures your timely return to the Progreso port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Reviews by Viator travelers
What a fun, educational tour! Our...
, Jan 2015
What a fun, educational tour! Our guide, Gil, was so informative and passionate about his work. Merida is a beautiful and very historic city, and the Mayan ruins were a sight to behold. We really enjoyed cooling off in the beautiful cenote. Gil was very conscientious about giving us the full tour but also getting us back to Progresso on time (we were on a cruise.) I would highly recommend this tour.