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How to Spend 3 Days in Merida

How to Spend 3 Days in Merida

With three days to dedicate to the capital of Yucatán state, you can explore nearby jungle, escape to the coast, and visit an ancient archeological site. Plus, you’ll still have time to tick off colonial highlights and sample local cuisine. Here’s how to make the most of 72 hours in Mérida.

Day 1: Sightseeing in the City

Get your bearings in Merida by kickstarting your stay on a walking tour that covers Zocalo (Central Square), which is encircled by several free-to-enter buildings such as Merida Cathedral and Casa Montejo. This is also the ideal place to grab a cup of coffee or breakfast from a street vendor. Then, dedicate the afternoon to Yucatan cuisine during a street food tour, market visit, or cooking class.

When night falls, make your way to the Mérida plaza that’s hosting the evening’s musical performance—each day sees a different spot hosting the shows and night tours ensure you get to the right place for the right time. Round out the evening by snacking on a cheese and Nutella-filledmarquesita (Mayan crepe).

Day 2: Explore Mayan Ruins

Mérida is a great jumping off point for wider exploration of the Yucatán, due to it being within day-tripping distance of archaeological sites such as Uxmal, Dzibilchaltun, and Chichen Itza—one of the New7Wonders of the World. Make the most of limited time in the region on a private or group tour that lets you skip the stress of car hire by taking care of round-trip transportation. Tours typically include lunch and tend to stop at cenotes, haciendas, Mayan villages, and beaches depending on the itinerary.

Once you’re back in Mérida proper, immerse yourself in cantina culture on a cantina crawl around some of Mérida’s most traditional watering holes. Beer and bar snacks are typically included though bring cash to continue your night out in Mérida after the excursion ends.

Day 3: Return to Nature

Take the opportunity to get back to nature on day three. Mérida’s privileged position close to the tip of the Yucatán peninsula makes it the ideal base for outdoor adventures such as caving, snorkeling, cenote diving, and encounters with flamingos at Celestun National Park. 

Other options for day three include touring some of the Yucatán’s typical haciendas or taking a day trip to nearby towns and cities, such as Campeche and Izamal. Known as the Yellow Town, you can explore Izamal on foot or by carriage before catching the evening light show. Otherwise, get further off the grid on full-day excursions to lesser-known destinations such as Mayapan, Homun, and Acanceh,. Alternatively, combine culture with adventure during joint cenote and hacienda excursions. 

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Chichen Itza Small Group, Buffet Lunch & Cenote from Merida

Chichen Itza Small Group, Buffet Lunch & Cenote from Merida

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Immerse yourself the mysterious allure of ancient wonder Chichen Itza on a full-day excursion from Merida. Skip crowded lines as you enter the atmospheric ruins through a private entrance, completely avoiding hassle or stress. Listen to your guide’s captivating commentary as you journey through the significant archeological site, discovering sacrificial cenotes, sacred temples, and the ancient ball court. Delve into the darkened depths of the Kukulcan Pyramid to catch a rare glimpse of the Chac Mool sculpture before enjoying a fulfilling lunch and dance performance at the Mayaland Resort.
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  • 8 hours
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$75.00
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Merida Market Tour and Cooking Class

Merida Market Tour and Cooking Class

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Submerge yourself in the rich cuisine and epicurean customs of the Yucatan on a half-day culinary tour of the beautiful Mexican city of Merida. Purchase ingredients from a traditional market and enjoy a cooking class at the home of a local host. Learn about the exotic ingredients and intriguing processes used in Mexican cooking as your knowledgeable guide narrates. Finally, sample the fruits of your labor during a delicious lunch in your host’s comfortable home. Enjoy a personalized experience on this small group tour, with number limits at 12 people.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Merida Street Food Walking Tour

Merida Street Food Walking Tour

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Get acquainted with Yucatecan specialties on this street food tour of Merida. Walk with a local guide to Merida’s main market plus a seafood restaurant and gelato shop. Sip fruit juices and sample plenty of local dishes, not limited to empanadas, tamales and seafood tacos along with ‘cochinita pibil’ (slow-roasted pork) and ‘panuchos’ (tortillas stuffed with refried black beans). Delicious!
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  • 3 hours
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Acanceh, Mayapan, y Cenote Mysterious Places in Yucatán

Acanceh, Mayapan, y Cenote Mysterious Places in Yucatán

Travel by comfortable, climate-controlled minivan to the pre-Columbian Mayan site of Mayapan on an affordable all-day tour. Visit the former capital of the Yucatán’s Mayan culture in the Yucatán with a certified guide and learn about the rich history of the Maya. See restored structures, excavated pyramids, preserved artifacts, and the “Palace of the Stuccos,” which contains many elaborate friezes. Afterward, take a refreshing dip in a cenote.
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  • 8 hours
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Izamal City Tour with Carriage Ride from Merida

Izamal City Tour with Carriage Ride from Merida

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Explore the religious pilgrimage site of Izmal during this 7-hour tour from Merida. With your local guide, ride through the cobblestone streets of downtown Izamal in a horse-drawn carriage, stopping at the small Pyramid of El Conejo and the Pyramid of Kinich Kakmó. Learn about they 'City of Three Cultures' and its concentration of Pre-Columbian, Colonial and Contemporary through your guide's engaging commentary.
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  • 7 hours
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Campeche World Heritage City and Becal Day Trip from Merida

Campeche World Heritage City and Becal Day Trip from Merida

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Immerse yourself in the legendary beauty of Campeche on an enriching full-day excursion from Merida. Accompanied by a professional guide, travel by luxury vehicle to the quaint village of Becal to admire its charming 17th-century church and the enormous monument dedicated to sombreros. Continue to Campeche, an ancient walled city on the rugged coast of the Gulf of Mexico, and gaze at the colossal fortress of Fuerte San Miguel, now a Mayan Archeological Museum. Revitalize with a delicious lunch, explore the historical district of the city, and see the impressive Campeche Cathedral before returning to Merida.
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  • 10 hours
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$79.00
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Celestun National Park And Flamingos Tour From Merida

Celestun National Park And Flamingos Tour From Merida

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Spend the day communing with nature at Celestun National Park. After pickup at your hotel, drive 60 miles (96 kilometers) to the park, where you will board a boat and cruise through the mangrove forests to the Island of Birds. The stars of the park are the pink flamingos, but it's also home to white-tail deer, armadillos, crocodiles, ocelots, wild turkeys, ducks, and many more species of animals. Enjoy a buffet lunch before heading back to Merida.
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  • 8 hours
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Hacienda Sotuta de Peón

Hacienda Sotuta de Peón

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Spend the day relaxing at a beautifully-restored Mexican hacienda. Travel back in time to the 19th century, learning about the production of the henequen agave from plant to fiber. The hacienda doubles as a hotel with lush gardens, a restaurant, and every amenity you can think of. Swim in the hacienda's private cenote and enjoy a traditional Yucatan lunch before returning to Merida.
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  • 7 hours
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$102.37
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Merida Cantinas Walking Tour with Beer and Snacks

Merida Cantinas Walking Tour with Beer and Snacks

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Explore Merida's colorful cantinas with a local on a guided walking tour of the local-style bars. Learn about daily life in the city as you walk between a series of three cantinas, where you'll sip beer, groove to the latest Mexican tunes, and try some classic Yucatec botanas, or snacks. This cantina tour includes drinks and snacks, and it's a great way to experience Merida's local culture.
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  • 3 hours
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$49.00
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Dzibilchaltun Ruins Tour and Progreso Beach Break from Merida

Dzibilchaltun Ruins Tour and Progreso Beach Break from Merida

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Immerse yourself in Mayan culture on a full day exploring Merida's history and natural beauty. First, visit the ruins at Dzibilchaltun where you will see the Temple of the Seven Dolls. Visit a museum to learn more about the site's historical significance, and peek inside a typical Mayan home. Finally visit the Port of Progreso to enjoy some beach time in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico before heading back to your hotel.
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  • 7 hours
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$79.20
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