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Merida, charming and magical Yucatan capital

The charming and magical city of Merida is located in the state of Yucatan, about 177 km (110 mi) from Campeche and 320 km (198 mi) from Cancun. Thanks to its tropical climate and cool winds that blow in from the nearby coast, temperatures range between 28º and 35º C (82º and 95º F) throughout most of the year.

Founded upon the ruins of the Mayan city T’ho, which was constructed with white limestone and means "Face of Infinity", Merida is known today as the White City. It has beautiful and solidly built colonial buildings that house the city’s history, art, traditions and culture. In the downtown Historic Center, you can visit the city cathedral, an impressive 16th century construction. Or you can go to interesting museums, such as the Yucatan Museum of Archaeology.

You can also take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage down the city’s main avenue, Paseo Montejo, which is lined with 19th century mansions and well-known hotels. It’s a pleasant tour blending sights of old and new.While in Merida, you can try many of the exquisite dishes characteristic of Yucatecan cuisine. Papadzules and panuchos are made with stuffed corn tortillas and bathed in hot sauce. The traditional cochinita pibil is pork marinated in orange juice and served with beans and red onion.You can also use Merida as a base to visit old henequen haciendas just several kilometers outside of the city. Many of them have been converted into luxurious hotels.

As part of the exciting tour of Merida’s environs, you can check out some amazing cenotes (sinkholes) in underground river systems and you can take in beautiful natural scenery at the Reserva de la Biosfera Ria Celestun, a biosphere reserve and habitat of hundreds of pink flamingos.

Also near the White City are many spectacular archaeological zones where you can discover the grandeur of the ancient Mayan culture at sites such as Uxmal, Dibilchaltun and Chichen Itza.

 

 
Merida Day Trips

City Tour - Daily

Tour through the white city visiting the Cathedral, the oldest of all America, the Museum of Anthropology and History, the Montejo Avenue with its colonial mansions, the Zocalo, the Market. Duration 3 hours.

Chichen Itza – Daily

Full day tour to the famous Chichen Itza with its Pyramid. Lunch included.

Uxmal & Kabah – Daily

Full day tour of Uxmal and Kabah, great exemples of the extraordinary Mayan architecture with the Pyramid of the Magician, the Governor Palace in Uxmal and the Codz Pop Temple in Kabah. Lunch is included.

Uxmal Light & Sound – Daily

Uxmal offers probably the best Light & Sound show in Mexico. The tour includes dinner before returning to your hotel in Merida.

Celestun – Daily

Celestun is a natural reserve located in the Mexican Gulf, about 90 kms north of Merida. There are different species of birds and other animals living in this protected area, among them the famous Pink Flamingos, jaguars, monkeys, turtles. A boat ride on the river in included as well as lunch.

 


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