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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-filled marquesita (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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Merida Street Food Walking Tour

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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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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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Bar hopping tour in Merida

Bar hopping tour in Merida

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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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