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How to Spend 2 Days in Mérida

How to Spend 2 Days in Mérida

Two days in Mérida give you ample opportunity to see the best of the city’s art, culture, and cuisine, as well as time to escape to a nearby village or archaeological site. Here’s how to see the best of Mérida in just 48 hours.

Day 1: Enjoy the Sights and Sounds of Mérida

**Morning:**Wake up early to explore Mérida on a walking or bike tour, which provide a great introduction for first-time visitors. Staple stops include Zocalo (Central Square), Merida Cathedral, Casa de Montejo, and the Municipal Palace. Alternatively, you can take the opportunity to stroll—or ride in a carriage—down Paseo de Montejo.

**Afternoon:**Pick up some souvenirs and snacks from the Lucas de Galvez Market in the afternoon or get to grips with the city’s street food culture during a food-and-walking tour, market visit, or cooking class. If you’re into history, make time for a visit to the Mayan World Museum.  

**Night:**Combine a show at the Peon Theater with traditional Yucatecan fare by opting for a dinner-and-show package. Alternatively, tour the city’s many cantinas during a guided tour of Mérida’s most interesting options. Beer and bar snacks are typically included.  

Day 2: Explore Mayan Ruins

**Morning:**No trip to Merida would be complete without visiting some Mayan ruins. Choose between day trips that visit Chichen Itza, Uxmal, or Dzibilchaltun—if you can’t decide, some excursions include stops at more than one archaeological site.

Afternoon: If you’re not interested in archaeology, opt instead for tour of Celestun, a national parks home to a flamboyance of pink flamingos. Or, get more adventurous still with a cenote snorkeling experience.

**Night:**After a busy day, stop by one of the city’s main squares to catch a game of pok ta pok (a traditional Mayan ball game), live dancing, or a musical performance. There’s an open-air concert, production, or show held each night, though the location varies. Then, relax in the Parque Santa Lucia and snack on a marquesita (rolled and stuffed crispy crepe).

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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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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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Taste of the Yucatan: Merida Cooking Class and Market Visit

Taste of the Yucatan: Merida Cooking Class and Market Visit

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Explore the distinctive flavors of Yucatec cuisine at a cooking class in a Merida home, preparing a traditional three-course meal alongside a local chef. You'll start in the vibrant Merida market, shopping for fresh fruits, vegetables, and recados, or Yucatec spice blends, then roll up your sleeves to cook an appetizer, main course, and dessert. From the marketplace to the home kitchen, this cooking class is a great way to experience Yucatec cuisine and get a glimpse of daily life in the bustling city.
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  • 6 hours
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Merida City Sightseeing Tour

Merida City Sightseeing Tour

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Board a colorful, open-air bus for a relaxed and educational tour of Merida, the capital city of Yucatan state. See the city's most important and historic buildings, including Merida Cathedral, Iglesia de la Tercera Orden, and Casa de Montejo, a 16th-century mansion featuring colonial plateresque architecture. This family-friendly tour is the perfect way to get an overview of the city.
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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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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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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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Coloradas and Rio Lagartos Eco Tour from Merida
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Coloradas and Rio Lagartos Eco Tour from Merida

One of the most unique landscapes in Mexico, Rio Lagartas is a tropical paradise. Board a boat for an on-the-water exploration of this picturesque nature preserve. Observe animals in their natural habitat, see flocks of pink flamingoes that call the area home, and view the famous pink salt mines of Las Coloradas. The tour includes lunch and you can also try out an ancient Mayan mud bath ritual.
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Tour to Uxmal and Chocolate Museum

Tour to Uxmal and Chocolate Museum

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Explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Uxmal and enjoy a memorable sound and light show on this full-day guided tour. After a time-saving hotel pickup, head to Uxmal and learn about its important palaces and pyramids from an informative guide. Enjoy a traditional Yucatecan dinner and watch an impressive audio-visual display among the ruins on this unusual afternoon and evening outing.
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  • 8 hours
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