Things to do in
Mérida

Surrounded by cenotes and bordered by Chichén Itzá, this is the place to kickstart your Yucatán adventure.

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From Mérida: Hacienda Mucuyché and Cenotes Tour

1. From Mérida: Hacienda Mucuyché and Cenotes Tour

Discover the landscapes and cenotes of Hacienda Mucuyché, a former estate and plantation. Wander through the partially-restored buildings, and admire the Arabic and French-style architecture. Soak up the atmosphere in the dining room, the stables, the chapel, and the engine room. Change into your swimwear experience swimming in clear waters of this hacienda's cenotes. Jump into Cenote Carlota, surrounded by lush vegetation. Cool off in the Blue Cenote, a pool within a cave covered in stalactites. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back in Mérida.

From Mérida: Hacienda Sotuta de Peón, Henequen & Cenote Tour

2. From Mérida: Hacienda Sotuta de Peón, Henequen & Cenote Tour

Discover the charming and historical Hacienda Sotuta de Peón on a tour from Mérida by van. Visit the hacienda's grounds, henequen agave fields on a mule drawn cart and learn about its production before seeing and swimming in a cenote with turquoise waters. Leave Mérida behind and immerse yourself in Mexican culture with a visit to the Hacienda Sotuta de Peón. Surrounded by lush gardens, steeped in culture and history, a visit to this hacienda will transport you to back the 19th century. Meet locals at the hacienda and learn why henequen — a form of agave — was called the "green gold" in olden times. Thanks to this green plant, the region of Yucatan became a very rich state. Next, explore the surroundings of the henequen fields with a visit to the hacienda's main house and machine room. Learn about the process of henequen scraping, manual corking, and the laying of fibre. Finally, take a ride in a cart pulled by mules, passing through La Casa Maya and the henequen fields. The cherry on top of this tour is a visit to one of Mexico's natural underground oases — a cenote. Swim in its crystal clear waters to cool off or merely soak up the natural cave formation from the platform. Tuck into local regional snacks at the main restaurant and enjoy some free time to discover parts of the hacienda at your own pace before heading back to Mérida.

From Mérida: Uxmal and Kabah Guided Tour with Lunch

3. From Mérida: Uxmal and Kabah Guided Tour with Lunch

Visit the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal and the Archaeological Zone of Kabah on this guided tour starting from Mérida. Spend the day getting to know Mayan culture at these historic sites and enjoy a traditional Mexican meal for lunch. Experience two of the most legendary archeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula and gain insight into the rich legacy left by the Mayan civilization with the help of an expert guide. Stop first in Uxmal, known to many by way of legend, myth, or anecdote. Visit the pyramid of the Magician and the Governer’s Palace before seeing the Kabah archeological site and its iconic arch.  After sightseeing, finish your cultural day recharging with a traditional Mexican lunch before drop-off back in Mérida.

Merida: Chichen Itza, Yokdzonot Cenote, and Cooking Class

4. Merida: Chichen Itza, Yokdzonot Cenote, and Cooking Class

Depart Merida in the morning to visit the archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Admire the pyramid of Kukulcan and the surrounding buildings, such as the ball game court and the Observatory. Then, travel to the community of Yokdzonot, and discover it's amazing and unique cenote, which is operated by a cooperative made up of mostly local women. Take a refreshing swim in the blue waters of the cenote and opt to add on activities like zip-lining or rappelling between its vertical walls. After cooling down, participate in a cooking lesson with locals. Prepare delicious Yucatecan dishes like salbutes (deep fried tortillas) and panuchos (stuffed tortillas). Finish your visit with a delicious, traditional meal in the restaurant of the cooperative. Transfer from Yokdzonot back to Merida, arriving at around 5:00 PM.

From Mérida: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve Tour

5. From Mérida: Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve Tour

Start the tour with pickup from your hotel in Mérida. Journey to the amazing Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve to discover a jewel of the Yucatán Peninsula declared a wildlife refuge in 1979. Explore the primary site for pink flamingos wintering in the northern hemisphere and get up close to the magnificent birds in their natural habitat. Look for some of the other 300 species of native and migratory birds, along with reptiles, mammals, and different plants. See large colonies of brilliantly colored flamingos feeding in the estuary, and take a boat ride through the mangrove forest that provides food and shelter for shrimp and other creatures.

Full-Day Cuzama Cenote Tour from Mérida

6. Full-Day Cuzama Cenote Tour from Mérida

Visit 3 cenotes on this 8-hour tour: Cascabel, Chaksikin and Pool Cocom. You’ll arrive at the cenotes on board a truck that is typically used to transport agave leaves. The first stop will be at the Cascabel cenote, where you’ll enjoy a swim and admire the natural formations around you. Next is the Chaksikin cenote, known for its deep waters. Enjoy some free time to swim in the underground cave pool. Continue on to the Pool Cocom cenote, which is an open pool that provides the opportunity to take in the beauty of the natural surroundings. The tour ends with lunch at a local restaurant.

From Merida: Uxmal Light and Sound Night Experience Tour

7. From Merida: Uxmal Light and Sound Night Experience Tour

Watch the ancient city of Uxmal come back to life at night on this tour experience with lunch. Take off from Merida to discover the Uxmal archaeological zone through Echoes of Uxmal, a light and sound show that uses video mapping to give you a new perspective of Uxmal. Uxmal is undoubtedly one of the most important archaeological zones in the state of Yucatan. On this tour, meet majestic buildings such as the Great Ball Court, the Pyramid of the Fortune Teller, the Quadrangle of the Nuns, and many more. Come night, witness the story of Uxmal through a magical show of lights and sounds. See a play of light shadows projecting to illuminate the city ruins as the narrative of the ancient city comes to life right before your eyes.

From Mérida: Uxmal, Hacienda Yaxcopoil and Cenote with Lunch

8. From Mérida: Uxmal, Hacienda Yaxcopoil and Cenote with Lunch

Explore the rich culture and heritage of Mexico on a day trip to Uxmal, Yaxcopoil, and Cenote Peba. Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off in Mérida, and enjoy a delicious lunch during the tour. After pickup from selected hotels, head to Hacienda Yaxcopoil, a colonial estate. Admire the arched buildings of this country house, wander through the large halls, and see the original furnishings. Stroll in the lush gardens and learn about the hacienda’s history, from its origins to the henequen industry. Continue back in time to the pre-Hispanic era, with a guided tour of Uxmal. Discover the features and architectural style that make this Mayan archaeological site unique. Climb the Pyramid of the Fortune Teller, see the Quadrangle of the Nuns, and enter the Governor’s Palace. Stop to enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant, before continuing to Cenote Peba. Cool down with a swim in the beautiful cenote, soak in the natural beauty, and feel the benefits of this mineral-filled water on your skin. At the end of your tour, you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel.

Mérida Cooking Class, taste of Yucatan

9. Mérida Cooking Class, taste of Yucatan

You start your activity by having a walk through Merida’s Downtown. Your guide will give a quick briefing on the most important buildings overlooking the Main Square, and then walk with you to one of the main markets of Merida, Lucas de Galvez. Your guide will talk in depth about the regional fruits and vegetables, as well as the recados, the achiote, the peppers in general and especially the chile habanero and xcatic. All of this while shopping for everything you need for your traditional family lunch. Once you have everything, take a public bus with your guide to the local hostess’s home for the cooking class. Yucatecan cuisine has one of the most varied arrays of delicious dishes amongst the 32 states of Mexico. Some of them are unique to the Yucatan and very hard to find outside of the peninsula, while others are eaten throughout the country. The influence of ancient Mayans, Spaniards, French and Lebanese are specially noted in the cuisine. While you cook, chop, fry, and get the dishes ready, your hostess and guide will explain some of the local traditions, the influence of other cultures in Yucatan and the differences between the Yucatecos and the people from other parts of Mexico. You will also learn some Spanish and Mayan words while tasting the delicious dishes prepared by yourself! You will enjoy a three course meal, including appetizers, main course and dessert. Beer and soft drinks like hibiscus flower tea, or chaya water are included. Please advise in advance if you are vegan or vegetarian, because there are many dishes you will enjoy! Your experience with Yucatecan cuisine comes to an end after a long chat with your host, and its time to say good bye to your new friends. Your guide will take you in a cab back to Downtown. 

Merida Street Food Walking Tour

10. Merida Street Food Walking Tour

Discover the Yucatecan cuisine! Skip breakfast this morning and visit the main market of Merida as a local. Discover the original flavors of Yucatecan gastronomy. Among cumbia songs, colors and the kindness of their sellers, you will taste seasonal local fruits, spices, juices and the most popular art meals of Yucatan cuisine: panuchos, salbutes, cochinita pibil and much more. While you delight your palate, you will learn about local plants and herbs, the process of making tortillas and the importance of habanero pepper in the Yucatecan kitchen. Then, you will visit a seafood restaurant to try a ceviche, Shrimp or fish tacos and accompany them with a very cold beer. You will end your tour with a dessert at a local Gelato shop with unique flavors like sour orange, bean with pork, bitter chocolate, avocado and flan. The guide will fill you with stories about our customs, traditions, legends and local life in general.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 187 reviews

Our tour guide Eyder was fantastic and we really had a great time with him. Chichen Itza is full of tourists and we had to get an audio book before we arrived to get us round the site, but it was great to see. The best part of the trip was the cenote as it was one of the less visited ones by travel companies and the food there by the corporative was delicious!

100% recommend! Iveth was so helpful and chatty, we really enjoyed hanging out with her. the market was amazing, we could never have navigated it all without her, the bus was easy and the food was delicious! she also bought us some sweets which we picked from the market to take home which was a lovely surprise! book this now!

Great activity to do on Merida! A visit to the authentic market with a Mexican tasting ❤️ our guide was very nice, the cooking class takes place with the locals which makes the moment very intimate it's really pleasant.

It was a really easy day, it went so smoothly and was quite enjoyable!

It was a great day. Very smooth. Israel was a great guide.