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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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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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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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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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Merida Cantinas Walking Tour with Beer and Snacks

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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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