Things to do - in and around Merida

From Merida, several natural and man-made wonders that attract visitors and residents alike await your curiosity and pleasure. From a deserted beach at Sisal to the market stands, beachfront restaurants, white sand and saltwater at the town of Progreso, to a dip in the cool, clean freshwater of the magical cenotes (sinkholes in the limestone), you can enjoy a few hours or day trips of discovery.

The Mayan history and ruins are no secret in the Yucatan; Dzibilchaltun, Chichen Itza, and the caves of Loltun and Calcehtok are easily accessible from Merida, as is the Celestun National Wildlife Refuge where the Caribbean flamingos dance a natural ballet. While history and nature entice you, it is also exciting to experience exceptional human activities such as in the town of Ticul where pottery making has been perfected, and the age-old manufacture of sisal or henequen rope at a working hacienda.

Returning to the city, there is plenty more to do in Merida. Museums and art galleries that dot the city, the Zoological Park, and the English Library, where all are welcome, are only a few ideas. On Friday nights you can catch a Ballet Folklorico performance at the old university's courtyard on Calle 60, and when you’re ready to learn authentic Yucatecan cooking secrets, Chef David Sterling offers classes at Los Dos. Urban day tours around the city run by Merida Urban Adventures can help you explore the back streets and hidden treasures of this metropolis. Or you can always discover your very own riches and unique adventures in this inspiring corner of the Yucatan.