We’ll get off to an active start with a cenote tour in Homún: between swimming and going up and down the stairs, you’ll end up exhausted, but happy as a clam. Take your tour in the morning (make sure it includes Chel Paak, Balmil, or Santa Lucía). Have lunch at the Santa Rosa tourist area, and spend the night camping at Hacienda Kampepén.
There’s nothing like getting around on Yucatán’s state roads; on your way to Tecoh (to take a look at Miguel Cabrera’s paintings), stop in Acanceh (pronounced Ah-kankay) and visit their lovely Maya pyramid. On your way to your hotel in Mérida (preferably near Paseo de Montejo), stop at San Pedro Chimay to take a look at handcrafts.
A visit to Mérida is not complete if you don’t walk down Paseo de Montejo and try a Marquesita; for meal ideas, our pages are brimming with options you’re sure to enjoy. At night, have a fruit sorbet at the Plaza Grande while you wait for the video mapping show “Diálogos del Conquistador” at Casa de Montejo.
At 9:30 am, join the free walking tour of Mérida’s Centro, and then make time to visit the Palacio de la Música interactive museum; it’s a lovely attraction. For lunch, you’ll find plenty of options around the Santa Lucía park; it’s hard to go wrong in this area. Teya, Soberana, Casa Yucatán are just a few.
Head to Dzityá early to make the most of the Tunich Craft Fair; depending on how long that takes, you can combine your visit with either a day pass at Hacienda Santuario Noc Ac, or just lunch (and a Xtabentún cocktail) at Restaurante Ya-axka. We’ll be spending the night in Celestún.
If you’re in town for the Ceviche, Aguachile, and Michelada Festival, you’re in great luck: don’t miss out. If you’re not, that’s no excuse: any day is great to do a tasting tour on your own. Don’t forget to include at least one ceviche and one michelada; if you have the room, try Pescado Frito in tacos, and try a coconut-based dessert.
Today will be all about a Ría (estuary) tour; you’ll see countless birds that will amaze you even if birdwatching is not your thing; the tour will also take you to a petrified forest and the Baldiosera water spring, where you can swim. Close out the week enjoying a spectacular summer sunset on the Yucatecan coast.
More trips in Yucatán planned for you:
- A Seven Day Stay: Tekax, Peto, Tihosuco, Valladolid, a Route
- A Seven Day Stay: The Yucatán Coast, a Route
- A Seven Day Stay: Route Sisal, Umán, Hunucmá, Mayapán, Mérida
- A Seven Day Stay: Route Izamal, Tunkás, Tizimín, Dzidzantún
- A Seven Day Stay: Route Tecoh, Uxmal, and Chocholá
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