Begin the week marveling at nature in cenotes Choj Ha and Pueblo Fantasma; make sure to book in advance so you can try a traditional Pibil dish. Between the stairs, swimming, and excitement, you’ll surely be tired, so make your way to Valladolid, where you’ll spend the night. If you have room for dinner, head to Yakunaj or Idilio, Folklore Cervecero.
If you’re the morning type, start the day early birdwatching with Xocen Birding Trail. If you’d prefer to sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast and then head to the Ek Balam Maya site. If you’d like to see a cenote different to the ones from the day before, plan for X’Canché, within the same area. You’ll spend the night in Espita.
Espita is a Magical Town that celebrates relaxation and rest, so go with the flow: enjoy a wonderful breakfast at Casona de los Cedros, and then a slow day walking around the town and its surroundings. Catch the sunset at the Casa Kacaya rooftop terrace, and, if that’s your cup of tea, toast the midpoint of your stay.
Today we’re hitting the road again to visit Yaxunah. Visit the archaeological site and the artisan workshops, and then head to Mérida. If you’re not ready to call it a day, you can take a short detour (11 km) and visit yet another archaeological site: Aké.
Today Mérida is yours: start the day with the free walking tour at Plaza Grande, and then explore Centro all the way to Paseo de Montejo. You’ll be near Montejo 495, Casa Museo, so why not go in for a look at the heart of this iconic house. In that same area, restaurants like T’HŌ Aperitivo, Luuch, Yerba Santa, and Rosas & Xocolate are wonderful options for a great meal.
How about a beach day? Head to Progreso (with a stop at Axiotic for breakfast); there, visit the Meteorite Museum, walk down the boardwalks, and just take some time to enjoy the white sand and the sea breeze in your hair. At night, come back to Mérida for the Pok Ta Pok (Maya ball game) performance at Plaza Grande. Hungry? Use our restaurant directory, where we list options for every taste.
Rent a bike and join the Biciruta on Paseo Montejo; you’ll get a chance to ride through Centro and see it from a different perspective. For yet a new side of Mérida, head to one of the malls north of the city, and explore the products and services available in town.
More trips in Yucatán planned for you:
- A Seven Day Stay: Uxmal, Maní, Homún, San Crisanto, Mérida
- A Seven Day Stay: Mérida and its Surroundings
- A Seven Day Stay: The Puuc + Two Magical Towns
- A Seven Day Stay: Progreso, Homún, Chichén Itzá, Izamal
- A Seven Day Stay: Mérida, Progreso, Dzilam, Motul
- A Seven Day Stay: Homún, Chichén Itzá, Valladolid, San Felipe
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