What to see in Mérida? What to do in Mérida? and What are the activities in Mérida? are the basic questions when planning a trip to Yucatán. Here is a sample of what to do on a seven day stay:

 The city of Mérida offers its visitors a wealth of things to see and is an excellent base for travelers who wish to explore the surrounding villages, Maya pyramids, haciendas and beaches.

The following schedule has been designed to help you organize your time efficiently so as to make the best of your stay here in Mérida. These activities and events can, of course, be mixed and matched. All the nightly events are the same during the year. Read your Yucatan Today for more detailed information and also click on the top of this menu for the up to date events.

Take the free walking tour of the Plaza, visit the La Casa de Artesanias (Handcraft House). Take one of the City Tour buses  (Carnavalito or Turibus) to get a feel for the city. You can also try the free walking tours around Merida’s historic district at 9:30 am. Meeting point: information office at City Hall, Calle 62 between 61 and 63 on the Main Plaza.
In the evening, enjoy an outdoor concert with traditional “Vaquería” with Yucatecan dancing and dress at the Palacio Municipal on the main Plaza at 9 pm.

Tuesday: Chichén-Itzá and Balankanché caves with a late lunch at Hacienda Teya on the way back to Mérida; it closes at 6 p.m.
Every Tuesday night, weather permitting, there is live music and dancing at the Parque Santiago. In the little park in front of the church of the same name, the music and festivities begin about 8:30 pm. Parque Santiago is between Calle 57 and 59 and between Calle 70 and 72. 
Also at evening time you can listen to the traditional Yucatacan music with a “Trova Night” at the Olimpo at 9:00 pm.
If you stay in town take the Merida English Library House & Garden Tour. The walking tours meet at 9:00 am and feature several homes in the centro histórico of Mérida. Tours last about 3 hours. November through April. 150 pesos MEL members, 200 pesos non-members. Tour price benefits MEL. Depart from MEL: Calle 53 No. 524 x 66 y 68, Tel. 924 8401.

Start a 2 day excursion to the Convent and Puuc Routes: Convent Route: Acanceh, Tecoh, Telchaquillo, Tekit,  Mama, Chumayel,  Maní and Oxkutzcab with lunch in Maní. Sleep in Oxkutzcab.
Free activity in Mérida: Show at the Olimpo Cultural Center at 9 p.m.
 You can also walk from Calle 60 downtown up to Monument to the Flag on Paseo de Montejo (or the other way around.)

Continue 2 day excursion to Puuc Routes: Lol Tun Caves, Kabah, Labna, Sayil, Xlapak and Uxmal with Light & Sound option. Stop at Hacienda Yaxcopoil and visit their museum. At evening time we recommend the free serenade at Sta. Lucia Park, which is an open-air concert in downtown Mérida featuring Yucatecan dress, dance, music and folklore on Calle 60 and 55 at 9:00 pm. Continue on Calle 60 between 61 and 53 for Corazón de Mérida (see Saturday).

Shopping, visit the native markets, Pasaje Picheta or the best in the city La Casa de Artesanias with handcrafts from Yucatán made by Yucatecan artesans. Check out Mérida’s malls.
Evening: University serenade, main University building  on the corner of Calle 60 and 57, 9 p.m.
 Continue on Calle 60 between 61 and 53 for Corazón de Mérida (see Saturday).

Dzibilchaltun pyramids, museum and cenote. Beaches: Progreso, Chelem, Chicxulub, Telchac Puerto and X-Cambo archaeological site. Flamingo lookout tower in Uaymitún.
Evening time has 2 events, one at the end of Paseo de Montejo at Calle 47 called Fiesta Mexicana from 8:00 pm to midnight. The second event is downtown where you find the streets closed to traffic and restaurants with tables on the street and different music on every corner. This event is called Corazón de Mérida and it happens from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am.

Don’t forget to visit the handcraft
market Lucas  de Gálvez, it has  everything. Visit Mérida on Sunday – an outdoor handcraft market and food festival on the Main  Plaza, and up Calle 60 to Hidalgo Park and Santa Lucia Park -streets are closed, live music 9 am – 9 pm.
 Continue on Calle 60 between 61 and 53 for Corazón de Mérida (see Saturday).
Bici Ruta: Every Sunday from 8 am to 12:30 pm more than 5 kilometers of roads in Mérida are closed off to traffic to allow bicycles free access.

From a reader:

“Live music, street vendors and more!
 We were just downtown on a Sunday morning and browsing the stalls of the street vendors in Santa Lucía Park, on Calle 60 and Calle 55. After buying a few old photos for art projects, and coveting some antique pottery we just didn’t need, we went to the next stall to stock up on some of that delicious Yucatán honey and bee pollen. Suddenly, to our delight, a ten piece brass band started playing the most beautiful salsa music… and they were still playing an hour later. Don’t miss Sunday mornings in Mérida. You never know what you will find!”

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