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Merida and Cancun: A One Week Itinerary


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Merida Itinerary - Days 1 to 4
Merida's Main Square
Photo courtesy of the Mexican Tourism Board.

Merida, in the state of Yucatan, is a colonial city with a different feel. Known as the "White City," because of its buildings made of white stone and the city's cleanliness, Merida was founded in 1542, built on top of the Maya City of T'ho. The city has many attractive colonial buildings, many of the most impressive are along tree-lined Paseo de Montejo. And any time of the year you will find there are many choices for cultural events, concerts, theater productions, and art exhibits. The weather in Merida is hot and humid most of the year, so be sure to pack accordingly.

Getting there: Fly into the Manuel Crescencio Rejon International Airport.

Day 1 - Get to know Merida city with a bus tour, on foot or by horse-drawn carriage. Then visit the Museo de Antropologia (Anthropology Museum).

Day 2 - Go on an excursion to Uxmal, a Mayan archaeological site.

Day 3 - Take a day trip to Celestun National Wildlife Refuge to see the flamingos (the best time of year for flamingo viewing is from March to August).

Day 4 - Depart Merida heading towards Cancun, visiting the impressive archaeological site Chichen Itza on the way (about half way between Merida and Cancun). Continue on to Cancun.

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