Best of Merida

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Merida
The cultural capital of the Yucatan since the Spanish conquest, Merida is a delightful city of leafy plazas and narrow streets lined with pastel-hued mansions of centuries past. Locals are rightfully proud of both their vibrant colonial center and their Mayan heritage — in fact, Merida is home to the highest percentage of indigenous people (50%) of any city in Mexico. There’s much to experience in and around Merida, from thriving markets and innovative restaurants to concerts and folkloric performances happening nearly every night of the week. 

After getting your fill of Merida’s lovely center, you can experience the less-visited side of the Yucatan. Previous kimkim travelers have made a one-day tour to the fishing village of Celestun for a boat ride amid mangroves, where you can often spot flamingos foraging for a meal. Learn the ins and outs of Yucatecan cuisine during a cooking class inside the home of a local family. Or, join an embroidery experience: a workshop that illuminates Merida’s exceptional craft traditions, illustrating the unique and colorful techniques used by different indigenous groups.
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Chichen Itza
The Archaeological Mayan Journey - 5 Days

Take a step back in time to explore ancient Mayan cities shrouded in mystery—some of which were inhabited since around 1800 BCE—on this five-day adventure. You'll visit Chichén Itzá, one of the New Wonders of the World, as well as Izamal and Mérida, which will offer insight into the transition from ancient Mayan civilization to contemporary Mayan ways of life.

A cenote on the Yucatán Peninsula
Map of Culture & the Great Outdoors on the Yucatán Peninsula - 7 Days
Culture & the Great Outdoors on the Yucatán Peninsula - 7 Days

On this colorful trip plan, you'll experience Mexican culture in an authentic way. See the highlights of the Yucatán Peninsula, visit the archaeological sites of Chichen Itzá, Cobá, and  Xcambó, and view flamingos at Río Lagartos before finishing up in Mérida, where you'll go on a kayak tour and relax on the beach.

The pyramids at Teotihuacán, Mexico
Cultural Tour of Mexico - 7 Days

The largest pyramid in the world is in Mexico, as are some of the world's mysterious pyramids—at Cholula and Teotihuacán, respectively—and you'll visit both places on this wide-ranging cultural tour. Learn about pre-Hispanic, Mayan, and Aztec cultures as you explore Mexico City, Mérida, Puebla, and Chichén Itzá, and take a break for a refreshing dip in a cenote. And a taco or two, of course.

Tulum, Mexico
Map of Mayan Discovery:  Sumidero Canyon, Chichén Itzá, Tulum, and Cancun - 11 days
Mayan Discovery: Sumidero Canyon, Chichén Itzá, Tulum, and Cancun - 11 days

Get a full dose of sun and sea while learning about Mexico's rich Mayan history as you travel from the beaches of Tulum to the wonders of Chichén Itzá pyramid. This journey through a few regions of Mexico will give you ample time to relax while experiencing the country's mystical, handicraft, and culinary traditions, and seeing its significant architectural monuments.

Discover the vast Mayan city of Uxmal on the Puuc Route
Map of Highlights of Mexico: From Mexico City to the Mayan Riviera  - 14 Days
Highlights of Mexico: From Mexico City to the Mayan Riviera - 14 Days

Step back in time on this two-week itinerary featuring ancient Aztec and Mayan ruins of Morelos and the Yucatán Peninsula. Along the way, you will explore Mexico City, the colonial towns of Valladolid and Mérida, and the turquoise waters of the Riviera Maya. You will snorkel in freshwater cenotes, climb stone steps of Aztec pyramids, and meet with indigenous locals to learn about Maya history and culture firsthand.

The Church of San Servacio in the city of Valladolid
Map of Mexico City & Riviera Maya - 10 Days
Mexico City & Riviera Maya - 10 Days

This off-the-beaten-track adventure kicks off in Mexico City where you'll learn the area's pre-Colombian history and visit mysterious temples built by the Aztecs and Mayans. From here, fly to the Riviera Maya to ramble in the colonial streets of Valladolid and Mérida, dine on fresh cuisine, and chill out on the Caribbean Sea. Expect private guides and transportation throughout (except for your free day in Tulum).

Other popular travel destinations in Mexico
Mexico City · Yucatan Peninsula · Valladolid · Oaxaca · Chiapas · San Cristobal de las Casas · Puebla · Tulum · Playa del Carmen · Holbox · Guadalajara · Los Cabos · Puerto Morelos · Morelia · Pisté