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How to Spend 1 Day in Mérida

How to Spend 1 Day in Mérida

Popular among expats and visitors alike, laid-back Mérida is a compact and walkable city that’s easy to explore in just one day. With 24 hours to spare, you’ll have time to sample local cuisine, see architectural highlights, and discover traditional Yucatan culture. Here’s how. 

Morning: Explore the Colonial Center

Beat Mérida’s midday heat by exploring the city’s historic center on a morning walking tour. Tours typically cover the Zocalo (Central Square), Merida Cathedral, Casa de Montejo, and Municipal Palace, and provide cultural and historical context that’s crucial to understanding Merida’s past and present. 

If you have time, consider taking a trip to the city’s outskirts to visit the impressive Mayan World Museum—it’s especially recommended for history buffs and those who want a deeper understanding of Mayan culture.

Afternoon: Delve Deeper into Merida’s History

Spend the afternoon seeing a different side of the city on a bike tour, which allows you to cover more ground in less time. Stop by the Municipal Market for lunch or buy a traditional snack from the many street vendors before squeezing in a guided tour the Casa Museo Montes Molina—buying your admission ticket in advance saves time on the day.

Alternatively, food lovers can dedicate the afternoon to a food-focused tour or cooking class, which typically involve an immersive market visit and reveal the secrets of Yucatan cuisine.

Night: Catch a Show

Mérida comes alive when the sun goes down, so ensure you hit up the best nightlife spots on a cantina tour. Stop by several of Mérida’s most interesting watering holes, sampling beers, spirits, and typical bar snacks along the way. Then, if you’re still hungry, enjoy a dinner of traditional Yucatecan fare at a restaurant in the historic center before relaxing in one of the city’s plazas. There, locals come out to dance after dark.

Alternatively, escape the city center for a sunset kayaking excursion to one of the nearby mangrove lagoons—ideal for birdwatchers and couples looking for a romantic end to their stay in Mérida.

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Merida Market Tour and Cooking Class

Merida Market Tour and Cooking Class

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Submerge yourself in the rich cuisine and epicurean customs of the Yucatan on a half-day culinary tour of the beautiful Mexican city of Merida. Purchase ingredients from a traditional market and enjoy a cooking class at the home of a local host. Learn about the exotic ingredients and intriguing processes used in Mexican cooking as your knowledgeable guide narrates. Finally, sample the fruits of your labor during a delicious lunch in your host’s comfortable home. Enjoy a personalized experience on this small group tour, with number limits at 12 people.
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Merida Street Food Walking Tour

Merida Street Food Walking Tour

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Get acquainted with Yucatecan specialties on this street food tour of Merida. Walk with a local guide to Merida’s main market plus a seafood restaurant and gelato shop. Sip fruit juices and sample plenty of local dishes, not limited to empanadas, tamales and seafood tacos along with ‘cochinita pibil’ (slow-roasted pork) and ‘panuchos’ (tortillas stuffed with refried black beans). Delicious!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home

Private Yucatecan Cooking Lesson in a Local Merida Home

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From tostadas and tamales to papayas and empanadas, the flavors of the Yucatan are made to enjoy. Learn to cook a variety of traditional Yucatecan and Mayan delicacies with a home chef during this private cooking class in Merida, which takes place in a private home in a residential district unknown to most visitors. Learn about local culture that many tourists never see as you help prepare a traditional-style meal before sitting down to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor.
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  • 5 hours
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Merida Cantinas Walking Tour with Beer and Snacks

Merida Cantinas Walking Tour with Beer and Snacks

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Explore Merida's colorful cantinas with a local on a guided walking tour of the local-style bars. Learn about daily life in the city as you walk between a series of three cantinas, where you'll sip beer, groove to the latest Mexican tunes, and try some classic Yucatec botanas, or snacks. This cantina tour includes drinks and snacks, and it's a great way to experience Merida's local culture.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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