SAMPLE WEEK-LONG ITINERARY
We know that there can sometimes be some indecisiveness when planning a trip, so we decided to put together a sample itinerary with some of the best sights and sounds that Mérida has to offer.
Spend your first relaxing day by going right next door to the Museo de Anthropología which offers beautiful exhibits from around Mexico. Later enjoy a late lunch and some sightseeing in the Centro as well as a little shopping for clothing or other things native to the region. Be sure to go to Sorbetería Colón, a historic sorbet shop known throughout Mérida for its delicious fruit sorbets!
Take a day trip out of the city to the cenotes.
Spend a restful day in the city by going to the stunning Mayan Museum (El Gran Museo del Mundo Maya), that offers rich knowledge and background on the fallen Mayan Empire that will serve you well throughout the region and the course of your trip. This museum is chalk full of fascinating information, so if you want to get a full understanding, plan to stay at the museum for at least three hours.
Venture out to the yellow city of Izamal, located two hours from Mérida. There you can enjoy the beautiful and historic 16th century convent found in the heart of the city and wander the beautiful cobblestone streets to see all the yellow homes that line them. Then stop for a real Mayan meal at the famous and timeless restaurant, Kinich which is a short walk from the center. After a filling lunch, visit the free ruins that are just a block away and take pictures of the stunning view from the top of the pyramid. After you return and rest a little, be sure to enjoy the live music and dancing that starts at eight every Saturday night at the end of Paseo de Montejo (two blocks away).
Enjoy a closed-off to traffic Paseo de Montejo on Sunday morning by renting single, tandem or family bikes. Take in the restored and abandoned mansions that line the street and stop for a snack at a cafe and enjoy live jazz music . Browse the work of local artisans that come on Sunday mornings from eight to twelve to sell their work along the Paseo.
Note: If you would choose to continue your vacation in Tulum, here is another segment of the itinerary of things to do in and around the beach town.