Escape to Merida
What makes Merida unique
Merida all by itself is a very popular destination because of its proximity to beaches and its beautiful location. The following summarizes what makes coming to Merida unique versus staying anywhere else.
Merida has it all. You name it: theater, live music, orchestras, festivals, museums, theaters, galleries, dancing, gastronomy, carnivals, etc. The list goes on and on. There are many magnificent events from all over the world going in on Merida at any given time. It isn’t named the American Capital of Culture for nothing!
Truly soak in the quality of events showcasing the city when almost everything is free. There are public events from both the city and state’s government, several private events at culture houses, regional centers, main nearby towns’ festivals, etc.
Authentic traditions, lifestyle, language and cuisine
Yucatan is the Mexican state with the highest ratio of indigenous speakers. In this region, it would help to learn some Mayan! Over 44% of the state’s population speaks it. Local Spanish has a unique accent and unique words which is a mixture of Mayan and Spanish. Of course, this segregation in language creates a culture of its own, which is also surrounded by local traditions, legends, gastronomic dishes, etc. This is something you need to live and experience in order to fully understand it.
3. Excellent starting point
Merida is the perfect location to visit popular destinations in the region because it is closet to everything! It is also considered the safest city in Mexico. It is a growing town with all the services that you need: restaurants, hotels, tours, exchange houses, banks, bus terminals, international airport and on and on.
Merida is easily accessible because it has direct flights from Cancun, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Miami. It is a forty minute drive from Progreso Beach, which is also a cruise stop. It is located in the midpoint of main landmarks in the area like Chichen Itza in eastern Yucatan (1.5-hour drive). It is close to over 50 Mayan official sites in the Yucatan including Chichen Itza, Coba, Calakmul, Tulum, and Uxmal. There are over 7,000 cenotes in the area. If you haven’t experienced a cenote in Mexico, you haven’t lived! There are also hundreds of haciendas (Colonial-style houses from the henequen time).
Aside from the places, the cultural diversity permits the offering of multiple activities to enjoy and learn from whether it be the jungle, the coast, the villages, underground territories, etc. There is something here for everyone and there is so much to explore.