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Five Nights in Merida and a Day Trip to Cuzama Cenotes and Celestun

This is a five day itinerary for the City of Merida, with two day trips to Cuzama Cenotes and Celestun Biosphere Reserve.

by kylaeganAbout Me:Kyla Egan is an educator and advocate for the sustainable tourism industry, with a passion for creating a more responsible future. She is the founder of Impactful Tourism Consultancy, a boutique consulting firm that offers marketing, educa... read more

North AmericaMexico5 days / November 2019

Highs & Lows

Cycling down Paseo Montejo on Sunday morning

Difficulty finding unique and well-crafted souvenirs

Itinerary Overview

In November 2019, I decided to extend my trip from Central Mexico with a visit to the Yucatan. I had heard wonderful things from other travellers and local Mexicans about the city of Merida. Flying in from Mexico City, I spent 5 days in Merida and the surrounding area. 

The itinerary for this trip covers three full days visiting Merida’s parks, museums, and restaurants, as well as two day tours to the Cuzama Cenotes and the biosphere of Celestun. Both day trips offered a relaxing experience among the Yucatan's natural landscapes, and a break from the hustle and bustle of Merida City. 

If I could change one thing about the trip, I would allocate more time to visit Mayan villages around Merida to get a better understanding of the local culture and livelihoods.

  • 5 Nights: Mérida
    Mayan Culture & Colourful Houses
  • Day trip: Cuzamá
    Snorkelling and Swimming
  • Day trip: Celestún
    Flamingos and Beach Time

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Although Celestun was beautiful, I wish I had spent my fifth day visiting small Mayan villages around Merida to get a better understanding of the local culture and livelihoods.

  • How was the food?

    The food in Merida is much different than other areas of Mexico, featuring very different ingredients, cooking methods, and taste palate. To learn more about the unique gastronomy in Merida, I would recommend visiting the restaurant La Chaya Maya, which only offers traditional dishes from the Yucatan. Guests can also view live presentations about food preparation in a separate room adjacent to the dining area.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Merida is a city that is made for walking. To make the most of your trip, plan your walking itinerary ahead of time to avoid the midday heat and create the most efficient route.

  • Packing tips?

    Merida is hot year round. For this reason, I recommend visitors bring clothing that are loose fighting and cool. Since Merida is the capital of the Yucatan, most people dress semi-formally, choosing to wear long pants and skirts. I opted for long dresses and flowy trousers, as well as comfortable walking shoes.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Merida is an easy city to explore on foot. Although for the majority of my trip I walked, for longer distances I chose to use an Uber. If you’re interested in visiting areas outside of the city there are endless day tour options that use a shared van.


  • I stayed in an AirBnB located North-West of Plaza Grande. AirBnB’s in Merida offer a tremendous amount of value for guests. These beautifully renovated houses are cool, quiet, and centrally located.