Less than two hours away by plane from Cancun lies the Yucatán capital of Mérida, where visitors can explore its rich history through guided city tours. Here are some examples:
The open-topped double-decker Turibus allows travelers to jump on and off along the route to explore the city’s colonial buildings, monuments and other landmarks on their own time. For those short on time, Turibus offers a complete one-hour guided city tour that visits more than 30 sites of interest.
The sights of Mérida can be explored on foot with a bilingual guide during a free 90-minute guided tour offered by the tourism board. The tour starts at the City Hall Tourist Information booth every day beginning at 9.30 a.m.
Visitors can bask in the sun while shopping at Mérida’s three main bustling open-air markets: Mercado Lucas De Galvéz, the most well-known market; Mercado Santiago, a more intimate market; and Slow Food Market, a haven for locals. Several tours are available for travelers to experience the hustle and bustle of Mérida’s markets, such as:
The “Mérida Market Tour and Cooking Class” from Viator, A TripAdvisor Company, includes a market tour with a bilingual guide who will allow participants to converse with vendors as they select seasonal ingredients for a cooking class with a local host.
The boutique hotel Casa Lecanda offers the “Local Market Tour Class,” including a market tour with a local chef, welcome drink and a four-course meal using local products and ingredients that have been used in Mexican cuisine for hundreds of years. Prices vary according to number of participants.
Clients wishing to stay overnight may consider Casa Lecanda, as well as hotels by such familiar brands as Fiesta Americana, Hampton Inn by Hilton, InterContinental and Wyndham.