Built more than 450 years ago on the site of T'ho, an ancient Mayan city, Merida is the social and economic centre, as well as the capital, of the state of Yucatan and a delightful base from which to explore the most famous of Mexico's Mayan sites. Merida's downtown area features a large, tree-shaded central square. The city's main boulevard, Paseo Montejo, is home to impressive European-style mansions whose pastel shades and elaborate trim are Though a bustling city of about 700,000, Merida retains its colonial charm and has a laid-back tempo that delights visitors. It makes a good base from which to explore the Mayan archaeological sites of Chichen-Itza and Uxmal. Pink flamingo sanctuaries and swimmable crystal-clear cenotes (sinkholes) are some of the natural attractions of the Yucatan Peninsula that are also easily accessible from Merida.
Chichen Itza & Uxmal
No trip to Mexico would be complete without visiting the major Mayan sites of Chichen Itza and Uxmal, which offer a fantastic glimpse into this ancient Mesoamerican civilisation. While Europe was still in the Dark Ages, the Mayans had mapped the heavens, evolved the only true writing system native to the Americas and were masters of mathematics, inventing the calendars we use today. Without metal tools, beasts of burden or even the wheel they were able to construct vast cities across a huge jungle landscape.
Chichen Itza and Uxmal can be visited from just about anywhere from the popular Riviera Maya coastal hotels or the Merida area in a few hours. Stay overnight at one of the hotels near to the sites, or we can organise a tour for you with private transfers and archaeological specialist guides from any city or coastal resort in the Yucatan.
For a stylish and memorable stay from which to explore the region, we would recommend one of the beautifully converted haciendas, complete with elegant rooms, sumptuous dining facilities, swimming pools and magnificent grounds. Dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, these elegant and historic properties offer an authentic experience as so much care has gone into their restoration.
Mexico is filled with ancient traditions, rich history, gorgeous natural beauty and delicious cuisine. Travel across Mexico, starting in the diverse metropolis of Mexico City and ending in the Yucatan Peninsula. In-between, stop at the delightful city of Oaxaca and visit its nearby impressive archaeological site of Monte Alban. Visit the highland town of San Cristobal de las Casas and the surround...
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Experience the best of Mexico’s iconic sights combined with luxurious hotels. Enjoy exploring vibrant lively Mexico City, then head to the Yucatan Peninsula to discover the colonial beauty of Merida and the fascinating architecture of Mayan ruins before unwinding on the beautiful Riviera Maya....
Conveniently located next to the Chichen Itza pyramids in Yucatan, Hacienda Chichen Resort & Yaxkin Spa is family-run and places a strong emphasis on its eco credentials and its commitment to preserving traditional Mayan culture. It has a private green jungle reserve and eco-spa, creating lush surroundings that are a haven for a wide range of tropical birds. There are 12 cottages with 28 guest roo...
Lodge at Uxmal is conveniently situated 30 metres from the entrance to the Uxmal ruins. The hotel is surrounded by trees giving it a secluded and peaceful atmosphere.The Lodge consists of 40 rooms and suites dispersed in 5 thatch-roofed villas with spacious rooms and terraces and the suites contain Jacuzzis. There is Mexican and International fresh food to be enjoyed at the restaurant and you can ...
Just a few blocks from Merida’s central plaza this charming 1840’s hacienda is an oasis of calm in the hustle and bustle of this lively city. Hacienda Merida has eight individually decorated rooms in the main building and four rooms in the VIP area, which is located around a charming courtyard complete with impressive columns and flanking the small pool. Breakfast is taken in the main ...
Just 30 minutes from Merida airport, Hacienda Temozon is set in attractive palm gardens. Originally a 17th century hacienda, the property has been restored retaining the original building, and is now a 28 room luxury hotel. We recommend upgrading to the suites that have dramatic 18ft ceilings, massive wrought iron beds and private plunge pools. A host of activities are offered including cooking cl...
Located 30 minutes from the city of Campeche in an 18th century colonial property. The Hacienda Uayamon is set in a remote location within a tropical garden and there is an outdoor pool with hammocks around it. There are 2 suites and 10 spacious villa houses- the best of which, the colonial suite, features an outdoor private hot tub! The property has been restored to give the best of the tradition...
With an exclusive entrance to the Mayan temples, the Lodge at Chichen Itza is an ideal escape from the day trippers. In the heart of the 100 acre archaeological park, the 39 bungalows are built in traditional Mayan style with wood, stone, native marble and thatch. The larger bungalows have separate bedrooms and pools and all feature a veranda and small personal garden. The lodge grows its own fru...
Located in the historic centre of Merida, Casa Lecanda is a small luxury boutique hotel. Retaining the original Meridian style the hotel is built in a completely restored traditional Yucatecan home with attention to detail, architecture and garden landscaping. The seven distinctly styled rooms are all individually decorated with custom crafted furniture and original clay floors. As a converted hou...
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