Tours in the Yucatan

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If you are coming to Yucatán, there are many ways to explore what the peninsula has to offer. Tours with major tour companies in an air-conditioned bus, staying in hotels reserved ahead of time, or if you are a more independent traveler coming to Mérida or Yucatán, there are various attractive options for personalized trip services which will offer you a better experience here. There are travel agencies in Mérida who can arrange whatever you can imagine, or offer you a structured itinerary.

Many people ask what are the “must-see’s” in Yucatán, and this depends on the time that you decide to spend in our state.  And when it comes time to return home, you will probably agree that the best part of your trip was the Yucatecan people.

Here are our suggestions:

If you are here for two to three days, you should definitely take a city bus tour, your best option in time and cost.

-       An easy introduction to the city of Mérida is the open-air bus tour on the Carnavalito bus which leaves every day from Santa Lucía park at the corner of Calle 55 and 60, at 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm, and 7 pm. The tour lasts 90 minutes and costs 90 pesos for adults and 50 pesos for children.

-       The other option is the double-decker Turibus with continuous stops at various points in the city center, and the cost is 120 pesos for adults and 50 pesos for children.

-       You can also enjoy a guided walking tour in the historic center of Mérida, free, every day at 9 am at the Palacio Municipal on the main plaza.

Archaeological zones
In Yucatán everything is close by, so you won’t need to drive for more than 2 hours to get anywhere. You can see the Mayan sites in three ways: taking a tour, driving yourself,  or taking a public bus. The closest site to Mérida is Dzibilchaltún, only 20 minutes away, where you can also swim in their open cenote. If you have more time you can venture to the classic sites of Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, or the Puuc Route. A typical day trip to Chichén Itzá begins at 9 am when the guide picks you up from your hotel in an air-conditioned van. You may be accompanied by up to 10 people. Included in the price is the entrance to the site, the guided tour in English or Spanish, lunch with folkloric dances, and return to the door of your hotel at 5 pm. The tip for the guide is not included, so be sure to tip from 50 to 100 pesos per person, a reasonable and much appreciated amount.

Beaches and flamingos
Day trips to popular destinations such as Progreso, Celestún, or Río Lagartos are easy to buy, and to get there you can take a tour, drive, or take a bus. Our beaches are safe and tranquil, with the true flavor of a typical port town. Only in Progreso will you see more tourism because it is a cruise ship port. To see flamingos, in general there are more in Celestún in the fall and winter, and in spring and summer there are more in Río Lagartos.

Colonial cities
Definitely Valladolid and Izamal will steal your heart, and the latter is a “magical town”. The location of both is strategic for spending the night and visiting other places. You can get there on a tour, driving, or take a bus. These cities plus many others will be your reward if you travel along the free roads (not the toll road), being sure to take the turn-offs into the pueblos. These back roads are essential for seeing everything our state has to offer. The main focal points of each and every colonial town or city are the churches, parks, and individual flavor of each one. You may also fall in love with the historic convents…and for this we recommend the Convent Route.

The haciendas
Yucatán heritage, something unique to our region, the haciendas which have been restored are a true jewel that should not be lost. We can divide them into 3 categories: hacienda hotels, hacienda restaurants, and hacienda tours. If you are not a guest at one of the hacienda hotels, you will only have access to hacienda restaurants and tours. There are many haciendas where you can enjoy a buffet lunch or a five star dinner. And if you want to learn about the splendor of a hacienda and how it functioned as if it were 1900, we suggest a visit to Hacienda Sotuta de Peón, the only living henequen hacienda in Yucatán. You can also visit a hacienda museum, frozen in time, at Hacienda Yaxcopoil.

In Yucatán the main ecotourism attraction is the cenotes. We have infinite cenote visiting options, from the classic truck tour in Cuzamá where you can swim in three different cenotes, to more private off-the-beaten path cenotes. You can visit on your own or take a tour or guide. Our caves are another magical attraction, and there is something for every age and level of expertise. The options are unlimited! If you like bicycling, kayaks, rock climbing, or camping, you can research these options.

Contact the tour operators below. They offer tours in English and Spanish, and some offer other languages as well.

Calle 55 No. 490 x 60 y 58, Centro
Tel: (999) 923 1857

Calle 10 No. 374 Pedregales de Tanlum
, Mérida
Tel: (999) 925 1700

Fax: (999) 925 1700


Tel: (999) 920 2632

Toll Free USA: 1 800 499 3225
Toll Free Mexico: 01 800 823 0585

Cel. 999 127 9448

Calle 3 #235 x 32-A y 34, Col. Pensiones, Mérida
Tel: (999) 920 2772
Fax: (999) 925 9047

Toll free: 01 800 719 5465

Cel. (999) 947 7599

Calle 51 # 488 x 56 y 54
Centro Histórico, C.P. 97000
Mérida, Yucatán, México
Tel:  52-   999-9 87 37 10 
Cel:    52-1-   99 91 05 46 14

Calle 62 #471 Depto 2 x 55 y 57, Centro, Mérida 
Tel: (999) 924 8283
Cel: (999) 900 6154 

Tel: 999 366 8959

Calle 59 No. 612 x 76 y 78, Centro
Tel. 999 923 3624

Calle 55 No. 504 x 60 y 62, Centro, Mérida
Tel: (999) 924 1199, (999) 930 9224


Tel: (999) 922 0565
Cel: (999) 163 8224 




Lawson Personal Driving Service

I'm pleased to comment on the excellent driving service recently provided my wife and me by William Lawson. In the course of several months' planning, WL provided helpful tips which enabled development of a top-notch seven-day itinerary. When we eventually met, his on-the-ground performance was just as good. We can honestly say every day's activity exceeded our expectations, providing far more than point-to-point delivery and return (although the charms of Yucatan also deserve praise). WL's native tongue is English, yet he is fluent in Spanish. He knows points of interest between destinations. He knows where to eat well. He's punctual. He's practical as well as flexible. We thought his rates reasonable, we all got along well together ... can I say more?


tour to chjchen itza, isla mujeres

my girlfriend and I want to go to Chichen and stay two nights at a hotel and go to ruins two days. we are flexible on dates, April 8--13th. We also want to spend three nights on isla de mujeres. Can you help us?


MayaSites Travel Services

We are planning a private 4 day tour of Mayan sites and Merida. Do you have any information about or know about anyone who has had experience with MayaSites Travel Services?


Mayan Tours

I want to fly from Mexico City to the Yucatan peninsula on/around Monday 27th June and visit the main heritage/Mayan sites, flying back to England on Monday 4th July.
Can you advise (1) Most convenient airport in Yucatan for arrival and departure; (2) are there any tours that would cover Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Pyramids, Tulum, etc. etc.?

Can you advise?


re. mayan tours

You can fly into either of the 2 main cities on the Yucatan Peninsula: Merida in the state of Yucatan or Cancun in the neighboring state of Quintana Roo. There are many tours to archaeological sites from either city. Flying to England--there might be direct flights from Cancun to London, otherwise you could fly from either Merida or Cancun with a connection somewhere in the US such as Houton or New York.


Mayasites Travel

Mayasites Travel Services

Did you use Mayasites Travel Services? Would you recommend them? We are planning march 2012 trip to Belieze, any suggestions?


re. mayasites travel

I don't know this company, sorry! And as far as Belize goes, it's a bit outside our area of expertise which is the state of Yucatan, Mexico.


Is it possible to hire a

Is it possible to hire a taxi for a full day to take us from Merida and drop off in Campeche, with stops along the way? Is it safe?


re. hire taxi

Yes it is possible and perfectly safe! Where will you be staying? I can suggest the closest taxi stand.

The other option is to hire a driver, experienced in the Yucatan, here are 2 options: (be sure to click on the Home page to read a recent posting about Campeche)



Thank your for your advice. We will be travelling from Merida to Uxmal, one way, with visits to Dzibilchaltun and then may be Ruta Puuc. We will have to take our luggage in the taxi of course, as we will stay overnight in Uxmal. Can we hire a taxi for the whole day for this trip? Would it be okay to leave luggage in the car during the visits to the ruins?


re. taxi hire

Yes you can hire a taxi or driver (per my earlier post) and it would be safe to leave your luggage in the locked trunk or locked vehicle.


Flamingos in Mexico

Which tour offers the best value for the flamingo viewing up close? We will be in Merida for 5 days, July 1-6,and plan to make a flamingo tour the major point. Plan to see some Mayan ruins also so any advice on that would be welcome. I haven't been in Merida since 2007, but found it great and look forward to returning.

Thank you for your input.


aventures in yucatan

we are staying in Progresso Feb 1-8 2014 and besides visiting the ruins we woud like a side trip of adventure for our 2 boys (10/13) besides traveling to Tulum is there any adventure areas such as ziplining in the NW Yucatan. thank you in advance for any info


re adventures

I'm not sure about ziplining but a visit to cenotes would be absolutely thrilling for them (and you!). Check out the websites of the tour companies in this article and I am sure you will find the perfect solution :)

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