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Travel Yucatan – Best day trips to take from Merida

Merida is a fantastic place to explore for a few days. Yet perhaps one of the best things about Merida is its central location in the Yucatan. This allows for many amazing day trips with endless adventures around the peninsula.

Merida is surrounded by countless ancient Mayan ruins, beautiful blue cenotes (natural underground pools), fascinating haciendas, quiet strands of gulf beaches, and intriguing Mayan villages dotting the land in between.

Since daily car rental prices in Merida are usually quite budget-friendly and bus tickets cost only a few pesos, travelers can afford to use Merida as a base for further exploration throughout the Yucatan Peninsula.

It’s this incredible value of Merida that makes it a fantastic travel destination for any budget. That’s why day trips and excursions top the list of things to do in Merida. From Mérida, you can always go on a new Yucatan adventure.

Merida is a perfect hub as it connects many of these sites within an hour or two of the city. Merida is a charming base from which to explore the Yucatan during the day, then retreat to Merida for more comfort, food, and fun in the evening.

Here are just a few recommendations for intriguing day trips to take from Merida:

  • Catch a boat trip to see the wild flamingos in Celestun
  • Visit nearby cenotes such as the cenotes of Cuzuma, connected by horsecart
  • Take a full-day Chichen Itza trip from Merida
  • Visit an old hacienda outside of Merida
  • Have an extreme caving adventure in Grutas Calcehtok or Grutas Tzabnah
  • Journey to the nearby town of Izamal
  • Explore the lesser-visited Mayapan Ruins or the nearby Dzibilchaltún ruins
  • Take a road trip down the Ruta Puuc
  • Have a relaxing day at a beach near Merida
  • Take an awesome tour to Uxmal, to see one of the Yucatan’s famous ancient ruins

The possibilities of how to explore the Yucatan from Merida are virtually endless. Take a 2nd-class bus out of the city for the day, rent a car to explore entirely on your own, or join one of the many tours in Merida you can find on offer.

Merida is the perfect place to stay to explore the Yucatan for the day. Embark on amazing adventures and return to Merida in the evening to enjoy great restaurants and festive nightlife. That’s what makes Merida so attractive.

All this continues to attract tourists to Merida, discovering many amazing adventures.

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