Attractions in Yucatan

Discover a variety of things to do in Merida, Yucatan. From sightseeing at the Mayan archaeological sites to taking a dive in one of the 6,000 cenotes that Yucatan has to offer, explore Merida here.

Hyatt Regency Merida

Ave. Colon esq Calle 60, a 100 metros del Paseo Montejo
Merida, Mexico, 97000

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Arts & Culture

Paseo de Montejo

Located 100 meters from Hyatt Regency Merida, the most emblematic avenue of Mérida, named after Francisco de Montejo, the Spanish conquistador who founded the city in 1542, and is the location of some of the most iconic buildings and monuments of the city. Inspired by the French boulevard, the avenue is flanked by trees and has several roundabouts along its course. Many beautiful mansions were built along the avenue by wealthy Yucatecans of the 19th century. It extends north from the city center and connects into highway 231 just south of the Great Mayan Museum. Its length of over 6 km makes it one of the longest avenues of the city.

Grand Museum of the Mayan World

A world-class museum celebrating Maya culture, the Gran Museo houses a permanent collection of more than 1100 remarkably well-preserved artifacts, including a reclining chac-mool sculpture from Chichén Itzá and a cool underworld figure unearthed at Ek' Balam. If you're planning on visiting the area's ruins, drop by here first for some context and an up-close look at some of the fascinating pieces found at the sites.

Casa Montejo Museum

Casa de Montejo is on the south side of Plaza Grande and dates from 1549. It originally housed soldiers, but was soon converted into a mansion that served members of the Montejo family until the 1800s. Today it houses a bank and museum with a permanent exhibition of renovated Victorian, neo-rococo and neo-renaissance furnishings of the historic building.

José Peón Contreras

The enormous Teatro Peón Contreras was built between 1900 and 1908, during Mérida’s henequén heyday. It boasts a main staircase of Carrara marble, a dome with faded frescoes by Italian artists, and various paintings and murals throughout the building. The Yucatán Symphony Orchestra performs here Friday at 9pm and Sunday at noon (in season). See the website for more information.

Shopping

La Casa de Donia Way

"La Casa de Donia Way" is a store made for locals and tourists who wants to learn more about the yucatecan culture. In every of our products there is a part of Yucatan and our traditions. Through our character - Donia Way - we share the essence of our unique culture. Our visitors can also enjoy our patio with a delicious coffee or a refreshing snow cone with traditional flavors at our coffee shop "Las Confidentes".

La Casa de los ARTESANOS

In this store of crafts and souvenirs we find divine things at very good prices, also has very creative and unique traditional Yucatecan souvenirs. A medium size store near the main square of Merida, very friendly attention, and for a certain amount of purchase they may give you a gift. Outside they have their Boxitos (chubby Yucatecan dolls like little eggs) where you can take your picture. A must visit in Mérida

La Isla Merida

Isla Merida is located in the city of Merida in the state of Yucatan, within the residential development Cabo Norte, which combines a shopping center, residential area and a hotel with 140 rooms. The Island has a lake, green areas, planters, department stores, jewelers and specialty stores; as well as a wide variety of restaurants and family entertainment areas such as cinemas, playground, auditorium, among others. Come enjoy continuous hours of fun in an ecological environment of more than 70,000 square meters, practice non-motorized water sports on the lake, marvel at the sight on board the cable park, and enjoy the surprises we have for you.

Food & Drink

La Chaya Maya

Our cuisine is a banquet of smells and flavors, a fusion of memories and feelings and taste. Pumpkin seeds, maize, chili peppers, chaya and annatto seeds glowing in red tones take you back to the origins of the Mayan people. Add the gifts of the East, cinnamon, pepper, and the many aromatics and spices. Blend in garlic, various sausages, oranges and the fusion of Arabia and Castile that came along with the Conquest. All of these ingredients are only an outline for the enormous potential of Yucatecan food, its unsurpassed capacity for transforming seemingly simple ingredients into a sumptuous meal.

Mercado 60

The first Culinary and Cultural market is finally in Merida with the purpose of creating an incredible new experience to their visitors. 18 different restaurants, live music every day, street art, pop up stores, live shows, performance and more.

Dulcería y Sorbetería Colón

Dulcería y Sorbetería Colón is a company founded in 1907, in Mérida, Yuc. Mexico. Family tradition, has offered ice cream or tropical fruit sorbets with original recipes of the founder Mr. Vicente Rodríguez Peláez. It also has various types of individual cupcakes. To visit this establishment and enjoy its products is to know part of the most deeply rooted traditions among Yucatecans and visitors to this city.

La Tratto Santa Lucía

It is a concept of casual pizza-bar of modern Italian-American inspiration and avant-garde architecture Innovative pastas, gourmet pizzas, high quality products, carefully selected wines, good music and lively atmosphere.

Outdoor Attractions

Chichén Itzá

Mayan city famous for a large pyramid temple built by the Maya civilization. It is on the Yucatán Peninsula, about 120 km to the east of Mérida. The temple, called Castillo, is about 1 km in diameter. There are many temples and pyramids at Chichen Itza. Tourists and visitors, were once able to climb some of the pyramids, but it was quite challenging because the steps are very steep and small. Climbing is no longer permitted. Some of the most famous parts of Chichen Itza include: El Castillo: This is the largest pyramid at Chichen Itza, and it is dedicated to Kukulkan, the Feathered Serpentt. Every year on the fall and spring equinox the sun hits the side of the building making a show of light and shadow which looks like a snake along the steps of the building.

Uxmal

An ancient Maya city of the classical period. It is considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Maya culture, along with Palenque, Chichén, and Calakmul in Mexico, Caracol and Xunantunich in Belize, and Tikal in Guatemala. It is located in the Puuc region and is considered one of the Maya cities most representative of the region's dominant architectural style. It has been renowned as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its significance. It is located 62 km south of Mérida. Its buildings are noted for their size and decoration. Ancient roads called sacbes connect the buildings, and also were built to other cities in the area such as Chichén Itzá in modern-day Mexico, Caracol and Xunantunich in modern-day Belize, and Tikal in modern-day Guatemala.

Celestún

The Celestun Biosphere Reserve gives refuge and sustenance to the colorful colonies of flamingos that paint the sky pink at dusk and dawn. NAVIGATE BETWEEN THE BIRDS Lose yourself amongst the wildlife by climbing onboard a boat and enjoying the spectacular flight of thousands of birds that live in the calm waters of the mangrove and along the soft beaches. Feel the contrasts caused by the estuary's fresh water mixing with the water flowing from underground rivers beneath the Yucatan peninsula and the salt water currents of the Gulf of México, and explore the habitat where elegant flamingos, eagles, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, frigate birds, herons, ducks, seagulls and pelicans live. ENJOY FISHING AND THE LOCAL FLAVORS In the afternoon, enjoy the quiet fishing village that stretches along the coast and isolated sections of gorgeous beaches where locals have built thatched-roof palapas. The best fresh fish and seafood in the region are served here.

Yucatán Country Club

To play on this world-class course designed by Jack Nicklaus (considered one of the greatest golfers of all times) is a unique experience, with its ancient archaeological vestiges and mysterious cenotes, sacred to the Mayan culture. This professional golf course at our hotel in Merida offers 18 holes, par 72 with a playing distance of 7282 yards, and wide fairways and greens distributed around 11 lakes. Other amenities include a sports shop, delicatessen, two lounges and a bar.