Attractions in Yucatan

There are many things to do in Merida, the vibrant capital of Yucatan. The city offers historic sites, cultural activities and an emerging internationally acclaimed gastronomic scene. Numerous attractions are located near the hotel, from museums, cenotes, shopping centers, archeological sites, and restaurants.    

Hyatt Regency Merida

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

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Arts & Culture

QMM Exterior
Valladolid Cathedral Sunset
Izamal Convent Day View

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.

Quinta Montes Molina

Majestic early 20th century house, framed by beautiful gardens, offers a unique atmosphere for your social and business events. It is located on Paseo Montejo Avenue, in the city of Merida, Yucatan, a few steps from the main hotels, shopping centers and financial services. The Casa Museo is the only one in the city that remains in its original state. Here you can see how families lived in the city at that time. Completed around 1902, this magnificent house was passed on to the Montes Molina family in 1915 and has been preserved with all the original furniture from that time, through the four generations that have lived in it.

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.

Valladolid

Nowadays, known as "The Capital of the Mayan Orient", Valladolid is one of the two Magical Towns of Yucatán. It is a beautiful destination, since it has kept the architectural beauty of its ancestral colonial buildings. It also provides a quiet place to enjoy your vacation, where you can mingle with a deep-rooted culture, history, legends, handicrafts, the nature of its cenotes, archaeological sites to admire and learn more about the Mayan culture. Not belittling its exquisite food with mestizo recipes, it is highly recommended to try the famous sausage of Valladolid. Valladolid is located right in the middle of the two most important cities of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mérida and Cancún, both approximately 160 kilometers away. In addition, the main archaeological wonders of the area are fairly near: Chichén Itzá is only 45 kilometers away, and Ek Balam just 30 kilometers away.

Izamal

Izamal is known as the City of Three Cultures. This place represents the essence of the cultural legacy of the people in Yucatán. In this site, there are Mayan temples and colonial houses that take you back to the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Its people are proud to show the cultural syncretism of the Mayans. Nowadays, most of its historic buildings and houses are painted in yellow and white by the will of both the authorities and neighbors. This has helped to preserve its elegance and mysticism of bygone years which makes it stand out from other places in the region.

Shopping

Ice Cream Shop
Father and Son Running on Beach
Campo de Golf el Jaguar

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

Leisure Travelers Group Dining Restaurant
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Lifestyle Food and Beverage Outdoor Dining

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.

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.

Outdoor Attractions

ChichenItza Kukulkan Castle
Progreso Pier
Uxmal Archaeological Site Daylight

Progreso

It is located 30 km from Merida. It is the first deep-sea port and the most important of the Yucatán coast. It has all the natural elements for practicing different activities and has been adapted as a tourist center. Its beaches have white sand, are rather shallow and the waves are calm with no currents. This makes it an ideal place to practice various water sports such as windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, swimming, paddle boarding and many others. The waterfront has restaurants with Yucatecan and seafood specialties, typical handicraft stores, live music and a panoramic view of the beautiful beach. In addition, its waters are rich in marine species, so fishing is also an option.

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.