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8 days in Yucatan Itinerary
train + foot + Fly: 17h 45min
Merida— 4 nights
Drive: 1h 45min
Chichen Itza— 3 nights
bus + taxi + Fly: 15h 30min
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Yucatan's busy capital, Merida remains a mid-sized urban center offering an impressive list of cultural activities, eclectic nightlife, and a chance to see tropical examples of French and Italian architecture.Discover out-of-the-way places like Nahualli Casa de los Artistas and Celestun. You'll explore and learn at Casa Museo Montes Molina and Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Merida: EcoMuseo del Cacao (in Ticul), Celestun (Mangroves of Dzinitun & Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve) and Uxmal (in Uxmal). There's much more to do: Head underground at Grutas de Calcehtok, view the masterpieces at La Sala Art&Design Gallery, shop like a local with Galeria Tataya, and explore the ancient world of Mayapan Mayan Ruins.
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London, UK to Merida is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, ferry, and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in Merida hover around 39°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chichen Itza.
Things to do in Merida
Celestun, Uxmal, Centro Cultural y Artesanal Izamal, EcoMuseo del Cacao, Grutas de Calcehtok
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Featuring the largest archeological site of the ancient Mayan civilization, Chichen Itza remains one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mexico.Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Chichen Itza, explore the ancient world of Plataforma de Venus, explore the world behind art at Casa de los Venados, then look for all kinds of wild species at Xkopek Parque Apicola, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Samula. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de San Servasio, don't miss a visit to Plaza e Parque Francisco Canton, then explore the activities along Cenote Ik kil, and finally Head underground at Cenote Yokdzonot.
For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chichen Itza online trip maker .
Traveling by car from Merida to Chichen Itza takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. September in Chichen Itza sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Chichen Itza
Valladolid, Cenote Yokdzonot
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:
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