Merida was almost an unknown town in years gone by because it was very difficult to reach. Today, however, it has grown into a bustling tourist city of more than 1 million people, making it the largest city of Yucatan. It is also the capital. Merida makes an excellent base for exploring the treasures of the Yucatan. Here are 6 facts about travelling to Merida that are important to know as you plan your trip to Merida.
The city of Merida is located approximately 3 hours from Cancun and Playa del Carmen. It is situated in the northwestern part of Yucatan, and is only half an hour from the beach of Progreso.
The latitude of Merida is the same as that of Honolulu, Hawaii, making it pleasant all year around. October through March are the most pleasant months with sunny days and only occasional showers. The temperature ranges between 86º and 67º. April through September are the hottest months with an average high of 93.5º and a low of 73º. The rainy season is June through September. During this season it usually rains in the afternoon for an hour or two, but the rest of the day is sunny.
An important fact about travelling to Merida is to be well-prepared when you arrive at immigrations. For people arriving from the United States or Canada, it is not necessary to have a passport, but you must be able to present one of the following:
· Birth certificate
· Voter registration card
· Citizenship card
· Certificate of naturalization
Along with one of the above you will also need official photo identification such as a:
· Drivers License
· Identification issued by a state or official agency.
Visitors from Canada and the United States will receive a tourist card to fill out on the airplane before they land. This, too, must be presented at immigrations.
How to Arrive
Merida has a small, modern international airport with direct flights from Houston, Texas and Florida. It is located 5 miles outside of Merida.
Transportation in Merida
Being knowledgeable ahead of time about the means of transportation is an important fact about travelling to Merida. Budget, National and Thrifty, among others, have rental cars available at the airport if. If you prefer local transportation, taxis will be waiting outside the airport exit to take you to your hotel. Merida is a wonderful place to walk because things are located close together and it is a very safe city. If you get tired of walking there are many transportation options available.
· Horse-drawn carriages
· Local taxis
· Car rentals
There are many nice hotels and bed and breakfast inns with prices to fit every budget. If you prefer the quiet, countryside for your accommodations and would like to experience more of the Merida Mayan culture, you can stay at one of the Haciendas outside of town.
By using the 6 facts about travelling to Merida, you will be well-prepared to begin your trip.