Gran Hotel de Merida

Calle 60 No 496, Merida, Yucatan, 97000, Mexico
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by ohaiyo

How hot and humid is the weather there in May?

Would there be a lot of rain at that time?

How convenient is it by bus from Merida to Chichen Itza and Uxmal?

Re: weather

by Gatopardo

Right now humidity goes around 50% percent during the day, expect days with 70% or even 90%, how does it feel? You feel sticky and the hair puffy.
Just keep drinking enough liquids and that will make it.

During May and the summer, there are usually 1 hr rains or downpours in the afternoon or evening.. so be prepare with thin poncho in a backpack. Well, sometimes with the heat, the water feels super fine.

May is the hottest month of the year, so expect to have temperatures of:
95° F | 69° F Max
35° C | 21° C Min..
Sometimes is even in the 40ºC..

The buses from Merida to Chichen or to Uxmal are very convinient, they are unexpensive, clean and safe most of the cases. You have two options, you can choose second or first class CAME or ADO, one terminal is almost in front of the other, they are very confortable most of the times, both are in downtown, a little bit to the south of downtown, You pay around 4 or 6 usd, i don't really remember the price, but it´s not more than 8 usd.. The trip to Chichen is about 2.30 hrs, almos the same from Merida to Uxmal.
The bus station, both of them, also advertise a tour leaving early in the morning..
The entrance fee for the arch. sites is about 3 - 4 usd.. It was 38 Mexican pesos last time I visited them.

Ah! The sites usually close at 5 pm, if you take the bus you might want to buy your returning ticket when you arrive to the site, in the case of chichen, they sell them in the book store, right to the entrance, the bus will pick you up right where it drop you, or probably next parking spot, depending. But make sure you ride it before the last one leaves.

In the case of Uxmal, the bus will drop you near the entrance, so you have to walk a bit, then to ride the bus back to merida, you have to walk to wherever it drop you, you can ask the driver to tell you when you arrive to uxmal, so when you want to return to the city, find the same spot but on this case, you have to go to the other side of the road to the bus stop, then when a bus passes, just wave to it to stop. That´s it, in 2.30hr you will be back to the city.

I could suggest you to take a look to the following link, it was very very very useful when I was living there:

Re: weather

by WilliamLawson

April and May are the hottest - and driest - months of the year. The vegetation goes into survival mode, shedding leaves and the whole countryside looks barren and there are many wildfires. There will not be a lot of rain.

Busses to the ruins can be had, it's probably a good idea to book a tour thru a hotel or agency in order to ensure your return trips. Or book a private car. Chichen is swarming with tourists from Cancun by 10:30 am so if you leave real early and are there by 9:00, you will have the ruins almost to yourself, the bothersome vendors are still setting up and it will be cooler too.

Good luck!

Travel Tips for Mérida

sundays II

by leffe3

But if you want more traditional Mexican music (and prefer to sit and watch!) then head for the more central Parque Hidalgo - with the outdoor terraces of the various cafes and bars, a great place to listen to the music, chill out and people watch. But there's always someone who can't resist the rhythms. And then's there's always some that find it too much to deal with :) Plus the Iglesia de Jeus, Pinacoteca del Estado provides the perfect backdrop.


by Sandi-2004

Many people may not know of the beautiful tropical gardens and buildings on the grounds of the Chichen Itza ruins. Mayaland Resort and Bunglows is an exquisitely beautiful place. From one of the hallways in the main building on the property is a framed view of The Observatory on the Chichen Itza grounds.

Cuban Style Coffee House

by karenincalifornia about Cafe La Habana

On the days we needed an early start, we headed over to Cafe La Habana for breakfast, which is open 24/7. This is a very nice diner with excellent food (including some regional cuisine) and frequented by many locals. The Cafe roasts their own coffee and sells beans by the kilo, too. Everything was good - the omelets, the hot cakes, the fruit/yogurt/granola, and my favorite, the queso fundido. Here it is made the way it should be - plain and simple unadulterated gooey cheese, with nothing else mixed in and served with handmade corn tortillas.

The fresh squeezed OJ was excellent. The American coffee was bland. Order instead the Cafe Cubano (thick, dark and strong served in a demitasse cup - kind of espresso but different), or the delicious Cafe Habana (Cafe Cubano with frothy milk - kind of like a cappucino, but different).


by nepalgoods

Izamal is a small town near Merida. It is the city of the Madonna of Yucatan. The Pope has visited the church some years ago. You find sign of the visit everywhere. In the Church is a small museum showing photos of the Pope's visit.

The Franciscanian cathedral is the biggest church in Yucatan.

Parque Santa Lucia

by dek516

About 3 blocks north of Plaza Grande is the very pretty and much quieter Parque Santa Lucia. Like the main square this small park has benches, s-shaped chairs, lots of trees, vendors, and performers on the weekend. It's a nice change from the busy main square.


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 Gran Hotel de Merida

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Address: Calle 60 No 496, Merida, Yucatan, 97000, Mexico