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Calle 60 No 432 X 49 y 47, Calle 18 A No. 398, Merida, Yucatan, 97000, Mexico
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Renting Kayaks

by Kate222

HI, I will be in Chelem/Chuburna/Progreso area for 3 weeks in Feb 08 and would like to rent a kayak for a few days that I could keep at the beach house we are renting. Is there a place in Progreso that rents them out for a few days at a time?

Thanks, Kathy

Re: Renting Kayaks

by Gatopardo


Good question, sometimes you could find people near the Malecon of Progreso renting equipment, sometimes they rent boats.

Well, I found this website from somebody in Merida, they actually rent kayaks:

If the previous clues don't work for you, I can think of two more ideas:

Idea No. 1 - Email the guys of http://www.ecoyuc.com/ they have kayak tours, they rent bikes as well, they might find interesting the kayak rental business when you let them know your needs.

Idea No. 2 - Drop an email to the ex-patriate community, try www.meridainsider.com I am pretty sure somebody there will know or maybe will be willing to rent their own boats. Most of this friends live near the beach either in Progreso, Chelem, Chuburna, Chicxulub, etc...

Good luck!!!


Re: Renting Kayaks

by telchacsusan

There are a couple of kayak rental places in progreso - I don't know if they would rent them long-term, but you can always ask! One is just west of the intersection of the highway to Merida and the coast road. Another is east of town, just at the last turn-off into Progreso from the coast road. You might also check with Marina Silcer in Chicxulub.
See http://www.yucatantoday.com/culture/eng-ecological-tourist.htm for more info

Travel Tips for Mérida


by karenincalifornia

ATMs are prevalent in Merida, so we had no problem exchanging money. In addition, several shops had exchange windows open in the evening. On the other hand, I didn't see the bank open once - great banker's hours in Merida. ATMs will not be so easy to find in the small towns. If you leave Merida on a day trip, in addition to filling up your tank, make sure you have pesos to last you through the day.

It seemed that dollars would be accepted in a pinch, but pesos were used more often. Where US dollars could be used, the exchange rate was still the usual 10 pesos to 1 dollar to make the math easy -- just like last year. That's not a great rate since the US dollar is now worth over 11 pesos. You're better off having a supply of pesos with you at all times, and tip like hell just before you fly back home.


by leffe3

More 'out of town' than 'off the beaten track'. Uxmal is stupendous and, if you arrive in Merida from by plane, likely to be the first ruin you see. As it is an unheralded site compared to Chichen Itza and Tulum, tourists staying on the coast in places such as Cancun are unlikely to make the trip. Their loss!

See separate Uxmal pages.

Cafe La Habana

by dek516 about Cafe La Habana

Cafe La Habana is a decent breakfast spot. The interior isn't particularly appealing, but the sweet pastries (pan dolce) and coffee drinks are quite good. Prices are reasonable as well-- expect to pay 35 to 50 pesos for breakfast.

Uxmal, One of the Best Mayan Cities

by Waxbag

Uxmal is one of the more interesting of all the Mayan cities. Although it is not considered one of the more important cities like Chichen Itza, Palenque, or Tikal, it is just as beautiful and interesting as the “Great Mayan Cities”. Its Puuc style architecture and art make Uxmal one of the more decorative cities with intricately carved statues and masks. It shares some of the same influences as Chichen Itza with colonnades, serpent heads, and giant Chac masks with curved noses.

I really like how the city structures are built on different levels giving the viewer various perspectives.

The Governor's Palace is a great example of Puuc style architecture. It has Chac faces and intricately carved geometric carvings throughout. It's one of the most lavishly designed buildings in the Mayan world.

Chichen Itza

by karenincalifornia

The Yucatan is full of Mayan archaelogical sites. The largest and one of the best preserved, and certainly the most visited, is Chichen Itza, which is a 90 minute drive from Merida. Plan to spend a few hours. Buy a guidebook at the entrance so you know what you are looking at.

On my 1994 visit, my husband and I climbed to the top of the pyramid, but that is no longer permitted. Last year, someone fell and tragically died. The climb was scary as hell - closing the pyramid to climbers was a good move. In addition, all that foot traffic could not have been good on an ancient structure like the pyramid.

Chichen Itza is more crowded than the other ruins, but the crowds are still tolerable. I thought there were many more merchants than before and they hounded the visitors incessantly all over the site. Nonetheless, it didn't stop me from buying from one of them a beautiful turtle made out of obsidian, lapis lazuli, and mother of pearl for my daughter, who collects turtles.


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