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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 31, 2015
One way car rental from Merida to Cancun?  (4 Answers)

I have a few spare vacation days left after my business trip in Mexico City. I am planning to fly into Merida, rent a car and then drive to Cancun (from where I will be flying out) covering Uxmal, Chichén Itzá, Tulum and a few other places on my way. Is this plan feasible? Is there any car rental agency that would allow one way rental between Merida and Cancun without charging exorbitant one-way fees?

Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 06, 2015
Reserve accomodation is necessary during high season?  (1 Answer)

During absolutely high season (end of Decembre till early January) I want to travel through Yucatan and Chiapas by rented car. I will avoid Cancun and Playa del Carmen but visit Tulum, Chitzen Icha, Merida, Campeche, Palneque and San Cristobal de las Casas. Do you think booking in advance is necesarry? Or will there be plenty of accomodations?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 13, 2015
Merida Car Rental

Is there a car rental company that does not require such a high deposit for a car rental. Most of them require a $700 deposit on a credit card on top the car fees.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 03, 2015
Best guided tours?  (1 Answer)

I'm going to Mérida at the end of February and I really want to visit Chichen Itza, Uxmal and Celestun. We don't feel like renting a car, so I'm looking for information or reviews on some of the tour operators based in Mérida. Right now, I'm looking at Mayan Ecotours, Ecoturismo Yucatan, and TuriTrans Mérida. Does anyone have experience with any of them? Or perhaps you have another company to recommend?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 07, 2014
Rental Properties in El Centro

Hi, I'm planning on spending 2-3 months in Merida and I'd like to start a list of potential rentals.
I'm a middle aged + solo female traveler. I have traveled in Mexico for many years but have not spent much time in Merida.
I want to be in centro or within a 15 minute walk.
The rental must have a pool and be in a safe neighborhood.
Does anyone have any suggestions or know of a reliable honest property manager to contact.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 10, 2013

Anyone have any recent experience with the above agency in Merida?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 27, 2013
Driving time Merida to Tulum  (2 Answers)

How long to drive direct (no stops)? I read the trip is now only 2.5 hours but have not been able to confirm.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 18, 2013
female travelers  (5 Answers)

My father wants to know if the buses that run between Cancun and Merida are safe for 2 American women.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 09, 2013
Car Rental  (2 Answers)

We are spending 2 weeks in Progresso just north of Merida. Has anyone rented a car through Or have you rented a car on arrival at the airport? We have always booked a car over the internet but are concerned about the 3rd party liablility which now has to be purchased from a mexican company? Any suggestions? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 04, 2012
Trip from Merida - Cancun  (4 Answers)

I am in Merida and planning to visit Cancun in one of my weekend. I really have no time in planning as this is a bussiness trip and Im busy on weekday in Merida. I hope you can suggest on my question below.

1) Can I leave in Merida in Friday night by bus? Is it safe to do so?Any bus company recomendation?
2) Is there any cheap accomodation in Cancun (less than 50 USD) per day.
3) How many days I needed so I can explore cancun. Will 2 days will be enough?

Thank you in advance for your reply.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 29, 2012
Wrestling game in Merida  (3 Answers)

I will be in Merida for couple of weeks and one of my wish list to watch a wrestling game? Any suggestion of schedule and venues?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 24, 2011
Question re: my anti-depressant medication in mexico

Since I am planning to live in Mexico for some time. How do I go about getting my prescription for Zoloft and Welbutrin refilled while I'm there? Is there Mexican health insurance that I would need or is the cost reasonable enough to just pay cash? Any info appreciated. Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 08, 2010
motorcycle rental merida... for a week....nothing fancy......125 cc....(or more).... ANY ideas welcome.....private rental .... etc... thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 24, 2010
Air Fares  (5 Answers)

Why is it so much more expensive to fly into Merida as opposed to Cancun? The taxes seem to be the problem. Also, how safe is the Merida/Progreso area in the light of recent reports of violence?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 20, 2010
Merida to chichen itza  (4 Answers)

How would I get from Merida to Chichen Itza? How far is it? I was thinking about 3 hours by bus? Where can I get a bus in town? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 12, 2010
Bus Information Merida- Dzibilchaltun- Progresso  (3 Answers)

My fiancee and I will be in Merida on the 22nd and hoping to make a side trip to Dzibilchaltun on our return trip to Progresso in the afternoon. I've read that there is a bus from Merida to Dzibilchaltun. My question - Is there a bus at the ruins on to Progresso? Thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 29, 2010
Cancun Bus Stop & Travel in the Yucatan  (3 Answers)

I will be arriving in Cancun at 6 PM.

1. I would like to take the ADO 1st class bus from Cancun to Merida. Can I take the bus directly from the airport? If not, what is the best way to get to the bus station?

2. Is it safe for a single woman to take the 4 hour bus trip at night?

3. I'd prefer to take a private car, or taxi. Does anyone know of an inexspensive (less than100 US) way that I could do this?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions and help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 08, 2009
Bus tours of Merida/Campeche/Uxmal/Progreso/Chichen Itza  (4 Answers)

Is there a English speaking BUS TOUR of Merida and surrounding tourist places?
Also from Merida I want to go on BUS TOUR to Campeche, Uxmal, Progreso, Chichen Itza etc...
Is there a bus tour I can take from my hotel in Merida to all these places and then back to my hotel @ night? (PS: I don't know what hotel I am staying yet).
I have 1.5 (a day and half) to explore these places and then another 1.5 (day and half) to go explore Playa, Tulum and Chetumal. What is a inexpensive BUS Tour I can take?

Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 25, 2009
Transport from Cancun to Chelem  (4 Answers)

Hi everyone,
We are taking a trip to Chelem in August. We will be arriving at Cancun. If we hire a car just to get to Chelem, is there a drop off point? If we take the bus from Cancun, can we get a bus all the way to Chelem, or will we have to change to a taxi at some point?
Thank you !!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 27, 2009
Travel By Bus from Cancun to Merida  (3 Answers)

Hi, I will be traveling with a 3 year and I will be 6 months pregnant at the time of travel. I was wondering how safe it is to travel by bus from Cancun to
Merida. My husband will not be with us and we do have family friends in Merida. I also speak decent spanish and have traveled in mexico before.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 11, 2009
Planning first Merida/Yucatan trip to decide on retiring there in about 3 years...  (8 Answers)

Hello to All and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! My husband Nick and I are planning a trip to the Yucatan (Merida) at the end of Feb. 09. It will be our first trip there and are really looking forward to it. Because of the great airfares from Miami to Cancun, we will be flying into Cancun but our final destination will be Merida. It looks like such a wonderful city. We want to look at the place and look at some real estate (we've been browsing the internet for quite some time now). We're still undecided whether we want to be in the city or in the beach area. It there is a beach town with lots of stuff going on, like maybe Progreso, we might decide for the beach. That's why this trip is so important. We love Mexico and the Mexican people (and their food, of course). We wanted to know if it would be best to rent a car in Cancun upon arrival and drive to Merida, or if it would be better to take the bus from Cancun to Merida and just rent the car there. How far is it? How are the roads? Is it safe? If we go with the bus, how long a trip is that? Is there an express bus directly from Cancun to Merida that doesn't stop in every little village? How much does it cost? Any misc. information that any member can provide to assist us in this trip will be greatly appreciated. We are very limited on time (max. 5 days) because of our business so needless to say we want to explore as much as possible. It is NOT a sightseeing/tourist trip - it's mainly to research the options of living in the city or the beach areas. What are the best beach areas to live permanently? Are there any other American couples/expats living in these areas? I cannot think of anything else right now...
ANY INFO WILL BE GREAT. Thank you to all who reply.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 30, 2008
Where to meet expats  (5 Answers)

We will be in Merida Dec 9-13-08 for the first time to check out possible retirement options. Where would one go to meet expats for a quick download on local info. Breakfast cafe, bar, resaurant, local bartender?

More interested in local lifestyle than notable tourism stops.

John Shukers

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 07, 2008
Merida ruins  (7 Answers)

What is the best way to get from Merida to Chichen Itza? Are there private individuals one can hire?
What is the best way to get from the airport into town?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 01, 2008
Cheaper Hotels In Merida  (7 Answers)

Does anyone have any recommendations for affordably priced ($20US to40US) hotels in Merida that are near the action. I would like to be close to the zocalo, street markets, nightlife, etc...I do need a room with a bath, but besides that, I'm not to picky.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 01, 2008
Opinion on itinerary  (9 Answers)

Hi guys,

My wife and I have finally decided to go around Yucatan (along with our teenage daughter) on the first week of May, flying into Merida from the US and right after a 3-day stay at Mexico City. Please give your views on this proposed itinerary:

day 1: arrive in Merida in the afternoon, check in at hotel and explore the town.
day 2: being a Sunday, I heard it's fiesta time in Merida so hang around till noon, then in the afternoon go to Chichen Itza and check in at a local hotel.
day 3: tour Chich ruins in the morning, go and tour Coba in the afternoon, then return to Merida afterwards.
day 4: go to Uxmal/Puuc route for the whole day, then back to Merida.
day 5: go to Cancun early morning, stay there the whole day then back to Merida.
day 6: fly back to the US via Mexico City.

Given this schedule, do you think days 2-4 could only be done with the use of a rental car or could we manage by bus? And does anyone have any feedback on the Dolores Alba hotel in Merida or Chichen? It's not listed among the VT Merida hotels tab though the Frommer's website rates it 1-star (out of 3).

Thanks for any remarks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2008
Where to book a hotel? (hotel agencies)  (4 Answers)

Unfortunately Merida seems to be overbooked during the time, I want to visit Mexico. So I'm not able to book via and . Unfortunately it is impossible to book via (or similar American offerors) without having a US billing addess (it works for some European countries, but unfortunately not for Austria).

So where to book? Do you know other adresses? How does work (unfortunately only in Spanish but self-explanatory... Are all mentioned hotels available? Will I be booked immediately?).

Do you have any other ideas?

I need a hotel in Merida from 10th or 11th March till 16th or 17th (depending on the flight I'll catch) and in Cancun from about 17th till 24th.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 27, 2008
Merida holiday suggestions...hotel/hostel, things to do  (5 Answers)

Hi VTers.
Looking for ideas on places to stay and things to do in Merida. Going there in May (for a 5 day weekend). Plans to visit Chichin Itza, other than that we're open.
We're a couple, in our 20's, would be willing to stay in a hotel or hostel...mainly we need something on the cheaper side.
What about travel to the ruins? Should we book a tour or take a bus? One more question, should we stay in Chichin Itza or head back to Merida for the night?
Thanks, as always, for all help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 26, 2008
Merida-Tikal?  (1 Answer)

What is the most comfortable way to get to Tikal from Yuacatan peninsula (I suppose Campeche and/or Tulum will be the southernmost point I'd reach in Yucatan without this detour) Apart from the mentioned I'd be staying in Merida and Cancun the most time of my journey.... Is there any chance for a short trip to Tikal? How long would you estimate, that this trip takes?

btw: I suppose it is forbidden to cross the borders with hired cars, isn't it?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 26, 2008
Merida as basis for Yucatan trip?  (5 Answers)

Is Merida a good basis for daily trips to all the sights in Yucatan peninsula?
Especially I'm thinking about visiting Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Valladolid, Ek Balam, Izamal, Tulum and may be Campeche.
Do you think it is more clever to go back to a prebooked hotel in Merida every night or to book several hotels near all the sights (a typical "round-trip") (btw, I suppose it is also a question of cost).
How long would you plan for such a trip? Did I miss some must-sees? And would it be possible to do all daily trips from Cancun as well?

Btw: Is there any comfortable way to see Tikal as well or is it too far abroad?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 15, 2008
Dengue Fever  (6 Answers)

I just read an article in the Merida Insider on Dengue Fever. Is this a concern in the Merida/Progreso area? As a visitor, what precautions would you suggest?

Thanks, Kate

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