Merida has been voted the second safest city in all of North America behind Quebec City, Canada.
No, unless the water is truly filtered, we recommend drinking bottled water only, including brushing teeth as well.
Yes, credit cards are accepted.
We recommend using ATMs for cash withdrawals as they tend to give good exchange rates. It is better to use pesos in Merida than using US dollars. You can get pesos from your bank at home before coming. There are ATMs at the airport to make withdrawals. If you’d like to bring USD there are places to exchange for pesos
Everywhere in the historic center of Merida is walking distance (up to 30 minute walk) but if you are going outside the city to one of our excursions, the best way would be to take a cab or use Uber. Please note that Uber cannot be used to/from the airport. There is a taxi stand just outside of the airport. They have a standard rate of around $12.50 US (250 mxn).
Very little English is spoken in Merida. That being said, in restaurants/tourist experiences, locals will typically know both Spanish and English.
The weather will be around the 80's and 90's. Please pack accordingly.
Men’s Attire: long sleeve button downs with dress slacks. No jacket or tie required. Women’s Attire: sundresses, etc… Any questions about attire. Please contact Emily or Duncan directly.
Given that all flights (not just to Merida) are currently very expensive, we recommend booking flights well in advance. You can also set price flight alerts via Google Flights.
If you are planning to work remotely, keep in mind that wifi in Mexico is not the most reliable. We recommend asking your Airbnb for a speed test and reading reviews for cafes, hotels, etc.
Yes, all Americans are required to have a passport to enter Mexico. It is typically recommended that you make sure your passport is valid for 6+ months after you return from your trip. Passport renewal times have been particularly slow lately, so make sure to check your expiration date and renew if necessary.
We highly recommend extending your trip if you’re able to! Merida is a really relaxing city with amazing food and museums. Personally, we think 2 nights is too short! :)
Yep, they use the same outlets as in the US, but not all locations have 3-prong outlets. If you need to use a 3-prong outlet, you can bring a 3-prong to 2-prong converter or ask your hotel if they have 3-prong outlets.