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    • Xenses- worth it?

      Cancún Jan 4, 2017 at 8:49 PM

      Is Xenses worth going to?

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      Traveling to Cancun from Chicago with 4 month old baby- First trip with baby!

      Cancún Jan 15, 2017 at 2:45 PM


      My husband and I will be traveling for the first time with our 4 month old baby. We have been to Cancun before, however, never with a baby! Can you please let me know what things I should be taking with or any tips.. I am nursing the baby, We will be staying at the all inclusive Royalton Riviera Resort.

      1) I am planning on taking a stroller and carseat and baby carrier

      2) Suncreen?? I hear I can't put it on a baby - any tricks besides not taking her out until later afternoon/evening.

      3) Swim suit and flotie???or swim diaper- I was thinking about having her in a flotie with us supervising.

       4) I am assuming we can't really do any excursions or activities?

      5) any tips?


    • Tour questions

      Cancún Jan 4, 2017 at 8:47 PM

      I've done so much research and now I turn to the experts---We want to zip line, ATV, snorkel, cenotes, raft in caves with stalactites and stalagmites. It seems like X-plor has all of this. We love nature. We don't care about tours with food or shows. We also want to swim with dolphins.
      If we do xplor, do we also need to do xcarat? Xelha? What combo tour should we do with xplor?
      We want to snorkel in isla-mujeres. Where can we do that? Where can we rent a golf cart there? What private beach is a must in cancun or isla-mujeres? What is unique to do at night? Thank you in advance!

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      Central Historical area safe to stay?

      Mexico City Jan 10, 2017 at 5:10 AM

      My husband and I plan to stay in Mexico City in April (first visit to Mexico) and would like advice on the most interesting and safest part of the city to stay - we were thinking maybe stay in the Central Historical district? - any info 'for' or 'against' - we would be grateful.
      Also what sort of weather can we expect?
      Many thanks,

    • Driving from San Diego

      Rosarito Dec 26, 2016 at 8:35 AM

      How safe is it to drive to roserato from San Diego? I have a 2007 Ford Focus. It would just be my husband and I we are 65 year old. I have read some travel warnings that imply it's possible to get pulled over at road stops with impersonators that rob you. I just wanted to take a day trip to rosarito and Puerto Nuevo for lobster and come home.
      I was also thinking of riding into Tijuana, but we are a little scared we could be star get because we are older. Please advise.

    • what pharmacy carries actavisa

      Tijuana Dec 20, 2016 at 5:19 PM

      What pharmacy do they have in stock with acatvisa

    • To Tijuana for the night

      Tijuana Dec 24, 2016 at 5:53 PM

      No passport or Birth certificate. I am white. Just going for a couple of hours. Can I? What is a 20 dollar Visa?

    • Crocodiles or Alligators?

      Cabo San Lucas Jan 3, 2017 at 3:45 PM

      Are there any crocodiles or alligators in Cabo? I'm traveling with small children and just found out that Puerto Vallarta has them. I want to avoid the issue.

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      Which phone?-stealing

      Mexico Dec 27, 2016 at 2:03 AM

      I apologize in advance if this is a stupid question. Is it safe to take my mobile with me to Mexico? I know that the word "safe" will have everyone jumping. I do actually have two phones- an old Galaxy S3 which is slow and annoying and a new LG which is fast. I am considering travelling with the old one because if it's stolen it's less of a loss, however if I need to use my phone a lot obviously the new one is way more convenient. What are the chances of my new LG getting stolen, or worse, me being held up at gunpoint somewhere...(We are travelling around for 6 weeks, from Yucatan down through Chiapas and up to Mex City)

      Thanks in advance.

    • One way car rental from Merida to Cancun?

      by uday029 Online Now Dec 31, 2015 at 4:00 PM

      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.

      4 Answers Jan 12, 2016 at 6:40 AM
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      Reserve accomodation is necessary during high season?

      by schmechi Online Now Jul 6, 2015 at 4:19 AM

      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?

      1 Answer Jul 6, 2015 at 5:18 AM
    • Merida Car Rental

      by lbenitez Online Now May 13, 2015 at 2:28 PM

      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.


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      Best guided tours?

      by Jefie Online Now Feb 3, 2015 at 3:55 AM

      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?

      1 Answer Feb 4, 2015 at 12:48 AM
    • Rental Properties in El Centro

      by bluenoser55 Online Now Feb 7, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      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.


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      by SanathP Online Now Mar 10, 2013 at 1:33 PM

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

    • Driving time Merida to Tulum

      by nycJo Online Now Feb 27, 2013 at 8:08 AM

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

      2 Answers Mar 8, 2013 at 1:03 PM
    • female travelers

      by lenore27 Online Now Jan 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM

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

      5 Answers Mar 18, 2013 at 7:55 AM
    • Car Rental

      by smik13 Online Now Jan 9, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      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!

      2 Answers Jan 10, 2013 at 7:14 PM
    • Trip from Merida - Cancun

      by themask Online Now Nov 4, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      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.

      4 Answers Nov 11, 2012 at 9:24 PM
    • Wrestling game in Merida

      by themask Online Now Oct 29, 2012 at 3:13 AM

      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?

      3 Answers Oct 30, 2012 at 1:22 PM
    • Question re: my anti-depressant medication in mexico

      by ewhiteart Online Now May 24, 2011 at 10:17 PM

      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!

    • motorcycle rental

      by mulderdog Online Now Dec 8, 2010 at 6:33 PM merida... for a week....nothing fancy......125 cc....(or more).... ANY ideas welcome.....private rental .... etc... thanks

    • Air Fares

      by david&beth Online Now Mar 24, 2010 at 9:20 AM

      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?

      5 Answers Apr 8, 2010 at 12:07 PM
    • Merida to chichen itza

      by travellady11 Online Now Mar 20, 2010 at 9:33 PM

      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!

      4 Answers Jan 4, 2011 at 9:57 AM
    • Bus Information Merida- Dzibilchaltun- Progresso

      by zydeking Online Now Feb 12, 2010 at 7:38 AM

      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

      3 Answers Dec 22, 2010 at 6:07 PM
    • Cancun Bus Stop & Travel in the Yucatan

      by Ladyplus Online Now Jan 29, 2010 at 11:10 AM

      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!

      3 Answers Feb 5, 2010 at 12:24 PM
    • Bus tours of Merida/Campeche/Uxmal/Progreso/Chichen Itza

      by BANSI Online Now Oct 8, 2009 at 12:04 PM

      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.

      4 Answers Oct 27, 2009 at 9:17 AM
    • Transport from Cancun to Chelem

      by jhiggins Online Now May 25, 2009 at 10:44 AM

      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 !!

      4 Answers Jul 1, 2009 at 1:10 PM
    • Travel By Bus from Cancun to Merida

      by carlotabjork Online Now Mar 27, 2009 at 4:32 PM

      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.

      3 Answers Aug 16, 2009 at 3:18 AM
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      Planning first Merida/Yucatan trip to decide on retiring there in about 3 years...

      by New-to-Yucatan Online Now Jan 11, 2009 at 10:57 AM

      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.

      8 Answers Aug 25, 2010 at 5:08 PM
    • Where to meet expats

      by shukers Online Now Nov 30, 2008 at 7:51 AM

      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

      5 Answers Jan 4, 2011 at 10:14 AM
    • Merida ruins

      by jblodge Online Now Aug 7, 2008 at 10:48 AM

      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?


      7 Answers Jan 4, 2011 at 10:08 AM
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      Cheaper Hotels In Merida

      by ridermirv Online Now May 1, 2008 at 9:35 AM

      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.


      7 Answers May 6, 2008 at 12:11 PM
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      Opinion on itinerary

      by stamporama Online Now Mar 1, 2008 at 10:00 PM

      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!

      9 Answers Mar 26, 2008 at 1:16 PM
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      Where to book a hotel? (hotel agencies)

      by schmechi Online Now Feb 28, 2008 at 8:29 AM

      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.

      4 Answers Feb 28, 2008 at 8:51 PM
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      Merida holiday suggestions...hotel/hostel, things to do

      by Lauren5020 Online Now Feb 27, 2008 at 8:02 PM

      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!

      5 Answers Jan 16, 2009 at 6:08 PM
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      by schmechi Online Now Feb 26, 2008 at 1:51 PM

      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?

      1 Answer Feb 27, 2008 at 10:35 AM
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      Merida as basis for Yucatan trip?

      by schmechi Online Now Feb 26, 2008 at 1:42 PM

      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?

      5 Answers Feb 27, 2008 at 7:13 AM
    • Dengue Fever

      by Kate222 Online Now Jan 15, 2008 at 11:03 AM

      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

      6 Answers Feb 18, 2008 at 5:45 PM