- Private, round-trip transportation from your Progreso cruise pier terminal area!
- Air-conditioned, fully licensed, and insured transportation!
- Private English-speaking and licensed shore excursion guide and driver!
- A private Progreso cruise excursion to see Merida City, the capital of the Yucatan!
- See the best highlights and sights of the "Paris" of Latin America!
For those looking for a tailor-made Progreso shore excursion to see the best of Merida City - a private guide and transportation. The highlights of Merida City, sightseeing, and some incredible shopping...that is what you will enjoy of this guided excursion. Your private excursion will begin right outside the cruise terminal where your certified guide and transportation will be waiting, so no need to travel into town on the shuttle.
Merida is located just south of Progreso so travel time is short. Your guide will be giving you all kinds of information about Merida, the Mayan culture, and the Yucatan. As the transportation arrives in Merida, you will be struck by its beauty and colonial architecture.
Merida dates back to the Mayan civilization as an important center and has one of the highest Mayan populations in the country. The culture can be seen throughout the city from the cuisine to the people. After the invasions of French and Spanish conquerors, the new city was established in 1542 combining the new with the old.
On this private shore excursion to Merida, you will pass down Montejo Boulevard which was inspired by the Champs Elysees in France. There are other examples of French and Spanish influences found throughout the city that your guide will point out. Some of the other main highlights include the Cathedral built in 1774 with stones that came from the Mayan pyramid of Xbacluum- Chaan after the invaders disassembled it. View the Yucatan Monument that took over 11 years to finish, the House of Montejo built in 1549, and the Government Palace built in the 19th century.
Merida is also known for its bazaar or Center Market, home to some of the best shopping! From finely constructed clothes to crafts to almost anything imaginable, enjoy browsing and hunting for deals before you head back to your Progreso cruise terminal.