General Information

How to get here*

Due to its strategic location, Mérida is easily accessed by air, land and sea, through a vast transportation network.

The State of Yucatán has two airports: Mérida’s “Manuel Crescencio Rejón” International Airport, and another one serving travelers to Chichen Itza, in the Municipality of Kaua. Both airports receive international and domestic flights.You can get to Mérida from Mexico City and Cancún as well as cities in the USA such as Houston and Miami.

México and Central América are well connected by an extensive road network. This network includes highways that link Merida to Cancún, Campeche and the nearby port of Progreso, located just a few kilometers to the north.

In addition, numerous modern roads irradiate from Mérida, connecting the city with several tourist and commercial destinations within the State of Yucatán and beyond.

Lenguages*

In Mérida, the capital of the State of Yucatán, the prevailing language is Spanish. However, Yucatec Maya is still spoken in neighboring rural communities.

Yucatec Maya is an Amerindian language of the Mayan language family, now spoken in the peninsular States of Yucatán, Campeche and Quintana Roo, as well as in Belize and some parts of Guatemala.

Maya is a widely spoken and taught language. There are specialized academies focusing on teaching it and spreading its use.

Since the General Act on Linguistic Rights was passed in 2003, Yucatec Maya, along with all Mexican indigenous tongues, has been recognized also as an official language.

Weather

Mérida features a tropical wet and dry climate. 

Mérida's climate is hot and its humidity is moderate to high, depending on the time of year. The average annual high temperature is 33 °C (91 °F), ranging from 28 °C (82 °F) in January to 36 °C (97 °F) in May, but temperatures often rise above 38 °C (100 °F) in the afternoon in this time. Low temperatures range between 18 °C (64 °F) in January to 23 °C (73 °F) in May and June*.

*National Meteorological Service

Time Difference*

Standard time zone UTC/GMT -6 hours, Central Time México City

Currency

The Mexican peso is the national currency of Mexico. The name “peso” refers to two different Mexican currency units. The first one was identified by the code ISO MXP and was in use until December 31st 1992, while the second one started circulating on January 1st 1993, and is identified by the code ISO MXN. The latter was known as new peso until 1995, and has been simply called “peso” since January 1st 1996.

Taxes

Agreggate Value Tax (I.V.A) is levied on most meals and services (hotels included) at a standard rate of 16%. 

*Information from Offical Site of Mérida Tourism Office

For more information please visit Merida Tourism Office website