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Progreso Shore Excursion: Merida City Tour & Dzibilchaltun

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Discover both the Yucatan capital of Merida and Dzibilchaltun—an ancient Mayan archeological site—on a shore excursion from your Progreso port of call. Begin with a sightseeing tour of Merida, the peninsula's cultural center. View the elegant 19th century mansions along its Paseo de Montejo and pay a visit to the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya—an artifact-filled museum dedicated to Mayan civilization. Next explore the Dzibilchaltun ruins and its intriguing Temple of the Dolls. You can even go for a swim onsite before returning to port.
  • Half-day Progreso shore excursion to Merida
  • Explore Merida's Gran Museo del Mundo Maya and Paseo de Montejo
  • Visit the archaeological site of Dzibilchaltun, once a major Mayan city
  • Port pickup and drop-off included
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Port pickup and drop-off
Professional English- and Spanish-speaking guide
Soft drinks while on board vehicle
Entrance fee to the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Food (available for purchase)
Entrance to the archaeological site of Dzibilchaltun

Departure Point

Boulevard Turístico Malecón, 97320 Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Begin your day's shore excursion by boarding a morning shuttle. Travel to a specified meeting point, where you'll encounter your guide and climb aboard a Mercedes Benz minivan bound for Mérida and the archaeological site of Dzibilchaltun. Sip provided refreshments and admire the scenery as you speed down the Yucatan Peninsula. 

Once you arrive in Mérida, set off on a panoramic tour of the city. Admire the colonial churches and mansions in the bustling city center. View the chic, tree-lined avenue Paseo de Montejo, home to many French-style residences built at the turn of the 19th century. Stroll down the peaceful boulevard, admiring the pale buildings that gave the city its nickname 'La Ciudad Blanca' (the White City). 

Stop at The Grand Mayan World Museum, where you'll learn about the cultural identity and history of the Yucatecan people by viewing the museum's 750,000 objects. Pause for lunch (own expense) in the museum cafeteria. 

Back on board the tour vehicle, travel to the archaeological site of Dzibilchaltun, once a major Mayan city. Visit the Temple of the Seven Dolls to see the seven small figurines excavated there and the impressive stucco decorations. 

Your last stop is the 140-foot- (43-meter-) deep Xlacah Cenote, located in the center of the Dzibilchaltun ruins. Once used during sacred Mayan rituals, this pool is now used as a swimming hole. Beat the heat with a dip in the clear, refreshing water before boarding your tour vehicle for a 2:30pm return to the Progreso cruise port. 

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

Your guide ensures your timely return to the Progreso port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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Paseo de Montejo
Your shore excursion to Merida and the Dzibilchaltun archeological site (entrance doesn't include) begins with a shuttle ride to a specific meeting point from the Progreso port at 8:30am. Once you reach the meeting point, you meet your guide and relax in your plush reclining seat on a luxurious Mercedes Benz minivan as you take in the sights along the Yucatan Peninsula and enjoy soft drinks on board the vehicle. Upon arrival in Merida, embark on a panoramic city tour with your knowledgeable guide, who will point out important sites of interest. Get to know Merida’s delightful and bustling city center, which boasts plenty of colonial churches and mansions to admire. You’ll become acquainted with the fashionable Paseo de Montejo, a tree-lined avenue built at the turn of the 19th century and famous for its beautiful French-style residences. Referred to as ‘the white city,’ (La Ciudad Blanca) for its clean, white buildings that seem to sparkle in the sunshine, Merida was established when the henequen industry was at its peak. Admire the wrought iron railings, carved wooden doors and charming courtyards as you stroll along the lovely boulevard.
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Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Your guide will make a stop at the The Grand Mayan World Museum – a perfect place to encounter Yucatecan history and cultural identity. With approximately 750,000 objects in its collection, the vast and contemporary exhibition space presents the Mayan civilization as a continuously living culture that has survived beyond the glory of its archaeological past.
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Zona Arqueologica de Dzibilchaltun
After stopping for lunch in the museum cafeteria (own expense), continue 10 miles (16 km) north to the archaeological site of Dzibilchaltun. Once a major Mayan city, Dzibilchaltun was continuously occupied for thousands of years before it became a villa with an open chapel during the colonial era. Follow your guide to the Temple of the Seven Dolls, where numerous stucco decorations as well as seven small figurines were excavated from under the ruins of a later temple pyramid.
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Cenote Xlacah
Finally, head to the Xlacah Cenote, located at the center of the city ruins. Believed to have been sacred to the ancient Maya and used in ritual – due to the artifacts retrieved from its 140-foot (43-meter) depths – the cenote is now used as a swimmin
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 passengers is required.
  • Important: availability based on the cruise line itinerary.
  • Tour departs from Progreso cruise ship port
  • Please wear light, comfortable clothing & walking/hiking shoes. Bring your best camera.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mayaland Adventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Progreso Shore Excursion: Merida City Tour & Dzibilchaltun?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Progreso Shore Excursion: Merida City Tour & Dzibilchaltun?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Progreso Shore Excursion: Merida City Tour & Dzibilchaltun?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Progreso Shore Excursion: Merida City Tour & Dzibilchaltun?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during Progreso Shore Excursion: Merida City Tour & Dzibilchaltun?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

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  • "It will take 15-20 minutes on the bus and it will drop you off in another tourist market in Progreso, close to the beach." See review


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Great excursion - if you can find your tour!
, Jan 2020
Let me start with some instructions and then review the excursion. First off, if you dock in Progreso on a cruise ship, you will be on a very long dock. When you get off the ship, you will need to walk through a market and get on a free bus or taxi that will take you off of the dock and to Progreso. It will take 15-20 minutes on the bus and it will drop you off in another tourist market in Progreso, close to the beach. From there, you need to ask directions to the official bus terminal in Progreso. You can then walk the few blocks from the tourist market to the official bus terminal where your Gray Line guide will be waiting at the main entrance or around the corner at the other entrance holding a sign. Fortunately, we had called Viator before our cruise to better understand where we would meet our guide and to tell them that our ship was docking later than the published start time of the tour since the details on Viator are not clear. Be aware that when you are walking to the official bus terminal, you will be in authentic Mexico, not Cancun or Cabo. I didn't feel unsafe, but it is not polished and new. Luckily, there was only 1 cruise ship in port that day and my family of 6 were the only ones who had scheduled the tour that day, otherwise we probably would have been left because it took longer than anticipated to get from the cruise ship to the tour guide. Once we found our guide Rosendo, we were taken to a nice van and we were off to Dzibilchaltun. Since it was just my family, we had a very personal tour which included time in the museum, ruins and swam in the cenote. We weren't able to go to the Musuem of the Mayan World in Merida because it is closed 1 day a week, which is when we were there. Our guide did take us to a great lunch at the Museum of Gastronomy which was very good. We drove around Merida for a little while and saw downtown and took pictures in the main square. Next time we will spend more time in Merida because it is a beautiful city. We had a great day with Rosendo and covered a lot of ground. He is a great tour guide and helped my family have a very memorable time.
Terrible communication but great tour guide
, Jan 2020
Let me start by saying out tour guide was fabulous! He was knowledgeable, friendly and very accommodating. However, communication as to were to meet with the guide was very confusing and caused us to be extremely late. We were already running a few minutes late but it was so frustrating not being able to find the pick up location. Once we arrived to our guide, the other party that was supposed to also be on the tour were not there. We waited about another 30 minutes or so before he decided that we would start the tour without them. Since this was the case, we had to miss out on part of the tour because we were on a cruise and had time constraints.
What a fun, educational tour! Our...
Michelle S
, Jan 2015
What a fun, educational tour! Our guide, Gil, was so informative and passionate about his work. Merida is a beautiful and very historic city, and the Mayan ruins were a sight to behold. We really enjoyed cooling off in the beautiful cenote. Gil was very conscientious about giving us the full tour but also getting us back to Progresso on time (we were on a cruise.) I would highly recommend this tour.

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