With so much going on around us in your daily lives, it’s not uncommon for individuals to plan a vacation for one sole purpose: to relax and rejuvenate. It’s hard keeping up with the fast paced world in which live – school, work, and family responsibilities can start to take a toll if we don’t care for ourselves properly. The good news – tourism centered on wellness has started to see a significant rise, and countries around the world are starting to tap into this new demand – including our beloved Mexico.
Home to alluring beaches, exquisite landscapes, vibrant wildlife, lively waters, and a rich history, culture, and local traditions, Mexico is slowly transforming into one of the top wellness destinations around the globe. With its nearly unparalleled diversity of natural environments and cultures, Mexico is the perfect place to disconnect, unwind, and refresh both the body and mind. One particular destination is especially enticing for those looking for a little healing during the stay – the world famous colonial city of Merida, Yucatan Mexico.
Named the American Capital of Culture for two years in a row, this vibrant gulf city continues to highlight the Yucatan’s abundant riches – proving to skeptics that there are indeed a plethora of things to do in Merida, Yucatan – all worth your investment of time and money. Centrally located within the Yucatán Peninsula near the Gulf of Mexico, Merida offers guests a convenient base for day trips to the region’s many UNESCO-listed archaeological sites, nature reserves, and nearby Pueblos Magicos (Magical Towns), all of heach hold their own unique healing powers.
When talking about healing and wellness in Mexico it wouldn’t be right without highlighting Merida’s very own Yaxkin Spa. Through the art of ancient Maya natural cleansing rituals and healing ceremonies, this authentic Mayan Holistic Center has become a world favorite Maya Nature and Wellness Retreat. Located within the jungle gardens of Hacienda Chichen Resort, the spa is located just steps away from the majestic temples of Chichen Itza – one of the most famous (if not the most famous) ancient Mayan archaeological sites in Latin America.
Here, the spa’s “healers” use ancient and sacred Mayan elements found in nature, including but not limited to wild organic Melipona Honey, Cacao, Aloe Vera, Mayan herbs, Mayan jade algae, body mud, flowers, and tropical fruits. All of these elements are believed to invigorate and cleanse the body from any harmful toxins and anxiety. With numerous treatments available to guests such as the Mayan algae body mud wraps, organic skin nourishing, relaxing massages, and 100% organic Cacao and honey face masks (to name a few), visitors to this unique wellness center are sure to leave feeling new. Talk about rejuvenating the mind and body!
While a spa day may seem amazing to some, it isn’t for everyone. We all have our own way of relaxing and rejuvenating. Luckily for travelers, Merida has something to offer all of us.
Perhaps you best recharge your body, mind, and soul when immersed in Mother Nature herself. With such spectacular landscapes surrounding its borders, the city of Merida is the perfect spot for those looking to connect with nature. One activity that is sure to calm your spirits and remind you of life’s beauty is our Sunset Kayak Excursion, which offers participants the opportunity to embark on a peaceful sunset kayak tour of the local coastal mangrove and wetland landscape. Whether to calm your spirit or to reconnect romantically with someone special, this tour is sure to help you forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life and to remind you of the beauty that surrounds us each and every day.
For those that prefer to experience a little action as a means of rejuvenation, our daytime Yucatan Coast Kayak Tour and Celestun Flamingo Adventure (one of the best flamingo tours in the region) are great outdoor activities centered around nature’s greatest gifts. Whether you prefer to explore coastal ecosystems alongside the local Maya community, or embark on an unforgettable boat ride through the estuary of the Celestun Wildlife Refuge, you are sure to be left with a smile on your face as your anxieties and worries dissipate while taking in some of life’s most spectacular wildlife. This includes witnessing impeccable views of the more than 300 local bird species – including the regional favorite – the Caribbean Flamingo. Sometimes a little fun in the sun is the best medication.
At times, it can be difficult to decide which way to go – will you be more relaxed while immersed in nature, or, will interaction with the local community and trips to nearby historical sites give you the peace of mind that you’re looking for (with a little fun along the way, of course)? Well, how about a combination of the two? That’s right, while in Merida there are plenty of options to experience it all. Our Chichen Itza Archeological Site offers just that – the best of all worlds.
Were you aware that there were Mayan ruins near Merida to begin with? Well, surprise! Journey into the of the Yucatan Peninsula to the ancient city of Chichen Itza, once a major focal point in the Northern Maya Lowlands. As one of the largest Maya cities and now one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, Chichen Itza is an absolute must see. If the sight of this ancient city’s truly awesome stone structures doesn’t instill a sense of awe in your spirit, there may be little that will. Take some time to yourself as you learn about this history of Mexico and explore this once vibrant Maya metropolis. With impeccable views and a sense of wonder, this world renowned archeological site is the perfect spot to practice mindfulness and appreciation. Whether you are someone who gains healing from meditation, or perhaps through the smooth movements of yoga, this is the perfect place to put your skills to use. Take a deep breath, exhale, and take in all the beauty that is ancient Mexico.
It’s pretty evident – there are more than enough opportunities to relax and recharge when visiting the remarkable Mexican city of Merida. With a culture based on a distinctive blend of traditions inherited from the ancient Maya civilization and customs brought by Spanish conquistadors, the city of Merida itself hosts a vibrant cultural identity with its own unique healing powers. Take advantage of this special opportunity to leave behind your stress and anxiety as you embark on what is sure to be an unforgettable vacation experience – one that not only entertains, but rejuvenates the spirit.