Rich in history, abundant in subtropical beauty, and serving as the gateway to the world-famous Mayan archaeological ruins, Merida is only minutes by air from the Gulf Coast of the US and is convenient by land or air to the beach resorts of Cancun and Cozumel. The "Land of the Mayas" is a favorite of archaeologists and historians, and for everyone it offers a fascinating past-to-present view which is unique in all of Mexico. Today, towering pyramids, ceremonial sites, palaces and imposing temples are scattered throughout the region, some still to be excavated. At every stop, you'll gain a wealth of information and insight into lifestyles gone or nearly forgotten. Thanks to Merida's warm and humid climate, the town is bright with flowers, and life moves at a leisurely pace.
Merida is located on the southeastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, placing it only minutes by air from the Gulf Coast of the United States. The Caribbean resorts of Cancun, Cozumel and Isla Mujeres can be easily reached by land or air. Several major airlines have direct or one-stop flights to Merida from Miami, Houston, New York and other U.S. cities. Students who advise the school of their exact flight information at least 10 days in advance of arrival will be picked up at the airport and transferred to lodging at no extra charge.