Mérida is a destination with too many things to offer, folkloric culture, amazing food, and much more. Still not sure to travel around Mérida? No worries we give you 5 reasons to come visit. 

As travellers, we know that a very important decision to make in our journeys is the place we crash on. A comfy bed is needed, WiFi is essential, and where to safely leave our stuff is a must.. So if you are sure to visit Mérida but you don’t know where to stay yet, we give you 5 reasons why you should stay in a hostel in Mérida. 



If you’re looking to spend all the time in a pool drinking margaritas we recommend you to visit an All-inclusive hotel in Cancun. But if you want to have an adventurous voyage walking around, doing eco-tourism activities by the beach and visiting places with surreal experiences we definitely recommend you to stay a hostel in Mérida. This solution will provide you with anything you need to enjoy the whole day outside exploring. 

Mérida is a city with lot of museums, amazing old colonial buildings, cultural activities all week long, and the beach is just 30 minutes away from downtown. As the capital of the Yucatán Peninsula is an exceptional centric location for any activity outside the city such as swimming in beautiful cenotes (magical natural pits), and visiting Mayan ruins. Plenty of options within an hour and half drive from Mérida.

Cenote en Yucatán



As we keep saying, the whole Yucatán province has so many activities to do, that we suggest you to stay a week to be able to enjoy everything the region has to offer. A long stay is, of course, more possible in a hostel, prices are lower so you can stay all the time you need. 

It’s important to keep in mind that you will need to purchase a ticket to visit most of the Mayan ruins (for example Chichen-Itzá and Uxmal ). If you don’t know which Mayan ruins to visit, here are some ideas. Also, other activities such as kayaking, scuba diving, windsurfing, and more are not free. Most of the cenotes are also charging an entrance fee depending on the type of cenote and infrastructure it offers.

That’s why staying in a hostel is the best option: you can save money to do anything you want.

Mayan Ruins in Yucatan



There is no point in staying in a place with all meals included because you won’t get the chance to taste all the different types of food the city and province have to offer. Yucatan is one of the most recognized Mexican provinces for its gastronomic excellence.

Dishes recognized all around Mexico like ​Panuchos, Salbutes, Cochinita pibil, Tortas de Lechón, Queso relleno, Poc-Chuc, Huevos Motuleños, Relleno Negro, Papadzules​ and more.

Poc Chuc: a Yucatán traditional and delicious dish

You can enjoy these dishes in the many “typical restaurants” that cook Yucatecan food and also in small places inside the markets of the city. We highly recommend to try the food from the market stalls, as they maintain the traditional flavour and you can experience a real Meridian meal.



It is no surprise that in a hostel you will meet people from around the world and new and long friendships, but in a Mérida Hostel it is almost guaranteed that the majority of them will be backpackers and adventurous tourists. They will enthusiastically involve you in activities you may had not planned and they will give you the exact reasons to go for it. 

Imagine a place where almost everyone thinks and acts like you, people who love exploring the planet’s natural treasures, enrich their historic knowledge and always want to experience and observe new cultures around the world.



Mexico is a huge place full of diverse ecosystems and activities, from desert to jungle, from the Atlantic to the Pacific ocean, and we know for sure that Yucatán is one of many amazing places this beautiful country has to offer to travellers like you. Don’t worry if you don’t have plans when you get here, you will have so many options it will be hard to decide. If you do have plans, be ready to change them because anything can happen here in Mérida.

Usually hostels offer a major flexibility either you’re leaving earlier or you want to extend your stay to spend more time in this beautiful town. That’s why hostels best allies for backpacking and exploring travellers.



So now you know exactly why a hostel in Mérida is your best option if you are an exploring tourist or a backpacker. Time to look for a hostel? Barrio Vivo is definitely the best one!

Barrio Vivo is a brand new hostel project that combines everything we mentioned before with good pieces of advice and traveling tours around Mérida and Yucatán to actually experience the place like a local. We are just like you: young, free, excited and readu to to explore all that Yucatán has to offer.

We are located in the downtown area so it’s very convenient to walk around the city. Also, reaching the destinations mentioned before is very easy since the hostel is very close to the bus station. Moreover, pubs, bars, and nightclubs are just a few blocks away so get ready to enjoy the nightlife.

You’ll make new friends from all around the world, including the staff at Barrio Vivo, always willing to help and to make sure you live your best experience.

So if you are planning to visit Mérida and you want to have a great time, click on this link and book right away!

If you need more information about Mérida, we have a lot of real traveling tips in our blog and don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any kind of additional information. We are always happy to help. See you soon in Mérida amigo!

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