Below is the itinerary for our upcoming stay in Merida - any comments and recommendations are welcome. We have 4 days in March, just my husband and me - late 30s/early 40s. We don't want to pack too much into the itinerary, esspecially in the afternoons when it could be rather hot. Average highs look to be about 90°F in March. So for the most part, we are looking to plan things in the mornings and then leave afternoons free to sightsee or lay low as the weather dictates. We also want to make sure that there is time for hanging out in cafes watching the scene - these are some of our most memorable times on trips - times when we stop and watch everybody else be busy :)
Day 1 (Thu): 9:30 am walking tour of the city center, Merida Cathedral, Governors Palace, lunch in the center, then the afternoon free. Maybe check out a museum (Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, Museo de Arte Popular, Anthropology and History Museum), find a cafe with a shady courtyard and have a couple beers, etc. Evening perhaps check out the Troval Yucateca in parque Santa Lucia
Day 2 (Fri): Day trip to Celestun - still debating about going as part of a tour or on our own. It seems rather easy and cheap to get to Celestun by bus, but the rate structure for boat tours of the area seems very complicated based on the info in the Lonely Planet guidebook.
Day 3 (Sat): morning Taste of Yucatan tour, afternoon free. Maybe do some shopping in the afternoon - recommendations? This is also our wedding anniversary, so looking for something fun and special for the evening - nice restaurant, good live music and/or dance performance, etc.
Day 4 (Sun): Spend the day enjoying the market and festivities of Merida - I have heard that Sundays are THE day to be in town.