Your home base is Mérida – a beautiful, historic, colonial city centrally located on the Yucatán Peninsula and just 20 minutes from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. In less than a two-hour drive one can discover biodiverse nature reserves, UNESCO archaeological sites, and historic towns where you lunch alongside locals while working on your Spanish language proficiency. Researchers and students are in good company, as Mérida hosts more than a dozen universities and several national research facilities.
Build Your Summer Adventure
Select one or two six-week blocks at any CIEE Open Campus Block location. Stay in Yucatan for both blocks or go mobile and spend your second block in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dublin, Kyoto, London, Madrid, Monteverde, Paris, Rome, Santiago, Shanghai, Singapore, or Sydney.
CELESTÚN NATIONAL PARK
is home to mangroves and thousands of pink flamingos that flock there during the winter months
VISIT CHICHEN ITZA
to marvel at the centerpiece of Mayan civilization and the astronomical precision of El Castillo’s design
VISIT GRAN MUSEO DEL MUNDO MAYA
Mérida’s most important and world-class museum, which explores Yucatán’s past from its geological origin to the present day
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