First of all, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, and keep warm!
Earlier this month, Mexican Low-Cost Carrier Viva Aerobus (airline code VB) added two new nonstop destinations from Mérida, the capital of Yucatán state, and the largest city in the Yucatán peninsula. (link in Spanish)
Mérida, located in one of the hotter parts in the country, is a relaxed city that doubles as an epicenter of regional Yucatecan cuisine. Take a stroll along Paseo de Montejo to check out mansions built out of fortunes made by henequén growers, an agave fiber used in the textile, construction, and transportation industries. Or, stop by ki’Xocolatl to compare a glass of pre-Hispanic hot chocolate with a more contemporary version.
For a day trip, or on the way to Cancún, a couple of hours east of Mérida lies Valladolid, a small city close to Chichen Itza, and one known for cenotes, or natural sinkholes made out of limestone, considered to be gateways to the Mayan underworld:
Once you’re satisfied with your visit to Mérida, besides the typical routes to Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Oaxaca, you might want to fly with Viva Aerobus to these two destinations.
Guanajuato city and San Miguel de Allende might be the most popular tourist draws in Guanajuato state, but you may want to give León a chance, too.
León isn’t a well-known tourist spot outside of Mexico, but it has a number of well-preserved cathedrals, a plethora of shoe and boot stores, and a nice tree-lined street called Calzada de los Héroes.
Viva Aerobus only started this route on 22 December — yep, three days ago — and for now, it’s operated twice weekly.
The flight schedule is as follows:
- León BJX– Mérida MID VB9191 08:20 – 10:35 Thursday
- BJX – MID VB9195 16:20 – 18:35 Sunday
- MID – BJX VB9192 11:20 – 13:40 Thursday
- MID – BJX VB9194 13:20 – 15:40 Sunday
Viva Aerobus began the nonstop Mérida Querétaro route on 19 December, with twice weekly flights.
Querétaro is a low-key city with a number of beautiful centuries-old convents and municipal buildings, as well as an aqueduct from the early 1700s. Also, even though San Miguel de Allende is in neighboring Guanajuato state, it’s also quite accessible from Querétaro, as is Bernal, a regional wine center.
And a bonus for airport collectors; Querétaro is one of those rare ones with scheduled passenger flights whose airport code starts with a Q (QRO).
- Querétaro QRO – Mérida MID VB9295 16:10 – 18:15 Monday and Friday
- MID – QRO VB9264 13:20 – 15:30 Monday and Friday
With annual tourism traffic increasing to and within Mexico, what’s next for Viva Aerobus and the Yucatán?
Planning to visit Mérida, Querétaro, and/or León?