The warmth you’ll feel isn’t only from the sun
Embrace rich traditions on the magnificent Yucatán Peninsula.
Our Mexico programs place you in friendly, welcoming Mérida, capital of the sunshine-filled Yucatán state. Much more than a safe and pretty city, Mérida is also the center of one of Mexico’s most culturally diverse regions, influenced by Mayans, Spaniards, and other immigrants from Europe and Asia.
It’s a place where life is unhurried. From savoring authentic tacos and chatting with your homestay hosts to exploring the city’s tree-lined plazas, count on every moment here to elevate your Spanish-language skills and open your eyes to different way of living.
A highlight for many: Going back more than 1,000 years in time to trace the roots of Maya culture with a visit to a world-famous site like Chichén Itzá.
Did You Know?
- Every week, the city of Mérida showcases Yucatán traditions — like the colorful Vaqueria dance — for free.
- Off the Yucatan coast, the 700-mile Great Maya Reef hosts myriad species of fish, coral, and mollusks, plus sea turtles and sharks.
- Mexico introduced the world to chocolate, avocados, corn, vanilla, chia seeds, pumpkin, and more.