Life in Mérida Guides & Services

Life in Mérida™

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with Rafael Heredia-Abuxapqui of Bessanova Aerial Eye. A UNESCO-certified photographer, Rafa’s works are available exclusively at SoHo Galleries in Mérida. You can find more of his work on the SoHo website. SoHo ships world-wide for your convenience. We are in the process of updating the guides to include his stunning photography throughout the Yucatan Peninsula. 

INSTRUCTIONS:  Click on the images below to learn what each package includes. You will NOT be charged until you are ready to purchase. 

A portion of ALL sales goes to help local organizations. Since 2020, we’ve donated $6,950 U.S. from these and other sales.

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This kit is jam-packed with everything you need to begin learning about Mérida. Includes:

  • 20-minute consultation
  • Learn About Mérida Guide:  101-page guide with information on history, culture, tipping, real estate, medical, cultural sensitivity, neighborhoods (including the North), stuff for kids, cost of living, End-of-Life Plans, and MUCH, MUCH more!
  • Real Estate Guide
  • Intercam Dream Loan Mortgage Program
  • Hotel Recommendations (budget-friendly, mid-range, and luxury)
  • AND MORE!
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You are about to embark on an adventure-filled time learning all about the magical city of Mérida. There’s so much to see, do, and experience here – there’s truly something for everyone. I started LifeinMerida.com to provide answers to all kinds of questions, including helpful recommendations. Dedicating countless hours investigating, experiencing, and researching, Angel and I made it our mission to become Ambassadors of Mérida.

As of January 1, 2023, I’ve published 150 articles about Mérida on my website and others. I’ve also been interviewed numerous times and am an expert resource for U.S. companies researching moving their businesses here. I encourage you to be curious, to explore, and to keep your mind open to anything that can happen along your journey.

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A list of tours and services to help you integrate, acclimate, and thrive in Mérida. This package includes links for detailed information, pricing, and what is included. Guides are evergreen  – you’ll be notified when updates and changes occur. 

Angel and I assist by giving you the confidence to fully immerse yourself. Having questions answered and concerns addressed is a game-changer. We’ll ensure you’ll have all the resources and insights so you can make educated decisions with correct and current information. We also have a plethora of professional referrals and recommendations. If we don’t have the resource for you, we will research it until we have what you need. We also have resources if you’re on a budget with a custom itinerary to mitigate issues once you’re here. 

I’ll answer all your questions, provide insight, & recommendations about Mérida. Once I receive your payment, I will email you with available days/times. Be prepared with your questions and curiosities. I recommend having a notebook, pen, and you may want to record our conversation. 

If you need additional resources that require research outside of the call, an additional fee applies TBD.

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If you are visiting Mérida, you’ll find a plethora of information on expat groups and my website: invaluable advice, information, tips and tricks. If coming on a research trip and a possible upcoming move, then you’ll definitely want to read this guide to prepare for your trip. My intention is to help you think of things you haven’t thought of before. There are so many options, considerations an,d choices. I made my list and, not surprisingly, once I arrived, there were things I didn’t think about, know or could not find on the internet. While the internet and expat groups on social media are great sources of information, it is important to also find the correct and right answers for you.

At the top of each page in the guide, you will find a short description and title of the topic. Click on the short description and it will take you directly to the full article on my website. This 98-page guidebook features the must-have, essential items for the BEST experience in Mérida!

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With your 15-minute complimentary consultation call, I will suggest things to do, see, research, and explore during this tour. Tour times begin at either 10:00 AM or 1:30 PM and last 3 to 3.5 hours maximum. This is a driving tour only. We stop for bathroom breaks as needed. If you want to get out and explore, the itinerary can be adjusted as needed.

1/2 Day Tours include digital guides for Mérida Neighborhoods, Mérida History, Haciendas & Cenotes, Learn About Mérida Guide, Mérida Visitor’s Guide, and Living Mérida Essential Guide (from the city of Mérida),  light snacks and bottled water. Limited to 4 adults. Contact me for childcare referrals.

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With your 30-minute complimentary consultation call, I will suggest things to do, see, research, and explore during this tour. Tour time begins at 10:00 AM and lasts 6 to 6.5 hours maximum. This is a driving tour only. We stop for bathroom breaks as needed. If you want to get out and explore, the itinerary can be adjusted as needed.

Full Day Tours include digital guides for Mérida Neighborhoods, Mérida History, Haciendas & Cenotes, Learn About Mérida Guide, Mérida Visitor’s Guide, and Living Mérida Essential Guide (from the city of Mérida),  light snacks and bottled water. Gastronomic destination lunch with one glass of wine, beer, or cocktail, Discount card to Hospital Faro and Gift box with local goodies & magazines. Limited to 4 adults. Contact me for childcare referrals. 

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Whether you are a history buff, foodie, lover of the arts, hand-made crafts collector, or looking for a relaxing vacation experience, Mérida has it all. As the capital of the state of Yucatán, it serves as an important city attracting a wide variety of people from all walks of life. While Mexico has suffered negative news, many people move to and visit Mérida regularly. Yes, at first, Mérida will seem complicated to navigate; however, once you understand how the streets run and the layout of the diverse and different neighborhoods called colonias, you’ll gain more confidence over time.

Learn about neighborhoods in Centro, North and Suburbs including history, little known facts, and areas to avoid. Part of the charm of Mérida lies in its neighborhoods so enjoy the journey! 

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Surprisingly, there are more than 100 places of interest of which 60 are included on this itinerary. Your tour for Calle 60 begins at Plaza Grande, the heartbeat of Merida. Then, we’ll head north for art galleries, shopping, gastronomic destinations, and more. You’ll learn the fascinating history of the longest street in Mérida.

I recommend taking a few days to explore and enjoy the variety of colors, sounds, smells, tastes, and sights. We’ve included only a portion of what you can do and see – things of significant interest, our choices for gastronomic destinations, and historical anecdotes.

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Uxmal is one of the most breathtaking Maya Ruins in Yucatan. There are many buildings on site with wonderful history. Get a jumpstart learning about one of the most important ruins as well as other significant sites and towns along the way.  

* Uxmal * Santa Elena * Mirador de Muna * Muna * Cenotes Mucuyche, Yaal Utzil, & Kankirixche * Haciendas Cacao & Yaxkopoil * Uman * Ruta Puuc * Maya Culture * Haciendas * Cenotes * 

 

Uber is not available at the airport. Please do not attempt to exit the airport and walk down the sidewalk to the street so you can take an Uber, especially if it’s late afternoon or evening. This can result in a ticket for both you and the Uber driver. While you can save a few dollars, it may cost you more in the end. Airport transfers include a complimentary copy of the Learn About Mérida Guide ($12 value).

We offer airport transfers from Mérida International Airport to the following: 

*We do not travel to these areas after 7:00 p.m. due to dark roads. 

“Only 10% of the people who offer real estate services in Yucatan have the capacity, training, professionalism, certification, and recognition to advise the public on real estate investment,” said Enrique Trava Griffin, 2023/2024 local president of the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals (AMPI). According to Trava Griffin, 174 AMPI-certified real estate companies have about 550 professionals practicing in the real estate sector. In contrast, over 5,000 people offer various real estate services without fiscal accreditation. Therefore, it’s imperative to choose a trustworthy real estate professional.

Understanding the real estate market for budgeting purposes is critical. It’s important to know the pricing whether you want to rent or buy. We’ve created a half-day and a full-day for real estate consultations and tours. This no-commitment process helps give you a feel for the real estate market and the valuable services, follow-up, and client care we provide. 

 

 
INQUIRE ABOUT OUR SHORT-TERM RENTAL PROGRAM FOR PROPERTY OWNERS AND RENTERS – EMAIL AMY@LIFEINMERIDA.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION
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Driving in Mérida can be both exhilarating and terrifying, especially if you’re used to the rules and guidelines of driving in your home country. For example, many laws here differ regarding traffic regulations, road conditions, and cultural norms. Therefore, if you plan to rent a car or drive your vehicle, you must be aware of some of the critical differences you may encounter. You can drive in Mexico with a driver’s license from another country if it is still valid. You may be subject to a ticket if you get pulled over with an expired license. If you’re renting a car, you MUST have a current driver’s license.

Just like any foreign country, there are driving differences. In Mérida it’s no different. The vast number of pedestrians, motorcycles, delivery drivers, buses, bicycles, and tourists can be a bit overwhelming. You’ll use a KIA Sedona minivan OR your own vehicle OR we can arrange a smaller vehicle through our rental partner, Mayan Drive, pending availability for an additional charge. The lesson covers city orientation, one-way streets, signage, roundabouts (gloriettas), rules, what to do if a ticket is issued, and much, much more. You’ll also receive the Mérida Driving Guide ($5 value). 

  • Per Hour:  $50
  • If additional time is needed, it can be paid in cash during the lesson at the rate of $250 pesos per 15 minutes. 

If you have not registered your CURRENT address with INM, you MUST do this FIRST before applying for a driver’s license. Angel will meet you in advance to ensure you have all the information needed for this process. We have a printer if you need copies or anything printed from the internet at no additional charge. Fee does NOT include government fees paid separately. Please Note: This is a 3-day process. Consecutive days may not be possible. However, we do our best to ensure the most efficient schedule we can.

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This comprehensive guide covers both work opportunities and starting your own business. You’ll need to determine the best strategy and tax implications. Whether you decide to work remotely, for a local company, or start your own business, this guide provides valuable resources. I’ve also given you my personal business plan template, an integral part of starting a business. Visa and immigration requirements, language barriers, and differences in the workplace culture present the majority of challenges. Despite the information you may find online, it can be difficult to obtain work and the pay may not support your lifestyle. If living in Mérida is based on finding employment after you arrive, this guide will help you determine if working in Mérida works for you. Guide includes business plan template.

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This is definitely NOT your regular packing list. Mérida is VERY different from other destinations in Mexico and that’s a good thing . . .

  • 14 practical & purposeful items
  • 2 – 3 items on this list might surprise you
  • Plan your every day carry to be prepared
  • You’ll have access to my private page of recommended products.
  • SAVE time, money, and frustration!

 

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Creating a narrative of your life is challenging partly because you’re still living it. Yet, the thought of writing your story is so powerful that you can’t stop thinking about it. I created this course specifically to help you write your story including practical advice about self-publishing.

  • Learn how to methodically approach the story of your life.
  • Receive tools, worksheets and prompts to help you write, heal and transform.
  • Unlock information that has resisted being told.

 

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The information contained in this publication came about due to the feedback, observations, & information I gathered while speaking to over 1,000 people on the topic “Getting Rid of Possessions, It’s Harder Than You Think”. This program was created specifically for Senior Access/Generations Group at Methodist Health Systems in Dallas, Texas.

During this series, there were some common threads:
#1 Being organizing means something different to everyone.
#2 Clutter means something different to everyone.
#3 People will justify keeping almost anything if it has sentimental or perceived value.
#4 Higher value is typically placed on items that have a high level of emotional attachment.
#5 People tend to keep things out of guilt or obligation.

 

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Purchasing a used car in Mérida is not as easy as you may think. There are many things to know from why it’s important to ONLY purchase a car with state of Yucatan plates to transfer of ownership and license plates. From searching for the right car to mechanic inspections to insurance quotes, we give you personal attention and assistance through the entire process. 

  • Regular Service: $500 U.S. (meeting at the dealership)
  • Premium Service: $600 U.S. (pickup and dropoff with Mérida – inquire for rates outside the city)

($250 deposit paid to begin the process / balance paid at the end of the purchase process)

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PUBLISHED BOOKS - AMAZON

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As a survivor of both family and marital emotional trauma as well as a three-time survivor of cancer, Amy Jones has risen above it all. Amy exposes the significance of the stories we tell ourselves; stories that we tell so many times that we begin to believe them whether they are true or not.

Through relevant situations, quotes and reflections, she provides insight into how to identify and compassionately respond when we experience a situation that causes our lives to fall apart. With unflinching belief that things are never as they seem, Better for Being Broken, shows you how to overcome obstacles, challenges and hurdles as well as how to find the courage to hit the reset button; starting the process of putting your life and the broken pieces back together.

If you are in Mérida and would like to purchase a physical copy for $15 U.S., please email me to arrange payment and pickup:  amy

PRICE:  $9.99 Amazon for Kindle

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