Merida Mexico Guide and Advisor

Merida Mexico Travel Guide will provide you with info and advise to select this beautiful city as a destination in your next Mexico vacation.

Merida Travel Guide - About

Merida is a beautiful city capital of the state of Yucatan in the Peninsula of the same name. The city of Merida was constructed over the old Mayan city of T'ho, giving it a historic and cultural legacy. It is also called the "white city" for its buildings of white limestone.

There are many things that Merida offers in the city and around. There are historic buildings, museums and archeological gems close-by.

The city's main avenue, Paseo Montejo, is nice to tour around. It has a combination of 19th century buildings and modern constructions.

Close to Merida there are the world known Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Uxmal and also the world class resort beaches of Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

The weather in Merida is hot and humid. In the summer, average temperatures oscillate between 23° and 37° C (74° and 98° F), and in the winter they go from 18° to 31° C (64° to 88° F). Most of the rain occurs between the months of June and October with short span periods of heavy rains during the afternoon.

Merida Hacienda Temozon Sur * Merida Hacienda Temozon Sur

Things to Do in Merida Mexico

Below we have gathered the top activities and places to visit in Merida Mexico:

  • Visit the Historic Center and admire the architecture. Examples of historic constructions are: The Cathedral, The neo-classical City Hall (Palacio de Gobierno), Canton Palace (Palacio Canton) with French-Renaissance style host of the Yucatan Regional Anthropology Museum, and Casa Montejo which is a true representation of 16th century architecture.

  • Visit one of the old Haciendas, which use to be the elegant houses of the wealthy.

    • Hacienda Yaxcopoil magnificent construction from the 19th century. It is located 33 miles (20) miles from Merida.
    • Hacienda Xcanatun near a forest with a great variety of vegetation. The hacienda construction and decoration have a charm that makes it special. It is located 12km(7.4 miles) from Merida towards the town of Puerto Progreso.
    • Hacienda San Jose Cholul is now a hotel with a colonial style architecture stilled maintained. The place has great international food and relaxing Yucatecan ballads play on the background. It is located 68km (42 miles) from Merida.
    • Hacienda San Ildefonso Teya is now a luxurious hotel with excellent Yucatecan cuisine. It is located on the 12.5km mark from Merida going to Cancun.
    • Hacienda Katanchel is now a luxurious hotel with beautiful gardens. It offers guided tours. It is located on the 26km mark on the way to Cancun.
  • Visit the Mayan Archeological Zones

    • Chichen Itza is probably the most important site of the Mayan culture today. It has been declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. There are wonderful structures such as the Kukulcan Pyramid, ball game, juego de pelota, and the observatory also called caracol or snail in English. Superb place to transport yourself into the Mayan empire. Chichen Itza is located 121km (75 miles) East of Merida.
    • Uxmal is another great location of the Mayan culture. Among the archeological structures to admire you will find: the Adivino Pyramid and the Governor's Palace. There is a light and sound show worth seeing and listening. Uxmal is located 80km (50 miles) South of Merida.
    • Dzibilchaltun is one of the oldest Mayan cities. Its main structure is the Temple of the Seven Dolls. There is a Mayan museum and a nature park. It is located 14km (9 miles) North of Merida.
  • Buy crafts near the Historic Center or in the local markets. As many other towns in Mexico, Merida is also famous for typical crafts. Popular crafts for this area are ornamental figures made of gold or silver and semi-precious stones, huipiles and guayaberas which are the traditional blouses and shirts for women and men respectively. Hammocks are probably the best sold item purchased by tourists. (When buying a hammock keep in mind that the closer the threads, and the smaller the holes, the better. Natural fiber hammocks such as cactus and cotton are usually better than nylon ones, although they may be less durable in the long run).

  • Get closer with nature and take a trip to Cenote Simbala. This is a sink hole with blue water and amazing plant and animal species. It is located in the town of Motul about 45km (28 miles) from Merida.

  • Go to the near-by beaches or drive to the Riviera Mayan resorts. Merida is around 300km (187 miles) from the world know resort of Cancun and the Northern part of the Riviera Maya. If you want to combine a trip and enjoy the sun and archeological culture, the Yucatan Peninsula is your best choice.

Merida Nightlife, Dinning and Gastronomy

In Merida, there will be a lot of places where to spend the evening. You can have a walk in the main avenue Paseo Montejo, select one of the nice cafes or restaurants and have a drink or dinner while you listen to Yucatecan music. There are all kinds of clubs for a more active style with Caribbean, pop or electronic music. Like any medium size city, there will be something for everyone.

The food in Merida Yucatan is one of the most exquisites and unique in Mexico. It is a fusion of Spanish, French and Cuban flavors. The most famous dishes are cochinita pibil, panuchos and salbutes. Cochinita pibil is shredded pork loin marinated in orange juice. Panuchos are a type of corn tortillas stuffed with spicy beans, and topped with cochinita pibil, onions and sour cream. Salbutes are also corn based with turkey, onion and avocado.

How to Get and Move Around in Merida Mexico!

Merida receives regularly scheduled flights from major cities in Mexico, and from a selected number of hubs in the US.

Merida is usually a destination when traveling in the Yucatan Peninsula and Southern Mexico so you can reach it by car or bus from Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

To move around in the city and nearby places we recommend to take taxis or rent a car. Taxis are relatively inexpensive, and have a well system in place. Renting a car is a good idea because you will most likely want to move around and go to other places. The best way to get around is to look for signals and get directions from somebody.

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Where to Stay in Merida Mexico

In Merida Mexico you will find anything from five star hotels to budget accommodation, but it will not have the huge beach type resorts. The choice is yours depending on your budget and travel preferences.

For a different experience from the traditional chain hotels, there are a few Haciendas that have been restored and transformed into beautiful luxury hotels. See the section above on Things to Do under Haciendas.

Merida Mexico is a great destination thanks to its architecture, history, and archeological sites near-by.

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