Museum Regional Antropologia
Stop at this museum before heading out to the region's spectacular Mayan ruins. Although the exhibits change from time to time, it will always give you a good overview of the Mayan history and culture through the ages. With this as a backdrop, visits to Chichen Itza, Uxmal and other archeological sites will be that much more meaningful.
The museum itself is also a beautiful old Merida mansion.
A visit to the ruins of Uxmal...
A visit to the ruins of Uxmal is a must-see. This will really be a highlight of any trip to the Yucatan region. This historical site is a little less-visited than Chitzen Itza, but even more spectacular.
Begin the tour by climbing the Pyramid of the Magician, which -- while tiring -- will give you an ideal view of the entire site, includign the Nunnery, The Ball Court, The Dovecote and the TurtleHouse.
The best place to stay here is the Club Med-run Villa Archeologica, which literally abutts the historica site and makes it easy to walk across the grounds at dawn to run over and photograph the site without tourists -- something I did and am very happy about!
A Tour of Colonial Mexico
Merida has so much to see -- beyond just visiting the stunning archeological monuments of Uxmal and Chitzen .
Begin with a visit to the oldest cathedral in the Americas, as well as the powerful murals in the Governor's Palace painted by Castro Pacheco, depicting the history of Yucatan and the Mayan people. Merida is also full of beautiful local parks and charming traditional markets of the old barrios, such as Santiago, Santa Lucia and Santa Ana.
Take a Calasa or horse and buggy to the majestic Paseo de Montejo to enjoy shopping, outdoor sculptures and the grand mansions of the Bella Epoca.
Finish off with a fabulous dinner in one of the many Yucatan specialty restaurants (see restaurant tips).
A massive building in the city center, not a big piece of art, but well worth a visit. Interesting combination of old mayan and "new" Christian religion. The cathedral was built on the site of a formar maya temple for example, and stones of the temple were used for the church.
Something I liked about the Mexican churches - they are always busy. The doors are usually wide open, you hear the traffic and other noise from outside, there are always people praying, lighting candles, decorating the church with flowers etc. Many people just come in, often with the shopping, praying for a few minutes, then they are off again after a few minutes of talking to god.
Afterwards they hit the zocalo and meet friends, neighbours, families, strangers...
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Museo de la Ciudad
A nice little museum, no rocket science but bits and pieces of information on the city of Merida and its surroundings. Pictures, old and new, the history, the buildings, info on the Maya, their traditions, religion, their life in the area.
Not to be missed if you're in Merida! Entrance is free and many explanations in English.
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Pink flamingos, seafood and golf of Mexico
I enjlyed Celestun (a small fisherman's village, two hour drive from Merida). Rent a car, bus or take a day tour from Merida.
Natural Mangrove forest is kept almost untouched wtih thousands of flamingos. We took a boat tour with Alberto (famous tour guide, he speaks English and Spanish). After seeing flamingos, we went to the village and had seafood at Restaurant Celestun right on the beach. Golf of Mexico is very dream like, and the food was good!
- DON'T MISS -Check out the...
- DON'T MISS -
Check out the city center on Sundays, there's this huge 'fair' with little shops and stands set up. Find everything from hot sauce to clothes, to kitchen ware, to crafts. It's really very special (and in this beautiful park). It's under the trees so don't worry about the sun and there's tons of park benches to rest on! There's a beautiful church facing the park and the adjescent side streets are definitely worth exploring.
the cathedral, in the pic,...
the cathedral, in the pic, again in the main square,
Casa de Montejo, the house of the conqueror of this town who can so arise different feelings: of sadness if thinking of his defeat of Mayas or of approval for having brought the so-called civilization... I personally just visited the cash machine of the bank which now the building also houses... :-P
Palacio de Gobierno (Yucatan government building) still in the main square,
Regional Anthropology Museum...
but all these I can only list as that day I was totally shattered by sultriness and dampness and when I rose again, it was already dark... anyway I seemed still in time to enjoy the Merida Multicultural of which I had already had a 'taste'at midday before being ready to drop, go to my travelogue música y danza if curious...
Go to the Noche Mexicana on...
Go to the Noche Mexicana on Saturday nights (the information centre will tell you where it is) and other entertainment in the main Plaza.
A great place to experience a bit of Mexican culture, food and drink!
The famous ruins of Chitzen...
The famous ruins of Chitzen Itza are fascinating.
Other htan the famous pyramid, there are many ancilalry ruins of interest. Read about the history and architecture of the Mayan people to get the most out of the visit.
A lot of people stays in...
A lot of people stays in Merida as a 'base' for day-trips to the many Maya-ruins that surronds the city. The most famous site is probably Chichen Itza with the 'Pyramid of Sun', but also Uxmal is a large and easy-accesible site from Merida.
Free City Tours
Free tours of the Centro Historico of downtown Merida are available every day at 9:30 AM.
Call (locally) 928-2020 Ext. 833 or go to the Tourist Office on the ground floor of the Municipal Palace
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Don't miss the Monumento a la...
Don't miss the Monumento a la Patria.
The monument represents periods in Mexico's history and has a representation for each state in Mexico.
Spend a lazy afternoon in the...
Spend a lazy afternoon in the zócalo of Mérida, site of the Cathedral of Saint Ildefonso.
The Cathedral of Saint Ildefonso was built in 1598. It is the oldest cathedral in North America.