Mérida Travel Guide

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Mérida Things to Do

  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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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  • 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...

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  • Cathedral

    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...

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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...

    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...

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  • - 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...

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  • 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......

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Mérida Restaurants

  • A Yucatecan Tradition

    It's been a few years, but if this is still open, it's worth it to go sample the delicious Yucantan food here. I first tried the food at Los Almendros in the Polanco Distric of Mexico City and was thrilled to see a restaruant of the same name in Merida. I'm still not sure if they are run by the same owner, but the food was equally delcious and...

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  • The Best Local Cuisine!

    The best purely Yucatecan food in the city! Absolutely the world's best poc chuc (Milanese-style pork cutlet marinated in sour orange juice and quickly grilled over a wood fire) - and people come from miles around for this signature dish.

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  • The Best in Town

    One of Mérida's top two restaurants. The hacienda has gone up in quality so much in the past few years! We enjoyed a traditionally Yucatecan menu, although most dishes are international with a Yucatecan flair. Roast Duck!!!

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Mérida Nightlife

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    by MylesD Written Oct 5, 2002

    I don't know much of Merida's nightlife, even though i spent 2 weeks there (alone however).

    In Progreso, check out the 6 mile long pier right off the coast...you won't miss it, it's the 6 mile long pier that's lid up like a Christmas tree. VERY nice...

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Mérida Transportation

  • BUS in Mexico: best way to travle in...

    First class buses are clean, comfortable and reasonable. It is a good way to travel in Mexico. There are few bus companies in Mexico. We took ADO buses from Cancun to Merida; it took four hours, and the price was 165 pesos (about US$16.50) one way.Same day or advanced tickets can be purchased at the bus terminals (I think they only accept cash)....

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  • Buses Versus Private Cars

    Rental cars are pretty much cost prohibitive and don't even operate reliably. We had one trip to the area on which it took three tries to get a car that functioned for more than 40 miles. On the other hand, buses are pretty reliable and extremely cheap. For those who might be worried about safety ... don't. They are a great alternative for anyone...

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  • COLECTIVO: popular van transportation...

    COLECTIVO is a popular shared van service in Mexico among locals and tourists. You will find colectivos in many cities. They are mini vans (share with several people), most of them are clean, fairy new and air conditioned, and they pick you up at set locations or on the road (stop them by flagging--they will not stop if the car is full). We took...

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Mérida Shopping

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    The most charmming Merida & Yucatan shops are the small ones with the loveliest local designs in clothes, handcrafts, jewelry, leather shoes, candies and much more

    So be sure to go shopping at the colorful local markets, such as Pasaje Picheta or the best in the city -- Casa de las Artesanias -- on Calle 63, with handcrafts from Yucatan made by Yucatecans with great prices!

    Don't miss the handcrafts Market "Lucas de Gálvez", or (if you're there on a Sunday), enjoy Merida en Domingo, an outdoor handcraft markets and food festivals in the Main Plaza, Hidalgo Park and Santa Lucia Park.

    What to buy: Items made from a sisal fiber called henequen are a special local commodity. Henequen was oncethe main industry in the Yucatan and can be found in hand-crafted baskets, tablemats and hammocks.

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Mérida Local Customs

  • In Merida, try to find the...

    In Merida, try to find the 'OXXO' (or OXO) stores. They're like a 7-11 and they usually have sandwiches and hamburgers (check to see if they're not too old first...yech). Try and skip the other little so-called 'stores' who sell drinks, etc. However anystore with a decent soda-stocked fridge knows what it's doing, i visited quite a few of...

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  • Their you can see houses like...

    Their you can see houses like this . It is a great difference between the high culture and the life of the origine people.

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  • the real Casa de las...

    the real Casa de las Artesanías (the house of handicraft) is in calle 63 no. 503 (between calle 64 and 66), that's the real government supported market for local artisans... instead while strolling in the main square you could be aimed by a talkative nice person who wants to address you to what he calls the real Casa de las Artesanías, saying...

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Mérida Warnings and Dangers

  • Mind the buses

    Buses don't care about anything! Whereas the drivers almost fall asleep in Veracruz, in Merida they try to set a new record in crossing the city north to south, frightning as many people as possible. Try to spend as much time as possible on the zocalo, no buses allowed there. but it's part of the experience ;-)

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  • Be careful by going on the top...

    Be careful by going on the top of the PYRAMID OF UXMAL. The stairs are very small and the way up is also very steep !!!!

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Mérida What to Pack

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    by kucha Written May 22, 2006

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't foget the rainy weather gear if you plan on visiting in May, June or July. It will probably never be all all-day downpour during these months, but one can expect a heavy shower at least once a day.

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Mérida Off The Beaten Path

  • Loltun

    Still heading south from Uxmal, make time to stop at the caves of Loltun. They are hard to find. Look for them when you have passed Labna, but are almost to Oxkutzcab. Or ask your driver. The effort is worth it, as the caves were used by the ancients as homes and fortresses. There are statues, carving and other remnants of the years these caves...

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  • Xlapak

    Continuing south on this daytrip from Merida (or beyond Uxmal, if you've decided to spend the night there) is the tiny site of Xlapak. This is a small site, with only one palace, but very nice if you're already in the region.

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  • Sayil

    Go just a little further past Kabah and you'll discover another outstnading ruin: El Palacio of Sayil. This huge palace is considered one of the most impressive feats of Mayan architecture.

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Mérida Favorites

  • Base Camp

    Merida is defintely a place to visit just for the sake of being there, walking around, enjoying the atmosphere... but at the same time it's a great base for trips and excursions. Lots of bus connections in all directions, day and night, connections to maya ruins like chichen itza or uzmal, organised tours to lesser known ruins. I loved the tour to...

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  • The best thing to do in Mérida...

    ... is sitting at the zócalo, the main square, for hours and hours. I spent a lot of time just people watching or talking to some who was sitting beside me for a while, there are kids running around playing, all kinds of stuff is offered and sold to you, especially hammocs are popular here!There was wonderful Christmas decoration, very colorful,...

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  • How to find your way around

    This has nothing to do with my favorite thing but it is important to know. All streets are numbered in Mérida. even numbers run north-south, increasing by twos from east to west. Odd numbers run in east - west direction with numbers increasing by twos going from north to south. Makes it very easy to find your way, but sometimes you get really...

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