Mérida Travel Guide

  • Fiesta Americana Merida
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  • Avelino Montes Linaje's private office
    Avelino Montes Linaje's private office
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Mérida Things to Do

  • Other churches in Mérida

    Mérida has plenty of lovely historic churches that are worth taking a look at. In the city's historic district alone (Centro), there are at least a dozen churches that can be visited on foot. None of the ones I visited were as heavily decorated with stained-glass windows or fancy art work as I have come to expect from Catholic churches; instead,...

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  • La Quinta Montes Molina

    This gorgeous residence was predominantly built in the French Neoclassical style at the turn of the 20th century as a wedding gift to Aurelio Portuondo y Barcelo and his bride Josefa de Regil Casares. After Aurelio and Josefa moved to Havana, Cuba, the house was bought by Avelino Montes Linaje, a successful businessman involved in the commerce of...

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  • Take a walk on Paseo de Montejo

    As I've already mentioned in some of my tips, towards the end of the 19th century, the state of Yucatan greatly prospered thanks to the commerce of sisal with Europe, a plant that even came to be known as "green gold". This close relationship with the old continent resulted in a lot of European influence in Mérida, which can still be seen in its...

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  • Historical church in downtown Mérida

    In 1618, a Catholic college was established in Mérida and entrusted to the Jesuits. The Colegio de San Francisco Javier was eventuallly elevated to the rank of university and moved to what still remains the main building of the University of Yucatan. Although the college's original building no longer exists today, its church still remains on the...

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  • Historic hotels around Parque Hidalgo

    Parque Hidalgo is located just one block north of Plaza Grande, along Calle 60. Created in 1871, it is the city's oldest park after Plaza Grande. The park itself is not very big - it's more like a small plaza - but it's quite picturesque. There used to be a fountain in the middle of the park, but in 1896 it was replaced by the current statue of...

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  • Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan

    In 1618, the College of San Francisco Javier, the first post-secondary institution in Yucatan, was founded in the city of Mérida. It was established in a colonial-style building located at the corner of Calle 57 and 60. The name of this academic institution changed a few times throughout the years, until it became the Universidad de Yucatan in 1922...

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Mérida Hotels

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Mérida Restaurants

  • For dinner & drinks before Thursday...

    We were looking for a place where we could grab a light snack before the Thursday night concert at Parque Santa Lucia (see my nightlife tip) so we took a look at all the restaurants located under the arcades surrounding the park, but most seemed rather "high end" and not exactly the kind of place where you can just sit down to order a drink and...

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  • Bad coffee, but excellent breakfast!

    Since this restaurant was located on the same street as our hotel, I walked passed it on quite a few occasions but never really felt compelled to go in until our guide recommended it as a good place to eat: it seemed nice - it's located in an art-deco building built in 1936 to house the HQ of an insurance company - but it looked like too much of a...

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  • For a quick & delicious breakfast!

    As I told one of my friends, it's probably a good thing I only discovered this little bakery on our last day in Mérida or else I probably would have missed out on all the delicious Yucatan breakfasts we had because I would have been tempted to go back there day after day. The place doesn't look like much from the outside and, to be honest, there...

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Mérida Nightlife

  • Free live music concerts and cultural...

    There's something going every night in Mérida! The municipal office of tourism puts on a free concert series: Monday night at 9:00 pm, in front of the Palacio Municipal (City Hall) by the Grand Plaza, there's a "Vaqueria", a celebration that originates from the 18th century, when wealthy ranch owners would put on huge fiestas during branding time....

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  • Carnival Parade

    Just like the first Carnival parade we saw in Campeche, Carnival parades in Merida are madhouses. People stand 8 deep and you have to be at the parade route over an hour before the parade starts to reserve a reasonable view.At the parades we viewed, normally participants throw out stuff to the crowds -- most often candy, but also T-shirts and other...

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  • Mérida nightlife

    On Saturday and Sunday evenings, Mérida comes alive with music -- bands are set up in the streets - in front of restaurants, in the plazas. The bands almost have to play extra loudly to drown out the band in the next block.All in all it is a great atmosphere, and fun to wander around. The photo I've used was taken at Noche Mexicana - at a park...

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Mérida Transportation

  • ADO bus to and from Mérida

    When we first started planning our trip to Mérida, I thought about flying straight to Mérida, but when I saw how much cheaper and convenient it would be to book a direct flight to Cancun and then take the bus from there to Mérida, that's what we ended up doing. In Mérida, the central bus station (CAME bus station) is located on Calle 70, between...

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  • Taxis in Mérida

    The centro area of Mérida, where most attractions are located, is so easy to visit on foot, chances are you won't have to worry about using public transportation of any kind during your stay. The only times we had to use a taxi was to travel from the bus station to our hotel and back. A good thing to know beforehand is that taxis in Mérida don't...

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  • Horse Carriages

    The best way to explore Merida is for sure on foot.But many people use horse carriages to see not only the centre but Merida's suburbs. Our hotel was 20 minutes walk from the Zocalo. I finished my excursion along the Historic Centre when it was already dark and decided to take a horse carriage to come back to the hotel. I enjoyed the ride and it...

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Mérida Shopping

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  • Full sensory overload at the market!

    Mercado Lucas de Galvez is the city's central market, and it is huge! Located just a couple blocks southeast of Plaza Grande, this market dates back to 1887. What started out as just a few outdoor produce stands has grown into a covered marketplace that houses over 1000 stands selling all the items you can think of: next to fresh fruits and...

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  • Vendors in Merida

    As in other parts of the Yucatan, shopping in Merida takes three major forms: 1) actual shops, which often have employees outside trying to persuade you to enter, 2) street vendors who have set up their wares on carts or blankets, 3) individuals carrying goods who approach you in attempts to make a sale. In Merida you can buy anything from...

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  • Local crafts at the central plaza

    The best day and place to find local crafts is at the Plaza Grande (main central plaza) on Sunday. Hence the name Merida en Domingo. You'll see signs advertising Merida en Domingo all over the Centro Historico district on Sunday. Local artists and crafts people sell jewelry, clothing, handbags, accessories, linens, toys, CDs and other wonderful...

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Mérida Local Customs

  • French influence all over the city!

    Courting benches, also called conversation benches or kissing benches (depending on how well the courting is going, I'm assuming?!) can be found all over the city of Mérida. When we went on the free guided tour of Plaza Grande, our guide explained that they were very popular in France back in the 19th century, which is when wealthy Meridians began...

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  • Visiting churches in Mérida

    With our trip to Rome still fresh in mind, I was a little worried about observing proper church etiquette when visiting churches in Mérida, especially given how a large portion of the population in Mexico defines itself as practicing Catholics. But after walking into a church while a service was going on, I quickly realized by looking at the...

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  • Siesta

    Is it there anywhere not knowing the "cliché" of a mexican sleeping under his large sombrero?Is it there anyone goig to Mexico without buying a typical hat?" In Rome be a Roman", Tito said!

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Mérida Warnings and Dangers

  • Merida Maps and hammocks

    Merida maps ( hard copy) can be purchased at the airport - Go down Itzaes and you run right into it on the left at the south of the cityMaps of tourist routes and pueblas and roads are clear and concise There are hammocks made of sissal -- someone has the wrong information ----there is actually a hacienda that is processing this actively, south of...

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  • Maps of the Yucatan

    Too bad about your map problems. As I posted on another comment area, there is a very detailed highway map that you can get of the State of Yucatan that includes a detailed street map of Merida, Valladolid, Progreso and other cities in the state. We found ours at Sanborn's store. There are 2 of them in Merida. The first is on the Montejo side of...

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  • Eating and Drinking Safely

    If you're not from Mexico, be especially careful when traveling to Merida and elsewhere in Mexico with what you eat and drink. Never drink the tap water-- even when brushing your teeth, it's best to use bottled water (agua purificada). Bottled water can be purchased very inexpensively at local grocery stores and convenience shops-- we found bottles...

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Mérida Tourist Traps

  • Horse carriage rides in Mérida

    Horse carriage rides practically always are tourist traps, but they can be a lot of fun too! I had several reasons for wanting to go on such a ride in Mérida: I liked the idea of seeing Paseo de Montejo at night, Wednesday night was the only evening with no special activities in the city, and the ride wasn't too expensive (300 pesos, or roughly...

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  • Taxi from the Airport to Town

    The airport taxis charge three times as much for a trip into town than a cab you hail on the street will charge you for a ride to the airport. This is not a case of a dishonest cabbie looking to rip off a visiting rube--it is the official rate. Since no mass transit actually enters the airport (how convenient for the cabs!), the alternative is to...

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  • Sisal Hammocks

    People will be trying to sell you over-priced hammocks and claim they're made out of sisal. However, I have been told that hammocks made out of sisal haven't made for years - it's cotton or polyester. Don't pay more than 350 pesos!

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Mérida What to Pack

  • Be Prepared for the Heat

    In the spring and summer, shorts, skirts, t-shirts and tank tops are the best options to handle the heat . The streets are flat and easy to manage, so a pair of flip flops or sandals are a good way to keep your feet cool. Sun lotion for the fair-skinned is a must. The mosquitos can be vicious, so some strong bug spray is also a good...

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  • Hints we found out for holidays in...

    - Unless you speak Spanish, bring a small notebook or calculator for writing prices when negotiating.- Bring a Spanish-Your language dictionary to assist in communicating. - We did not bring enough clothes. We forgot about the heat and sweat and the fact that you can only wear a top for one day. You either need more clothes or to find a...

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  • Mérida Hotels

    73 Hotels in Mérida

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Mérida Off The Beaten Path

  • Bombaaaaaaa

    every night around 8 pm in the main plaza or esplanade, will be a free show that captives both national and international tourist,,,the show is called Las bombas and those are folk dances mixed whith a little theater, music and the most important, traditional jokes with this heavy spanish Yucatan accent ,very funny rimes telll by funny people at...

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  • Great Dining Experience at Hacienda...

    I can't say enough about eating... and drinking at the Haciendas found all over the Yucatan. We spend the whole morning at the Ruins at Uxmal and then had a phenomenal lunch at Hacienda Ochil. Yet another great meal, with the most delicious guacamole, and freshest fruit juice, in a stunning outdoor setting. This Hacienda was a bit larger, with more...

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  • Cenote X-Batun

    We were directed to this "secret" cenote by our B&B owner in Santa Elena, but it is an easy distance from Merida. It is hard to find, off the beaten path, in the middle of nowhere... but if you are adventurous and have a rental car, it is worth the solitude and the swim. We followed MX 261 to an exit westbound marked "Cocoa" (I believe it is marked...

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Mérida Favorites

  • Outdoor pool in the hotel

    One of the fondest memory I always remember out of my trip to Mexico is my swimming in January and February. It was cold winter that time in Moscow.As I have already written I took every chance to swim in every hotel pool in this trip along Mexico. That’s why swimming in the outdoor pool in the Hotel Hyatt Regency Merida was especially pleasant...

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  • Mérida as it was for me in February of...

    Our path from Mayan Ruinas Uxmal to Ruinas Chichén-Itzá was led through Mérida - the capital of the Mexican State of Yucatán and largest city of the Yucatán Peninsula.It is located in the northwest part of the state, about 80 km from Uxmal, about 120 km from Chichén-Itzá and about 35 km from the Gulf of Mexico coast.We spent there half a day, then...

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  • Dinero

    ATMs are prevalent in Merida, so we had no problem exchanging money. In addition, several shops had exchange windows open in the evening. On the other hand, I didn't see the bank open once - great banker's hours in Merida. ATMs will not be so easy to find in the small towns. If you leave Merida on a day trip, in addition to filling up your tank,...

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