Merida is a colonial city located in the heart of Yucatan. It not only offers architecture and remains from the Spanish Inquisition, but is also home to Mayan legacy and culture in its many archaeological sites. Because of the warm and tropical weather, Merida has flourishing vegetation and dense jungles for exploration. Is also known as a very safe city with almost no crime. The natives are very friendly and welcome people from all over the world. It is also a clean city with many parks, traditionally paved streets, and recreational areas for outdoor sports and activities.
You can take part in one of the many free guided tours around the old part of Merida where the Government Palace turns out to be the most revealing and attractive spot. It houses more than 25 murals portraying the violent history of Yucatan during the Spanish conquest. Around Merida you shouldn’t miss the local market of handcrafts and the different Haciendas to meet the traditional way of living. In Merida you will never get bored, since there is always a street performance or carnival in the main Plaza.
Palacio Cantón: You can't leave without seeing the Museo Regional de Arqueología de Yucatán, the regional archeology museum. There's a modest admission fee, but between the ancient Maya artworks and the setting in one of the grandest mansions of Merida's boom times, it's more than worth it.
Paseo de Montejo: the famous avenue is lined with original sculptures. Each year, the MACAY Museum in Mérida mounts a new sculpture installation, featuring works from Mexico and one other chosen country. Each exhibit remains for ten months every year.
Ermita de Santa Isabel: Formerly known as the shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage. It is unknown the exact date of construction. The caravans stopped briefly beside the road of Campeche to beg the Virgin to provide them with good order on their journey.
Dzibilchaltún: is a Mayan archaeological site located approximately 17 kilometers north of Merida. The most famous structure is the Temple of the Seven Dolls, named after seven small effigies found when the temple was discovered in the 50's. The archaeological site houses a museum containing artifacts of the Mayan culture and the region.
Museo de antropología: It is located on Paseo de Montejo. The building of the century, French-style architectural style. It exhibits Olmec, Zapotec and Mayan obsidian figurines, axes, skulls, musical instruments, necklaces of coral and turquoise, gold ornaments, stones and other objects from these ancient cultures in various stages.
Centro histórico: this area of the city recovers much of its traditions through the conservation of old buildings. There are the Government Palace, City Hall, the Cultural Centre Olympus and Pichetas Passage. On weekends you can enjoy cultural events and contact with local people.