Merida is a big city, a very big city, but thankfully it does not feel like a big city. It is this small city feel to Merida that has us venturing to the Yucatan for a break, albeit a weekend or even 2 days out of the week. This colonial city is close to the Riviera Maya and adds some cultural flavors to our oh so Mexico life.
We have put together a list of things we think would make a great trip to Merida. You do not need to do all of these activities in one trip. Merida is a city to be explored over and over again. Our intention is to make your visit easier to plan as you take advantage of the colonial highlights.
Merida is full of historic sites, llenisimo. Here are some key areas that the first time visitor should cruise through. Plaza Grande is in center of what Merida calls the historic district. Surrounding the Plaza is the Governors Palace, a municipal building filled with murals painted by Yucatecan Artist Fernando Castro Pacheco, the cathedral, Casa Montejo and its museum, and a historic ice cream parlor, Dulceria y Sorbeteria Colon.
Other recommendations include:
The list of Merida Museums and Art Galleries is way too big to publish here. Dig around for specific themes and artists but we do suggest that there are few that should be first on your list:
Getting out of the city is part of the Merida experience. Visit the following Mayan ruins and cenotes that can be accessed by local transportation. These sites are under 20 minutes from the city center.
Merida residents have not seen all the sights and sounds of this city. Expecting to see it all in two days or even a week would be doing yourself and the city an injustice. Like Paris, Toronto, or even New York, Merida is a city to discover slowly and over time.
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