Merida Mexico Travel Guide

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Merida Mexico Travel Guide

Merida Mexico Travel guide explores the extremely popular capital of the Yucatan. The Spanish arrived and settled Merida on the ancient Mayan site of T’ho in 1542, it was named after the town of Merida in Extremadura, Spain. Carved Mayan stones were used in construction of many of the buildings including the Cathedral.

In the late 19th and early 20th century Merida and the surrounding area grew rich from the production of henequen that was used to make rope which was exported around the world. It is said that at the beginning of the 20th century there were more millionaires in Merida Mexico than any other city in the world.

Indigenous Mayans and immigrants from Korea were used to work the large estates established by the Sapnish landlords, who built grand haciendas. These incredible houses can be seen throughout Merida with the best collection seen along the grand boulevard of Paseo de Montejo.

Merida has a well preserved centro and a lively Zocalo surrounded by loads of restaurnts, cafes and bars. It is also considered to be one of the safest cities in Mexico.

Getting around Merida is very straight forward with a good bus, taxi and uber system. The city flat is also very easy to walk around.

Merida has a hot humid climate with yearly average temperatures of 34 degrees Celsius, it is not uncommon for the temperatures to reach 40 degrees cel. The city experiences high rain fall through the wet season of June – October.


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Things To See & Do In Merida Mexico

Merida Cathedral - Catedral de San Ildefonso

Merida Cathedral – Catedral de San Ildefonso – Merida Mexico Travel Guide

The beautiful Cathedral sits grandly opposite the Zocalo, built during the 16th century it was the first Cathedral to be completed on the mainland of the Americas. Labour for this construction came from the Mayans, who used stones from the Mayan temple of Yajam Cumu to build the cathedral. On the facade of the Cathedral is a coat of arms designed to reflect the Spanish royal coat of arms, along with statues of St. Peter and St. Paul. The statue of St. Paul is distinguished by the sword and the book he is holding. St. Peter is depicted holding the keys to the Church.

Merida Zocalo - Plaza Grande

Merida Cathedral

Merida Zocalo – Plaza Grande – Merida Mexico Travel Guide

The Merida Zocalo or Plaza Grande is a lively and interesting square in the heart of Merida surrounded by amazing buildings such as the Merida Cathedral, Montejo House, the State Capital Building and the Town Hall. It is a lovely shady square and an ideal place to sit a while with a cool drink and watch Merida go by.

Merida Colonial Houses

Merida Colonial Houses – Merida Mexico Travel Guide

In the late 19th and early 20th century the Spanish landowners became very wealthy growing Heneguen and the production of rope. In a show of wealth they built larger and larger grand haciendas modeled on French and Spanish styles. The most famous is perhaps “Las Casas Gemelas” (The Twin Houses), which are two side by side French and Spanish style mansions that stand on the Paseo Montejo. Very few of these grand houses are now used as private homes with most having been restored and turned into museums, commercial building and hotels.

Talk a walk up the grand boulevard Paseo Montejo to view a number of these beautiful properties and get a glimpse into the cities past.

Merida Museums

Merida Museums – Merida Mexico Travel Guide

Merida has a number of Muesums. Here are a few highlights;

Gran Museo del Mundo Maya

The Gran Museo del Mundo Maya or World Mayan Museum of Merida houses the largest collection of Mayan art and artifacts in Merida. Its a great option if you cannot get to see on of the ancient Mayan sites that are dotted around the Yucatan.

The World Mayan Museum of Merida is about a 20 minute drive from the centro.

Address: Calle 60 Norte #299, Merida, 97110

Museo Regional de Antropología de Yucatán

Museo Regional de Antropología de Yucatán (Regional Museum of Anthropology of Yucatán) was previoulsy call the Museo Palacio Canton (Canton Palace Museum). This museum is housed in a stunning 19th century hacienda and features a collection of Mayan artifacts along with temporary exhibitions.

Address: Paseo de Montejo #485, Mérida Yucatán, 

Casa de Montejo

Cassa de Montejo sits on the south side of the Plaza Grande (Zocalo) and dates from 1540. Originally built to house soldiers, it was later converted into a mansion that housed the Montjo family. Today it is a museum that houses a permanent exhibition of renovated Victorian, neo-renaissance and neo-rococo furnishings of the historic building.

The statues on the facade represent the senior Montejo, his wife and daughter. Also on the facade you will see representations of the Spanish conquistadors standing on the heads of barbarians.

Address: Calle 63 #506, Merida,

Neighbourhood Squares

Neighbourhood Squares – Merida Mexico Travel Guide

Neighbourhood squares are dotted throughout the Merida centro and are a great place to visit. The squares are usually surrounded by restaurants, fruit and vegetable stalls and local vendors. Grab and ice cream and sit under a shady tree and enjoy part of local life.

Uxmal Mexico

Uxmal Mexico

Uxmak Mexico – Merida Mexico Travel Guide

An hours drive from Merida Uxmal is a good alternative to the much busier and further away Chichen Itza.

Uxmal is considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Maya culture, and is considered one of the Maya cities that is most representative of the region’s architectural style. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its significance.

The majority of the structures were built around 850-925 AD and at its peak it is believed to have housed approximately 15,000 people. It is believed that Uxmal, under the rule of the Xiu family were the dominant power in western Yucatan and in an alliance with Chichen Itza dominated the entire northern Maya region. 

If travelling to Uxmal get there early and avoid the large tour groups

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