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  • Meredith Peters

The Colors Of Merida In Mexico

It's not difficult to fall in love with Mérida, the lively capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán. With a rich Mayan and colonial heritage, dynamic food scene and warm hospitality, this destination is getting more popular every year.

Merida Mexico

Influence from the ancient Maya civilization and traditions introduced by the Spanish who started colonizing the area in the 16th century can be seen in Merida's culture. Merida was founded by Francisco de Montejo in 1542 and is often called the White City.

 Chichen Itza Ruins Yucatan Mexico
Chichen Itza Ruins

Many travelers make a day trip from Merida to the well-preserved Maya archaeological site of Chichen Itza. The UNESCO-listed Maya ruins are impressive and not to be missed. There are many more amazing ruins in the Yucatan area and cenotes (caves with freshwater pools).

Merida has many excellent museums, and the Mayan World Museum of Merida is one of the best. There is also a collection of gorgeous cathedrals in Merida. Merida Cathedral is the oldest cathedrals in the Americas. Construction begun in 1561 and was completed in 1598 and relics from ancient Mayan temples are part of the building. Near the cathedral, you can see Iglesia de la Tercera Orden, another stunning colonial-era church open to the public.

San Idefonso Cathedral Old Town Merida Mexico
San Idefonso Cathedral

The brightly painted buildings in Merida are a signature sight of the city. Pops of yellow, purple, pink, green and red are all over the place and it's hard not to snap a photo around every colorful corner. The Paseo de Montejo (Montejo Street/Walkway) is two miles of photogenic sights with stylish shops and cafes, quaint buildings surrounded by trees and the Monumento a la Patria (Monument to the Fatherland). You can also wander without a plan and stumble across gorgeous neighborhoods and meet friendly locals who always have time to chat.

Your dining experience in Merida will be memorable with spicy peppers, Seville oranges and lime infused into many dishes. There is an array of local produce that will be new to your tastebuds, so explore the local markets to get a sample of the freshest fruit and vegetables Merida has to offer. Put a cooking class and shots of tequila on your foodie to-do list along with an evening at the Michelin-star A De Arco restaurant where every meal is a special occasion.

Visit the Grand Plaza, also known as the Plaza de la Independencia, which is a beautiful public space with gardens, walking paths and often live music and events with performers wearing traditional costumes. You can book a free walking tour at the tourist offer in the Plaza.

Plaza de la Independencia Merida Mexico
Plaza de la Independencia

When shopping in Merida, you can pick up some unique buys with items you might not find elsewhere during your travels. Coqui Coqui Perfumeria is the place to purchase memory-evoking scents to remind you of your Mexican vacation. Your suitcase might also be filled with hammocks, Mexican jewelry and brightly colored handicrafts from your shopping trips.

As a vacation destination, Merida is getting hotter than a Mexican Jalapeño, especially for history lovers. If this is your first introduction to the fascinating Mexican city, we would love to share more info with you, so drop us a line soon.


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