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In Mérida, the cultural capital of the Yucatán Peninsula, you’ll find narrow streets to wander, charming plazas, and lively markets. Stay with Inspirato at Chablé Yucatán, where three restaurants serve organic, seasonal cuisine from on-site Mayan gardens. Relax at the resort’s spa—built around a natural cenote, it’s believed to be a sacred Mayan site.
Founded in 1542 by Spanish conquistadors (atop the ruins of an abandoned Mayan city), Mérida has a rich Mayan heritage and colonial history. The city’s centro histórico district is one of the largest in the Americas—behind Mexico City and Havana—and much of the original Spanish colonial architecture remains. Wander narrow cobblestone alleys to vibrant plazas, where locals and tourists alike eat sherbert and drink champalo. As the capital of Yucatán, Mérida has all the trappings of a modern city: museums, art galleries, restaurants, and shops. Even better? It’s just 22 miles from Gulf of Mexico beaches and a day trip from Mayan ruins like Chichen Itza.
Mérida’s plazas are vibrant meeting places. Plaza de Independencia, also known as Plaza Mayor, is the largest in town. Spend an afternoon amid its flower gardens and palm trees, cooling off with champola and agua fresca.
The Spanish colonial influence can be felt in the town’s two main cathedrals: Mérida Cathedral and the white limestone Iglesia de la Tercera Orden. Both colonial-era churches were built using relics from ancient Mayan temples.
Mérida’s most impressive museum is the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, which features ancient Mayan artifacts, crafts, and artwork. The building itself is designed to resemble a ceiba—a sacred tree to the Mayans.
Mérida’s climate is tropical wet and dry, depending on when you travel. It’s hot and humid in the summer, with temperatures often rising above 100°F in the afternoon. Winter is a more mild time to visit, with temps hovering in the mid-70s. The closer you get to the coast, the breezier it is. Rainy season is classified as June through October, with an average rainfall of 5–7 inches per month.
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