Mérida, Mexico

  • About 30 miles outside of Mérida, Mayapán archaeological site—considered the last great Maya capital—is worth a visit.
  • Hacienda Sotuta de Peón, a living history museum, offers a peek into the past. Watch workers turn henequén agave into sisal, a type of fiber. Many 19th-century Meridanos, including those who lived at this carefully preserved hacienda, made their fortunes this way.
  • Museo de Arte Popular de Yucatán, also known as the Folk Art Museum of Yucatán, displays popular art from around Mexico.
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The Cultural Hub of Yucatán

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 sprawling; it’s one of the largest in the Americas, surpassed in size only by the historical districts of Mexico City and Havana. Here, much of the original Spanish colonial architecture remains. Wander narrow cobblestoned alleys that spill out into 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. Another perk? It’s just 22 miles from sandy Gulf of Mexico beaches.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airport
    Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport (MID)
  • Mexican State
    Yucatán
  • Distance to the Gulf of Mexico
    22 miles
  • Currency
    Mexican Peso
  • Climate
    Tropical

Fresh Things to Do

Featured Activity


  • Walking Tour of Historic Mérida

    Walking is the best way to get acquainted with historic Mérida. Below we outline some of our favorite places to stroll and notable stops that are worth your time.

    • Start at Plaza Grande in the centro histórico district. On the south end of the plaza sits Museo Casa Montejo, a 16th-century mansion that exemplifies colonial architecture. City founder Francisco de Montejo once resided here. The estate’s rooms are laid out like a museum and furnished with antique European furniture.
    • As you make your way across the plaza, take a peek inside Catedral de San Ildefonso on the northwest corner. It was built on the site of a former Mayan temple in 1598.
    • Head north on Calle 60 about three blocks towards Parque de Santa Lucia. Make a note to come back on Thursday evenings to enjoy a (free!) Yucatecan-style concert.
    • Continue north about four more blocks and then turn right on Calle 47. You’ll find yourself on Paseo de Montejo, a tree-lined avenue inspired by Paris’ Champs-Élysées. The leafy boulevard is lined with Beaux Arts-style homes. If you’re feeling tired, hop in a horse-drawn carriage to explore the paseo.
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Travel Tips

Weather


  • Forecasting Your Mérida, Mexico Vacation

    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 ℉ 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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Map of Mérida, Mexico

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