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Things to do in Mérida

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Ruins in Mérida
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Ride Montejo
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Bench of Secrets
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Museums in Mérida
Anthropology and History Museum
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Nature Reserves in Mérida
Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve
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Ruins in Mérida
The PUUC Route
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Tixkokob Habanero Farms
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Bike Paths in Mérida
Yucatan by Bike
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Hacienda Ochil
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Cathedral of Mérida
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Flea Markets in Mérida
Parque de los Artesanos
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Oasis
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La Hatch
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Merida Beach
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The top 54 attractions in Mérida

Ruins in Mérida
Dzibilchaltun
(23)
Visiting these ruins and museum is like a trip to the past. I recommend visiting. There is also a cenote where you can swim after the tour. The cenote is 60 mts. deep in the deepest part and has a shallow part for non-swimmers, it is wonderful to bathe in its water which are cold at first but nice after.
Streets in Mérida
Ride Montejo
(30)
I liked it during the night.
Of Cultural Interest in Mérida
Bench of Secrets
(15)
These banks, beyond their strange shape, have a role. They were supposedly where two people sat down and told their secrets. I don't know if this is true or not, ie if they were specifically designed for that or not. There is nothing but vast and strange Mexican landscape at every turn, quite spectacular.
Museums in Mérida
Anthropology and History Museum
(10)
The Museum of Anthropology and History of Merida has a special emphasis on objects of Mayan civilization. I thought the collections were very interesting, and many have explanations in English. I recommend this museum to those ve are visiting the Mayan ruins in the region for more information about this civilization. This building dates from the colonial era and is also very beautiful.
Nature Reserves in Mérida
Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve
(6)
Seated at the end of the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula, where the Caribbean is mixed with the Gulf of Mexico is a truly lovely place. It is not far from the tourist hustle and bustle of Cancun and the Riviera Maya, but when I was there four years ago, the natural essence remained and I hope it stays that way. This reserve consists of a lagoon, surrounded by mangroves, with a wealth of waterfowl. The first thing we did was visit an authentic Mexican village filled with brightly colored houses. In the spring the water was clear, a turquoise, emerald. The fishermen fed his fish remains to the gulls and pelicans surrounding the boat and it was possible to go by boat to an island to see the flamingos, but we did not have time for the venture. We visited the reserve's headquarters to orient ourselves a bit, and I was surprised to see iguanas walking quietly through the grass, or laying in the sun. The guard advised us to take a bridge to cross the river and reach the mangroves and to head to the beach after. On the railing of the bridge a pelican seemed to be posing for photographers. We saw two species of mangrove trees typical of tropical saltwater areas that are extremely important in the defense against coastal storms and hurricanes. From there we arrived at the beach, an absolutely beautiful oasis surrounded by palm trees, with turquoise-colored water. Seaside pelicans and cormorants rested and we even noticed a couple of frigates soaring through the air. They are large, black seabirds, but the male has a red bag next to the crop that can be inflated to attract the female. We found an authentic beachside snack bar we enjoyed lunch of fresh grilled fish, pancakes and several bottles of Mexican beer. On the way back, we stopped at a pond where we saw herons and roseate spoonbills.
Ruins in Mérida
The PUUC Route
(9)
For the next two days, we will explore the Puuc Route, south of Merida, visiting the great Uxmal, Sayil, Labna and Xlapak Kabah. Planning the trip, we realized that the best option was to rent a car here, simply because of the lack of public transport along the route. So what we could do with a car in a couple of days could take up to 3 or 4 without, plus the inconvenience of carrying luggage in tow. So, while Martha stayed at the hotel, I went to rent the car at the center and an hour later showed up with a brand new white Beetle.
Of Cultural Interest in Mérida
Tixkokob Habanero Farms
(9)
The habanero chile pepper is the most famous fruit to be found in the Yucatan Peninsula, and even more so due to the fact that it has recently obtained the "designation of origin" title. There are a total of 4 of these greenhouses, which are located on your way to a village near the city of Merida called Tixcocob, about 5 minutes away from the outskirts of the city. It is not the typical tourist attraction, but if you get in touch with the owners they will gladly give you a tour of the site and answer all your questions. It is of great interest to see the operation of the greenhouses, they use a hydroponic system of Israeli technology. Each structure is 5 million square feet and has about 10 000 plants! Currently there are 4 that are already built and in operation but the project is to build a plant in September and coach of Chile (which makes it the second most important project of its kind in the whole peninsula). The habanero chile is an extremely spicy fruit, in comparison to a jalapeno pepper it has approximately 10 000 units scollville and a habanero has 300 thousand!! Definitely a MUST if you visit Yucatan!
Bike Paths in Mérida
Yucatan by Bike
(7)
It's the end of the trip. Getting to Cancun has been pretty easy, except for part of 100km and being lost in the jungle between Felipe Carrillo Puerto and Tulum, a road without people, with horrible rains, but then we made up for it with two days of rest in the beautiful beaches of Tulum. The area suffered greatly from the 2005 hurricanes, but it's getting back on its feet and reopened to tourists. There are very few people on the beach, because of the hurricanes, but for me that is best. Other cities are very Americanized, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Yucatan I preferred to continue to the city of Merida. On the way, there were no trucks, it is a small road, pleasant, with many cenotes, where I stop at least once a day to be able to enjoy a good bathe. Is traditional Mexico for us all to carry our dreams, with colored gowns, small village churches and the wonderful ruins of Chichen Itza. I had no problem to assemble my tent, asking people for the best place to stay, some open their door or at least the door of their garden. Then I went back to Cancun, to disarm the bike, put it on the plane, direction to Europe!
Of Cultural Interest in Mérida
Hacienda Ochil
(5)
A tasty buffet a in typical Yucatan hacienda, this place also has an underground river where you can take a refreshing dip. At the buffet you can find different and traditional dishes like panuchos, cochinita, relleno negro and Lima soup, etc.
Cathedrals in Mérida
Cathedral of Mérida
(15)
I went to Merida to reconnect with an ex-girlfriend from over 10 years ago. I arrived early and she was going to come meet me in the evening, so I took advantage to enjoy the day and go to a couple of museums and take some pictures of the city. To date I have pictures that I like, a girlfriend currently with me in my house and that beautiful memory of having gone to Merida.
Museums in Mérida
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Historical Monuments in Mérida
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Flea Markets in Mérida
Parque de los Artesanos
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At night it is a wonderful place, just before and during the weekend people gather to admire the work and artistic production of those artisans from the Southeast. They display their techniques and work in a particular conjunction of lights, sounds and talks, starting at dusk and ending at sunset, between friends, tastes, smells and memories ... seasoned with the best taste.
Nature Reserves in Mérida
Oasis
(1)
It's easy to see why they call this place Oasis: It is a beautiful park lost in a jungle of buildings and pollution. Arriving at the park I was small, quiet, surrounded by the (albeit a little isolated) nature, and I tried to convey that feeling of magic and mystery in this photograph.
Historical Monuments in Mérida
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Bars in Mérida
La Hatch
(6)
The Hatch is a bar inside the Hotel Fiesta Americana. Usually a band gives the place atmosphere, and they take requests. I love the personal service and comfortable facilities. It is definitely a place to go with friends looking for a private atmosphere.
Beaches in Mérida
Merida Beach
(5)
For me, the beach is a place for exciting relaxation. It comforts every part of my body, every summer the city dwellers flee to take refuge on the beaches of our beautiful state, where peace floods my body and I lose myself in the salty ocean air.
Of Touristic Interest in Mérida
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The best things to do in Mérida

The capital of Yucatan is one of the most interesting cities to visit in Mexico, so if you're wondering what to do in Merida, you'll find plenty. Unlike the rest of the country, the city is strongly marked by its Mayan past, both in the ancient ruins that are some of the top Merida attractions, and in the way of life, crafts, language, and food.

There are many archaeological remains among the things to see in Merida. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the ancient settlement of T'Hó that once stood here. It's a shame that large areas of the ancient town are gone forever, but there are several archaeological places to visit in Merida, like Dzibilchaltún, Dzoyilá, Xcatzmil, Caucel, and Xoclán.

The historic centre is the second largest in the country, behind Mexico City, and also where most of the things to do in Mérida are concentrated. You can start your tour at the Plaza Grande, a meeting point for locals and foreigners. Here you'll find plenty of places for a bite to eat, as well as the Cathedral of San Ildefonso, built on the pyramids of the ancient city, and one of the oldest buildings on Merida. You'll find even more stuff to do in Merida without leaving the square, like the Municipal Palace and Casa de Montejo with its beautiful facade.

If shopping is high on your list of Merida activities, head for the Paseo de Montejo, where you can relax, have something to eat, or splash the cash! And to learn more about the city, nothing better than a visit to one of the museums, which are also great attractions in Merida. The Canton Palace (Museum of Anthropology and History of Yucatán), the Great Maya World Museum, Museum of Art Contemporary Ateneo de Yucatán (MACAY), and the Museum of the City of Mérida are the most interesting.

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