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Merida Things to See and Do

Mérida offers visitors a hearty buffet of things to see and do. Travelers should at least visit these sights: Cathedral de San Ildefonso, Casa de Montejo, Palacio de Gobierno, Plaza Grande, the Lucas de Galvez and García Rejón markets, Anthropology Museum and Paseo de Montejo. Excellent museums, athletic events and historic churches beckon. Free concerts abound and shops are filled with handicrafts. And, that’s just in the city itself! Within a two-hour drive are beaches, Mayan ruins, abandoned haciendas and exquisite flora and fauna.

 

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http://www.Mérida.gob.mx/turismo/contenido/cultura_in/eventos.htm










By George Nunes
Mayan archeology and culture are my passion and I've visited over 20 sites so far. My career path has encompassed being a professional dancer and...
22 Mar 2010

 
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Uxmal

Maya legend tells of a dwarf in the ancient city of Uxmal, who claimed to have magical powers. Uxmal’s ruler, confident that the dwarf was a fraud,...

Ruin
Merida, Mexico
Plaza Grande/Zócalo (Independence or Main Square)

Plaza Grande/Zócalo (Independence or Main Square)

For more than 450 years the Plaza Grande, or Independence Square as it is officially known, has drawn Méridanos to this shady and spacious park,...

City Plaza
Merida, Mexico
Catedral de San Ildefonso

Catedral de San Ildefonso

The Door of Forgiveness leads into the first cathedral completed in the Americas, which is dedicated to San Ildefonso of Toledo. Construction began...

Historical Building
Merida, Mexico
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Contemporary Art Museum of the Yucatán)

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Contemporary Art Museum of the Yucatán)

Opened in 1994, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MACAY) stands proudly next door to the cathedral on the Main Square, occupying the former Peninsular...

Museum
Merida, Mexico
Casa de Montejo (House of Montejo)

Casa de Montejo (House of Montejo)

Highlighting the Calle 63 side of the Main Square, the Casa de Montejo was built in 1569 by Mérida’s founder, Francisco de Montejo and remained...

Historical Building
Merida, Mexico
Merida Palacio de Gobierno (State Capitol Building)

Merida Palacio de Gobierno (State Capitol Building)

Yucatán’s 19th century state capitol building, the neoclassical Palacio de Gobierno, is a required stop on any visit to Mérida for two reasons:...

Historical Building
Merida, Mexico
Merida Palacio Municipal (City Hall)

Merida Palacio Municipal (City Hall)

Facing the cathedral, Mérida’s city hall was built on the site of a Mayan pyramid called Bakluum-Chaam. Erected in 1735, the current façade was...

Historical Building
Merida, Mexico
Museo de la Ciudad (City Museum)

Museo de la Ciudad (City Museum)

The beautifully renovated 1908 post office building has housed the City Museum since 2007, a far more sophisticated and flexible space than the...

Museum
Merida, Mexico
Iglesia de Jesus (Church of Jesus of the Third Order)

Iglesia de Jesus (Church of Jesus of the Third Order)

The Church of the Third Order (or Church of Jesus, as it is also called) stands one block from the Main Square on the corner of Calles 59 and 60....

Historical Building
Merida, Mexico
Teatro Peón Contreras (Peón Contreras Theater)

Teatro Peón Contreras (Peón Contreras Theater)

The Yucatán Symphony Orchestra and other local, national and international artists present performances of the highest quality at Teatro Peón...

Historical Building
Merida, Mexico
Universidad de Yucatán (Autonomous University of Yucatán)

Universidad de Yucatán (Autonomous University of Yucatán)

The headquarters of the Autonomous University of Yucatán (UADY) at the corner of Calles 57 and 60 is a fine, yellow painted Colonial structure,...

Historical Building
Merida, Mexico
Paseo de Montejo (Montejo Avenue)

Paseo de Montejo (Montejo Avenue)

Created in the late 19th century, the Paseo de Montejo showcased the enormous wealth and European tastes of Yucatán’s henequen barons. Many...

City Walk
Merida, Mexico
Museo Regional de Antropología (Regional Anthropology Museum

Museo Regional de Antropología (Regional Anthropology Museum

No visit to Mérida is complete without a visit to the Museo Regional de Antropología, located on the Paseo de Montejo in the spectacular Palacio...

Museum
Merida, Mexico

Parque Centenario (Centennial Park)

If the kids are tired of looking at Mayan ruins and the Zócalo’s souvenir shops, take a bus or taxi to Centennial Park located 12 blocks west of...

City Park
Merida, Mexico
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