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Mérida

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3 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
2 hours by bus from Chichén Itzá
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Mérida

Emilie Couillard Seasoned Traveller
117 written opinions

Mérida is the biggest town in Yucatan. Its history is marked by its Mayan past which you can still see today in the mixed races of its inhabitants, of whom a large number have Mayan origins. 

My suggestion:
Since the Spanish conquest, Mérida has been the cultural capital of the region. There are numerous museums and art galleries which are very interesting to visit. Over to you to explore... 
My review
Mérida is the capital of Yucatan peninsula, a must see region during a trip to Mexico. Its historic center is the 2nd biggest in the country, after that of the capital, Mexico City. Walking on the "zocalo", which is what the Mexicans call the Main Square, gives you a panorama of colonial architecture, a legacy of the Spanish conquest. For example, Merida cathedral is a masterpiece. During my stay I found out it was built on the ruins of Mayan pyramids which were destroyed by the Spanish when they arrived in 1542.
David Debrincat Seasoned Traveller
459 written opinions

Mérida is the capital of the Yucatán Peninsula, the country's most tourist-oriented region, and lies 120 km from Chichen Itzá.

My suggestion:
Th city's carnival, which takes place at the end of February/beginning of March, is one of Yucatán's most colourful and popular festivals
My review
The capital of the Yucatán Peninsula, nicknamed the White City, has lost some of its former splendour. The main reason for going to Mérida when visiting Mexico is its proximity to Chichén Itzá. It's from here that I organized my own visit to this most beautiful of testimonies to the Mayan civilisation. You can easily get there and back in a single day.
Virginie Bigeni Seasoned Traveller
49 written opinions

Mérida is a Mexican city located inland on the Yucatan peninsula. Nicknamed the White City, it is Yucatan's capital, and for tourists it offers the special attraction of being very traditionally authentic in character.

My suggestion:
The city has certainly retained all its traditional character, making it a major cultural centre in Yucatan, but for me its charm didn't extend any further than that. This was likely due to comparing it with all the other wonderful places to be found on the peninsula. Don't spend long here.
My review
Mérida has a certain charm. It contains many buildings dating from colonial times and offers a relaxed atmosphere. The city is laid out in straight little streets lined with colourful low houses. Its main, central square is a very lively place. There are plenty of traditional little markets to be found here, and there's also the cathedral to go and see. The city is therefore definitely worth a look, but there's little point spending more than a day here, especially if your time is limited. Because Yucatan has plenty of other surprising and interesting things to offer. There are therefore better places to stay than this, Playa del Carmen and Tulum in particular – both equally nice – from where you'll have easier access to the ancient Mayan city sites. 

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