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Visit Merida, Yucatan

A true colonial city, Merida is a starting point for essential archaeological excursions, given the richness of villages and cities that might as well still conceal secrets from sophisticated civilizations that occupied the peninsula long before the Spanish conquest.

Merida is known as the “White City”, and was developed right where the ancient Mayan city of T´ho o Ichcaansiho was situated over 500 years ago, which means “Infinite’s Face”.

Visiting the capital’s downtown compels you to discover the group of ancient buildings that make up the historical center; The cathedral of San Ildefonso regarded as the oldest one in the American continent; Casa de
Montejo is another amazing construction among those in Merida’s downtown, regarded as jewel of plateresque art. The government palace is neoclassic style and currently shelters several murals painted by the local artist Fernando Castro Pacheco.

Some tourist attractions of Merida and near Merida include:

Puerto Progreso.

It’s a tourist community situated 26 km north Merida and is the most important port of Yucatan. Its beaches are the favorite spots for tourists and locals, along with its boardwalk, the main plaza and the dock.

Sinkhole in Dzibilchaltún.

Dzibilchaltún is located north Merida and in addition to being one of the most famous archaeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula (known for the structure of the Templo de las Siete Muñecas) is also home to the beautiful Xlacah Sinkhole.

Mundo Maya Museum.

Address: 60 St. North, Unidad Revolución, Ex Cordemex, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.

The Gran Museo del Mundo Maya is located in Merida and its main goal is to promote the mayan cultures. It has four permanent exposition halls and two temporary.

Chichen Itza.

It’s located in the west side of the state, 120 km from Merida. The mayan archaeological site of Chichen Itza is the main tourist attraction in the state and is one of the most beautiful and emblematic places of Yucatan. Every year during the spring equinox thousands of national and international visitors visit the place to see the show of the Kukulcan Pyramid.


It is one of the most beautiful archaeological sites of the Yucatan Peninsula, located 80 km from Merida. It has a very unique style called “Puuc” and among its main constructions is the Plaza de los Pajaros, the Ball Game, the Great Pyramid and El Palomar.