9 Best Things to Do in Merida, Mexico

Sonali Pimpale Jul 1, 2019
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The bewitching ‘White City’ of Mexico is a place where ancient Mayan culture marries Spanish heritage. The capital of Yucatán was twice honored as the American Capital of Culture.

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Explore the Mayan Ruins of Uxmal

The ancient Mayan city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of Mexico’s most important archaeological sites.
The layout of the buildings in Uxmal reflect the Mayans’ profound knowledge of astronomy.

Have a Blast in Plaza Grande

The beautiful central square is the best place to bask in the rich culture of Yucatán’s capital. You can revel in cultural events in evenings, especially on weekends.
With live music, traditional Yucatean dances, Sunday craft fairs, and countless food vendors eager to satiate your appetite, a lively time is certainly guaranteed at Plaza Grande!

Be Spiritual at the Cathedral of Mérida

The cathedral is popular for the splendor of its interiors. The beautiful carving of Christ on a wooden cross is said to be the largest in the world.
Constructed in the 16th century on the site of Mayan ruins T'ho, Catedral de San Ildefonso is one of the oldest cathedrals in the Americas. The architectural style is reminiscent of the style of Andalusia, a Spanish region. The cathedral is marked by the coat of arms of the Spanish crown.

Enjoy a Riveting Game of Pok-ta-Pok

On Saturday nights, two teams assemble in front of the Mérida Cathedral for a thrilling recreation of the game of the Mayan Kings. Look on spellbound as the costumed players try their best to pass the ball through a post using only their hips, knees and forearms.

Dive Into the Mayan World at Gran Museo del Mundo Maya

The Great Museum of the Mayan World of Mérida hoards a collection of over 1,100 artifacts reflecting both the present life of Mayans and their ancient ways, history and culture.
The grand museum opened its doors to the world on 21st December 2012, which heralded the end of the Long Count in the Mayan calendar. We are certainly glad that the dire, catastrophic predictions for this date did not come true, aren’t we?

Admire the Stately Mansions in Paseo de Montejo

Named after Francisco de Montejo, the Spanish conquistador who founded Mérida, this French-style boulevard is the home to a number of majestic colonial houses.
On Sunday mornings, Paseo de Montejo becomes a restricted section for four-wheelers, leaving you free to zip around the tree-lined boulevard on rented bikes.

Marvel at the Monumento a la Patria

At the end of Paseo de Montejo, you’ll run into an imposing stone monument. Sculpted by Romulo Rozo, the detailed works on the Monumento a la Patria reflect the history and Mayan culture of Mérida.

Bring Out the Artist at Museo Fernando García Ponce-Macay

Contained in a former palace, Museo Fernando García Ponce-Macay hosts impressive permanent and temporary exhibitions dedicated to modern and contemporary artworks.

Cool Your Heels in a Cenote

The beautiful city can reach soaring temperatures. If you are willing to go an extra mile, there are several stunning cenotes near Mérida, where you can unwind and seek relief from the stifling heat.