Merida (Mexico)

Merida Travel Guide and Trip Resources


One of Mexico's friendliest, and safest

Mérida is the capital of Mexico's Yucatán
A city with predominantly ethnically Maya population, renowned for being friendly and safe
Top class museums, colonial mansions and sights and an overall very pleasant atmosphere

As the capital of the state of Yucatán, Mérida is quite likely to be your point of entry into the region. In fact, it could even be used as point of entry to Quintana Roo - being located at a 3 hours drive from Cancun. Mérida has a population of nearly a million, of which the majority is of the Maya ethnicity, something which sets the city apart from other major Mexican cities.

The city has numerous good museums - there is a city museum, a museum of contemporary arts and an archaeological museum as well as numerous art galleries - but what really draws the tourists here is the rich colonial history and the friendly disposition of its people. Just head over to the Plaza Grande (Zocalo) and see if you can avoid engaging in chats with the friendly locals. Trust us, you will struggle. Whilst at the Zocalo you are also in the right spot to check out some of the main sights, such as the cathedral immediately next to it, colonial mansions turned museums and the actual museum of contemporary art.

But with cities like Mérida - nicknamed the White City for its heavy use of white colored limestone - the best thing to do is to just explore and take in the scenery. As you do so you will pass by numerous town squares, broad tree-lined avenues such as the Paseo de Montejo and narrower streets along which you will see colorful houses. Did we mention that, besides being one of the friendliest cities in Mexico, it is also one of the safest? Yep. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Merida is a city in Mexico's region of Yucatan. It has a population of 970,377, is situated at an altitude of 36ft and the best airport to fly into is MID (Rejon, Merida)
  • The currency used in Mexico is the Mexican peso (MXN)

Merida Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

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Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

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More Merida travel resources

The NY Times spent 36 hours in the city. Visit Mexico covered the city and Frommer's had a decent guide to the city. As usual the place is covered by both Lonely Planet and Wikitravel. A blog about 91 days in Yutacan wrote quite a bit about the city, while hardly anyone wrote more extensively and better about the place than Sarah Somewhere who made a road trip here.

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