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The population of this area of Yucatan is around 700,000.
The national capital, Mexico City, is situated 630 miles west of Merida, while Xtepen lies 12 miles to the southwest.
You and your family can take heaps of photos of the exotic creatures at the Animaya and the Zoological Park of Centenario. Try to take in a zookeeper presentation at the Parque Zoológico del Centenario for the complete zoological adventure.
If you're feeling lucky, pay a visit to the Diamonds Casino and the Juega Juega Casino and have a spin on the roulette wheel. On another day, you could also try your luck at the Casino La Cima and Diamonds Casino.
Pack a picnic hamper and enjoy some time to yourself in the tranquil, green surroundings of Hidalgo Park and Cenote X'batun. Parque de La Mejorada and Chelentun Cenotes are two more pleasant spots to while away a lazy afternoon over a good book.
A visit to Merida Tourism Office is a handy way of getting some information about the area.
Enjoy the fresh salty air, meander along the water's edge and watch as the birds wheel overhead at Progreso Beach.
Turn your phone off and have a rest from the stresses of the modern world at Calcehtok Caves and Grutas de Calcehtok. Nature lovers will also have a great time at Reserva de la Biosfera Ría Celestún and Grutas de Loltún.
Grab a friend and explore some of the varied cultural spaces in the area. The Macay Museum and the Casa Frederick Catherwood offer a range of displays and collections that are sure to capture your interest. The Great Museum of the Maya World and the Popular Art Museum are also worthwhile.
Some think of natural museums as a place to take the children, but the captivating specimens at the Anthropology and History Museum and the Museo del Pueblo Maya show that there's a good deal to keep the grown-ups captivated too. You should also explore the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya and the Museo Regional de Antropología.
Are you an art aficionado? You'll be spoiled with galleries of all varieties here. Start your tour of this creative destination by stopping in at the Casa Montes Molina Museum and the Centro Cultural y Artesanal. If these leave you feeling energized, wrap up the day at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo and the Museo Casa Montejo.
The Museum of the City of Merida and the Museo de la Ciudad offer you a look back at the past through their illuminating displays.
To learn about the area's rich and colorful past, consider visiting at least one of its many historic structures and monuments. Begin your local history tour at Dzibilchaltun Ruins and Mayapan Mayan Ruins. You might also like to get out the camera and snap some photos at the Teatro Peon Contreras and Montejo House.
Once the private domain of this region's elite, today the gates to these most stately homes are open to visitors from all over the world. If you can find one, a guided tour will allow you to get more out of your trip to Palacio del Gobernador and Palacio de Gobierno.
Whether you consider yourself spiritual or not, you're sure to enjoy a visit to Merida Cathedral and the Governors Palace. If you'd be interested to look at some more religious sites, keep your eyes peeled for tours at Tixcocob Church and Iglesia de Dzidzantún.
Ticked everything off your itinerary? Don't forget the Yucatan Country Club and the Merida English Library.
This family-friendly Mérida hotel is located on the Strip, within a 5-minute walk of U.S. Consulate Merida and Casa Montes Molina Museum. Centro Medico de las Americas and Plaza de Toros de Merida are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Centro, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Casa Montes Molina Museum, U.S. Consulate Merida, and Centro Medico de las Americas. Plaza de Toros de Merida and Anthropology and History Museum are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of U.S. Consulate Merida, Casa Montes Molina Museum and Centro Medico de las Americas. Plaza de Toros de Merida and Anthropology and History Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Centro, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Zoological Park of Centenario, Casa Frederick Catherwood and Merida English Library. Hidalgo Park and Teatro Peon Contreras are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Casa Frederick Catherwood, Merida English Library and Hidalgo Park. Plaza Grande and Teatro Peon Contreras are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Merida, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Plaza de Toros de Merida, U.S. Consulate Merida, and Casa Montes Molina Museum. Centro Medico de las Americas and Anthropology and History Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Casa Frederick Catherwood, Plaza Grande and Montejo House. Macay Museum and Museum of the City of Merida are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Teatro Peon Contreras, Popular Art Museum and Merida Tourism Office. Parque de La Mejorada and Hidalgo Park are also within 10 minutes.