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You're excited to set course in a different direction. Never one to shy away from expanding your horizons and inventive ways to get your kicks, you're eager to check out a new locale from top to bottom. Coming up: Merida! It's not challenging to fill an itinerary, because Expedia makes it easy to book lots of things to do. Find and book your activities now, and all you'll have left to do is pack your suitcase and prepare to have fun.
You'll want an expert itinerary to fully explore Merida, particularly when you long to include lots of local cuisine and entertainment. And it's clear that you don't plan to sleep all day遥ou're excited to get out and take it all in. You look forward to scoping out the most essential activities around, and a quiet day exploring local neighbourhoods is always time well spent. Our activities are the perfect way to organise your holiday. Book professional regional tours on Expedia, and you'll learn all about the city's history along the way.
The state capital of the Yucatan, Merida is a city that’s rich in cultural life, hosting numerous festivals throughout the year. It’s a colourful and vibrant city of just under a million people built upon the old Mayan city of T’ho, with some parts of the ancient settlement still poking through into the modern world. The Spanish brought their colonial architecture, which dominates today, with the narrow alleys and broad squares making this a great city to explore on foot. Make the most of the cheap and delicious street food, bustling markets and hip nightlife during your stay - and you’ll get to see the very best of Merida.
Historic Centre - The old colonial centre of the city is not surprisingly the big draw. Based around the main central square, Plaza Grande, you can explore the cathedral and best museums here.
El Paseo Montejo - One of the city’s most famous streets, this tree-line boulevard is a great place to stroll, eat and drink in the evenings when it really comes to life.
Calle 60 - Another of Merida’s most lively areas, this street located between the Plaza Grande and Parque Santa Lucia is busy with outdoor eating options and street performers.
Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve - Just a short way to the north on the Gulf of Mexico you’ll find a vast nature reserve at Celestun, where the wildlife and jungle is spectacular.
Start in the Plaza Grande, the city’s main square and explore outwards from there. This colonial hub is full of impressive buildings, including the Casa de Montejo (the Spanish conquistador) and Governor’s Palace. Stroll the Paseo Montejo, modelled on the Champs Elysees in Paris. Head north to the Gulf of Mexico coast or visit one of the famous Yucatan cenotes. These vast sinkholes are the gateway to a huge underground river network that sustained the ancient Maya empire. Plus, you can also still visit some of the region’s incredible Maya sites, ancient cities that were advanced for their time.
On Sunday evenings, don’t miss the free concerts and parties at the zocalo (main square). It’s closed off for traffic and there’s a real festival vibe. It’s also your chance to sample some of the delicious street food on offer. There’s an increasing number of galleries and museums to visit too, including Artists in Mexico and Galeria Merida. Hit the markets and stock up on local handicrafts. The hammocks from this part of the world are especially famed for their bright colours and comfort. There’s a big choice of artesanal markets and shops so don’t rush into making a purchase and always shop around. Soak up Merida’s fun loving atmosphere, take trips out to the coast and make the most of the great food - it’s a winning combination.