Looking for a change of scenery? Interested in exploring other parts of the Yucatan Peninsula? Why not consider a visit to the capital city of the state of Yucatan?
For as awesome and fun it is to have your holiday in the Riviera Maya, there comes a time when you want to experience more of the country itself.
Located in the Yucatan Peninsula 308 km from Cancun, Merida is a cosmopolitan city that blends the charm of colonial cities with the warm candor of its inhabitants.
It was founded by the Spanish explorer Francisco de Montejo over the remains of the Maya city T’ho. In ancient times, it was the center of economic and cultural activity of the Maya and today is the capital city of the state of Yucatan. With so much to offer we highlight just a few of the sites to see:
- El Parque Zoológico del Centenario was founded in 1910 on the 100th anniversary of the independence of Mexico and today it is a park with activities for the whole family. There are two parts: the recreational area and the zoo. On Sundays, elders gather to dance the Danzón, a popular dancing style originated in Cuba. The zoo has around 113 species, and it is very common to see students who go there to study or to do research. The entrance is free, and the activity prices are in the range of one and five pesos. For more information visit merida.gob.mx/Centenario
- El paseo de Montejo was named after founder Francisco de Montejo, and it is the main avenue in the city. It extends from the barrio de Santa Ana up to the edge of the city, and it is a beautiful path suitable for a walk to admire restored buildings, transporting you back to the 17th century’s glory.
- A good thing about Merida is that when you miss the beach, you won’t have to return to the Riviera Maya. You just have to take a 40-minute ride to Puerto Progreso to bask in the sun and its sandy beaches.
Give yourself time to enjoy a local play in its theaters or a disco night after a day on the beach. This city has it all.
Merida is a colonial city with so many things to enjoy. However, we think its colonial beauty and the warmth and hospitality of its people is what you will enjoy the most.