Visit this cosmopolitan and colonial city, one of the most important places to explore the Mayan heritage. The tree-lined Paseo de Montejo, the city’s main boulevard, is surrounded by colonial residences. Many of the residences have been converted into restaurants, hotels, shops, nightclubs, and museums to give the area a fashionable ambience.
You can perfectly explore Paseo de Montejo on foot, especially Sundays when boulevard is closed, to admire all the mansions and palaces, such as the pink Palacio Canton where the Regional Anthropology Museum is located.
If you’re visiting during a festival, you’ll be dazzled with the colourful attires of the people participating.
Things to visit in and around Merida:
Casa de Montejo
Built in the sixteenth century in Spanish Plateresque-style, this mansion has carved stone facades that will impress you with the details. Here, history andarchitecture are combined, and it’s located downtown.
This late-Classic Mayan site, pertaining to the tenth century is lessthan an hour from downtown Merida. Admire its unique round pyramid, among the rest of impressive ruins.
A Mayan site from the ninth century, linked to Uxmal by a ceremonial causeway. It’s jut 20 minutes drive from Uxmal, so you can explore both sites the same day.
Considered as one of the seven New Wonders of the World, you can visit this archeological treasure located a little over an hours drive from Merida. If you have the opportunity, reserve at least half a day to visit this magnificent Mayan center, dated from the ninth and tenth century.
If you’re interested in some traditional and local food, here are some dishes you can try:
Cochinita Pibil – Pork marinated in orange and achiote (annatto spice)
Chilmole, or Pavo al Relleno Negro – Turkey stew with a black paste made of roasted chiles
Sopa de Lima – Lime soup with a chicken broth base, served with shredded chicken or turkey, and tortilla chips
Papadzules – tortillas stuffed with hard-boiled eggs
Best places to eat traditional food
La Chaya Maya – With two locations in Merida, they attract locals and visitors, and serve delicious traditional local dishes from different areas in Yucatan.
Manjar Blanco – A family run restaurant that gives a twist to the Yucatan dishes. They follow the same traditional recipes, as they elevate and present the food in a gourmet way that will surprise you.
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