Merida Attractions


5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

This minor archeological site on the Puuc Route south of Merida is worth visiting to see its Palace of the Masks, an ornate structure covered with hundreds of masks of the same figure: the rain god ...  Read more

Zocalo de Merida

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Better known as Plaza Grande, Plaza Principal, or just “the main square” by English speakers, this has been the center of Merida since the cathedral was finished in the late 1500s. It’s a pleasant ...  Read more

Ake Mayan Ruins

About 25 miles east of lovely Merida lies the architectural site of the pre-Columbian Mayan civilization, Ake. A small slice of vintage Yucatan, this ancient treasure’s name translates roughly into ...  Read more

Paseo de Montejo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Rating | Tours & Tickets

While the center of Merida is all Spanish Colonial in architecture and layout, Paseo de Montejo is the product of a brief period when the French controlled Mexico and built a grand boulevard lined by ...  Read more

Progreso Cruise Port

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Located on the Yucatan peninsula where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean Sea, the Mexican port of Progreso is a jumping-off point for tours to the Mayan archaeological sites of Chichen Itza (100 ...  Read more


3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

If you’re looking for guaranteed pink flamingo sightings, a trip out to Celustun is your best bet. There’s a pleasant enough beach where you can spread out a blanket, look for shells, or go swimming, ...  Read more

Ayuntamiento (Palacio Municipal)

The Municipal Palace of Merida faces the main plaza across from the cathedral and is probably the building most likely to appear in photos of the city. With its salmon-colored exterior, arches ...  Read more

Casa de Montejo

Located on the south side of the Plaza Principal, this intricately decorated structure was built by the son of Adelantado Montejo, the conqueror of Yucatan. It served as a mansion for the family and ...  Read more

Chacchoben Ruins

For years, the Chacchoben Ruins lay dormant as a silent testament to the ancient civilization of the Mayas. Today, Chacchoben is one of the most frequented ruin destinations on the Mayan Riviera. ...  Read more

Dzibilchaltun Ruins

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Near the ancient town of Merida, you’ll find the massive but beautifully ruinous structure known as the Dzibilchaltun Ruins. Though somewhat of a tongue twister for traditional English speakers, the ...  Read more

MACAY Museum (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Ateneo de Yucatan)

This contemporary art museum right off the Grand Plaza houses permanent and visiting exhibits. The former include the work of several Yucatecan artists, the most famous being the Governor’s Palace ...  Read more

Merida Cathedral

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Officially known as the Cathedral of San Ildefonso, this grand church was built between 1561 and 1598, on the site of a Mayan temple (and adding insult to injury by using its stones as part of the ...  Read more


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The Mayan pyramids and monuments of Uxmal are particularly well preserved, and considered some of the most beautiful in the Yucatan. Scattered across the archaeological site are stepped ...  Read more

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