The capital of the Mexican State of Yucatan and the most populous city in the region, Merida often acts as a jumping off point to explore the nearby ancient Mayan ruins, but to walk the ancient streets is to step back into time and explore history. Plaza Grande is the city’s central square, and on its east side is the Catedral de San Ildefonso and the Museo Macay Museum of Modern Art. On the south side you’ll find the founding conquistador’s original house, Casa de Montejo, built in the late 1500s and still standing proud.
Many call this the city of Unity for its successful merging of ancient Mayan customs, Spanish heritage, and its distinctly Mexican nature. Both upscale and budget, Merida walks the line of being a modern capital city, while maintaining its roots in Mayan and Spanish conquistador culture. Ancient landmarks like Placio Canton abut numerous museums in the bustling city center, while the Paseo de Montejo is a serene golden-lit walk amongst 18th century architecture. A city of contrasts, a city of unity, Merida is something unique to everyone.