Merida Points of Interest and Places to Visit


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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 79 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Zocalo de Merida

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 43 Reviews

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 ...  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 ...  Read more

Paseo de Montejo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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 ...  Read more


4 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Progreso Cruise Port

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Dzibilchaltun Ruins

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

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 ...  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 ...  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 ...  Read more

Chacchoben Ruins

Mostly unexcavated, the Chacchoben ruins (Zona Arqueológica de Chacchoben) make up the largest and most visited Maya archaeological site in Costa Maya. ...  Read more

Hacienda Yaxcopoil

Once one of the Yucatan’s most prominent estates, the remarkably preserved Hacienda Yaxcopoil offers a unique insight into the region’s rich colonial history. ...  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 ...  Read more

Mayapan Mayan Ruins

Largely regarded as the last great Mayan capital of the Yucatan peninsula and inhabited until the Late Post-Classic period, the ancient city of Mayapan has ...  Read more

Merida Cathedral

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 ...  Read more

Sotuta De Peón Hacienda

At the turn of the 19th century in Merida, the henequen plant—a type of agave—was such an important producer of textiles that locals would call it “green ...  Read more

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