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Merida, Mexico - The White City

Rich history, folklore, and Mayan ruins close by

The charming and magical city of Merida is located in the state of Yucatan, about 320 km
(198 mi) from Cancun. Thanks to its tropical climate and cool winds that blow in from the nearby coast, temperatures range between 28º and 35º C (82º and 95º F) throughout most of the year. Founded upon the ruins of the Mayan city T’ho, which was constructed with white limestone and means "Face of Infinity," Merida is known today as the White City. It has beautiful and solidly built colonial buildings that house the city’s history, art, traditions and culture. While in Merida, you can try many of the exquisite dishes characteristic of Yucatecan cuisine. Papadzules and panuchos are made with stuffed corn tortillas and bathed in hot sauce. The traditional cochinita pibil is pork marinated in orange juice and served with beans and red onion. Also near the White City are many spectacular archaeological zones where you can discover the grandeur of the ancient Mayan culture at sites such as Uxmal, Dibilchaltun and Chichen Itza.



In the downtown Historic Center, you can visit the city cathedral, an impressive 16th century construction. Or you can go to interesting museums, such as the Yucatan Museum of Archaeology, which you’ll find in Palacio Canton, an elegant building dating back to the Porfirian era. You can also take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage down the city’s main avenue, Paseo Montejo, which is lined with 19th century mansions and well-known hotels. It’s a pleasant tour blending sights of old and new. To learn more about Merida's history and architecture please click below.

Merida, Mexico Tourist info History and Architecture Merida was founded in the northern part of the Yucatán Peninsula on the remains of the ancient Mayan city known in the region as Ichcaanziho, which means "five hills". With time, the name was shortened to T'ho, and was later given the name Merida, due to the fact that the ancient Mayan structures pr... >>
Merida, Mexico Tourist info History and Architecture


Apart from all the wonderful things you can do while visiting Merida, the two things that will stand out the most and make it an exceptional place to visit are safe travel and friendly people. Don’t be surprised if most people greet you timidly and say “buenos dias” or “vaya bien”. They don’t want anything. They are merely greeting you politely and then going about their business. Please also remember that Yucatan culture is not conducive to doing things impersonally nor doing it quickly. Try to be patient and smile like they do. Everyone is trying their best to accommodate you; that’s always the highest intention. To learn more about what to see and do while in Merida, please click below.

Merida, Mexico Tourist areas Attractions, ruins and events These recommendations are not exhaustive but are the special recommendations of the owners of Hotel Villa Merida: - Museum of Anthropology (a must in conjunction with seeing the ruins, on another day of course) - Street Sculptures on Paseo Montejo (a nice adjunct to a visit to the Anthropol... >>
Merida, Mexico Tourist areas Attractions, ruins and events


Whether you would like to know more about this interesting city, explore the natural beauty of the Celestun National Park or visit one of the amazing archaeological sites of the Mayas not far from Merida, our recommended day tours will provide you with the opportunity to do so in style with your private guide. Please click below for more information.

Tours in the Mérida Region, Mexico Culture, Archaeology, Nature Mérida, a city of about 1 million people, is a wonderful mixture of colonial city and cosmopolitan destination. Yucatán – Merida’s home state - is one of Mexico's most tranquil and safest states, with a climate resembles that of Florida or Cuba. Yucatecans are good, tranquil and hospitable people wh... >>
Tours in the Mérida Region, Mexico Culture, Archaeology, Nature


We have carefully chosen the most exquisite accommodations that have met our highest standards for comfort and style to assure your stay in the Merida region is an unforgettable one.

Hotel Hacienda Merida From $129/night Merida, Mexico Located in the heart of the charming colonial center of the city, the Hotel Hacienda Merida is the ultimate high class boutique hotel. You will discover a beaut... >>
Hotel Hacienda Merida From $129/night Merida, Mexico

Hotel Villa Merida From $140/night Merida, Mexico This restored and exquisitely appointed seven-room, 19th-century nobleman’s mansion, is located five blocks from Barrio de Santiago, one of the most historic si... >>
Hotel Villa Merida From $140/night Merida, Mexico

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