Visit Merida & Around, Mexico
Built more than 450 years ago on the site of T'ho, an ancient Mayan city, Mérida is the social and economic centre, as well as the capital, of the state of Yucatán.
Mérida's downtown area features a large, tree-shaded central square. The city's main boulevard, Paseo Montejo, is home to impressive European-style mansions whose pastel shades and elaborate trim are reminiscent of lavishly iced wedding cakes.
Though a bustling city of about 700,000, Mérida retains its colonial charm and has a laid-back tempo that delights visitors. It makes a good base from which to explore the Mayan archaeological sites of Chichén-Itzá and Uxmal.
Pink flamingo sanctuaries and swimmable crystal-clear cenotes (sinkholes) are some of the natural attractions of the Yucatán Peninsula that are also easily accessible from Mérida.
Suggested itineraries featuring Merida & Around
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Merida & Around, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Places near Merida & Around
- Merida less than 5 kilometers away
- Uxmal 70 kilometers away
- Kabah 81 kilometers away
- Chichén Itzá 114 kilometers away
- Yucatán Peninsula 160 kilometers away
- Coba 204 kilometers away
- Tulum 242 kilometers away
- Isla Holbox 257 kilometers away
- The Mayan Riviera 268 kilometers away
- Playa del Carmen 268 kilometers away
- Cancun 289 kilometers away
- Isla Mujeres 301 kilometers away
- Palenque 459 kilometers away
- Yaxchilan 477 kilometers away
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Accommodation choices for Merida & Around
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Merida & Around. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
The Hacienda Merida is a lovely historic property converted in to a charming boutique B+B in the heart of Merida, next door to its higher-end sister property, Hacienda VIP.
This magnificent hacienda, south of Merida, has been tastefully restored to preserve the original architecture.
Located just 30 minutes away from Merida, Hacienda Ticum is one of the newest luxury boutique hotels in this part of Mexico.
Hotel Hacienda Merida VIP is a small, 6 bedroom boutique B+B located in the heart of Merida, next door to its sister property Hacienda Merida.
This beautifully restored old casona, or small manor house, has been thoughtfully decorated to high standards throughout.
The Hacienda San Jose Cholul is situated in the little town of Tixkokob, 45 minutes from Merida. Once a working Hacienda, it has now been renovated into a luxury hotel.
Ideas for experiencing Merida & Around
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Merida & Around, and which use the best local guides.
The "White City" title that Merida has derives from the stately homes and mansions that adorn the sides of Paseo Montejo, about 10 blocks north of the centre, standing opulently in gleaming white stone.
The Yucatán Peninsula has over 3000 "cenotes", or water sinkholes, formed by the Yucatán's underground fresh water rivers. Caverns and caves formed where the underground water collects, creating these beautiful turquoise coloured pools either completely underground or partly open.