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 miles away
- Uxmal 44 miles away
- Kabah 50 miles away
- Chichén Itzá 71 miles away
- Yucatán Peninsula 100 miles away
- Coba 127 miles away
- Tulum 151 miles away
- Isla Holbox 160 miles away
- The Mayan Riviera 167 miles away
- Playa del Carmen 167 miles away
- Cancun 180 miles away
- Isla Mujeres 187 miles away
- Palenque 285 miles away
- Yaxchilan 297 miles away
Accommodation choices for Merida & Around
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Ideas for experiencing Merida & Around
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