Even if you love churches and museums, it can get boring if you spend all your time in Mérida visiting only them. This city, the capital of Mexico's Yucatan state, wouldn't be nearly as popular as it truly is if it didn't have other stuff to do that is just plain fun!
choice for having a raucus time is the Plaza Grande, more commonly known as the Zócalo, which is the sprawling public park in Mérida's Historic Center. On Sundays, especially, the park is entertaining: in the inner sidewalk circle alone you will find hippie vendors selling handmade jewelry, young women from Chiapas selling embroidered clothing, and street performers dressed up as clowns.
Centro Olimpo's planetarium ranks #2
, where you can lie back, listen to music, and gaze at starry simulated night skies.
#6 and #7
combine shopping and sensory delights: sample chocolate at Ki Xocolatl Chocolate Shop and Café and sniff six different hand-blended scents at Coqui Coqui Epicerie Boutique.
at the intersection of Calles 60, 61, 62 and 63, Historic Center
Performing and visual artists and vendors of all sorts fill the Zócalo (also known as Plaza Grande or de la Indpendencia) as do families strolling, lovers kissing, and students typing away at laptops using the free Wifi... read more
Calles 61 and 62
Centro Cultural Olimpo is a beehive of activities ranging from theater, dance, and visual art to science, workshops and conferences... read more
Tourism office in the Palacio Municipal (City Hall), Calle 62, between Calles 61 and 63
During your trip to Yucatan state in southeastern Mexico, see Merida's most important landmarks on the free, guided walking tour of the capital city's Historic Center, offered in English and Spanish every morning but Sunday at 9:30 am... read more
City Tourism office in the Palacio Municipal (City Hall), Calle 62, between Calles 61 and 63
One of the best tours of Mérida is the excellent audioguide, "Mérida Te Espera" (Merida Is Expecting You), a self-paced walking tour of 70 important landmarks that uses a map and personal headphones to share historical and cultural information about Yucatan's capital city, one of the prettiest in Mexico... read more
Hankering for a souvenir in Merida? The shops in the capital of Mexico's Yucatan state have many, many to offer...hammocks and Panama hats among them... read more
Calle 55 No. 513, between Calles 60 and 62, Historic Center
Mexico's Belgian-born master chocolatier Mathieu Brees is renowned throughout the Yucatan Peninsula and the world of chocolate aficionados and Ki'Xocolatl is his tiny, fragrant shop in Merida's Centro Historico... read more
Calle 55 No. #516, between Calles 62 and 64
Coqui Coqui's L'Epicerie Boutique sells contemporary women's accessories and a signature line of hand-blended scents in an elegant 19th century house near Santa Lucia Park... read more
Paseo de Montejo
The Paseo de Montejo is a tree-lined boulevard where Gilded Age millionaires built their mansions... read more
Avenide Itzaes and Calle 59
Parque Zoológico del Centenario is a shady retreat in central Mérida, a zoo, botanic garden, and amusement park perfect for families... read more
Chichen Itza, YUC, Mexico
Chichén Itzá is spectacular, like no other place in Mexico, or for that matter, in the world... read more