History Attractions in Merida

Ciudad Industrial

Calle 17 No. 315 X 14 y 20

The Ciudad Industrial-- Out of the Yucatan and into the future... read more

Catedral de Merida

On the Zócalo at Calles 60, between Calles 60 and 61, Historic Center

On the Zócalo at Calles 60, between Calles 60 and 61, Historic Center Construction began in 1562 on the San Ildefonso Cathedral, a sober, Renaissance-style house of worship, which was completed in 1599 and rises 42 meters above the Zócalo... read more

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Hacienda Yaxcopoil

Kilometer 186, Federal Highway 261

Take a step back into the time of filthy rich henequen barons at the Hacienda Yaxcopoil, a former plantation located 20 miles south of Merida, the capital of Yucatan state... read more

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House and Garden Tour

Calle 53 No. 524, between 66 and 68, Historic Center

The House and Garden Tour of Merida's Centro Historico gives visitors to the capital of Yucatan state a glimpse into the the history of Mexico and the contemporary lives of the residents who have rescued these historic homes... read more

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Historic Center Free Walking Tour

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

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Museo Regional de Antropologia

Palacio Canton, Paseo de Montejo at Calle 43

Some of the finest artifacts of Yucatán's storied Mayan past are displayed at Mérida's Museo Regional de Antropología... read more

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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza, YUC, Mexico

Chichén Itzá is spectacular, like no other place in Mexico, or for that matter, in the world... read more

Hacienda Sotuta de Peon

Municipio de Tecoh

An historic sisal plantation has been put back to work at Hacienda Sotuta de Peon in southeastern Mexico near Merida where you can enjoy donkey cart rides, tours, and a dip into a refreshing cenote... read more

Dzibilchaltun Archeological Zone

The Mayan ruin and cenote closest to Merida and Progreso is Dzibilchaltún, which makes it convenient for cruise ship passengers visiting Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula who don't want to make the longer trip to Chichen Itza or Uxmal... read more

Mayapan Archeological Zone

Highway 18, 40 km southeast of Mérida

The Mayan city of Mayapan defeated Chichén Itzá in 1221 AD and built its own mini-version of the El Castillo, near the Ruta Puuc archeology sites south of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico... read more

Merida Audioguide Walking Tour

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

Museo de Historia Natural

: Calle 59 No. 648, between Calles 84 and 84-A, on the north side of Parque Zoológico de "El Centenario"

The Mezozoic Gallery in Merida's Natural History Museum explains a little known fact: the meteor which crashed into the Gulf of Mexico less than 50 miles from Merida caused the extinction of the dinosaurs... read more

Casa de Montejo

Calle 63, between Calles 60 and 62

Merida's founder Francisco de Montejo, El Adelante built the Casa de Montejo between 1543 and 1549 and the allegorical figures of its façade continue to fascinate visitors today... read more

Iglesia el Jesus

Calle 59 at Calle 60

The dignified 17th century Iglesia de Jesús in the Centro Histórico is a popular choice for weddings... read more

Museo de La Ciudad (City Museum

Calle 56 #529-A, between 65 and 65-A

The City Museum tells the long and complicated history of Mérida's evolution as an important New World city, located in Mexico's southeastern state of Yucatan... read more

Plaza Grande

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

Palacio de Gobierno

Calles 60 and 61

The Palacio de Gobierno houses the state tourism office and Fernando Castro Pacheco's 17 impressive murals chronicling Yucatán's history... read more

Paseo de Montejo

Paseo de Montejo

The Paseo de Montejo is a tree-lined boulevard where Gilded Age millionaires built their mansions... read more

MACAY - Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Ateneo de Yucatan (Contemporary Art Museum)

Calles 60 and 63

Merida's contemporary art museum, MACAY, displays a permanent collection of works by Yucatan's most famous 20th century artists and ever-changing temporary expositions by Mexican and international sculptors and painters... read more

Palacio Municipal (City Hall)

Calle 62 between Calles 61 and 63

The Palacio Municipal is Merida's city hall and the location of the local tourism office, which offers free, guided tours of the Historic Center... read more
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