One of the best tours of Mérida is the excellent audioguide, "Mérida Te Espera" (Merida Is Expecting You), a self-guided walking tour. Using a map and personal headphones, you visit the city's main attractions in any order you like and at your own speed while listening to expert commentary about the Yucatan capital's history and culture in English, Spanish, Italian, French, or Maya. It's a particularly good choice for kids who can enjoy a bit of independence; their parents like the tour's flexibility. Using the technology is easy: at each of more than 70 destinations in the Historic Center, Paseo de Montejo, and downtown neighborhoods you locate the historic marker and punch in the corresponding number on the hand-held device. Among the sites you can visit are the Palacio Municipal, Main Square, Palacio de Gobierno, Cathedral, MACAY contemporary art museum, Pasaje de la Revolucion, the City Museum, and Casa de Montejo.
Rental Locations and Hours of Operation:
Palacio Municipal (City Hall), Calle 62, between Calles 61 and 63. Monday to Saturday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Sunday, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Museo de la Ciudad (City Museum), Calle 56 #529A between Calles 65 and 65-A.
Tuesday to Friday, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am. to 2:00 pm. Closed Monday
Paseo de Montejo Tourism Kiosk: Paseo de Montejo at Calle 33 A (Justo Sierra Circle) near the Fiesta American Hotel. Monday to Sunday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
1. MX$80/US$8 foreign tourists
2. MX$60/US$6 national and local tourist
3. MX$40/US4 students and senior citizens, with Mexican credential
4. MX$20/US$2 per extra-hour, all tourists
Additional Information: You pay in advance, sign a form, and leave a driver's license or other identification as a security deposit.