Capital of the state of Yucatan, Merida, also known as the White City or The White Merida, is rich in folklore, food, colonial architecture, and an ancestral heritage that is reflected in the various Mayan archaeological sites located in the surrounding area. Mérida has a long cultural history that is highlighted in its dances and music ranging from Bolero, Bambuco, Jarana, Pasillo, Joropo, and Vals. This city has one of the best symphony orchestras in Mexico.

Mérida, YUC

State: Yucatán

20°58'04"N 89°37'18"W

Altitude: 10 meters above sea level


Time Zone: Central Standard Time UTC-6

Population: 1,035,288 inhabitants (INEGI, 2010)

Area Code: 999

Merida is a city rich with colonial architecture and is also a showcase for national and international culture.

Within the city you can visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of the City among many others, and the Great Museum of the Mayan World recently opened as part of the celebration of the end of the Mayan calendar.

The architectural beauties of Merida include the Government Palace, the theater Teatro Peon Contreras, the Cathedral of San Ildefonso, Casa Montejo and of course a tour of the Paseo Montejo where large French-style mansions are found like the palace Palacio Cantón which today houses the Museum of Anthropology and History of Yucatan.

Merida also offers a tour of the Sacred Art on its Convent Route. During this tour you will visit a number of convents and churches with each one reflecting the historical and cultural area of ​​the city.

In 2000 this destination was designated as the American Capital of Culture due to the great momentum and push that has been given to culture and the arts in the city.

In 2011 it was elected as a City of Peace. Merida is a destination that gladdens the hearts between its sounds and flavors while visitors are dazzled by its pre-Hispanic and colonial beauty.

The local cuisine is influenced by European, Spanish, Lebanese, and Mayan culture. So enjoying your meal is also a journey through the mingling of cultures.

Getting there

The city of Merida is connected to international destinations thanks to the "Manuel Crescencio Rejon International Airport" which receives flights from cities like Miami, Houston, and Havana.

To get to Merida take the highway Carretera Federal No.186, continue along the Carretera Federal No.261 Campeche-Candelaria-Xbacáb and then take Carretera Federal No.180.

Distance from Merida to other destinations in Mexico

  • Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo : 300 km.
  • Cancun, Quintana Roo : 307 km.
  • Campeche, Campeche : 314 km.
  • Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo : 358 km.
  • Villahermosa, Tabasco : 558 km.
  • San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas : 746 km.
  • Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas : 810 km.
  • Veracruz, Veracruz : 1030 km.
  • Bays of Huatulco, Oaxaca: 1158 km.
  • Oaxaca, Oaxaca : 1164 km.
  • Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza, Puebla : 1196 km.
  • Mexico City, Distrito Federal : 1318 km.
  • Morelia, Michoacán: 1606 km.
  • Guadalajara, Jalisco : 1855 km.
  • Monterrey, Nuevo Leon: 2020 km. 


Mérida's climate is considered hot and humid with a maximum temperature of 33 ° C and a minimum of 18 ° C.

The rainy season occurs during the months of June to October.

What to Pack

Sunscreen, shorts, sneakers, insect repellent, hat, swimsuit (if you intend to visit the water parks or beaches nearby), cool shirts, sandals, flip flops, and a light sweater.

Sneakers and a hat for excursions to the archaeological sites.

Activities and Tourist Attractions in and around Merida

Nighttime Serenades at Santa Lucia Park every Thursday at 21h.

Palacio Cantón (home of the Museum of Anthropology and History of Yucatan), Casa de Montejo, Great Museum of the Mayan World, Monument to the Nation, the Government Palace.

Cathedral of San Ildefonso, Chapel of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, Chapel and Park of San Juan Bautista, Hermitage de Santa Isabel, Former Convent of Nuestra Señora de la Consolación, Church of the Jesús de la Tercera Orden, Temple of San Juan de Dios.

Gonzalo Guerrero Monument. Contemporary Art Museum Ateneo of Yucatán, Popular Art Museum, Museum of the Yucatecan Song, Museum of the City of Merida, Natural History Museum, the Numismatic Museum of Mexico, the Juan Gamboa Guzman State Art Gallery, Historical Archives of Mérida, Colonial Haciendas.

The shopping center of Pasaje Picheta, Neighborhood of San Juan, Neighborhood and Temple of Santiago, Neighborhood of La Mejorada, Municipal Market.

Autonomous University of Yucatán, City Hall, Teatro Peon Contreras, Paseo Montejo, Plaza de la Independencia, 21st Century Convention Center.

Poniente Ecological Park, Xoclán Archaeological Park, Merida Water Park, Rio Salvaje Water Park, Animaya del Bicentenario Park, Las Americas Park, Hidalgo Park of La Mejorada, San Juan Park, El Centenario Zoo, La Madre Park.

Hacienda Temozon, Town of Chelem, Poblado Izamal, Convent Route.

Merida's surrounding archaeological sites : Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, Dxibilchaltún, Mayapan, Uxmal, Dzoyilá, Chen Ho, Flor de Mayo, Xcatzmil, Caucel, Xoclán.

Feasts and Festivals in Merida

Monday Night Serenades at Santa Lucia Park.

January: Festival of the City of Merida.

February: Merida Carnival.

May: Merida International Film Festival.

September: Feast of Cristo de la Ampollas and Celebration of the Independence of Mexico (15 and 16).

November: Day of the Dead and X'Matkuil Fair, Festival of Birds.

December 12: Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe