According to The Guardian, Merida has been named among the top places in the world to visit in 2017. Lonely Planet named Merida as the American capital of culture in 2017 for its lively music and cultural flamboyance.
Merida, also known as the “White City”, was founded on the abandoned Mayan metropolis of Ichkaansihó and is now the financial and cultural capital of the Yucatan Peninsula.
WALK THE PASEO MONTEJO
Walk along the traditional Paseo Montejo to admire the old houses of the Porfiriato accompanied by large trees which project their playful silhouettes on the wide paved sidewalks.
Visit the famous Colon Ice Cream Shop where you can enjoy delicious local ice cream or sherbet made from natural fruit.
DISCOVER ITS HISTORY
Enter the Canton palace that houses the regional museum of Anthropology and History along with the Merida historical archive, where information about the fascinating development of the region and the city is safeguarded.
Wear a guayabera, a hat or a Yucatecan huipil to enjoy your walk. Take a ride on a calandria pulled by horses and arrive at one of the beautiful parks where you can find live music and cultural performances.
TASTE YUCATECAN FOOD
Get into the traditional streets and sip a Xtabentun, a drink made from the honey of bees fed with the xtabentun flower. According to the local legend, when you taste this liquor for the first time you will feel a dizziness, which is similar to an old love potion that has the same effect.
Taste papadzules seasoned with pumpkin nuggets, turkey salbutes or a cochinita pibil with freshly prepared tortillas.