Worry-Free Booking & Free Cancellation — OurTourlane Travel Promise!
Catedral de San Ildefonso in Merida Mexico

Merida Vacations

The top sights, highlights, tours & travel itinaries curated by our Travel Experts.

    1. Destinations
    2. North America
    3. Mexico
    4. Merida

    Our Expert Tips for Your Merida Vacation

    MĂ©rida is one of the most colorful, vibrant and lively cities in Mexico. The capital of the Mexican state of YucatĂĄn is larger than many visitors expect and there is accordingly much to discover. The colonial charm of the city centre will quickly captivate you. In addition to the market criers on the 'Mercado Lucas de Galvez' and the dance performances on the 'Plaza Grande', which was already used as a venue in Mayan times, you can get lost in the cosy corners and alleys of the metropolis and experience the flair of Mexico at first hand.

    Our North America Travel Experts Recommend the Following Sights:

    1. DzibilchaltĂșn - Mayan Ruin Site.

    2. Museo Fernando GarcĂ­a Ponce - MACAY

    3. Plaza Grande

    4. Casa de los Montejo

    5. Cathedral of MĂ©rida

    6.  Less

    What to See During Your Merida Vacation?

    1. DzibilchaltĂșn - Mayan Ruin Site

    DzibilchaltĂșn gives you a unique and fascinating insight into the history, arts, architecture, language, clothing and religion of the Maya. Approximately 20,000 inhabitants once lived in DzibilchaltĂșn, which means "where inscriptions are in the stones". With 8,400 objects, DzibilchaltĂșn is one of the largest excavation sites in Mexico. In addition to the meticulously decorated temples and small pyramids, DzibilchaltĂșn also contains a beautiful cenote - a natural pit where the collapse of the limestone ceiling has exposed the groundwater below.

    2. Museo Fernando GarcĂ­a Ponce - MACAY

    The Fernando GarcĂ­a Ponce Museum of Contemporary Art shows you works by various modern artists who are unfortunately still largely unknown in the northern hemisphere. The museum's namesake 'Ponce' for example, was an abstract painter who is considered a pioneer of the 'GeneraciĂłn de la Ruptura' era through his collages and paintings. However, the sprawling museum is not only known for its frequently changing exhibits, but also for its great building and palm-filled courtyard, which serves as a cool oasis in MĂ©rida's warm climate.

    3. Plaza Grande

    Nothing reflects the charm of the city better than the historic center. This is where the lively present meets history. You will always find a quiet place to linger here, unless of course you come to the Plaza Grande on Sunday. On weekends, there are often city festivals with lots of live music and delicious food on offer. You can also admire the light shows that take place every evening, during which motifs are beamed onto the old walls of the houses. Very atmospheric!

    4. Casa de los Montejo

    If you want to get a feel for the life of the Spanish colonial masters, the Casa de los Montejo Museum is the place to go. Originally, the building was constructed to house soldiers who fought the Mayans in the 16th century. It then became the official residence of the Montejo family in Merida. The mansion has been restored to its original splendor and the curators have done an amazing job of showing the transformation of the building through the different eras.

    5. Cathedral of MĂ©rida

    This double-domed cathedral is the stuff of many myths. For example, it is said to be the first church in the Americas. It is also said to have been built from stones from a Mayan pyramid that previously stood on the same site. What is undisputed, however, is that it is the tallest cathedral in Yucatån and that you will find a beautiful Catholic church that captivates with its paintings, sacred art and massive pipe organ. Less

    Other Places to Visit During Your Tour

    1. View of the Santo Domingo de Guzman church in Oaxaca Mexico


    2. View from the air on Cabo San Lucas in Mexico

      Cabo San Lucas

    3. View of the Maya ruin El Castillo in Tulum Mexico


    4. Playa del Carmen vacation - in Mexico

      Playa del Carmen

    5. Church Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Puerto Vallarta Mexico

      Puerto Vallarta

    6. View from the air on the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City at dusk

      Mexico City

    7. Experience white stalls on a Cancun vacation


    8. Chen Rio beach on the Mexican island of Cozumel