Mérida (Yucatán)

POWER LINE: Government Palace in Mérida (courtesy, Mexico Tourism)

Founded in 1542, Mérida is an architectural and cultural gem, with colonial-era churches and buildings, several excellent museums, theaters and coffee houses, monuments here and there, and lovely tree-lined parks from which to take it all in. Every day of the week, the city hosts a free cultural event—folkloric dance, live music, spoken word performances, and city-wide festivals—which are well-attended by locals and travelers. For a rundown of Mérida's weekly offerings, pick up Yucatán Today, a free monthly magazine distributed at the tourist information office on the main plaza.

Inside Tip: If you only visit one museum, make it the Museo Regional de Antropología (Museum of Anthropology), which houses one of Mexico's finest collections of Maya artifacts (US$3, closed Monday).

Liza Prado and Gary Chandler are the authors of numerous guidebooks to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, including Yucatán Peninsula and Cancún & Cozumel , both published by Moon Handbooks.


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