Being colonized by the Spaniards was quite advantageous to the very colorful town of Merida in the captivating country of Mexico. Though most of the influences brought by Spain were minor, the locals of Merida still live in a backdrop of colonial history, weaved deeply into every corner of the town.
Right now, Merida is home to a multitude of restaurants that are friendly to your pocket, small yet comfortable accommodations in hostels and hotels, markets that are bustling with life and local hues, along with plazas and other public spaces that you would certainly be excited to visit.
Merida can certainly kick off your Yucatan Peninsula adventure, so prepare to experience how simple yet happy the inhabitants’ lives are just by spending a day or two in this magical Mexican neighborhood.
Perched specifically on the illustrious Yucatan State, Merida can be pinpointed on the northwestern part of this huge chunk of land.
Merida is surrounded by nearby Mexican towns and areas such as the Gulf of Mexico to its north, Campeche to the west, Quintana Roo to the east and Chiapas state to its far south. Merida is home to a whopping total of 970,000 locals from the latest estimate and is elevated at 10 meters above ground.
According to the eponymous Koppen Climate Classification, Merida is categorized under the tropical wet and dry climate class, which means that all year round, there’s observable heat in ambient temperature. In an annual scale, Merida experiences a total of 2,749.8 hours of sunshine, 40.82 inches of accumulated precipitation and 86.6 days of rainfall.
The highest temperature recorded is at 43.0-degrees Celsius in the months of April and May, while the lowest is at 19.9-degrees Celsius in the months of November or December.
Within the town, there are four companies that handle the sophisticated bus service to transport you around Merida, or as far out as cities like Mexico City and Guadalajara.
Aside from the abundance of bus options, Merida also has three taxi unions namely Frente Unico de los Trabajadores del Volante, Radiotaximetros de Yucatan and Union de Taxistas Independientes. For air travel, people coming in and out will be serviced by the Manuel Crescencio Rejon International Airport, offering flights within the country or to nearby places like Miami, La Havana and Houston.
What to See
Teatro Peon Contreras
Aside from its main purpose, the legendary Teatro Peon Contreras is a sight to behold, both from the outside and within its walls.
Built and erected between the glorious years of 1900 and 1908, the theater’s staircase is marvelously made out of Carrara marble, the walls are adorned with fine and intrinsic details and the frescoes on the dome were created by Italian painters, all of which are fading gracefully.
If you wish to go on a lazy stroll in the afternoon and just have some moments of tranquility, then visit the enormous Plaza Grande and satisfy your craving. Rows upon rows of benches are situated within the vicinity, laurel trees stand proud in almost every inch of space and the locals go about their daily businesses for you to witness.
Find some time to reflect and enjoy the warm sun of Merida and go home fully refreshed and revitalized.
Catedral de San Ildefonso
Erected on a Mayan temple, the now enormous Catedral de San Ildefonso is a popular destination in Merida. Built in 1592, this place of religion is regarded as one of the most beautiful within the city.
Weaved into its walls are stones pulled out from the old Mayan temple, and people are amazed at how magnificent the edifice is.
Mérida – Lonely Planet
Merida 2016: Best of Merida, Mexico Tourism – TripAdvisor