Mérida is the capital of the state of Yucatán in Mexico and is the largest city in the Yucatán Peninsula with a population of over 750,000 people.
Mérida is a city of contrasts; in the northern side of the city you will find classy hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. Downtown Merida offers hotels and restaurants catering to every budget and taste. In the main plaza you will find a large market with small shops surrounding it where just about everything is sold.
The city’s flavour is colonial and the climate is tropical. The daytime temperature varies; in January, it is usually around 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 Celsius) and in June, about 95 F (35 C). To avoid the heat, most people are busiest in the mornings, after lunch it’s time for a siesta then back to work for a few hours in the late afternoon.
From Mérida, it is very easy to take day trips to many of the archaeological sites, ecological parks, typical villages, caves, beaches, colonial missions and more. Adopt the laid back style of the locals and take your time to discover the Maya site, stroll along the Gulf of Mexico’s beaches, visit a village festival, photograph the wildlife, go on a cave adventure or swim in a cenote… There’s so much to see and do.