Patria monument in Merida, Mexico
Merida, Mexico. Photo by Jorge Ramírez on Unsplash

Mérida, often called the “White City” because of its gleaming limestone buildings, is a treasure trove of history mixed with modern flair. From strolling along elegant boulevards to exploring museums that dive deep into Mayan culture, there’s no shortage of incredible sights. Here are a few of our favorites.

Paseo de Montejo

Paseo de Montejo is Merida’s most famous avenue. It actually took inspiration from the Champs-Élysées in Paris! The avenue is lined with grand mansions that hark back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries when the city experienced a boom from henequen production. Paseo de Montejo is perfect for a leisurely stroll under the shade of towering trees. 

Gran Museo del Mundo Maya

The Great Museum of the Mayan World houses one of the most comprehensive collections of Mayan artifacts in Mexico. It offers insights into the lives, culture, and contributions of the Mayan civilization. 

Catedral de San Ildefonso

Located in the heart of Merida on Plaza Grande, the Catedral de San Ildefonso stands as one of the oldest cathedrals in the Americas. It was built in the late 16th century using stones from Mayan temples. This historic church is a blend of architectural styles that is definitely worth the visit.