Top 5 Destinations in Mérida, Mexico Jun 16, 2017 by Nicole (Awesome Escape Blogger)
Mérida, the capital of Yucatán, houses a colonial city founded on the site of the ancient city of Thó. Today, it is replete with history, elegant buildings, fabulous avenues, and more. Mérida has a lot in store for anyone looking to explore, eat, and have fun. From the rich Mayan culture and rustic architecture to the relaxed vibe and iconic ruins, there is something for everyone in Mérida. Here are the top five attractions to check out when you visit Mérida.
1. Plaza Grande
A natural starting point for touring and exploring Mérida, the Plaza Grande is known for its beautiful greenery and cool shade. The Plaza is a comfortable place to sit and talk with friends. Even in those instances where there are no large events taking place, the park at the Plaza tends to be filled with people sitting on benches, strolling, or talking. As big as Mérida, this plaza delivers a sense of community and personal feel while surrounded by some of the city's oldest and grandest of buildings.
2. Centenario Zoo
A traditional Mérida attraction, the Centenario Zoo has a wide variety of animal species. However, there is more to this zoo than meets the eye. As such, you should be able to take a relaxing boat ride on an artificial lake or have fun on the rides. When you visit the Centenario Zoo, be sure to hitch a ride on the little train with its open top cars. It will take you around the park, pass through a dark tunnel, and give you a thrill to remember.
3. Paseo de Montejo
Broad and tree lined, the Paseo de Montejo was modeled after the Champs Elysées. This boulevard is a testament to the grace, elegance, and style of the city's old upper classes. The Paseo de Montejo is monumentally proportioned and lined with mansions. Today, it serves as the most fashionable part of town, playing home to expensive hotels, trendy dance clubs, and restaurants.
4. Lucas de Galvez Market Merida
For a bit of air and vibrant lifestyle, you should head to the Lucas de Galvez Market. Here, you will find local clothing, pets, homemade crafts, fresh vegetables, and everything in between. The bustling market tends to get crowded. It is usually packed with locals and tourists alike, which will all be part of the fun. What is more, you can even lunch from the many street vendors selling fresh-made spreads.
5. The Ancient Ruins of Uxmal
Last on this list of the top destinations in Mérida are the ancient ruins of Uxmal. Remnants of the Mayan civilization, these ruins are one of the most beautiful and well-preserved pre-Columbian sites in Mexico. They date back to the 6th century. Today, the ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. More particularly, you will be impressed by the lattice-patterned walls, the limestone squares, and the panels of Chac (rain god) masks.
Start at one of these top sites and then go with the flow! Your trip to the Yucatán capital will always stick in your memory.