Yucatán and Campeche States

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  • 1. Gran Museo del Mundo Maya

    Unidad Revolución | Museum/Gallery

    Whether or not the "Grand Museum of the Mayan World" lives up to its lofty name depends on your tastes and expectations, but the institution...Read More

  • 2. Aké

    Ruins

    This compact archaeological site east of Mérida offers the unique opportunity to view architecture spanning two millennia in one sweeping vista...Read More

  • 3. Casa de Montejo

    Centro | Notable Building

    Three Franciscos de Montejo—father, son, and nephew—conquered the peninsula and founded Mérida in January of 1542, and they completed construction...Read More

  • 4. Catedral de Mérida

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Begun in 1561, Mérida's archdiocesan seat is the oldest cathedral on the North American mainland (though an older one can be found in the Dominican...Read More

  • 5. Centro Cultural de Mérida Olimpo

    Centro | Arts/Performance Venue

    Referred to as simply the "Olimpo," this is the best venue in town for free cultural events. The beautiful porticoed cultural center was built...Read More

  • 6. Ermita de Santa Isabel

    La Ermita | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Several blocks south of the city center stands the restored Hermitage of St. Isabel, also known as the Hermitage of the Good Trip. Completed...Read More

  • 7. Iglesia de la Tercera Orden de Jesús

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Just north of Parque Hidalgo is one of Mérida's oldest buildings and the first Jesuit church in the Yucatán. It was built in 1618 from the limestone...Read More

  • 8. Museo de Arte Popular de Yucatán

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    This museum offers a comprehensive introduction to different kinds of Mexican arts and crafts including ceramics, textiles, stone work, woodwork...Read More

  • 9. Museo de Arte Sacro

    Located in the town of Conkal, about ten kilometers (six miles) to the northeast of Mérida, the Museum of Sacred Art is tucked behind a...Read More

  • 10. Museo Fernando García Ponce - MACAY

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    Originally designed as an art school and used until 1915 as a seminary, this enormous, light-filled building now showcases the works of contemporary...Read More

  • 11. Palacio Cantón

    Paseo Montejo | Historic Home

    The most compelling of the mansions on Paseo Montejo, this stately palacio was built as the residence for General Francisco Cantón between...Read More

  • 12. Palacio de la Música

    Centro

    This museum in the heart of the historic center, designed in a collaboration between four leading architecture firms, made a dramatic statement in Mérida's downtown...Read More

  • 13. Palacio del Gobierno

    Centro | Government Building

    Visit the seat of state government on the north side of Plaza Grande. You can see Fernando Castro Pacheco's murals of the bloody history of...Read More

  • 14. Palacio Municipal

    Centro | Government Building

    The west side of the main square is occupied by City Hall, or Ayuntamiento, a 17th-century building trimmed with white arcades, balustrades...Read More

  • 15. Parque Hidalgo

    Centro | City Park

    A half block north of the main plaza is this small cozy park, officially known as Plaza Cepeda Peraza. Historic mansions, now reincarnated as...Read More

  • 16. Parque Santa Lucía

    Centro | City Park

    The rather plain park at Calles 60 and 55 draws crowds with its Thursday-night music and dance performances (shows start at 9, but come early...Read More

  • 17. Parque Zoológico El Centenario

    Centro | Zoo/Aquarium

    Mérida's top children's attraction is the large Parque Zoológico El Centenario, which features pleasant wooded paths, playgrounds, inexpensive...Read More

  • 18. Paseo Montejo

    Neighborhood/Street

    North of downtown, this 10-block-long street was the place to reside in the late 19th century, when wealthy plantation owners sought to outdo...Read More

  • 19. Plaza Grande

    Centro | Plaza/Square

    Mérida's main square is wired as a Wi-Fi hotspot, but don't be so glued to your smartphone that you fail to take in the passing parade of activity...Read More

  • 20. Teatro Peón Contreras

    Centro | Visitor Center

    This 1908 Italianate theater was built along the same lines as grand turn-of-the-20th-century European theaters and opera houses. In the early...Read More

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