About Mérida

The city of Merida, Yucatan

Located on the northern portion of the Yucatan peninsula, was founded on the remains of the old Maya settlement known as Ichcaanziho, or “Five Mounds”.  The city is renowned for its traditions, culture and the kindness of its people. Above all, the city is famous for the beauty of its streets and buildings, where a magical past merges with today’s modernity. These characteristics do credit to Merida, making her worthy of the title “A very noble and loyal city”.

Merida is a place ready to share all its riches: from a calash ride, through a tour of its streets and buildings, a visit to its museums or a regional show, to the peculiar flavor of a Yucatecan dish.

Palace Merida


Spanish is the national language in Mexico, although English is spoken in most shops, restaurants and public places in Merida, but the Mayan is still being used in the entire peninsula by native people.

Money & Banks

Credit cards, US dollars and travellers cheques are accepted almost everywhere in Merida. It is advisable to convert some dollars into pesos at your bank or at the airport before arrival to Merida for small purchases. Banks are open from 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM. Monday through Friday and closed on holidays

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