The capital of the state of Yucatan, Merida is a wonderful place to spend a couple of days exploring the various historical and cultural activities in the city. Merida has one of the largest historical centers or “centro historico” in the Americas. The city has a wonderful cultural program for visitors and locals alike, all within a comfortable walking distance for those staying in the center.
Where To Stay
The best of Merida is in its historical center or “centro historico”, so we recommend staying in that area in order to decrease the need of renting a car. The city’s tourism board does a very good job of having free events and activities throughout the week. This frees you up to visit anytime of the week, not just during the weekends.
Our featured hotels for Merida, Yucatan are the Casa del Balam and Casa San Angel.
CASA DEL BALAM
“Balam” is the Yucatec Maya word for jaguar. Casa del Balam means “The House of the Jaguar” and it is in honor of the original owner of the house, Don Fernando Barbachano Peon. He was one of the pioneers of tourism in Mexico and the pioneer of tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula. Parts of the original house are still incorporated into the hotel, giving it a unique regal quality.
Found a a few steps from the historical main square or “Zocalo”, and across the street from the Peon Contreras Theatre, the Casa del Balam is a perfect place to stay if you want to stay in the middle of all of the action.
CASA SAN ANGEL
If you would rather be just on the outskirts of the “centro historic” for a little bit more of a serene getaway, then Casa San Angel is perfect for you. You are still a comfortable walk from the the Zocalo, but in a little oasis away from the majority of the tourist and local crowd. It is located at the end of Merida’s famous Paseo Montejo boulevard, in a delightful corner where each Saturday there is a free Mexican Fiesta opened to the public.
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