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Merida travel pictures

Introduction to Merida

Merida is the largest city in Yucatan and has a similar feel as other places such as Oaxaca and San Cristobal de las Casas. Despite being located in the tourist heart of Mexico it is not the most visited city, but it does have some nice attractions. It does mean that this city has a more Mexican feel to it.

The main sight is the Plaza major with the cathedral on one side and the town hall and palace of the government on the other sides. The square is very relaxing and a good place to watch the locals. There are a few other churches such as Jesus and the San Juan church in the city center. Some of the other sights in town include the university of Yucatan and San Juan park. The best way of seeing everything in Merida is to just walk around. Many of the remarkable buildings do not have a name and are not listed in any guide book. It is the historical city center as a whole that makes it worth visiting.

Another benefit of Merida is its location relatively close to some of the famous ruins. The ancient sights of Chichen Itza and Tulum can both be easily reached by public bus as there is a direct connection. This is a perfect way of experiencing some of the ancient cultures of the Maya's.

Being the largest city in Yucatan, Merida can be easily reached from almost anywhere nearby. So if you are traveling onward, it should be easy to find a bus connection that will take you where you want to go. The city center is also compact and walking will get you to all places of interest. 


Merida travel photo gallery

 



City center.

City center.

 
Cathedral on Plaza Major.

Cathedral on Plaza Major.

 



Town hall on Plaza Major.

Town hall on Plaza Major.





 
Cathedral de San Ildefonso.

Cathedral de San Ildefonso.

 
Palm tree in front of the cathedral.

Palm tree in front of the cathedral.

 
Casa Montejo.

Casa Montejo.

 



Stone carvings around a window.

Stone carvings around a window.

 
Architectural detail.

Architectural detail.

 
Cross in front of the government palace.

Cross in front of the government palace.

 
Front facade of the cathedral.

Front facade of the cathedral.

 
Mexican flag on the government palace.

Mexican flag on the government palace.

 
Near the central square.

Near the central square.

 



Central square in the evening.

Central square in the evening.

 
Arch.

Arch.

 



Government palace.

Government palace.

 



Former bell tower.

Former bell tower.

 
Old church.

Old church.

 
House with iron balconies.

House with iron balconies.

 
Typical street scene.

Typical street scene.

 
Jesus church.

Jesus church.

 



Mexican architecture.

Mexican architecture.

 
Decorated building.

Decorated building.

 
Colorful house.

Colorful house.

 



Building which is typically seen throughout the city.

Building which is typically seen throughout the city.

 
University of Yucatan.

University of Yucatan.

 
Theater Jose Peon Contreras.

Theater Jose Peon Contreras.

 
Historical building.

Historical building.

 
Arco del Puento.

Arco del Puento.

 
Statue of a women.

Statue of a women.

 



Church of San Juan.

The church of San Juan.

 
Monument.

Monument.

 



San Juan park.

San Juan park.

 
Palm trees.

Palm trees and a church tower in the background.

 
Town hall.

Town hall.

 
Street in down town.

Street in down town.

 



Orange building.

An orange building.

 
Old building.

Old building.

 
Restored facade.

Restored facade.


Church.

Church.

 



Old buildings.

Old buildings.

 



Monument with soldiers and an eagle.

Monument with soldiers and an eagle.

 
San Juan de Dios church.

San Juan de Dios church.

 
Monument in a park.

Monument in a park.

 



One of the old streets near the city center.

One of the old streets near the city center.

 

Internet sites with travel information about Merida

General information about Merida can be found on Wikipedia or the travel pages of Wikitravel. Flying into Merida is possible on the nearby city airport. An alternative or many people will be Cancun airport as this is the main entry into Mexico for those who are looking for a beautiful beach. For those who are already in Yucatan, the easiest way is using ADO bus which departs from the majority of popular destinations. This bus line can also be used to visit Chichen Itza and Uxmal. Some other useful online resources of the area are Yucatan today and the travel pages of the Lonely Planet. User reviews of the local attractions can be found on Virtual tourist.


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