: Merida, Mexico
: Progreso to Merida entrance is about 10 minutes
Capital of the state of Yucatan, Merida (MAY-ree-dah) lies 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the western Yucatan gulf coast and the beach resort of Progreso. It makes an excellent base for exploring the Yucatan's awesome Mayan treasures and is also a fascinating colonial city destination in its own right.
This is one of Mexico's most hospitable and nostalgic colonial cities. Attractions center around the city's lovely Plaza Mayor, bordered by graceful buildings and shade trees. Many of the city's older buildings, dating back to the 17th and 18th century, have white and pastel exteriors.
Numerous museums and markets bring alive the area's fascinating Mayan culture, while surrounding the city are some of the world's most important ancient archaeological sites. The cities of Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Sayil, Kabah, Labna, and Edzna are within a 160 km. (96 miles) radius of Merida.
Merida's visitor attractions include historic sightseeing, gateway to the Mayan world, excellent shopping
Other Activities: Mayan Ruins