Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

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Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

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Merida _ culture in the Yucatan

Culture is the byword in Merida. A town brimming with cobbled colonial lanes and pretty, pastel-painted cathedrals dating to the times of the Conquistadores, it has had stints as the American Capital of Culture, and flaunts the top museums in the whole of the Yucatan. More modern sights include the grand palaces of the modern state, and some examples of curious Italianate facades, all filtering out from the cup-clinking cafes on Plaza Grande and down shady Paseo De Montejo. Merida vacation rentals are your ticket to this entrancing heritage hub, and a base for hitting world-famous Chichen Itza to boot.

Navigating Merida

Merida's streets are a perfect place to wander and get lost. You can organize your own tours to dodge the scented tamale stalls along Paseo De Montejo by yourself in the evenings. Or, you can get a private guide to help you understand the long histories that coalesce between the cobbles and beautiful baroque church spires of the Plaza Grande. On the weekends, be sure to hit the happening Zocalo, where mariachi bands strike up a tune, tequila flows, and the locals love having a chat.

Museums aplenty in Merida

Merida vacation rentals are a ticket to the most museum-rich of all cities in the Yucatan. The most totemic of the lot is the Mayan Museum. Its striking edifice can be spotted a mile off, but the real treasures lurk inside _ Animist headdresses, those haunting creations that are eye-catching pieces of clothing once donned by the Maya. The Popular Art Museum is another top choice, touting the region's richest array of Mexican sculpture, portraiture and craft. The Museo de la Ciudad is there to unravel the story of Merida city itself.

Things heat up in Merida

Get ready for the temperature levels to crank up in Merida. The humid, tropical summers that last from May to July can often be hard to manage in the northern cities and the interior _ bear that in mind if you're planning a jaunt to Chichen Itza, out between the jungles. That's why most people will seek Merida vacation rentals in the cooler, milder months between October and April. Storms rolling in off the Caribbean die down then, you'll have better conditions for strolling the cobbled streets and the beaches of the west coast will be at their finest.

Merida _ the city in the crater

Merida sits in the depths of the Chicxulub crater, which carves out of the northern reaches of the Yucatan all the way from the edge of the Caribbean Sea. The terrain just outside of town to the south is given over to scrub-topped hills that come pockmarked with trademark cenote sinkholes. If you travel in the other direction from your Merida vacation rental, you can hit the palm-shrouded El Palmar ecological reserve on the shores. There, secluded white-sand beaches mingle with mangrove swamps on the fringes of the sea.