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Of course, it's not just the sights that make a city special — there's also the people who call it home. In this part of Yucatan, you'll find 700,000 of them.
Merida isn't too far from Xtepen, which is situated 20 kilometres to the southwest. Mexico City, the national capital, is to be found 1,000 kilometres to the west.
Both youngsters and adults will have a great time getting up close to the array of fascinating animals at the Animaya and the Zoological Park of Centenario. The Parque Zoológico del Centenario is another impressive attraction which teaches visitors about the importance of conservation and animal care.
Want a date with Lady Luck? Challenge the blackjack dealer at the Diamonds Casino or the Juega Juega Casino. Or, if you're not the betting sort, grab a beer and simply absorb the high-stakes atmosphere! For even more fun and games, check out the Casino La Cima and Diamonds Casino.
From a friendly game of football to simply sprawling out on the grass, there's always a reason to head to a green space like Hidalgo Park or Tixkokob Central Park. Also think about spending a leisurely day enjoying the grounds of Itzamna Park and Telchac Puerto Park.
To really get under the skin of a destination, there's nothing like arming yourself with some local knowledge. Whatever you need, the dedicated staff at Merida Tourism Office will be able to put you on the right track.
Could you do with a bit of time by the ocean? Go for a nice, relaxing walk along the shore and collect seashells at Progreso Beach.
If you're looking to recharge those batteries, there are heaps of nature reserves and parks to explore. Start off with a breath of clean air in the energising atmosphere at Calcehtok Caves or Grutas de Calcehtok. Reserva de la Biosfera Ría Celestún and Grutas de Loltún are two more that are worth visiting.
If the weather's less-than-perfect, swing by Eco Museum of Cacao. With such a great range of fascinating exhibits, you may even learn something too! If you're looking for more, try out Museum of the Yucatecan Song and Santa Elena Museum. Tours may be on offer, so don't forget to ask.
Broaden your knowledge on the natural world when you visit the Great Museum of the Maya World and the Anthropology and History Museum. With so many incredible things packed into the display cabinets, you might not know where to look first! To see more of our planet's many treasures, continue onwards to the Museo del Pueblo Maya and the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya.
Whichever genre of art floats your boat, there's a good chance you'll find it in Merida. Why not start your day of art admiring at the Macay Museum and the Casa Frederick Catherwood? Also enquire into what exhibitions and events are on at the Popular Art Museum and the Casa Montes Molina Museum.
Take a fascinating journey into yesteryear at the Museum of the City of Merida and the Museo de la Ciudad. Both exhibitions pride themselves on making the region's lively history entertaining and relevant to visitors.
To really comprehend the background of Merida, take a moment to wander around Dzibilchaltun Ruins and Mayapan Mayan Ruins. If time isn't an issue, the Teatro Peon Contreras and Montejo House should also be on your itinerary.
Ever thought about how it'd feel to live like royalty? Take a walk around the impressive grounds of Palacio del Gobernador as you picture the lives of its most well-known inhabitants. Palacio de Gobierno is another gorgeous abode that is not to be missed.
Whether you're spiritual or simply looking for a bit of serenity, Merida Cathedral and the Governors Palace are sure to add some deeper meaning to your journey. You should also enquire into touring Tixcocob Church and Iglesia de Dzidzantún.
You might feel like there's nothing left to visit after exploring Merida's most renowned attractions, but don't hop on that plane home just yet. There are still lots of things to check out. Why not do a little more sightseeing at the Yucatan Country Club and the Merida English Library? Don't forget about Cenote X'batun and Chelentun Cenotes either.
There are more than 80 Merida hotels listed on lastminute.com.au. With such a fabulous range to select from, landing on the perfect place will be easy!
Whether you're after a simple room to spend the night or one with the whole kit and caboodle, Merida has you covered. For good service that won't cost an arm and a leg, check out the Art Apart Hostel (Calle 60 No. 456A x 53 y 51) or the Hostal Casa Nico (Street 63 N 517 crosses 68 7 66 A dtwn). But that said — you are on holiday. If you'd rather live the high life while you're here, we certainly don't blame you! The welcoming staff at the Hotel Casa Azul and the Rosas & Xocolate Boutique Hotel are masters of luxury.
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