You are about to embark on an adventure filled self-guided tour of the neighborhoods of Mérida. Without a doubt, one of the most enchanting things about this magical city is the neighborhoods.
You will find there are no definitive lines between these Colonias and Fraccionamientos. However, the people who live in them will surely assist you with the boundaries and the colorful stories that make each of them special.
Feel free to move about the city with ease and curiosity. You're in one of the safest cities in Mexico, Latin America, & North America.
Your self-guided itinerary includes:
- Ermita Church was originally built in the 1700s as a wayfarer’s shrine.This was the last place to say your prayers before you set out to Campeche, a dangerous trip west.
- Garcia Gineres & Parque de las Americas
- Several of the area’s most iconic homes & monuments were designed by the Colombian architect Rómulo Rozo — famous for projects such as the Monumento a la Patria on Paseo de Montejo.
- The church, “Del Transit of Our Lady” is dedicated to the Virgen del Carmen & has a resemblance to the Mejorada in Madrid.
- San Cristóbal
- In the 1540s, Francisco Montejo and his conquistadores set aside this area to house the Indians from Central Mexico who helped them conquer the Maya.
- San Juan
- The San Juan arch marks the most significant gate to the city. It was rebuilt in 1790 during the government of Lucas de Gálvez y Montes de Oca.
- San Sebastian
- In colonial times, San Sebastian was part of an area given by the senior Francisco de Montejo to his son.
- Santa Ana
- Santa Ana Park was famous for the orange trees found in the square.
- Santa Lucia
- Between April and June of 1867, Santa Lucia was one of the last scenes of bloody combats during the final days of the conquistadors.
- This church contains the relic (heart) of Friar Luis de Piña y Mazo, one of the first bishops of Yucatán.
- North Neighborhoods Google Maps Link:
- Francisco de Montejo & Xcumpich
- Montes de Ame
- San Ramón Norte
- Colonia Mexico
You'll also receive Google maps links, restaurant recommendations, & other guides to help you along the way.
As part of the package, you'll also learn about:
- Navigation Tips
- One-way streets, pedestrian information, & how to become familiar with the grid of Mérida.
- Colonial Homes
- The scale of old colonial homes in Centro is quite dramatic. Ceilings can reach up to 18’ high which helped keep rooms cool in the tropical environment.
- Las Esquinas de Mérida
- Almost every corner in the historic center of Mérida was given its unique name so they could navigate the confusing streets.
- Arcos (Arches)
- The colonial arches are unique in the Mexican Republic &, possibly, the most original monuments that Mérida has.
- Safety Tips
- You can take safety precautions that may help you feel better, especially if you are alone or not familiar with the city.
- Plaza Grande and The Downtown
- This historic city center features an elegant park & breathtaking church, Catedral San Ildefonso.
- Areas to Avoid
- When in Mérida, utilize Google Maps or Google Earth to check out your surroundings.
The best part of this itinerary is that it is evergreen. As information changes, we update new guides which you'll have access to.
Be sure to download all the guides included with your itinerary. They are filled with helpful information and resources. Remember that our hot months are Mid-April through Mid-October. Take special care with the heat if you choose to visit at this time and review the helpful information guide also included.
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Good luck with your excursions through the neighborhoods of Mérida!
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