44 Instagrammable Things to Do in Merida + Free Map

READY TO DISCOVER THE 44 MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE THINGS TO DO IN MERIDA!?

This Yucatan city has so many, but let’s start with these 44 places. Oh, and BONUS, they are all pinned to a handy & FREE Google Map below, just for for you ❤️

I think we can all agree that sharing travel photos with our friends, family & followers is one of the fun parts of traveling!

If you’re looking to spread some Merida travel love onto your social feeds, you are in the right place!

You’ve also definitely come to the right instaguide.

Here’s the deal:

👋 I’m Shelley, and I have been traveling solo and living in Mexico for 2.5 years! ✈️ Read my story of how I got started with solo travel.

I have lived in Merida since July 2019… and I loveeee me some Instagram! I combined those things for this Ultimate Guide to the beautiful, colorful & totally instagrammable things to do in Merida, Mexico.

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This map started with 22 of the most instagrammable sights & prettiest things to see in Merida. When I finished with that initial list, I realized something was missing… so I added 22 more of those somethings!

Can you guess what these are? ⬇️ Scroll down to see if you guessed right.

WHAT ARE THESE EXTRA 22 PLACES?!

Did you guess the something?!

It’s your FOOD, of course. 🌮😍🍦

Besides instagramming the pretty sites & unique things to do in Merida, what’s the #2 thing you’re going to want to share from your Mexican travels?

Your authentic & delicious Mexican food! 

You’ll also find 22 of Merida’s most instagrammable restaurants & cafes included on the Google Map.

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Instagrammable Paseo de Montejo

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Paseo de Montejo

There are no shortage of instagrammable things to see & things to do in Merida!

Some of the prettiest parts of the city are located in Centro de Merida (downtown) & along/around the Paseo de Montejo (Montejo Street/Walkway), a long, tree-lined street, with so much to see.

We’ll get to downtown a little later in the blog, but for now, let’s start with Merida’s most instagrammable street, Paseo de Montejo.

The paseo is about 13 city blocks long (2 miles/3.2km), with numerous beautiful buildings, cute cafes & chic shops along the way, so I recommend walking the whole thing! 

It runs north-south; starting at a small park called El Remate (The Auction) on the south side, and ending 2 miles north at the Monumento a la Patria (Monument to the Fatherland), the most photographed monument on the paseo.

Mexican monument with Mexico's flag on top
Things to Do in Merida: Get up close with the Monumento a la Patria (Monument to the Fatherland).

Essentially, you can start at either side & walk to the other. 

For this blog, we’ll start at El Remate and head north to the Monumento a la Patria. 

Note that north of the monument, the street name changes to Prolongación Paseo de Montejo, and there’s not much to see or photograph.

European style houses
Things to Do in Merida: Photograph Las Casas Gemelas (The Twin Houses).
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Las Casas Gemelas

Las Casas Gemelas (The Twin Houses) are not actually identical twins as the name would imply — but they do look somewhat similar.

These two were both built in the early 1900s and in the European Renaissance architectural style.

The houses are privately owned, so we (sadly) can’t go inside. However, there are some photos of the interior online!

Historic large European-style building
Things to Do in Merida: Check out the inside & outside of the Museo Palacio Canton (Canton Palace Museum).
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Museo Palacio Canton

Museo Palacio Canton (Canton Palace Museum) is undeniably one of the most instagrammable buildings in Merida! 

This museum is also the biggest, most iconic & most photographed of Paseo de Montejo’s grand European-style buildings.

If you have the time, check out the inside also. There’s lots of cool Mayan artifacts & the interior itself is a picturesque work of art.

Pro Tip: Museo Palacio Canton, and most museums in Mexico, are closed on Mondays.


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European style house
Things to Do in Merida: Request a free guided tour of the Quinta Montes Molina.
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Quinta Montes Molina

Quinta Montes Molina is the last of the beautiful European-inspired homes along Paseo de Montejo. It is now a museum and private event space.

Admittedly, I haven’t been inside (ahem, yet!); but the photos online look stunning! You can request a guided tour to see for yourself, but they don’t allow walk-ins.

Large monument in Mexico with Mexican flag on top
Things to Do in Merida: Check out the Monumento a la Patria, both during the day and at night.
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Monumento a la Patria

The Monumento a la Patria (Monument to the Fatherland) is one impressive monument. It is pretty both during the day and at night, when it’s lit up with different colored lights!

Unlike many monuments, you can go right up to this one to check out the details!

Pretty pink house in french style architecture
Things to Do in Merida: Slip your hands through the gate & photograph beautiful El Pinar.
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El Pinar

El Pinar (The Pine Grove) is kind of a big deal.

This pink palace is one of Merida’s most instafamous homes. When you see it, you’ll know why; I mean, it’s basically Barbie’s Dream House!

This French-style mansion is actually privately owned, so you can’t go in.

However, you can put your camera through the gate and snap some photos, like everyone else on ig (me included) has done!

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blue and white colonial building
Things to Do in Merida: Photograph the outside, and ask nicely to go inside and photograph the courtyard.
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Hotel Casa Azul

The Hotel Casa Azul (Blue House Hotel) is super pretty and has actually been declared a national historic monument.

The light blue exterior of the building makes for a beautiful photo, but so does the interior courtyard (just ask nicely and the staff will let you snap some quick photos).

historic colonial pink church surrounded by trees
Things to Do in Merida: Check out the Parroquia Santa Ana, and take photos on the white chairs in the church park.
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Parroquia Santa Ana

Built in 1733, the Parroquia Santa Ana (Parrish/Church of Saint Ana) is one of several photogenic spots in the hip Santa Ana neighborhood.

In the adjoining park, you’ll also find some of Merida’s famous Tú y Yo (You and I) white chairs.

These chairs are located in several places throughout Merida, but their origins are actually unknown!

One of the widely-accepted theories is that hundreds of years ago, an overprotective father created the chairs so his daughter & the young man courting her could sit together & talk… but without actually touching one another, as they would on a traditional bench.

vintage black VW bug against bright orange wall
Things to Do in Merida: Stroll Calle 47, take photos, and head to one of its trendy restaurants on “Restaurant Row.”
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Calle 47

So we’re back to Calle 47 (47th St.), where we started the Paseo de Montejo journey!

This street is wonderful. You should check it out on both the east and west sides of Paseo de Montejo.

The buildings are very up-kept on this street & well-maintained. The side to the east of Paseo Montejo is known as Restaurant Row, where you guess it, a lot of the city’s trendiest cafes & restaurants are located!

Including this one:

pretty interior of a coffee shop
Things to Do in Merida: Grab a coffee and a bit to eat in Merida’s most instagrammable cafe! | Photo from Latte Quattro Sette
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Cafe Latte Quattro Sette

This cafe is like an instagrammable dream come true! It has to be one of the cutest cafes in the city; and in my opinion, it is for sure the cutest!

They keep early hours, so double check they are open when you want to go!

If they aren’t, check out Cafetería Impala, a favorite among locals that’s located just around the corner, & pretty much always open.

Check out the FREE Google Map in this blog to discover more of Merida’s instagrammable eateries.

Instagrammable Downtown Merida

Centro (Downtown) never gets old. Beyond this list, you’d probably never stop finding pretty & new places to photograph.

There are just so many colorful colorful homes, vintage cantinas, beautiful colonial buildings, bougainvillea bushes, charming windows & doorsvintage VW cars & more, to photograph.

Downtown Merida is the land of pretty photo backgrounds & instagrammable backdrops! You’d honestly get a ton of great shots just wandering around

But let’s dive in on some actual places & landmarks in Merida’s instagrammable Centro neighborhood!

Colonial plaza in downtown
Things to Do in Merida: Visit Plaza Grande to see & photgraph the big Mérida letters.
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Plaza Grande & the Merida Letters

Plaza Grande (Main Plaza/Big Plaza) is the city’s main plaza/square, also known as the Zocalo. It is as old as the city itself! 

Many of Merida’s instafamous places are here in Plaza Grande (& all on the FREE Google Map at the top of this blog!), including the big, colorful letters spelling out MERIDA.

You’ll find letters just like these in all of Mexico’s major & historic cities.

Archways in pretty green building
Things to Do in Merida: Visit and photography the Palacio de Gobierno & the mural inside by Fernando Castro Pacheco.
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Palacio de Gobierno

Built in 1892, the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace) houses Yucatan state’s executive government offices. This pretty green building is lovely from the outside, but head inside if it’s open. 

Check out both floors for some pretty ig-worthy spots and beautiful art, including murals and oil paintings by Yucatecan artist Fernando Castro Pacheco that beautifully depict the Yucatan Peninsula’s history.

Admission is FREE.

Outside of a grand colonial church
Things to Do in Merida: Check out the San Ildefonso Catedral de Merida (Merida Cathedral).
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Merida Cathedral

Built throughout the 16th century from 1561-1598, this is one of the oldest cathedrals in the entire Americas Continent! It’s also the main/biggest church in Merida.

The outside & inside are both very instagrammable — just remember to be quiet & respectful if you take photos inside the church!

Public art display
Things to Do in Merida: Walk through the Revolution Passageway and see what’s on display.
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Pasaje a la Revolución

The Pasaje a la Revolución (Revolution Passageway) sits between the Merida Cathedral and the Fernando García Ponce-Macay Museum.

Inside, you’ll find a rotating lineup of art installations from both Mexican and international artists.

The Pasaje is FREE to walk through.

pretty vintage peach colored building
Things to Do in Merida: Photograph the outside, and go inside, the Museo Casa Montejo (Montejo House Museum).
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Museo Casa Montejo

The outside of the Museo Casa Montejo (Montejo House Museum) is so beautiful! It is one of only a few examples of the architecture style called “Plateresque,” found mostly in Europe.

As the name implies, this museum is also a house, and the inside is like going back in time! There’s also a gallery with rotating exhibits.

Admission is FREE.

Pro Tip: Museo Casa Montejo, and most museums in Mexico, are closed on Mondays.

Giant white chairs with a little girl climbing on them
Things to Do in Merida: Take a photo on the giant Mérida chairs in Parque Santa Lucia. | Photo by Tim McGrath
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Parque Santa Lucia

Here you will find Merida’s famous & instagrammable giant white chairs — which never seem to look like it in photos, but stand at almost 8-feet-tall (2.5m)!

These go by a lot of names —Sillas Tú y Yo (You and I Chairs), Sillas Confidentes (Confidants Chairs) & Kissing Chairs.

Regardless of the name you choose, one thing’s for sure: You probably want your photo sitting on Merida’s most instafmous chairs

Parque Santa Lucia (Saint Lucia’s Park) is pretty during the day, but it really comes alive after the sun goes down.

At night there is often live music and folk dancing, and all the restaurants open; transforming this unassuming park into the perfect place to enjoy dinner al fresco, listen to music and people-watch.

yellow archway on a colonial street
Things to Do in Merida: Photograph two of Merida’s three remaining arches, located on the same street.
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Arco de Dragones & Arco del Puente

The Arco de Dragones (Dragon’s Arch) & Arco del Puente (Bridge Arch) are two of Merida’s three remaining arches that still stand today!

There were originally eight, but the others have fallen over the years.

These two are located on both ends of Calle 50 (50th St.), so when you’re standing at one, you can see the other. Walk to both and see where the sun is hitting better, to get the most instagrammable shot.

Large archway on a colorful street
Things to Do in Merida: Visit Merida’s third arch, located on the outskirts of downtown at Parque San Juan.
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Arco de San Juan

Located on the outermost edge of downtown, the Arco de San Juan (Saint John’s Arch) are a little bit of a walk. It is also the prettiest of the three, so it’s worth it!

If you do want to see it, there is also the pretty Iglesia de San Juan Bautista (Church of Saint John the Baptist) & Parque de San Juan (Saint John’s Park) right next to the arch.

There are also some cute buildings heading southwest under the arch on Calle 64 (64th St.)

Grand European style theater in yellow color
Things to Do in Merida: Check out the inside of the beautiful Teatro Peón Contreras (Peon Contreras Theater).
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Teatro Peón Contreras

Teatro Peón Contreras (Peón Contreras Theater) is the oldest, and arguably, the most beautiful theater in all of Merida. 

It is stunning from the outside, but you have to go inside, even just to the foyer. It was designed by Italian architects and looks similar to any grand & opulent European theater from the 19th century.

Admission is FREE.

beautiful courtyard with moroccan design influence
Things to Do in Merida: Stroll the Moroccan-esque campus of UADY!
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Universidad Autónoma de Yucatan (UADY)

The Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (Autonomous University of the Yucatan), or “UADY” for short, is a college campus. That being the case, you can’t just roam it freely. 

However, the courtyard is the beautiful and instagrammable part of UADY. This Moroccan-inspired entryway looks like it’s straight out of Marrakech.

statue of a man in the middle of a park
Things to Do in Merida: Take a break with an ice cream in Parque Hidalgo (Hidalgo Park).
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Parque Hidalgo

Of all Merida’s downtown parks, I like Parque Hidalgo (Hidalgo’s Park) the most. I love to get an ice cream at the Santa Clara, then sit on the white Tu y Yo/Kissing Chairs and people-watch.

Oh, and bonus:

There’s FREE wifi in the park!

But also the two hotels in Parque Hidalgo, Gran Hotel & Hotel Caribe, both have beautiful lobbies that make for great Instagram photos.

Parque de la Madre (Mother’s Park) is right across the street, and there, you’ll find the beautiful Iglesia de Jesus (Jesus’ Church). This park also often has nighttime vendors selling jewelry, arts & crafts.

beautiful courtyard at a museum
Things to Do in Merida: Head to the instagrammable heaven that is the Artist’s Foundation. | Photo from Fundacion de Artistas
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Fundacion de Artistas

You won’t see this place on any other Merida travel lists! Though, it is super beautiful, so I’m not sure why.

The Fundación de Artistas (Artist’s Foundation) is one of Merida’s hidden gems! It’s an art gallery with a boutique store and café outside in a beautiful courtyard.

They seem to always have really cool exhibits, but if you’re not feelin’ the art, the outdoor space is stunning & totally instagrammable. 

Admission is FREE.


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Visiting Merida, Mexico

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Is Merida Safe?

This question is tricky; although there is no 100% safe place on Planet Earth, I do my best to address the Mexico safety question in this blog, Mexico Solo Travel: How to Be Safe & Crush It.

But, in short:

Yes — Merida has been ranked as not only one of the safest cities in Mexico, but one of the safest in all of the Americas!

Sunset in a colonial city

Is Merida Safe at Night?

Again, there can’t possibly be a definitive answer. However, following general travel safety guidelines, as you would anywhere else in the world, should suffice in Merida. 

There is Uber available, so taking it at night versus walking home alone is a smart idea!

Also, learning a few words of Spanish will help, not wearing flashy jewelry, and a few more Mexico safety tips I outline in this podcast below.

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Archways looking out to a street and a vintage VW bug car
Historic downtown Merida | Photo by Mattia Marenco

Flights to Merida


There’s actually an airport in Merida — Merida International Airport (MID), so that’s your best bet! There are direct flights in the U.S. from Miami & Houston International Airports.

If not, you can fly to Cancun International Airport (CUN) & drive over.

This drive takes about 3.5 hours & is known as a very safe drive. In general, the Yucatan Peninsula is known as one of the safest parts of Mexico, roads included.

There are also daily flights from most of Mexico’s major airports, including Mexico City or Guadalajara International Airports, where you can take a connecting flight into MID.

horse drawn carriage in colonial city
Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through Merida.

CANCUN & TULUM TO MERIDA

You can also rent a car & drive to Mérida!

The Yucatan Peninsula is known as one of the safest areas in Mexico — just stick to the Couta (toll) roads & bring cash for the tolls.

The drive is about 3-4 hours from Cancun, Tulum, and basically anywhere in Quintana Roo state.

Archway with vintage lamps

Best Time of Year to Visit Merida

The best time to visit is from October-March, when the weather’s cooler. Like much of Mexico, December is the busiest month for tourism in Merida.

Located in the tropics, it rains pretty much daily during the peak of rainy season in June-September.

It is also quite humid & hot in the summers — think 85°-95°F (27°-35°C) during both the day & night.

Best Day Trips from Merida

Merida’s physical location makes it the perfect home-base for road tripping to all the surrounding places you can take day trips to. 

Some popular day trips from Merida include:

MAYAN RUINS, PYRAMIDS & ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES NEAR MERIDA

  • Chichen Itza: One of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Uxmal: A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Dzibilchaltun: Mayan ruins, a small museum & Cenote Xlacah all onsite

NATURE & BEACHES NEAR MERIDA

  • Progreso: Merida’s closest beach town
  •  Las Coloradas: Mexico’s famous pink lakes
  • Celestun Biosphere Reserve: Home to the Yucatan’s wild flamingos

HACIENDAS NEAR MERIDA

CENOTES NEAR MERIDA

There are also some amazing cenotes, all located 90 minutes or less from Merida. These include:

Colonial city at sunset

Free Merida Walking Tours

Nearly every site on this list of instagrammable places in Merida is FREE to visit & photograph!

Think of the FREE Google Map in this blog as your very own FREE Walking Tour of Merida!

If you’d like to supplement what’s in this blog, the Merida Tourism Office offers free, 1-hour, daily walking tours as well. Guides are all bi- or multi-lingual, and do speak English.

Tours start at 9:30am, but try to show up by 9:15am. Meet your guide on the first floor of the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace), the pretty pink building on the west side of Plaza Grande.

NOTE: It is customary to tip as payment for these types of city walking tours. Please consider tipping your guide $100-200 pesos (about $5-10) per person.

Colorful colonial buildings

Best Places to Stay in Merida

MERIDA’S BEST AIRBNBS

As the saying goes — Location, location, location! Your lodging’s location can often make or break a trip.

☀️🏡 Here are some Airbnb options in amazing, safe, beautiful Merida locations.

MY MERIDA AIRBNB

 Located just a few blocks from famous Paseo de Montejo, the Airbnb I stayed in helped make mine.

☀️🏡 I stayed in this cool rooftop studio apartment, locatedjust a short walk from the historic city center!

This apartment has everything you’d need for a comfortable stay: Great location, comfy bed, good water pressure, hot water (sometimes an issue in Mexico), and a full kitchen (often rare for Mexican Airbnbs).

If this apartment won’t work for you, check out all the options Merida has to offer!

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64 Comments

  1. Jyotsna

    OMG What stunning photos and pins. I neeeeeed to go back to Mexico!

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    • Megan Anderson

      I have heard so much buzz around Merida and I love your in-depth guide through photos. Hidden gems are the best and this definitely looks like one! P.S.I travel for food, too, so love your bonus info!!

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    • Shelley

      @Megan Anderson Merida seems to be on more & more travel radars with each passing month! The food here is probably a part of that lol.

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    • Shelley

      @Jyotsna I can’t recommend that idea enough!

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  2. Jenny Ventura

    The title really says it all – these are gorgeous spots! Makes me want to plan a trip now.

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    • Shelley

      🧡 Merida really is such a photogenic city! I hope you do plan that trip.

      Reply
  3. Agnes

    Beautiful photos! We had kind of a disaster of a trip to Mexico City on our last trip to the country, so would love to give things another shot with beautiful Merida. Saving this for later!

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    • Shelley

      I am so sorry for the disaster! Hopefully the next trip to Mx will be nothing like that 🤞

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  4. Taylor

    All of these spots look absolutely beautiful! I need to go back to Mexico and visit Merida. It truly looks like a fairytale! I will be keeping this blog post handy for the future. 🙂

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    • Shelley

      I hope you do visit… I’ve never referred to Merida a “fairy tale” before, but I think you are totally right about that.

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  5. Lenore | The Nitty Gritty Travel OT

    I love Instagram too lol. You’ve really inspired the wanderlust in me with all of these beautiful photos! I’ll be adding Merida to my list for sure. You’ve found the best spots!

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    • Shelley

      Funny enough, I was never into photos until I moved to Mexico 2+ years ago. This is just such a beautiful country though, so it’s easy to find instagrammable palces.

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  6. Mikaela

    I enjoyed scrolling through your post! Great shots and nice places. Hope I could visit someday to take photos too

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    • Shelley

      I hope you do! If you’re into photography, you’d really enjoy Merida.

      Reply
  7. Courtney in the Middle Seat

    Love the beautiful architecture that shows many layers of Merida’s history! My wife & I have been wanting to visit Merida, and I will definitely save this post. Always love a map for help planning out our routes for the day. Thanks!

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    • Shelley

      I’m glad you like the map! I hope you & your wife get the chance to use it when you do visit.

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  8. Maya

    I was there such a long time ago and it had such an authentic feeling. I wonder how I might feel if I visit it now. I love all the colorful pictures. You’ve made me want to go back to Mexico so thanks for that!

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    • Shelley

      I have lived in Merida just about 1 year now & I hear from locals how much it’s changed with the increases in tourism from just 2-3 years ago. It’s still considered up & coming for Mexico, but I think it will be a destination in less than 2 years.

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  9. Janine

    Merida is soooo beautiful! I was only there for 24 hours when I went so we just gawked at the incredible architecture on Paseo Montejo, ate some cochinita pibil, and wandered around centro. I’d love to go back one day!

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    • Shelley

      ….as long as you ate cochinita, you did well 😋

      Reply
  10. Julie

    Wow the El Pinar Palace looks like something out of my childhood dreams! I’ve always wanted to visit Mexico and this list makes me want it even more haha

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    • Shelley

      It’s such a cute house (well, mansion!) ….and it’s currently for sale. I believe they’re asking $7M USD.

      Reply
  11. Nina

    I love your pictures! Mexico looks amazing. Hopefully I’ll get there one day 🥰

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  12. Sarah Camp

    What absolutely stunning places! You’ve really made an in-depth guide of the best photo spots. I’ll have to get to some of these when I return! I really love the Fundación de Artistas – it’s gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing these great tips!

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    • Shelley

      That place is stunning!! I only know about it from living here. I doubt it would be on too many other (if any) Merida guides.

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  13. Sara Essop

    I’ve never heard of Merida before but it looks so beautiful in your photos that I want to go there now!

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    • Shelley

      It’s still considered off the beaten path, but it seems to get more & more popular each year… it’s located about 3 hours from Cancun & Tulum, so tour companies are starting to do day trips over here from those cities.

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  14. Curls en Route

    Wow!! So beautiful! I’m definitely pinning this for later, Mexico’s high on my list 🙂

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    • Shelley

      I am admittedly biased, but Mexico really is such an amazing & often underrated destination.

      Reply
  15. Portia Jones

    Hot damn your Mexico photos are awesome. I’ve travelled a fair bit around central America but i’ve never been to Mexico, for shame right? I definitely need to add it to my bucket list once restrictions are lifted. 🙂

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    • Shelley

      PRETTY PLEASE add it to your list!!!

      Reply
  16. Pia

    Looks incredible, need to get to Mexico one of these days. Your pics are really beautiful.

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    • Shelley

      Yes, please do visit 🇲🇽

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  17. Bella

    What a thorough blog! And the photos look great! I just got back from a work trip to Mexico, didn’t get to see much that time so will make sure I visit as a tourist as soon as I can and when I do I’ll put Merida on the list!

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    • Shelley

      Thank you for the compliment. I’m glad that at least the work trip made enough of a good impression that you want to return. It’s such a beautiful, lively, colorful & friendly country.

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  18. Ophelie

    I haven’t visited Mexico YET. But when I go, I will make sure to visit Merida! It looks really amazing and you included so many extra tips! Thank you!

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    • Shelley

      lol I love the “YET” …and you are very welcome. I hope you make it to Mexico SOON!

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  19. Linn

    Great photos! It’s definitely a place I would like to visit, especially after reading your post. I’ll bookmark this for when I get the chance to travel there.

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    • Shelley

      So glad you found value & use in the post!!

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  20. Sujenne

    Damn girl ! You actually gave me enough places to have a whole photo album filled with pictures !
    Loved this so much. Never had Merida in mind because I have never heard of it, but after this blog I won’t be waiting to plan a trip there. Maybe you can be my guide!

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    • Shelley

      I would love to be your guide 💜

      Reply
  21. Polly

    All of these look absolutely stunning! Your photos are so beautiful too! Would love to walk down the Calle 47 Street.

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    • Shelley

      It’s such a pretty street!

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  22. Allison

    WOW all of these buildings are absolutely stunning! I live in Playa del Carmen and have been dying to get to Merida! Hope I can visit soon!

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    • Shelley

      Oh cool, I lived there for a while. I miss the beach!!! But Merida is so pretty it makes up for it. I hope you make it over here soon, you’ll love it.

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  23. Emma

    The map is super helpful, but also love how easily this guide is laid out as a walking tour. And the places there all are definitely instagrammable. I’m craving some travel right now but this is helping. Mexico is probably my next trip

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    • Shelley

      Thank you for your kind words! Mexico would be a wonderful next trip.

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  24. Jade

    Hey Shelley! This looks amazing – I am planning on moving to Mexico for a few months once I leave Europe and I’ve heard a lot about Merida – your photos are stunning! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Shelley

      It’s a great place to be in Mexico! You can explore a lot of the Yucatan with Merida as a home base… and also, we have a lotttt of European expats here, so you’d be very comfortable.

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  25. Suvarna Arora

    All of the pictures are so beautiful that it makes me wanna go here.

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    • Shelley

      Thank you!! Merida is even prettier in person, so I hope you make it here.

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  26. The Spicy Travel Girl

    How come I’ve never heard of Merida?? This place is so beautiful!
    Also, your photography is amazing! I’m new to the field so I don’t have a lot of beautiful photos yet. Hope to learn a bit from your skills!

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    • Shelley

      I appreciate the kind words! And yes, your photography skill will improve over time. Everyone starts where they are, and only gets better ❤️📸

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  27. Helena

    Your photos are so gorgeous and I’m saving this for when I finally get to Mexico! I’ve never been but it’s a dream of mine to go!

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    • Shelley

      I hope you make it soon! It’s an amazing country.

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  28. Lekha C

    Such a beautiful city. I hadn’t heard of it until now. Thank you for sharing! Mexico is such a diverse and colorful country. So many places on my bucket list!

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    • Shelley

      Thank you for your kind words, Lekha! And, yes… it is a huge country. I’ve only been to half of the states (so far!), but with that many alone I feel like I’ve been to at least 3 different countries.

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  29. Anna

    These places are adorable! I’ve never been to Mexico, but it looks so fun.

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    • Shelley

      💚🇲🇽❤️I can’t recommend Mexico enough!

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  30. Zsuzsanna

    Oh, all these spots look really beautiful and photogenic! Saving this for our next Mexico trip in the future! 🙂

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    • Shelley

      I hope you can use it! You’re going to enjoy Mérida 🇲🇽

      Reply
  31. Lisanne

    Wow, love all these spots! I would love to visit Merida!

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    • Shelley

      I hope you get the chance to! It’s an amazing city & a great home base to explore much of the Yucatan Peninsula.

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