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The best things to do in Mérida

The capital of Yucatan is one of the most interesting cities to visit in Mexico, so if you're wondering what to do in Merida, you'll find plenty. Unlike the rest of the country, the city is strongly marked by its Mayan past, both in the ancient ruins that are some of the top Merida attractions, and in the way of life, crafts, language, and food.

There are many archaeological remains among the things to see in Merida. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the ancient settlement of T'Hó that once stood here. It's a shame that large areas of the ancient town are gone forever, but there are several archaeological places to visit in Merida, like Dzibilchaltún, Dzoyilá, Xcatzmil, Caucel, and Xoclán.

The historic centre is the second largest in the country, behind Mexico City, and also where most of the things to do in Mérida are concentrated. You can start your tour at the Plaza Grande, a meeting point for locals and foreigners. Here you'll find plenty of places for a bite to eat, as well as the Cathedral of San Ildefonso, built on the pyramids of the ancient city, and one of the oldest buildings on Merida. You'll find even more stuff to do in Merida without leaving the square, like the Municipal Palace and Casa de Montejo with its beautiful facade.

If shopping is high on your list of Merida activities, head for the Paseo de Montejo, where you can relax, have something to eat, or splash the cash! And to learn more about the city, nothing better than a visit to one of the museums, which are also great attractions in Merida. The Canton Palace (Museum of Anthropology and History of Yucatán), the Great Maya World Museum, Museum of Art Contemporary Ateneo de Yucatán (MACAY), and the Museum of the City of Mérida are the most interesting.

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