Mexico sometimes gets a bad rap as a dangerous country, unsafe for visitors. It’s true that there is drug crime and violence in Mexico, but that is the sad truth in many, many countries. And as is the case many other places, there are some spots you’ll want to stay away from but so many others that are a dream to visit and travel through.
Mayapan Mayan Ruins
Merida is one of them, a place to experience authentic Mexican culture and see some fascinating sights while you’re there. And it’s a bonus that costs here are relatively inexpensive, with hotel rooms being available for as low as $42 a night.
Here are some of the top things to see and do when you’re visiting Merida.
1.) Mayapan Mayan Ruins
Here you’ll see authentic ancient ruins of the Yucatan, and as this is a less touristy ruin sight than others in Mexico, you may end up having the place mostly to yourself. This means there are less hawkers and vendors plying their goods, so it’s really just you and this beautiful piece of history.
2.) Palacio de Gobernador, or Governor’s Palace
The reason to visit this landmark is to see the incredible floor-to-ceiling murals that are housed within the Governor’s Palace. This is a beautiful and engaging way to learn the history of the Yucatan, and gives more weight to the emotional experience of your stay in Merida.
3.) Museo de Arte Popular
This is not the most popular stop on the tourist trail, and that’s really part of the appeal of this place. Situated only a short walk from the Grand Plaza, it’s worth breaking away from the standard spots to spend some time perusing the folk art here. The collection is found in a restored historic home, adding to the feel of intimacy at this small collection.
4.) Casa de Montejo
Located on the south side of the Plaza Grande, you can easily take a stroll to see this historical sight after spending some time at the Museo de Arte Popular or vice versa. This house was constructed in 1549, and the original purpose was as a home for soldiers. It later became a private family home, and today, visitors can wander the house and appreciate the interesting facade.
5.) Nunnery Quadrangle
Make time in your itinerary to visit more ruins – this time a Mayan structure that was believed by a Spanish historian to resemble a European monastery. The building appears to have possibly been a school but the name is misleading, as the building was not home to an ancient order of religious sisters.
6.) Museum of the City of Merida
The name of this one is pretty self-explanatory, and you’ll want to drop by here to learn all about the interesting and unique city you’re visiting. The exhibits will take you through the different periods of Merida’s history, as an ancient Mayan enclave, to its days under Spanish rule to its present-day status as a cultural treasure.