Written by Betty Nguyen
We decided to take advantage of the off-season airfare prices to Mexico in July and booked Merida, Mexico spontaneously. I saw several enticing pictures of old colonial structures and 1950's buildings on Pinterest and was completely sold on the idea of visiting Merida.
It was an approximately 7-hour flight from LAX (including a Mexico City layover if flying on Aero Mexico). There are no blue waters or white sandy beaches here, but the architecture, people, and culture will definitely make up for it.
Where to stay
We stayed at a bed and breakfast called Las Escaleras, a beautiful 165 year old, restored colonial building. It featured a nice pool and the most amazing rooftop views of the town.
Take a walk!
Downtown Merida is perfectly safe for walking around. Our hotel was located just a few blocks away from Plaza Grande, and we never took a cab anywhere.
When we visited in early January, the heat and humidity were stifling. Be sure to grab some ice cream from one of the many vendors downtown (we got ours right next to the church Mérida en Domingo).
Get souvenirs (in the right places)
With its strong Mayan heritage, Merida is the perfect place for authentic and affordable souvenirs. Locals highly recommended the Sunday Mayan Market, right around the corner from Plaza Grande.