Merida. La Ciudad Blanco - The White City.

Merida, located about 35 miles from the Gulf of Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula, has been called “the promise made into a city”. Visitors to Merida, the capital of Yucatan, are greeted by friendly Mayans, a fascinating history, beautiful buildings and proud traditions.

Some believe Merida to be the oldest continually occupied city in the Americas because it was founded in 1542 by Spanish conquistador Francisco de Montejo and built on the site of the Maya city of T'ho. The modern city of Merida is home to historical and cultural buildings; art, music, literature, theater and dance; cultural fiestas and events; museums; and even horse and carriage rides along the Paseo de Montejo.

Here you will find unique local food, shopping for local treasures, and an overall sense of cleanliness, safety and contentment in a city of almost 1 million people. And nearby, you will discover welcoming haciendas, ancient Mayan ruins, cenotes (natural water pools), a bird sanctuary, and the beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches.