Unique due to its geographical isolation, strong Mayan presence and rich cultural heritage, Mérida is filled with striking white-stone Spanish colonial architecture and is known as 'the white city'. Mérida retains a lovely historic centre, with a mix of opulent and crumbly buildings but it is a modern, bustling, thriving city, with lots of local character, some excellent places to eat and good shops and markets. The inhabitants, descendants of the Maya and the colonists, love a good fiesta, and there are plenty throughout the year, with live music and market stalls.
Your guided walking tour offers an insight into this fascinating city, taking in its cathedral on the plaza grande - the oldest in Latin America You will visit the city’s founder Montejo's grandiose home, complete with ornate porticos, and the Governor's Palace, with its collection of murals portraying Yucatan's violent history.
Later, board one of the city’s famous a horse drawn carriages and descend on the famous Paseo de Montejo, Merida's stately boulevard - modelled on Paris's Champs Elysées - lined with mansions built by the wealthy plantation owners during the boom era of the city's sisal trade at the turn of the 20th century