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Mérida (Mexico)

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Introduction

Downtown Merida

Downtown Merida

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Mérida is the capital of the state of Yucatan, located at the northwestern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It's also the largest city within the state and has about 800,000 inhabitants. The metropolitan area is a little bigger with 900,000 people and includes the municipalities of Uman and Kanasin.

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Sights and Activities

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Weather

Mérida, like most of the region, has hot and humid conditions typical for the tropical location of this part of Mexico. The temperatures are high throughout the year, with mostly between 30 and 34 degrees Celcius and nights between 17 and 23 degrees Celcius. December and January are coolest, with average daytime temperatures of around 29 degrees Celcius while May peaks at 35 degrees on average. June to October is the rainy season, when hot and humid conditions are even worse and there is a chance of hurricanes as well. November to March obviously is the better time for a visit, though it's more crowded and prices rise a little, though not as much compared to coastal areas.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max31.3 °C31.8 °C34.1 °C35.3 °C36.1 °C35 °C34.8 °C34.7 °C34.1 °C32.9 °C31.9 °C30.9 °C
Avg Min17 °C17.1 °C18.2 °C19.6 °C21.3 °C21 °C20.8 °C20.8 °C21.1 °C20.5 °C19.3 °C17.3 °C
Rainfall38.2 mm31.8 mm25 mm25.4 mm71.9 mm143.1 mm171.1 mm138.7 mm173.7 mm122.8 mm61.2 mm47.5 mm
Rain Days3.832.61.74.510.412.912.613.59.75.84.6

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Getting There

By Plane

Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport (MID) serves the city with a number of airlines. Destinations include Mexico City, Guadalajara, Cancun, Veracruz, Villahermosa, Monterrey, Houston, Miami, Milan, Toronto, Belize City and San Pedro Sula (Honduras).

By Bus

Autobuses de Oriente and Uno buses have connections to quite a few Mexican cities in the southern parts of the country, including Campeche, Cancun, Oaxaca and Mexico City.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Aventura HotelCalle 61 #580 between Calle 74 and 76 CentroHotel-
El JardinCalle 70, 509, x 61 y 63 Centro, Merida, YucatánGuesthouse83
Hostel ZocaloCalle 63 #508 higes between 60 and 62 Frente al ZocaloHostel-
Hotel Casa de Las ColumnasCalle 59 #636 entre 80 y 82Hotel-
Hotel del PeregrinoCalle 51 # 488 por 54 y 56 centro cp 97000 MerodaHotel86
La Casa del Tio DachCalle 61 # 446 entre 50 y 52Guesthouse-
Nomadas62 # 433 por 51, CentroHostel88
Santa Lucia HostalC 55 # 512 x 64 y 62 CentroGuesthouse75
Casa ChaliaCalle 68 no 563a x 73 y 75Guesthouse-
Hotel Nacional MeridaCalle 61 474 x 54 y 56 CentroHOTEL86
Hotel AragonCalle 57 no. 474 por 52 y 54 Colonia CentroHotel-
Hotel Casa LuciaCalle 60 No.474-a entre 53y55 Centro (Santa Lucia Park)Hotel-
La Mision de Fray DiegoSt. 61 num 524 between 64 and 66, Downtown, MeridaHotel-
Yucatan Vista InnCalle 68 447 X 55 y 51Guesthouse-
Hotel Caribe59 st, corner inside Hidalgo Park, Centro, Merida, Calle 59 no. 500 esq. int. parque Hidalgo, CentroHotel-
Reforma HotelC/ 59, no 508 (entre 60 y 62) Col. centroHotel89
2012 Inn HostelCalle 1D #248 x Prol. Paseo de MontejoHOSTEL-
Hotel Casa San AngelMontejo No. 1 X 49 CentroHotel-
Hotel Casa ContinentalCalle 47 480 x 56 CentroHotel-
Hostel Luna NuevaCalle 49 no. 487 x 56 a col. centroHostel84
La Casa del Tio RafaCalle 65 #589 x 72y74 CentroHostel81
Casa de AmbarCalle 63 #598Guesthouse-
Hotel Casa NobelCalle 72 Avenida Reforma no. 403 C Por 39 y 41 CentroHOTEL-
Hostal PalauCalle 25 A No 498A x 56A y 58 ItzimnaHOSTEL-
Hotel H.O.Calle 62 N. 515HOTEL80
Casa Carmita Hotel & SpaC. 53 # 515A x 62 y 62 - CentroHOTEL-
Casa de Ambar - Tropical ParadiseCalle 63 #598Guesthouse-
Hostal Casa NicoCalle 63 #517 por 66-A y 68. Col Centro. Merida, Yucatan. Mexico.GUESTHOUSE-
Hotel Campestre MeridaCale 1D No. 248 x 36 y Prol. Paseo Montejo, Fracc.HOTEL-
Titos HouseCalle 58 * 51 y 53 centroGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafe's are widely available and you generally can find one in the direct vicinity. Sometimes photocopy stores or photo processing stores will double as an internet cafe with a couple of computers. Look for signs reading "Acceso a Internet" or "Cibernautica" or "Cibercafe". Charges range from approx. US$1 an hour to US$3 an hour, depending on the location.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Phone cards can be purchased anywhere and are needed for the majority of public phones. To call any number outside your region you have to dial 01 then followed by the area code. If calling a cellphone from a normal phone start with with 044. If calling cellphone to cellphone just dial the 10-digit number. To make an international call dial 00 followed by the country code then the local number. To call to Mexico, also dial 00 (most of the times) followed by the national code 52.

Post

The Mexican postal service is operated by Correos de México. The post service in Mexico is pretty good although not very cheap. It is reliable regarding the sending of postcards, but it takes at least a week to send it to other countries (US/Canada), more so if you send it to Europe or Australia. For packages it is better to use international services like FedEx or UPS. If you are sending a package internationally with the Mexican postal service, take the package OPEN to the post office, they may want to inspect it. Seal it up at the post office. Post offices typically open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 1:00pm Saturday. You will find post offices (Oficina de Correos) is almost any town or city in Mexico. To buy stamps it is best to go to the post office, although you can also get them at stamp machines, located outside the post offices, at bus stations, airports and some commercial establishments.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 20.9751975
  • Longitude: -89.6197063

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