Out and About in Merida: Part 2
Out and about – Part two
Last week we focused on things to do in and around Merida if you are touring the area or just moved here. There are so many things to do in this city and we want you to know about all of them. This week we are going to tell you about a few more things to do in Merida.
Get lost in the chaos!
Merida’s main market is a site to be seen. It’s something that should be experienced. You can find everything from fresh vegetables to homemade crafts, local clothing and tons more in between. The Lucas de Galvez market dates back to the late 1800s when it was just a small shed. It has grown since then and is a chaotic market packed with local life. Weave your way through the hectic maze-like atmosphere and browse at all the local goods!
A night out: theater style
Even if you’re not actually going to have a night out at the theater, it’s worth popping into the Teatro Jose Peon Contreras during the day. It’s a worthwhile thing to do in Merida to simply have a look around the elegant century-old theater. There is an art museum where you can view some funky exhibits. After taking in the art, walk by the impressive marble staircase toward the box office to see if there may be any events during your visit. The Peon Theater itself is stunning, which provides an air of elegance. A night at the theater in Merida remains a surprisingly budget-friendly activity.
Eat! Eat! Eat!
Eating is a thing to do in Merida! Merida is home to some of the best food in the Yucatan. You can find Mexican favorites like great tacos but you must also sample the local Yucatan cuisine, which is very unique, distinctive and quite different from anywhere else in the country. Many of the regional Yucatan dishes have roots from traditional Mayan cooking, but also have heavy influences from Europe, the Caribbean, and other Mexican regions. This is what makes eating one of the best things to do in Merida!
To really get to know the food scene in Merida, visit the street vendors and get to know some of the locals. They will steer you to some of the best cuisine and restaurants around.
The best thing to do in Merida is to just get out and explore the city! Merida is centrally located in the Yucatan so it allows for so many amazing day trips for endless adventure around the peninsula. Merida is surrounded by a countless number of ancient Mayan ruins, beautiful natural underground pools, fascinating haciendas, Gulf beaches and intriguing Mayan villages. Merida is such a perfect hub city as it connects so many sites within a short hour or two jaunt from the city. Merida is the best charming base to explore the Yucatan to the fullest during the day and then retreat back for more food and fun in the evening.