There is always a lot to do in this colonial city that is the cultural center of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Why not take a cooking class in authentic Yucatecan cuisine?  LOS DOS features classes run by Chef David Sterling out of his beautifully renovated home right on 68th street near the Great Market and the main Zocalo.

On Monday nights, dancers perform the traditional vaqueria in the town square, Plaza Grande. On Tuesdays, live music and dancing is available at Parque Santiago. Thursdays has more music and dancing at Parque Santa Lucia. And then on weekends, the whole centro historico erupts with outdoor music, dancing and vendors... from Friday night til Sunday night, there is always something to do in downtown Merida.  On Friday nights be sure to go to a performance of the Ballet Folklorico in the courtyard of the old university building on Calle 60.  Here you will get to experience the music and dance from other regions of Mexico.  Tickets are extremely inexpensive, and, although the performance is short, in quality it compares favorably with the famous Ballet Folklorico of Mexico City.  For more details, check out the events calendar updated weekly.

But that's not all! Staying in Merida puts you in a perfect place to visit a multitude of attractions in the surrounding area, from the beach villages of Progreso, Telchac and Sisal to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, Uxmal and others. Rent a car and drive through the countryside, visiting colonial cities like Izamal, designated one of Mexico's pueblos magicos.  Or go to the town of Ticul, where they have perfected the art of pottery. Visit the caves at Loltun or Calcehtok, or the beautiful haciendas that have been renovated into hotels and restaurants and museums.

During the day in Merida, you can go to one of the many museums or art galleries, visit the Centennario Zoo, built in the Porfiriato Era and a great place to take kids (it has a very large sand playground), or stroll one of the many beautiful parks. Or just stay in your hotel or B&B and swim in the pool!

Merida has something for everyone!