Merida is a fabulous base for many a Yucatecan adventure. The city itself has a rich colonial history, and the Zocalo (main square) houses the grand cathedral (built from the stones which originally formed a Mayan pyramid), which boasts the largest indoor crucifix in Latin America. Meridan artist Fernando Castro Pacheco is the author of the fine murals which decorate the Governor's palace, while intricate facade stonework invites you to enter the Casa De Montejo on the opposite side of the square. And the Mayor's palace hosts several cultural events on a regular basis.
Merida holds cultural evenings every day of the week, culminating in 'Merida en Domingo', where the town centre is closed to traffic on Sunday for party time. You can tour around the wonderful buildings already mentioned, as well as the Peon Contreras theatre and the university, brouse the flea markets, take a trip on a horse-pulled carriage, or simply sip a beer and watch the world go round. The modern discotheques are packed full of local, un poco loco, beautiful people.
The Paseo Montejo is the main avenue, designed along the same lines as the Champs Elysees. It too is lined with restaurants, stores, hotels and all in the shade of glorious flamboyant trees, and it is within walking distance of the Hotel Trinidad Galeria.
For day trips, the Yucatan offers something for all tastes. From the impressive Mayan pyramids (Uxmal, Chichen Itza), to an enormous selection of underground lakes (cenotes) where you can swim away from the heat, or even go diving, to local haciendas developed into first class restaurants, to mangrove countryin Celestun where pink flamingoes can always be seen, and if you're lucky maybe even a crocodile.
Local beaches at Progreso, Chiburna, Chelem, Chicxulub and other communities are just down the road and easily accessible from Merida, with a wide selection of great seafood restaurants. The Mayan Riviera is also only a three hours drive away.
Merida is well worth a visit, and Hotel Trinidad, your home away from home, awaits you.