Merida City Map
Mérida, a city of about 800,000 people, is a wonderful mixture of colonial city and cosmopolitan destination. For centuries, geography made it difficult for the Yucatecans to communicate with the rest of Mexico. As a result, architectural and cultural influences from Europe, the Caribbean and New Orleans were as strong or stronger in the growth of the city. To this day, the people who live here consider themselves Yucatecans first, Mexicans second. If you look carefully, you will see Tshirts and bumper stickers proclaiming Orgulloso Yucateco, Proudly Yucatecan.