Built on top of one of the largest Mayan cities in the 1500's; Merida has been the cultural capitol of the entire Yucatan peninsula blending Spanish, European, and Mayan influences to create something singular. This large city is one of the safest in Mexico and also has one of North Americas largest historic centers. The mixture of modern Mexico and colonial architecture is quite striking. "Between expats renovating historic old mansions, the vibrant street scene, and healthy nightlife it is one of the most exciting cities in Mexico," says Zach Rabinor of Journey Mexico. Spend afternoons relaxing in the Plaza Grande under the watchful eye of the 16th- century Cathedral of San Ildefonso. There are numerous expansive Mayan ruins (Chichén Itzá and Uxmal) and huge cenotes to explore nearby, contact Mayan Ecotours to organize trips. The secluded Hotel del Peregrino is within walking distance to the city center.
Getting There: Fly into Merida.