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Merida Cathedral (Catedral de San Ildefonso) Tours

Merida Cathedral (Catedral de San Ildefonso)
Officially known as the Cathedral of San Ildefonso, this grand church was built between 1561 and 1598, on the site of a Mayan temple (and adding insult to injury by using its stones as part of the construction material.). Merida’s cathedral is the second-oldest in the Americas after the one Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. It was designed and built by the same architect who constructed the even larger one in Mexico City.

This cathedral has a far different look than most of the “shock and awe” churches of New Spain as it was ransacked and robbed of its treasures during the Mexican Revolution, in 1915. This makes it a unique one to visit for its spare elegance and structural beauty. It is dominated by stone columns, arches, and the crucifix behind the alter,  a twenty-five foot tall birch wood sculpture.
Address: Mexico
Admission: Donations Appreciated
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9 Tours and Activities to Experience Merida Cathedral (Catedral de San Ildefonso)

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Merida Street Food Walking Tour

Merida Street Food Walking Tour

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Get acquainted with Yucatecan specialties on this street food tour of Merida. Walk with a local guide to Merida’s main market plus a seafood restaurant and gelato shop. Sip fruit juices and sample plenty of local dishes, not limited to empanadas, tamales and seafood tacos along with ‘cochinita pibil’ (slow-roasted pork) and ‘panuchos’ (tortillas stuffed with refried black beans). Delicious!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.91
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$50.91

The Best of Merida Walking Tour

The Best of Merida Walking Tour

Discover the best Walking Tour of Yucatan! How old is the capital of Yucatan? What happens with the Mayans who were living there? Enjoy the cultural and iconic attractions of interest. Merida has so many great locations, each with its own fascinating tale. You will see the most important Merida sights: From Plaza Grande at the historic center to Paseo de Montejo, an avenue full of color. Discover the local and authentic side of one of the oldest cities in Mexico, located at the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula.
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  • 3 hours
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$467.54
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3 Days of Love in Mérida: The White City in a 3 Star Hotel

3 Days of Love in Mérida: The White City in a 3 Star Hotel

Founded in the northern part of the Yucatan Peninsula on the remains of an ancient Mayan settlement known as Ichcaanziho (five hills), the city of Mérida Yucatán is located; Distinguishing itself by its traditions, culture, human quality and above all by the beauty that surrounds its streets and each of the venues that combine the magic of the past with the modernity of the present, characteristics that enhance it and make it worthy of the title of very noble and very loyal city of Merida.
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  • 3 days
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$835.00
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$835.00
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Merida Sightseeing Tours~Also An Accessible Tour

Merida Sightseeing Tours~Also An Accessible Tour

This tour will be customized to what you are interested in seeing in Merida as a group. See the beautiful homes built back in the day
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.32
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Magic Mexican Christmas Tour in Merida

Magic Mexican Christmas Tour in Merida

How is Christmas celebrated in Mexico? Discover a wide variety of traditions and customs, which include a wide range of seasonal cuisine. Visit the city's Christmas tree and the essential birth of Jesus, with human-sized figures. Mexican culture prepares for the great Christmas before December 24. On December 12, Mexicans celebrate the Guadalupe Virgin Day. Participate in a religious procession and celebrate this holiday closely, enjoying a very special walking tour around Merida’s Old Town. The visit of sights and craft markets are essential in this tour; There you will find all kinds of Christmas decorations and souvenirs.
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  • 2 hours
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$310.65
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Private Half Day Tour in Merida

Private Half Day Tour in Merida

Merida, the American capital of culture on 2 occasions, is a tourist and cultural destination that every experienced traveler must know and enjoy by the hand of a native guide proud of its roots. Through this guided tour you and your companions will discover why Merida is a city full of cultural riches. You will marvel at the warmth of its inhabitants and the great gastronomic variety that this city offers to make it a place that you will not easily forget.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$64.99
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$64.99
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Mérida Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Mérida Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

With our walking tours, you’ll skip the mundane historical tours and discover the city through a local’s eyes. Experience a tour that will transform the way you travel to make it as much about the people you meet, as it is the places you see. Our local guides (Lokafyers) are passionate about their city and eager to share their knowledge and perspective. Since Lokafyers are not professional guides and tour occasionally, they provide an experience that’s authentic and personal, like a friend showing you around their city. By the end of the tour, you'll feel comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$31.17
Price varies by group size
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$31.17
Price varies by group size
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5 Days of Diversity in Yucatán in a 3 Star Hotel

5 Days of Diversity in Yucatán in a 3 Star Hotel

The beautiful state of Yucatan, with tourist attractions for all tastes, its main colonial cities such as Mérida, Izamal and Valladolid, also declared magical towns, spectacular archaeological sites that show the great legacy of Mayan culture, henequen haciendas that currently function as luxury hotels, restaurants and some like museums.
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  • 5 days
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$658.45
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Virtual Route to Thó; Merida the Mayan City

Virtual Route to Thó; Merida the Mayan City

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I will use virtual backgrounds and also prehispanic music to make this experience as real as possible so that you can enjoy yourself like if you were in place and in time. (* It is important that you use a computer or lap-top and download Zoom and Artivive app to enjoy this experience.) This experience is about a virtual tour inside and outside the most emblematic buildings of Merida´s center. During the tour, you will feel that you return to the past, I will also share a power point presentation to complement the experience. In addition to talking about these important places, we will also talk about cenotes, importance and creation. I will share personal stories and some urban stories. * In this experience all people can be included in a room (NO additional cost). * The Schedule 09:30, 11:30 and 13:30 only reservations in the English language. * The hours of 17:00 and 19:00 only in the Spanish language. * If you have any special request about the time to enjoy this experience, please let me know and we can arrange it.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$7.00
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