On your next visit to Merida, capital of the neighboring state of Yucatan, you’ll probably notice that more dilapidated or abandoned 19th-century and early 20th century houses and civic buildings in the historic heart of the city are being restored to their former glory. In the last three years, almost 150 buildings have been given a much-needed facelift, 925 since 1995, and the city government has plans to restore many more.

The famous classical style Peon Contreras Theater is currently being refurbished and the MACAY Art Gallery on the main square recently reopened after extensive renovations.