Planning a visit to Merida on your next trip? As part of your sightseeing plan you’ll want to stroll along the tree-lined Paseo Montejo and marvel at its stately mansions, the legacy of the henequen boom at the end of the 19th century, the era when this native agave was known as green gold. Canton Palace is the most famous of these houses and it is now the site of the Regional Anthropology Museum, which plays hosts to a major exhibition on the Maya culture this year. Showcasing priceless ceramics, jade, sculptures and figurines unearthed at sites in Yucatan, Campeche, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Chiapas, Mayas: the Language of Beauty was on tour in Mexico City and Beijing, China before returning to the Maya World. The exhibition will be on show in Merida until February 2016.
Other museums you won’t want to miss in Merida are the Casa Museo Montes Molina, a chateau-style home on Paseo Montejo (guided tours Monday to Friday at 9, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday 9 and 11 a.m.) and the ultramodern Museo de la Gran Cultura Maya on Prolongacion Montejo. On the main square, Casa de Montejo is the restored colonial home of the Montejo family, the founders of Merida. Also in the historic heart of the city are the City Museum on Calle 56 x 65 and 65-A and the Folk Art Museum in La Mejorada.
Ask the Concierge to help you arrange private trips to Merida, accommodation and tours to archaeological sites such as Uxmal.