Last Updated: 7th Jun 2012

<p>Merida is the capital city of the Mexican state of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/yucatan-tours">Yucatan</a> and was a large and important city of the Mayan empire – people have been continually living here for longer than any other city in North America!</p> <p>The Mayan history is evident everywhere as are traces of the old Spanish fortress and city walls and the history, buildings and architecture are some of the main reasons why people travel to this part of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/mexico">Mexico</a>. Merida is one of the richest cities in Mexico and the residents have built beautiful mansions throughout the city while the shopping is also modern and accessible.</p> <p>Merida is also one of the cultural capitals of not only Mexico, but the Americas and the city is home to many galleries and museums as well as the Paseo de Montejo – a famous street filled with sculptures.</p> <p>Not only do art, dance and music play a big part in the life of the city, but also the food adds a unique and distinct feel to the city. A little more isolated than other parts of Mexico, there is a unique mix of styles available and the food (and the language) is noticeably different from the rest of Mexico.</p> <p>A Horse-drawn carriage tour is a fitting way to check out even more of the town and is a great way to get a little more of the colonial feel of the city.</p> <p>The Mayan city of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/uxmal">Uxmal</a> is also near by with it&#8217;s panoramic views from the top of the &#8216;Pyramid of the Magician&#8217; as well as many other ancient Mayan ruins.</p>