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A bird in the rain in Yucatán state | © Razi Machay / Flickr
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What to Do on a Rainy Day in Merida, Mexico

Picture of Stephen Woodman
Updated: 14 March 2018
The beautiful colonial city of Mérida in Yucatán state is experiencing a boom as tourists look beyond the nearby tourist centers of Cancún and Tulum. A traditional refuge of Mayan culture, the city also boasts splendid architecture and a vibrant culinary culture. It’s hot and dry for most of the year, but the wet season runs from June through October. With that in mind, it is always best to have a backup plan for those rainy days when outdoor activities are not an option. Here are five things we recommend doing on a rainy day in Mérida.

Casa de Montejo

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Casa de Montejo
Casa de Montejo | © Cecilia Ortiz / Flickr
To the south of the main plaza is the elegant Casa de Montejo, a building built between 1542 and 1549 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco de Montejo. The well-preserved 16th-century mansion was owned by the Montejos until 1970, and now displays the family’s renovated furniture. Bring an umbrella so you can spend some time looking at the building’s façade. The imagery offers a fascinating glimpse into the colonial mindset and the skewed logic of the conquistadores. Carved stone figures depict brave invaders battling hordes of barbarians.