In 2011 the town of Merida started its transformation to be geared towards the tourism trade and I must say it found the right blend. With its beautiful colonel architure, blend of street food/restaurants and numerous free activities its a must visit in any Mexican experience.
What to do
As always lets start with the free stuff. At 9:30am a company called Pink Cactus offer a tour devolving into three time periods-colonization, the golden period and modern Merida.
For 41 years on Thursday night a free concert happens in Parque de Santa. On Friday night in the square outside Catedral De Merida a traditional Mayan ball game is played. There are also numerous museums and galleries to explore, if you do the tour they will point them out far better than I can.
I would also take a day trip to Uxmal. I know everyone goes to Chitzen Itza but I much preferred these Mayan Ruins for a few reasons; you aren’t constantly sold items,you can climb the pyramid and it gets about a 10th of the visitors so you can get some amazing tourist free photos.
Lastly a special shout out to Ms B for sharing the experience and playing translator.