Mérida is the capital and largest city of Mexico’s Yucatán state. An inland city, Mérida is known for its architecture typical of colonial Spanish cities. Odd-numbered streets run east/west and even-numbered streets run north/south.
The best place to run in Mérida is our ‘runseeing’ tour, inspired by friend of Great Runs, Aurélie Vilmer. Highlights include numerous important buildings and museums, beautiful architecture, several small parks, the Plaza Grande, and the city’s principal monumental street, the Paseo De Montejo. For some off-road running, the best bet is the 7.6 km path through the Parque Lineal “Los Paseos” (linear park), and even more in the adjacent Del Poniente Ecological Park. There’s a world-class running track at the Estadio Gral. Salvador Alvarado and a more modest one at Estadio Carlos Iturralde.
Runners should note that Mérida is hot and humid year-round, with temps typically warmer than coastal locations.