The city of Merida has the third largest collection of colonial homes in Latin America, surpassed only by the historic centers of Havana, Cuba and Mexico City. These centuries-old residential treasures are being rescued from ruin as Merida’s Centro enjoys a renaissance.

Satisfy your curiosity! The Merida English Library tour is a walking tour, showcasing a wide variety of homes and gardens in Merida’s Centro Historico. The properties we tour are located within a 10-20-minute walk of the Merida English Library, and include houses of various styles, sizes, and ages.

The House & Garden Tour is a “must do” for visitors and residents alike! It’s informative and fun!

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SPECIAL SAN  SEBASTIAN TOUR MARCH 22

Join us at the San Sebastián park (Calle 72 x Calle 75) on March 22 for a special tour of three homes in the historic San Sebastián neighborhood. We will meet in front of the church in the park and begin the walk after a short presentation on the history of architecture in Merida.  Please register below or at the library. Pre-registration and pre-payment by PayPal or credit card is encouraged.

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If you have a home in Centro that you would like to share with others, then please contact us at mel.houseandgarden@gmail.com. 



What to expect from the tour:

The Tours take place every Tuesday beginning November 23 and continuing through the end of March.

The cost is $300 for library members and $400 for non-members. You can pay at the door.

  • 9:00 AM - The library's doors open and registration begins. 
  • 9:30 AM - Our volunteers present an informative orientation to give you a unique perspective about the region and its character.
  • 10:00 AM - The walking tour departs from the library

The tour will end around noon.

Each week we plan to visit three homes from a variety of eras, including many from the Colonial and Art Deco periods. From modest to the mansion, colonial ruins to modern masterpieces, under construction and fully renovated, we’ll show you the ongoing revitalization of Merida’s historic downtown.

Come prepared with curiosity, enthusiasm, and sensible shoes for Centro's uneven sidewalks!

We encourage you to return for more than one tour! We make a concerted effort to rotate properties so that you won’t see the same house twice in the same month. 


ADVANCE REGISTRATION AND PRE-PAYMENT IS NOT REQUIRED, however you may do one or both to speed the check-in process on the day of the tour. Pre-registration also has the advantage of guaranteeing your spot on the tour.  You can't be closed out in the unlikely event that we have reached our capacity.

  • STEP 1: You can register and upload your COVID documents here.  You must complete this registration once per person.  Proof of COIVD vaccine is required to join the tour.  If you do not upload your COVID vaccine document then be prepared to show it at the door. 
  • STEP 2: You can pay for your registration using cash or credit card at the door OR click here to use PayPal to pre-pay for the registration of library members (MX$300) and/or here to pay for non-members ($400).



COVID PROTOCOL FOR THE 2021 - 2022 SEASON

ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PROOF OF COVID VACCINATION.

All participants, volunteers, and homeowners must wear a face mask over their mouth and nose even if wearing a face shield.

As you enter the library, a staff member will take your temperature and ask you to confirm you are symptom-free.

Hand sanitizer and KF94 masks will be available.

CAPACITY MAY BE FURTHER LIMITED DEPENDING ON THE GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS IN EFFECT AT THE TIME.


For more information, contact the tour organizers at mel.houseandgarden@gmail.com

 or +52 9992 78 03 66.