The city of Mérida 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 Mérida English Library tour is a walking tour, showcasing a wide variety of homes and gardens in Mérida’s Centro Histórico The properties we tour are located within a 10-20-minute walk of the Mérida 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!

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 cost is $300 for library members and $400 for non-members. You can pay at the door, or you can preregister and pay (see below).

Library members have the option to purchase a 8-session pass for MX$2,000. This pass will be transferable but non-refundable and each pass can be used only by one person each week. Click here to purchase a multipass.


The Tours take place every Wednesday beginning November 9 and continuing through the end of March. We usually gather at the library, but on some tours we meet in a neighborhood park.  Check this website often for up-to-date information.

  • 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 Mérida’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 here.  You must complete this registration once per person.  
  • 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 2022 - 2023 SEASON

The MEL House & Garden tour will follow the COVID guidelines in effect on the day of the tour.  At the moment, proof of COVID vaccination is NOT required.  Individual homeowners may require guests to wear masks while inside their home.

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 WhatsApp +52 9992 78 03 66.