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 10-15-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!

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 their guests and $400 for non-members. You can pay at the door.

  • 9:00 AM - Registration at the library. 
  • 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 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.

  • You can register and upload your COVID documents here.  You must complete this registration once per person.  Pre-registration and pre-payment is optional except for the La Ermita tour (see below).
  • You can pay for your registration using cash or credit card at the door OR click here to pre-pay for the registration of library members (MX$300) and/or here to pay for non-members ($400).


HOLIDAY TOUR OF LA ERMITA DECEMBER 21: This will be a special event, with the tour kicking off at Parque de La Ermita (Calle 66 x 77) at 9:00 instead of at the library. The group will visit three homes, at least one of which will be decorated for the holidays.

Advance registration is required.  You must complete this registration form once per person. Advance payment is also required for the La Ermita Tour. You can pay for your registration using cash or credit card at the door OR click here 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 will be available.

CAPACITY MAY BE 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.