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!

What to expect from the tour:
The Tours take place every Tuesday from November to March. During the December holidays there are a few Tuesdays without tours. Check our event calendar to be sure: MEL Event Calendar

  • 9:00 AM “Registration”  with complimentary coffee & pastries. You’ll have plenty of time to mingle and relax under the tree-shaded patio at the rear of the library.
  • 9:30 AM Our volunteers present an informative Orientation to give you a unique perspective about the region and its properties.
  • 10:00 AM The walking tour departs from the library.

Each week we visit 3 homes from a variety of eras, including many from the Colonial and Art Deco periods. From modest to mansion, colonial ruins to modern masterpieces, under construction and fully renovated, we’ll show you the ongoing restoration of Merida’s historic downtown.

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

The Tour concludes around noon.

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.

For more information, call or email us!