Merida is the capital and largest city of the state of Yucatan. The city has a population of over 700,000.

Merida was founded in 1542 by Spanish explorer Francisco de Montejo. The city is built atop the ancient Maya city of T’ho, which was once a center of Mayan culture and activity.

In the early 1900s, henequen, was mass produced and exported from this region. Profits from the henequen crop creating a large upper class society who built grand estates in town. Today, many of these estates and lavish homes have been restored, giving visitors a glimpse of Merida’s colonial past.