Merida Warning and Dangers
If you are planning to visit Mérida, natural beauty, rich Mayan and colonial heritage awaits you. This vibrant town is the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán hosts the magnificent Plaza de la Independencia, Mérida Cathedral, limestone Iglesia de la Tercera Orden and Casa de Montejo which is a mansion colonial plateresque architecture from the 16th-century. There is a lot to watch out for, however.
Be Keen on Your Direction
You are advised to pack a compass while visiting Merida. The tropical sun is always overhead. The place also lacks major landmarks like hills and mountain and unless you have an impressive sense of direction, you need a compass.
Watch for Pickpockets
The best way to stay safe here is by keeping your pockets empty. The other ways include being extra vigilant, and using a money belt.
Eat and Drink Safely
Tap water is not safe not even for brushing your teeth and it is advisable to use bottled water which is available at low prices. Avoid peeled fruits and vegetables that have been washed using tap water. It is also recommended that you take precaution when eating at restaurants.
Watch out for Floods
Floods always occur when it rains in Merida. Be warned that the drainage system is poor and water remains on the streets.
Sun Safety Tips
It is prudent to use a good sunscreen whenever in the sun and wear a straw hat which you can purchase at a fair bargain. Carry and drink a lot of water.
Be Careful While in Traffic
The streets have many cars, trucks, horses, bikes and people. The traffic is not well organized here; ensure you keep a good eye on children and belongings.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings or dangers in Merida.