Mérida, the colorful capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán, was built upon Mayan ruins and is rich in history. The city once had the greatest concentration of wealth in the world, as evidenced by its colonial architecture with Spanish influences. The vibrant buildings line the streets for miles while the artisan shops are filled with traditional floral patterned clothing. The town can be very budget friendly with small hotels, hostels and very reasonable restaurants. Farmers markets are probably one of my favorite things to visit when exploring a new city – get lost in the chaos of the Lucas de Galvez Market to pick up some seasonal local produce. Grabbing a ceviche snack in this bustling market is a must! The town has lots of different European influenced plazas that are filled with music and dancing on a warm summer evening. While Mérida is certainly not an “undiscovered gem,” it is far from tourist trap cities like Cancun, so go explore it while you can!