La Ermita, San Sebastián, and Xcalachén, Yucatan

Discover the Magical Neighborhood of La Ermita, San Sebastián, and Xcalachén, a vibrant sector in the heart of Mérida bursting with unforgettable colors and aromas.

The neighborhood composed of the suburbs of La Ermita San Sebastián and Xcalachén represents a microcosm of the city of Mérida. This area of the city boasts powerful elements of identity that will captivate you. Find more information about this Yucatecan Magical Neighborhood here.

Discover the Magic of La Ermita, San Sebastián, and Xcalachén: A Land Full of History

The city of Mérida was founded on the significant Maya urban settlement of T’ho, which was still flourishing when the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the 16th century. During this time, Mérida was the capital of the Captaincy General of Yucatán and hosted the region’s political and ecclesiastical authorities.

This rich history is clearly defined in the Magical Neighborhood of La Ermita, San Sebastián, and Xcalachén, which feature clear representations of the city’s urban evolution, including important heritage buildings and monuments. This area also offers a rich glimpse into the diverse society of modern-day Mérida.

What to Do in the Magical Neighborhood of La Ermita, San Sebastián, and Xcalachén

  • Explore its heritage monuments, such as the iconic Arco de San Juan, the General Cemetery, the parish of San Sebastián, the Ermita de Santa Isabel, and the house of Cepeda Peraza.
  • Visit the Church of La Ermita: This 17th-century church is the oldest in the neighborhood and is dedicated to the Virgin of La Ermita, the patroness of Yucatán.
  • Stroll through the Parque de Santa Ana: This park is the heart of the neighborhood, a popular spot for relaxing, walking dogs, and playing with children.
  • Discover its botanical and archaeological garden, along with an important municipal market offering delicious regional food.
  • Visit the Museum of the City of Mérida: Located in a former 16th-century Franciscan convent, the museum houses a collection of artifacts narrating Mérida’s history.
  • Shop at the Lucas de Gálvez Market: This market is a great place to find fresh produce, crafts, and souvenirs.
  • Taste the local cuisine: Enjoy a meal at one of the neighborhood’s restaurants, which serve a variety of traditional Yucatecan and international dishes.


The impressive churches, beautiful colonial facades, unique French cobblestone streets, and rich gastronomic and cultural offerings, combined with the warmth of the community, are the main attractions that led to the designation of La Ermita, San Sebastián, and Xcalachén as Mérida’s first Magical Neighborhood. Walking tours are preferred to absorb all the cultural details.

Travel Tips Keep in mind that temperatures in Mérida can reach up to 50 degrees Celsius during the summer. Be sure to check the weather forecast in advance and pack accordingly to stay comfortable during your visit.

When to Visit

 This Magical Neighborhood holds great importance for the Yucatecan capital as the venue for various large-scale events throughout the year. Here are some events you should not miss:

  • Panucho Fair: This Magical Neighborhood has a special connection to the history of the panucho, as it is said that Don Ucho, a famous baker and resident of the neighborhood in the past, created this delicious Yucatecan snack, meant for both travelers and locals.
  • Pib Fair: Besides enjoying delicious pib, you will find a festive atmosphere throughout the day, cultural activities, craft shows, and plenty of fun.
  • Paseo de las Ánimas: The Hanal Pixán or food for the souls, is a special tradition of the Maya people that takes place from October 31 to November 2. It is said that during this time, the deceased reunite with their loved ones, returning home to be honored with the offerings prepared by their families.

Where to Eat 

Here are some places to enjoy delicious traditional Yucatecan dishes mixed with international cuisine in Mérida:

  • La Chaya Maya: C. 57 x 62, Parque Santa Lucia, Centro. Approximate price per person: $250 MXN.
  • La Pigua: Av Cupules 505 A. Approximate price per person: $400 MXN.
  • El Sazón de Calín: C. 16 202, Col. México. Approximate price per person: $150 MXN.

Where to Stay

 The area offers a wide range of accommodations to suit all types of travelers:

  • Hotel Las Dalias Inn: Calle 57 x 48 y 50 No. 435, Centro. Price: $421 MXN per night.
  • Maison del Embajador Hotel: Calle 60 #472 x 53 y 55, C. 60 53, between y 55, Parque Santa Lucia, Centro. Price: $681 MXN per night.
  • Hotel Embajadores: C. 61 534, Parque Santiago, Centro. Price: $582 MXN per night.

How to Get There 

To reach the center of Mérida, take a flight to Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport or Mérida International Airport. From the airport to the heart of the city, it’s only about a 20-minute drive. It is recommended to hire a tour operator to pick you up and help you fully enjoy what the area has to offer.

The Magical Neighborhood of La Ermita, San Sebastián, and Xcalachén is one of the most traditional areas of Mérida, Yucatán. It is located north of the historic center and is bordered by streets 60, 65, 49, and 56. The neighborhood is known for its colonial architecture, narrow streets, and tranquil atmosphere.


La ermita, Calle 79, Centro, Mérida, Yuc., México

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