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Merida English Library House & Garden Tours

Calle 68 # 524 | Colonia El Centro, Merida 97000, Mexico
+52 999 924 8401
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Great way to check out other homes while visiting. Run by volunteers. Lovely folks to ask questions... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2016
Halifax Region, Canada
via mobile
Very Good Tour

80 people or so on our tour 1/26, but handled very well. We had a 30 minute introductory discussion... read more

Reviewed 31 January 2016
Seattle, WA
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The El Centro House & Garden Tour, operated by the non-profit Merida English Library, offers an opportunity to explore the Soul of El Centro! See behind the closed doors! Merida's Historic Center is the 3rd. largest in the Western world, and has recently seen a renaissance in renovation. Tour both grand & modest houses, as well as those "in progress". Expert tour guides provide a 30-minute orientation regarding Merida architectural history before touring four (4) properties. Walking Tour leaves from The Merida English Library, EVERY TUESDAY, October thru April, and lasts until noon. Arrive between 9 - 9:30A.M. to enjoy complimentary coffee & pastries in the shaded Library patio. Cost is 200 pesos, and all proceeds benefit Merida English Library programs. Reservations unnecessary, but appreciated.
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Calle 68 # 524 | Colonia El Centro, Merida 97000, Mexico
+52 999 924 8401

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Reviewed 4 February 2016 via mobile

Great way to check out other homes while visiting. Run by volunteers. Lovely folks to ask questions to get oriented while staying in merida.

1  Thank 131sunshine2014
Reviewed 31 January 2016

80 people or so on our tour 1/26, but handled very well. We had a 30 minute introductory discussion about Merida history and growth and the homes we were about to visit. The hosts were very welcoming and cordial. Our group was split so the...More

Thank SJaneSeattle_WA
Reviewed 15 January 2016

Before the tour there is the opportunity to mingle with other English speaking tourists and Merida residents who can answer questions and share local information and contacts. Our tour was also lead by Brent Marsh who gave the best history of Merida I have found....More

Thank Juliet T
Reviewed 6 January 2016 via mobile

Our guide Brent was incredible. First he gave us the history of the Centro area and Merida...he was so clear and concise:-) I was fascinated by the 'Mosaico de Pasta' colored cement floor tiles. Each Tuesday morning 3 different houses are visited and shown by...More

Thank Lynn D
Reviewed 26 December 2015

Over a 2 hour or so period on Tuesday mornings you take an escorted walking tour of several homes in the Historical Centro part of Merida. Homes in Centro tend to be narrow but long and sit on very deep lots. It is fascinating to...More

1  Thank Daniel T
Reviewed 28 February 2015

Having gone on several previous house tours at the English Library. I found this one very disappointing. The meeting and the speaker were excellent. The first property was amazing and all I expected. The next two properties were slightly past the renovation stage and most...More

1  Thank JMA99
Reviewed 20 February 2015

While visiting Merida back in January, we went on the house and garden tour with Brent Marsh as guide. The tour started with a description of how the typical colonial houses in the historic district were built and evolved. Very informative and interesting. Brent explained...More

2  Thank Eskil O
Reviewed 10 February 2015

We toured four homes with my sister. What was particularly nice was that one was under construction and the other three very different. This is a way to see the great variety of architecture and styles that the homes of Merida have. Our introductions after...More

1  Thank AMBChicago
Reviewed 13 January 2015 via mobile

We came to the tour assuming the first half hour would be boring general info about homes and were excited for the premise of seeing how people live in Merida. Things turned out to be flipped around... Sorry introduction before the lecture from a staff...More

Thank ECfromTA
Reviewed 13 January 2015 via mobile

We spent the morning on a wonderful walking home tour which was sponsored by the Merida English Library. Before the tour, our guide Brent gave an informative talk about the history of Merida and the homes. We visited four homes and were welcomed into each...More

2  Thank haveart
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