Named after Francisco de Montejo, the Spanish conquistador who founded the city in 1542. The Paseo de Montejo is the main boulevard running north and south. Likewise, the Paseo de Montejo is the avenue for some of the most beautiful and iconic buildings and monuments in Mérida. Of course, this is similar to the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City and the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Therefore, the Champs-Élysées of Mérida is the Paseo de Montejo.
Take note, the Paseo de Montejo begins at Calle 47 at the south end. This area is known as the Remate. Continuing down the Paseo de Montejo, the Monumento a la Patria at Calle 27A is at the north end. As the city expanded, so did the Paseo de Montejo.
Traveling north of the Monumento a la Patria, is the Prolongation Paseo de Montejo. Meaning the “extension of the Paseo”, this boulevard continues until it connects in the north with Federal Highway 261 also known as the Periferico.
An interesting and little known fact is that Calle 60 was the old promenade avenue prior to the Paseo de Montejo being built. That’s why you see mansions of a smaller scale along this historical street as well. Notably, Calle 60 is the longest street in the city and is the old road to Progreso.
Paseo de Montejo Activities
Location: The Remate
Every Saturday night, locals and tourists alike gather to enjoy artisanal vendors, local food, music, dancing, and entertainment.
Location: Paseo de Montejo
Especially entertaining is the BiciRuta or bicycle route every Sunday morning. One side of the Paseo de Montejo is closed off to allow participants to bike, walk, skateboard, chat, and enjoy community connection.
Artists on the Paseo
Location: East side of the Paseo de Montejo
In addition to the BiciRuta, find a plethora of artists, local products, street food and more on Sunday mornings until early afternoon.
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