Walking through Merida can feel like stepping into a different time. The colonial city in the Yucatán Peninsula is layered in history; and sometimes those layers are literally peeling off the walls, revealing a sense of nostalgia captured in time. There’s an evident balance of the colorful folklore of the Mayans and the Spanish conquest in the 16th century, mingling together in the architecture, design and food of the vibrant Caribbean town.

Experience it in the sprawling haciendas, remnants of the past. Taste it in the food, a palette of past and future. Feel it in the cool waters of crystal-clear underground cenotes, an immersion in nature. See it, in everything.

But whatever you do, just embrace it all.