Merida is the capital and largest city in Yucatan state and the historical, cultural and financial capital of the region. It’s also a modern, cosmopolitan city with museums, art galleries, restaurants, shops and boutiques. A major center of commerce, Merida, is considered the crossroads of the region and one of the most important places to experience the Maya heritage. As a result of its unique geographic location, strong Spanish influence and isolation from other parts of Mexico, Merida developed a distinct cultural and political identity. It is famous for the guayabera, a loose fitting men’s shirt with tucks and pockets.