Mérida is the official capital of the state of Yucatán, but it is also considered the cultural and culinary capital of the region. Food here is very distinctive, and is typically influenced and informed by long-standing traditions, techniques, and recipes that have endured since the golden age of the Maya civilization. Expect dishes featuring pork, corn, and squash; try some of them at La Chaya Maya, or the upscale K'u'uk, both of which specialize in Maya-inspired cuisine. The city's relative proximity to the coast also means that fresh fish and seafood are easy to find. If you're keen to take home some recipes, a cooking class at the renowned Los Dos culinary school is a can't-miss experience.