MERIDA MEXICO: THE JEWEL OF THE YUCATAN
This Is The Beautiful Yucatan
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Merida is the great news about Mexico!
Her Architecture, History, Culture, Food, Nightlife and Romance. The Tropics, the Exotic, the Adventure, Diving, Spelunking, Biking, Boating, Kayaking, Fishing, Cenotes, Caves, Haciendas, Ruins, Vast Beaches, Flamingos and Wildlife! Safety, Affordable Health Care, Low Cost of Living, Cheap Taxes, Great Roads and Infrastructure! Seafood, Cochinita, Carnitas, Tacos, Argentinean Steaks, Thai Flash, Pizza, Hot Dogs, Fine Dining and Coconut Ice Cream! Merida is street dancing, sidewalk cafes, parks, ancient churches, plazas, art galleries, Symphony Orchestra, Opera, Jazz, Cumbia, Salsa, Folk and Rock 'n Roll. Open Mic Night , Hennessy's Irish Pub and friends from around the globe. Professional baseball, football, basketball, swimming, wrestling, weight lifting, martial arts, The Polo Club, cooking schools, language & literature classes, universities, trade schools and crafts.
It is community! There is a lot to love about Merida!
The charming and magical city of Merida is located in the state of Yucatan, about 177 km (110 mi) from Campeche and 320 km (198 mi) from Cancun. Thanks to its tropical climate and cool winds that blow in from the nearby coast, temperatures range between 28º and 35º C (82º and 95º F) throughout most of the year.
Founded upon the ruins of the Mayan city T’ho, which was constructed with white limestone and means "Face of Infinity," Merida is known today as the White City. It has beautiful and solidly built colonial buildings that house the city’s history, art, traditions and culture. In the downtown Historic Center, you can visit the city cathedral, an impressive 16th century construction. Or you can go to interesting museums, such as the Yucatan Museum of Archaeology, which you’ll find in Palacio Canton, an elegant building dating back to the Porfirian era. You can also take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage down the city’s main avenue, Paseo Montejo, which is lined with 19th century mansions and well-known hotels. It's a pleasant tour blending sights of old and new.
While in Merida, you can try many of the exquisite dishes characteristic of Yucatecan cuisine. Papadzules and panuchos are made with stuffed corn tortillas and bathed in hot sauce. The traditional cochinita pibil is pork marinated in orange juice and served with beans and red onion.
also use Merida as a base
to visit old henequen haciendas just several kilometers outside of the city.
Many of them have been converted into luxurious hotels. As part of the exciting
tour of Merida’s environs, you can check out some
amazing cenotes (sinkholes) in underground river
systems and you can take in beautiful natural scenery at the Reserva de la Biosfera Ria
Celestun, a biosphere reserve and habitat of hundreds
of pink flamingos. Also near the White City are many spectacular archaeological
zones where you can discover the grandeur of the ancient Mayan culture at sites
such as Uxmal, Dibilchaltun
and Chichen Itza.
Merida has various parks with beautiful gardens and zoos where you can take a pleasant stroll as you admire some of the region's most important indigenous animal species.
Parque de las Americas – This park has the most beautiful gardens in the city and magnificent architectural structures such as the concha acustica (acoustical conch) and pergolas with columns and pillars that will remind you of the constructions at the Chichen Itza archaeological zone. Located on 20th Street and Colon Avenue.
Zoologico Parque Centenario – This zoo has an aquarium and a bird sanctuary where you can observe some of the regional species. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:00 to 5:00. Located at Avenida de los Itzaes and 59th Street.
El Planetario Arcadio Poveda Ricalde – This planetarium has a theater with state-of-the-art technology to project images and create a space-like atmosphere, thanks to its surround sound, making it Ideal for children and teens. Located at 62nd Street between 61st Street and 63rd Street in the Centro Cultural de Merida Olimpo.
Reserva Ecologica Fauna Regional del Mayab - More than
90 species characteristic of the Mexico’s
south and southeast regions inhabit this ecological
reserve, such as birds, monkeys and beautiful
felines like the jaguar and the ocelot, among
other endangered species. Located at Km 7.5 of
Highway 178 in the direction of Motul.
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