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Destination - Merida, also known as the White City

Ever since its creation as a colonial city, Merida copied the structure of the old Spanish cities of Andaluzia - symmetrical streets and plazas, and is proud the conserve the original layout till present day.

The visitor walking in the downtown area cannot miss the conglomerate of old buildings in the historic center, visiting the Plaza Grande surrounded by lush laurels. On the eastern side one can find the Cathedral of San Ildefonso, the oldest one on the entire American continent, built in the second half the the XVI century.
 
In front of the Plaza Grande lays La Casa de Montejo (the House of Montejo), an exquisite architectonic art piece.
 
There were also built 7 arcs to signal the city limits on one hand and on the other the separation between the city and the native's territory, which later became incorporated due to urban expansion. Today we can see 3 fully conserved arcs: San Juan, Dragones and del Puente.

By the end of the XIX century there was a period of great development of the haciendas, motivated by the growth in the henenque industry in Yucatan. This supported and funded the construction and restoration of various public buildings temples and private homes, that even today decorate the city's most beautiful boulevards. An example of this fine construction era is Teatro José Peón Contreras.
 
Facing the Plaza de la Independencia one can find el Palacio de Gobierno. This building features a neoclassic style and is decorated with murals of such quality and detail, that are considered among the most important in the entire state.

Other important attraction of the city is the traditional traditional Paseo de Montejo, one of the city's most elegant streets, where one can admire the magnificent architecture of Palacio Cantón, in Italian renaissance style, now serving the the History and Anthropology Museum; the imposing Monumento a la Patria, one of Mérida's many icons.

As for parks, fountains and gardens within the city, it is worth mentioning one of the biggest, Parque del Centenario, opened since 1910 during the celebrations of a century since the Mexican Independence. This park has an artificial lake, open theatre, zoo and a children's playground. It is also surrounded by museums of anthropology, archeology and stands of arts and manufactures.

Most likely, when walking the streets of merida you will feel the provincial romantic ambience, a testimony of it's rich past of history and legends. Despite the modern touch, the city still preserves it's colonial enchantment, with light and color in every corner.
Indulge yourself in the wonders and details of the legendary "White City", surrounded by the hospitality of its' people. For all this and more... Come to Mérida, it's all for you!

Night life . After sunset the city of Mérida transforms bit by bit in a very different space. The soft breeze before nightfall invite you to explore an old neighborhood, take a sit on the terrace in a coffee shop, attend a theater play or take a horse driven carriage trip among the streets of the most romantic and bohemian city in Mexico.

The truth is after all, that the best of Yucatán are the nights, when under the starry skies one can be dazzled by the magnificent light shows in the Mayan cities of Uxmal and Chichén Itzá. There under the moonlight one can get a feeling of the mysteries of their ancient inhabitants.

For lovers of music and dance, Mérida offers a wide variety of rithms and places, from the classical to the modern. For the romantics choose bohemian nights of bolero in almost every plaza in the city. for dancing, the best live bands play salsa, merengue, cumbia, mambo, reggae, danzón, rock or pop till dawn.

After all, Mérida is known to offer daily a free show in various of its' locations. Such is the traditional Vaquería Regional, every Monday at 9pm, featuring the folkloric ballet of Mérida's city hall, in front of the Palacio Municipal. On Tuesdays, at the Centro Cultural Olimpo one can enjoy a music show, and on Wednesdays an international music show. Thursdays at 9pm in Santa Lucia park, enjoy a night of Serenata Yucateca, a blend of music, art and folklore, result of a rich past of history and legend. This is one of the traditional shows with the longest history. Friday, the party is held on the central patio of Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, with the traditional Serenata Universitaria; Saturdays, apart from theatre and other events, visit Paseo de Montejo, where at 7pm starts the Noche Mexicana, with live con mariachi bands, dance and surrounded by manufactured art stands or delicious snacks. Sundays in Mérida are full of activities, for the whole family - Corredor Colonial from 9:00 to 21:00 hrs. Free shows.

Over 20 years ago there was established a Sunday activity routine in central Merida called "Mérida en Domingo" (Merida on Sundays). Every weekend there are organized various musical/cultural shows, with stands selling local handcrafts in the main plaza (Plaza Principal - el Zocalo meridano), on the 60th street, between the parks "Hidalgo", "De la Madre", poetic corner of "Santa Lucía". Here one can purchase wooden sculptures, objects made of silver, shells, fabric and leather apparel, books, coins and antiques, and of course taste the local Mayan cousine.

The infinite joy and warmth of the people, who will always greet you with kindness and a smile, make of Mérida the ideal place for vacationing.

Very close from Mérida are important archeological sites such as Chichen Itzá, newly listed among the seven wonders of the modern world.

Chichén Itzá. Is the legacy of the most impressive civilization Maya in the Yucatán Peninsula. In its' moment of glory it was the most powerful city of the region. Among its' structures one can admire the Warrior's Temple (Templo de los Guerreros), The Group of a thousand columns (Grupo de las Mil Columnas), the Plateau of Venus (Plataforma de Venus), the Tzompantli, the Ball Game (Juego de Pelota), the Caracol and Observatorio  and last the spectacular pyramid of Kukulcán. The mystical-astronomical character of the site is obvious. During the spring and fall equinox one can see the "Feathered Snake" sliding down the pyramid, an effect of light and shadow attracting thousands of visitors during those dates.

Cenotes. One main attraction are the cenotes, word coming from the Mayan “dzonot”, which means “cavidad con agua”. The cenotes are unique formations and beside are a primary source of fresh water in the jungle. These were sacred places for the Maya, and were seen as access doors to the spiritual world.

By tradition, the cenotes are a distinctive mark of nature in the Yucatan Peninsula. These vary in form and size depending on their location. You can find them as small open lakes; half hidden in caves; closed, but still with earth holes that allow the sunlight in or at last, deep underground, accessible only by underground tunnels.
In many cases on the bottom of these cenotes were found impressive amounts of religious offers and jewelry, remains of pottery and tools used in mystic ceremonies. Due to their archeological importance and natural beauty, the cenotes are a top attraction for eco tourism and cave diving.

At short distance from Mérida you can visit some fascinating caves in the state of Yucatán, such as:

THE CAVES OF LOLTÚN. In Maya means “Stone Flower ” - here was found evidence of human presence dating back from 400 to 7000 years. The visitors can admire the stone formations, curiously named “Cathedral”, “The gallery of Canons ”, “The Stalactite Room ”, etc. Another attraction are the rupest paintings, picturing human faces and animals. In its' various rooms and galleries, almost 60 meters deep and 700 meters long there were found archeological pieces, ceramics, stone artifacts, sea shells, and writing in stone from the Mayan culture. Also there were found bone structure remainings of mammoth and wild cats.

THE CAVES OF CALCEHTOK - They have a complicated system of tunnels inside. Some of these caves have ceilings more than 30m in height, with breathtaking formations of stalagmites and stalactites. The site is rich in pre hispanic archeological material (such as mayan ceramics, pottery and bow tips) and there are still various parts of the cave left unexplored. For now the accessible part covers over 5km in underground tunnels.

THE CAVES OF BALANKANCHE. This is a cave used in the past as ceremonial site for the Mayas. At the entrance one can admire the throne of Balam, which is an altar of sorts (the same the cave was named after). In the next room there is a half dried lake where the offerings were made (shells and jade). There and in the rest of the cave were found offerings of jewelry, ceramics, metals, miniature plates, statues of god Chaac, jade jaguars and hand prints on the walls.

Only 30 minutes drive from Mérida lies Puerto de Progreso, where you can enjoy a serene Caribbean beach or spend some time on the boardwalk. Or if you just want to get to know the local fauna, you can visit the natural park of Celestun.

Ecologic reservation - it is home for the most exotic species of the Yucatan Peninsula, as the pink flamingo with its peculiar flight patterns. Celestún offers the visitor the opportunity to try the fresh waters in “ojos de agua”,  hidden in natural tunnel formed by mangle trunks, and can be reached in boats. Enjoy a ride on the river towards the sea, and get to know Tampetén or the petrified woods.

CALLE 56 NO 474 POR 55 CENTRO 97000 MERIDA, YUCATAN, MEXICO
TEL/FAX.(52) 999 928 6081/82/83, (52) 999 924 8268 reservaciones@granrealyucatan.com


Uxmal

Uxmal. It's an archeological site of the Mayan culture whose arquitecture is the most majestic of all Yucatan Peninsula. Its beauty is unique, with palaces spread horizontally rather than vertically, displayed in rectangular layouts.

The city is formed of 15 building groups, covering an area of 2 square kilometers. Among the various structures a few stand out: La pirámide del Adivino (the pyramid of the holy one), Plaza de los Pájaros (the plaza of the birds), Cuadrángulo de las Monjas (the rectangle of the nuns), Juego de Pelota (the ball game), Palacio del Gobernador (the governor's palace), Gran Pirámide (the Great Pyramid) and El Palomar.

The most impressive structure measuring 35 meters in altitude is "Casa del Adivino" (the house of the Holy one), with a stairway on the eastern side facing directly the sun, on the summer solstice.

El Palacio del Gobernador(the governor's palace), is considered the most beautiful constuction in Central America due to its imponent proportions.

El Cuadrángulo de las Monjas (the rectangle of the nuns) stands out with its magnificent decorations, of the human and animal world: turtles, snakes, owls, men, worshipers of the god Chaac.

Dzibilchaltún. Covers an area of 17 square kilometers, with more than 8000 arqeological structures, but few of these were explored. The city preserves 12 sacbes, or white paths.

The most important building of this area is Templo de las Siete Muñecas(temple of the 7 dolls), named after on offering found inside, of 7 stone human figures. It also features a gate through which one can observe the sun every equinox. Dzibilchaltún blends in one space a prehispanic city, an eco-arqeological park and the Museum of the Mayan Village.

 

 

CALLE 56 NO 474 POR 55 CENTRO 97000 MERIDA, YUCATAN, MEXICO
Tel/Fax.(52) 999 928 6081/82/83, (52) 999 924 8268 reservaciones@granrealyucatan.com
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