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Merida panoramic view in Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® Merida is the capital of the Yucatan State. It is situated in the northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula, 196 km from Campeche and 319 km from Cancun in Mexico.

Merida was founded in 1542 by the Spaniard Francisco de Montejo over the ruins of the Mayan city T'ho and receiving its name to evoke the conquerors the city of Merida in Spain. The Cathedral of San Ildefonso was founded with the huge stones dismantled from the pyramids. Merida in Yucatan Mexico - Tour By Mexico ®

Merida is known as the White City, nowadays one of the most tranquil and safest cities in Mexico. Its remote Mayan roots, superb colonial monuments and the splendor of its turn to the XIX century architecture, has made Merida a captivating mixture of cultural influences.

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La Casa de Montejo (Montejo's House). Located south of the main Plaza, its the most important non government building, distinguished because of its plateresque style. La Casa de Montejo in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ®

Cathedral. The older in the American continent (1556-1599); with its beautiful mozarabic-style towers and the great 7-meter high image of a Christ. Cathedral in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ® Cathedral 1 in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ® Cathedral 2 in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ®

Canton Palace. The museum is located on the main avenue of Merida, the Paseo de montejo, on the corner of Street 43. Its headquarters are in one of the most imposing buildings of the city, designed by the Italian architect Enrico Deserti. It was built in the first decade of the 20th century, to be the residence of the ex-governor of Yucatan, General Francisco Canton, under the direction of the Yucatecan architect Manuel G. Canton Ramos. Its majesty earns it name Palacio Canton (Canton Palace). At the time, the palace formed part of an urban project to move away from the old-style network of city streets, by the designing of avenues leading outwards.
The building was the first in Merida to include in its design many of the electric elements in vogue at the time like ironwork and marble. Along with other residences along the avenue it constitutes a symbol of the wealth generated by the production and commercialization of heneken. Canton Palace in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ® The Canton Palace unites its attractive architecture with an extraordinary number of archaeological treasures, one of the most important collections on the development of Pre-Colombian Mayan culture in the Yucatan Peninsula. In the vestibule there is a history of the building and five enlarged reproductions of the 19th century lithographs of Frederick Catherwood, published, by John Lloyd Stephens in his famous work Travels to the Yucatan, which brought the Mayan Culture to the entire world.
Moving along, you can become acquainted with environment of the peninsula, and with the oldest evidence of human existence found here, from the cave at Loltun. You'll also learn about the physical aspects of Mayas of the Yucatan and their customs for decorating and modifying their bodies, according to their esthetic criteria.
The following rooms exhibit elements of the evolution of Mayan society: production, commerce, war, writing and calendars, architecture, customs, rituals, and funeral offerings. The passages of the building are dedicated to exhibiting Macay Museum, Ciudad de Merida Yucatan Mexico, Everything about Merida Yucatan - Tour By Mexico ® the magnificent mastery of the Mayan sculptors. The firs floor of destined for seasonal exhibits about the Mayan Culture and the history and art of other peoples.
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Macay Museum. The Macay is located in the building which was the old "Peninsular Athenaeum" whose construction goes back to the beginning of the time of the Spanish conquest. Macay Museum in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ® Macay Museum in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ® Macay Museum in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ®

Monumento a la Patria (Monument to the Fatherland). Where the sculptor Romulo Rosso shaped the history of Mexico. Monumento a la Patria in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ® Monumento a la Patria in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ®

The Ancient Casa Real, actually the Merida Government Palace, houses 27 murals illustrating historical representations from the Pre-Hispanic and Colonial Eras. Casa Real in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ® Casa Real in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ® Casa Real in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ®

The Centenario Zoo, where the city 200 is found. Centenario Zoo in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ® Centenario Zoo in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ® Casa Real in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ®

The traditional Paseo Montejo, designed to emulate the Champs Elysees, will delight with its three story mansions with their balconies, harmonious lines, vivid color and pointed tower. Paseo Montejo in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ® Paseo Montejo in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ®

60th Street. A stroll down through this enchanting street reveals beautiful parks and buildings, among them the Hidalgo Park, the Autonomous University of Yucatan, the Church and Park of Santa Lucia and the Peon Contreras Theater.

Jose Peon Contreras Theater, built in 1900, with its white marble stair, and its seats decorated in a Rococo-style. Jose Peon Contreras Theater in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ® Jose Peon Contreras Theater in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ® Jose Peon Contreras Theater in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ®

The zone of the Markets where you can buy the typical huipiles, guayaberas, filipinas, henequen carpets. Here you can visit the outstanding markets Lucas de Galvez and the Portal de Granos.

Market in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico - Tour By Mexico ® - Tour By Mexico ® In Merida downtown you can enjoy popular shows from 9 o'clock pm during the week. There is also a great variety of good restaurants where you can enjoy the regional cuisine and excellent plates such as cochinita pibil and deer meat.

Meriden people are characterized by their hospitality and pride of their strong traditions and cultural roots. Merida has turned into a splendid city for business and recreation under a peaceful and secure climate, making foreigners feel at home.

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MERIDA MUSEUMS SCHEDULE
Natural History Museum

Tuesday thru Sunday from
9 am to 4 pm
Popular Art Museum

Tuesday thru Saturday from
9 am to 8 pm
Sunday from
8 am to 2 pm
MACAY
Museum


Monday thru Sunday
(Tuesday closed) from 10 am to
5:30 pm
Museum of Paintings
"Juan Gamboa
Guzman"


Tuesday thru Saturday from
8 am to 8 pm
Sunday from
8 am to 2 pm
Anthropology and History Museum

Tuesday thru Saturday from
8 am to 8 pm
Sunday from
8 am to 2 pm
Sisal Fiber Museum

At the Yaxcopoil Hacienda
Dzilbilchaltun Museum

Tuesday thru Sunday from
8 am to 4 pm
Julio Verne
Cultural Center


Tuesday thru Sunday from
8 am to 4 pm
City Museum

Tuesday thru Friday from
10 am to 2 pm
Saturday and Sunday from
10 am to 2 pm
Yucatecan Music Museum

Tuesday thru Sunday from
9 am to 5 pm

A GUIDE TO VISIT MERIDA AND SURROUNDINGS IN 7 DAYS
1 • MONDAY 2 • TUESDAY 3 • WEDNESDAY 4 • THURSDAY
Take a tourist bus
(10 am; 1, 4 or 7 pm)
at Santa Lucia Park.
Evening: Outdoor concert with traditional Yucatecan dancing
and dress. Palacio Municipal on the
Main Plaza at 9 pm.
Chichen-Itza and
the Caves of Balankanche.
Evening: Dance to and enjoy a big band music of the 40's. Santiago Park at 9 pm (corner of Street 59
and 72).
Or you can watch the University's Mexican show at Peon Contreras Theater (Street 60, between 72).
Trova night at The Olimpo, 9 pm.
Hacienda Teya,
City of Ixamal and the Convent Route: Acanceh, Tecoh, Telchaquillo, Tekit, Mama, Chuyamel,
Mani and Oxcutzcab.
Wednesdays shows
at the Olimpo, 9 pm.
Dzibilchaltun, Beaches: Progreso, Chelem, Chicxulub, Telchac
and X-Tampu ruins.
Evening: The open-air concert featuring Yucatecan dress, dance, music
and folklore at Santa Lucia Park, 9 pm.
Visit the Mayan artisans co-op
next to the church
in Dzibilchaltun.
5 • FRIDAY 6 • SATURDAY 7 • SUNDAY  
Shopping, visit the markets: Pasaje Picheta or Casa de las Artesanias you will find Yucatecan handcrafts
at the best prices
in the city.
Evening: Serenade at the University central patio (Corner of Street 60
and 57), 9 pm.
Loltun and the Puuc Route: Kabah, Labna, Sayil, Xlapak and Uxmal. Hacienda Yaxcopoil.
Evening: Mexican Fiesta, Paseo Montejo and 47th Street, 7 pm.
Don't forget to visit the "Lucas de Galvez" handcrafts market, you will find everything.
Also visit in downtown Merida the outdoor handcraft market and food festival in the Main Plaza, Hidalgo Park and Santa Lucia Park from
9 am to 9 pm.
 

 

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