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Merida the White City of Yucatán

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A March 2006 trip to Merida by JesusW

Museo Regional de Arqueología de Yucatán Photo, More Photos
Quote: This is a very colonial city, full of culture and it´s roots deeply wet in Mayan culture.

Merida Events

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Attraction | "Marquesitas - a Regional Snack"

Merida Events Photo, Merida, Mexico
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Whenever you attend a public event in the evening (and if you are lucky during the day) in the streets of Mérida, be it a concert, a puppet show, a poetry recital, or even just strolling around the Zocalo (main square) you will find some carts selling snacks, the most common being the "Marquesita" (little marquis), something that is a blend of an ice cream cone with a crepe. They are crunchy as the cone, but are rolled up and filled with gouda or edam cheese, or maybe cajeta (caramel) or nutella. The marquesitas are only available at the Yucatán peninsula as far as I know, they were invented in 1945 by a the owner of an Ice Cream parlour, it was a very cold winter and the sales of the ref...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 21, 2010

Merida Events
City center and parks
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Dulceria y Sorbeteria Colon

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Restaurant | "A Sweet and Fresh Reward "

Dulceria y Sorbeteria Colon Photo, Merida, Mexico
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Mérida is a very nice city, the main problem I find is the heat, in summer it can reach 120F, in several visits in Winter, I had to wear long sleeves and a baseball cap because the Sun was way too strong. So, what to do on a hot day or extremely warm evening???There are some oasis in the city, mainly in the form of a traditional ice cream parlor, Dulceria y Sorbetería Colón (translated literally into Columbus, sherbets and candy store).There is one at the main square and the one nearest my hotel is on Paseo Montejo and 41 street, I can even walk there in the evening, during the day it may be too hot to walk, so take a cab.What is so special about this place? why no...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 20, 2010

Dulceria y Sorbeteria Colon
Paseo Montejo Entre 41 Y 43
Merida 97000
999)928 14 97

Taqueria Nuevo San Fernando

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Restaurant | "This Is THE Place to Have Cochinita"

Taqueria Nuevo San Fernando Photo, Merida, Mexico
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In this taquería they only have 2 options: cochinita pibil or lechon (tender pig), but that is the only reason to come and eat here.For me, being from Mexico city, eating pork tacos is something to have at lunch or dinner, but in Merida and the Mayan region in general, is specifically a breakfast fare (in the afternoon is a bit heavy due to the heat). When asking my local friends on a spot to eat, this is the place they all pointed (the only two other options were the Mercado Santa Ana and a taqueria one block from this one).Cochinita pibil is a version of "pulled pork" or pork cooked in a pit or similar, but with a special Yucatecan touch, they marinate de pork in a sauce ma...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 20, 2010

Taqueria Nuevo San Fernando
Av Cupules entre 60 y 31
Merida, Mexico 9700
+52 999 925-7298

El Negro Gil

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Restaurant | "Cochinita at Wee Hours"

El Negro Gil Photo, Merida, Mexico
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As I mentioned, the Cochinita Pibil is mainly a breakfast dish, I learned very well when staying at a friends house. One night the grandma asked what we were craving for dinner, being my first night in Merida, I quickly asked for Cochinita Pibil, I got a stare from most of the family members -like I was from another planet- but was sweetly corrected, the cochinita is only for early morning and in certain places. Well, that was many years ago, and recently I visited Merida again, this time as part of a concert touring staff. After the first day of setup we were hungry and asked the drivers for a place to eat, we asked for something very typical of Merida, not a fast food chain restaurant or some...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 21, 2010

El Negro Gil
Plaza Santa Ana, Calle 60 X Calle 47
Merida 97000

Merida the White City of Yucatán

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Merida was re-founded over the destroyed Mayan city of T'ho to make emphasys on the conquest by the Spanish. It took them a long amount of time as the Mayan people we very difficult to subdue, it was requiered the brutality of Pedro de Montejo in a very bloody war to defeat the local population.Merida is known as the "White city" because of all the white pyramids and structures the Spanish saw when they arrived to conquer the area.What you find now are buildings that were constructed following Europeans models, specially French.For a long time the Yucatán area was more linked to Paris than to Mexico city and thus a lot of traditions are based in the French more than in Me...Read More

InterContinental Presidente Merida

Hotel | "Presidente Intercontinental Villa Mercedes"

InterContinental Presidente Merida Photo,
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The Intercontinental bought the Villa Mercedes and for a good reason, the hotel is very nice. It looks like a colonial building, although is much more recent and well maintained.There is a very nice pool in the midle of the small garden between both wings of the hotel, the view is really nice.The rooms are very comfortable and ample, beds are soft, and there are five pillows with different sizes and softness for you to choose from in each bed.Service is attentive and professional from the receptionist to the bellboys, specially the maids.Location of this hotel is very convenient, near the Haytt and it´s bus station, a small mall with a Sanborns store (a Mexican cha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 25, 2006

InterContinental Presidente Merida
Avenida Colon N. 500 Centro
Merida, Mexico 97000
+52 (999) 9429000

Museo Regional de Arqueología de Yucatán

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Attraction | "Museo Regional de Arqueología de Yucatán - Palacio Canton"

Museo Regional de Arqueología de Yucatán Photo,
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This is one of the majestic colonial houses that adorns Paseo Montejo, and was the residence of the conqueror of this area (he slaughtered the Mayans in a brutal way, following his father´s steps but with more cruelty), as a "revenge" the modern government decided to turn his mansion into the Anthropology Museum of Merida. The contrast can't be more exaggerated, you have a French style mansion with all the ornaments and great woodworks in stairs, doors, windows, also some chandeliers hanging from the ceiling but in the displays you get the old ancient fruits of Mayan culture and such an amazing craft it is. From masks to idols, to great slabs of limestone you can just barely imagine what the r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 25, 2006

Museo Regional de Arqueología de Yucatán
Palacio Cantón
Merida, Mexico