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A hotel in Mérida is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Mérida hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Mérida are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Mérida hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Mérida hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Mérida have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Mérida
An upscale full service hotel facility in Mérida that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Mérida hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Full service Mérida hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Mérida
Boutique hotels of Mérida are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Mérida boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Mérida may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Mérida
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Mérida travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Mérida focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Mérida
Small to medium-sized Mérida hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Mérida traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Mérida hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Mérida
A bed and breakfast in Mérida is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Mérida bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Mérida B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Mérida
Mérida hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Mérida hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Mérida
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Mérida hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Mérida lack an on-site restaurant.

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Mérida timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Mérida often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Mérida on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Mérida
A Mérida motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Mérida for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Mérida motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Merida
City
Collage of the City of Mérida
Collage of the City of Mérida
Coat of arms of Merida
Coat of arms
Merida is located in Yucatán (state)
Merida
Merida
Location in Yucatan
Coordinates:  / 20.97000; -89.62000  / 20.97000; -89.62000
Country Mexico
State Yucatan
Municipality Merida
City Founded January 6, 1542
Government
• Municipal President Mauricio Vila Dosal ((PAN))
Elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Population (2015)
• Total 892,363
• Density 858.41/km (2,223.3/sq mi)
• Demonym Meridian
Time zone CST (UTC−6)
• Summer (DST) CDT (UTC−5)
ZIP code 97000
Area code(s) 999
Major Airport Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport
IATA Code MID
ICAO Code MMMD
INEGI Code 310500001
Climate Aw
Website merida.gob.mx

Mérida (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmeɾiða]) is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Yucatán as well as the largest city of the Yucatán Peninsula. It is located in the northwest part of the state, about 35 kilometres (22 miles) from the Gulf of Mexico coast. The city is also the municipal seat of the Municipality of Mérida, which includes the city and the areas around it.

According to the 2015 census, the population of Mérida was 892,363, ranking 13th among the most populous Mexican metropolitan areas. The municipality's area is 858.41 km (331.43 sq mi). The metropolitan area includes the municipalities of Mérida, Umán and Kanasín and had a population of 1,035,238 in the same 2010 census. It is the largest of the four cities of the world that share the name Mérida, the other three being in Spain, Venezuela, and the Philippines.

The city, like much of the state, has heavy Mayan, Spanish, French, British, Lebanese and to a lesser extent Dutch influences. Mérida has the highest percentage of indigenous persons of any large city in Mexico with approximately 60% of all inhabitants being of the Maya ethnicity.

Mérida is serviced by Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport (IATA airport code: MID)

Mérida, Yucatán: History

House of Montejo in a 19th-century lithograph
Merida city center in 1981
Cathedral of Merida (1598)

There were three Spanish conquistadors named "Francisco de Montejo": Francisco de Montejo "el Adelantado" ("The Lieutenant", the eldest); Francisco de Montejo y León "el Mozo" ("The Boy", his son); and Francisco de Montejo "el Sobrino" ("The Nephew"). Mérida was founded in 1542 by Montejo y León ("el Mozo") and named after the town of Mérida in Extremadura, Spain. It was built on the site of the Maya city of T'hó (/d̥ʼχøʼ/), which was also called Ichkanzihóo or Ichcaanzihó (/isʃkan'siχœ/; "City of Five Hills") in reference to its pyramids. T'ho had been a center of Mayan culture and activity for centuries: because of this, some historians consider Mérida the oldest continually-occupied city in the Americas.

Carved Maya stones from ancient T'ho were widely used to build the Spanish colonial buildings that are plentiful in downtown Mérida, and are visible, for instance, in the walls of the main cathedral. Much of Mérida's architecture from the colonial period through the 18th century and 19th century is still standing in the centro historico of the city. From colonial times through the mid-19th century, Mérida was a walled city intended to protect the Peninsular and Criollo residents from periodic revolts by the indigenous Maya. Several of the old Spanish city gates survive, but modern Mérida has expanded well beyond the old city walls.

Late in the 19th century and the early 20th Century, the area surrounding Mérida prospered from the production of henequén. For a brief period, around the turn of the 20th century, Mérida was said to house more millionaires than any other city in the world. The result of this concentration of wealth can still be seen today. Many large and elaborate homes still line the main avenue called Paseo de Montejo, though few are occupied today by individual families. Many of these homes have been restored and now serve as office buildings for banks and insurance companies. Korean immigration to Mexico began in 1905 when more than a thousand people arrived in Yucatan from the city of Incheon. These first Korean migrants settled around Merida as workers in henequen plantations.

Mérida has one of the largest centro histórico districts in the Americas (surpassed only by Mexico City and Havana, Cuba). Colonial homes line the city streets to this day, in various states of disrepair and renovation; the historical center of Mérida is currently undergoing a minor renaissance as more and more people are moving into the old buildings and reviving their former glory.

In August 1993, Pope John Paul II visited the city on his third trip to Mexico. The city has been host to two bilateral United States – Mexico conferences, the first in 1999 (Bill Clinton – Ernesto Zedillo) and the second in 2007 (George W. Bush – Felipe Calderón).

In June 2007, Mérida moved its city museum to the renovated Post Office building next to the downtown market. The Museum of the City of Mérida houses important artifacts from the city's history, as well as an art gallery. Mérida hosted the VI Summit of Association of Caribbean States, in 2014.

Mérida is the cultural and financial capital of the Yucatán Peninsula, as well as the capital city of the state of Yucatán. In recent years, important science competitions and World events have been held in Mérida – FITA Archery World Cup Finals, the International Cosmic Ray Conference, a Physics Olympiad, etc.

Mérida, Yucatán: Geography

The city as seen from the 18th floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel
Monument to the Yucatán caste war

Mérida is located in the northwest part of the state of Yucatán, which occupies the northern portion of the Yucatán Peninsula. To the east is the state of Quintana Roo, to the west is the state of Campeche, to the north is the Gulf of Mexico, and far to the south is the state of Chiapas. The city is also located in the Chicxulub Crater. It has a very flat topography and is only 30 feet (9 m) above sea level. The land outside of Mérida is covered with smaller scrub trees and former henequen fields. Almost no surface water exists, but several cenotes (underground springs and rivers) are found across the state. Mérida has a centro histórico typical of colonial Spanish cities. The street grid is based on odd-numbered streets running east/west and even-numbered streets running north/south, with Calles 60 and 61 bounding the "Plaza Grande" in the heart of the city. The more affluent neighborhoods are located to the north and the most densely populated areas are to the south. The Centro Histórico area is becoming increasingly popular with American and other expats who are rescuing and restoring the classic colonial structures. The Los Angeles Times recently noted this surge of interest in rescuing Mérida's historic downtown.

Mérida, Yucatán: Climate

Merida features a tropical wet and dry climate (Köppen: Aw). The city lies in the trade wind belt close to the Tropic of Cancer, with the prevailing wind from the east. Mérida's climate is hot and its humidity is moderate to high, depending on the time of year. The average annual high temperature is 33 °C (91 °F), ranging from 28 °C (82 °F) in January to 36 °C (97 °F) in May, but temperatures often rise above 38 °C (100 °F) in the afternoon in this time. Low temperatures range between 18 °C (64 °F) in January to 23 °C (73 °F) in May and June. It is most often a few degrees hotter in Mérida than in coastal areas due to its inland location and low elevation. The rainy season runs from June through October, associated with the Mexican monsoon which draws warm, moist air landward. Easterly waves and tropical storms also affect the area during this season.

Climate data for Mérida (1951–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 39.5
(103.1)
39.5
(103.1)
42.0
(107.6)
43.0
(109.4)
43.0
(109.4)
41.5
(106.7)
40.0
(104)
43.0
(109.4)
40.0
(104)
39.0
(102.2)
39.0
(102.2)
39.5
(103.1)
43.0
(109.4)
Average high °C (°F) 30.8
(87.4)
31.5
(88.7)
34.0
(93.2)
35.6
(96.1)
36.3
(97.3)
35.3
(95.5)
35.0
(95)
34.9
(94.8)
34.2
(93.6)
32.7
(90.9)
31.5
(88.7)
30.6
(87.1)
33.5
(92.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) 24.0
(75.2)
24.4
(75.9)
26.3
(79.3)
27.9
(82.2)
29.0
(84.2)
28.5
(83.3)
28.2
(82.8)
28.1
(82.6)
27.9
(82.2)
26.8
(80.2)
25.4
(77.7)
24.0
(75.2)
26.7
(80.1)
Average low °C (°F) 17.2
(63)
17.3
(63.1)
18.6
(65.5)
20.2
(68.4)
21.7
(71.1)
21.6
(70.9)
21.4
(70.5)
21.3
(70.3)
21.6
(70.9)
20.8
(69.4)
19.3
(66.7)
17.5
(63.5)
19.9
(67.8)
Record low °C (°F) 9.2
(48.6)
9.5
(49.1)
9.0
(48.2)
10.0
(50)
10.0
(50)
10.0
(50)
10.0
(50)
10.0
(50)
10.0
(50)
10.0
(50)
10.0
(50)
7.0
(44.6)
7.0
(44.6)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 38.4
(1.512)
32.2
(1.268)
22.5
(0.886)
24.4
(0.961)
69.4
(2.732)
138.3
(5.445)
158.7
(6.248)
140.7
(5.539)
183.1
(7.209)
127.9
(5.035)
56.2
(2.213)
45.1
(1.776)
1,036.9
(40.823)
Average rainy days (≥ 0.1 mm) 4.2 3.3 2.3 1.9 4.6 10.8 13.4 12.8 13.9 9.7 5.4 4.3 86.6
Average relative humidity (%) 70 68 63 64 63 71 72 73 76 75 75 73 70
Mean monthly sunshine hours 208.6 205.9 241.8 254.1 273.2 231.0 246.1 247.9 208.5 218.5 212.4 201.8 2,749.8
Source #1: Servicio Meteorologico Nacional (humidity 1981–2000)
Source #2: NOAA (sun 1961–1990)

Mérida, Yucatán: Governance

Palace of Government of Yucatán (Governor's Office)
Interior of the government palace building decorated with murals by Fernando Castro Pacheco.

Mérida is the Yucatán state capital. State government officials reside here and it's also the base for the Mérida Municipality. "El Ayuntamiento" is constituted by an elected major, assembly representatives and síndicos. The current mayor is Mauricio Villa Dosal, from the PAN and he took office on July 1, 2015. State Governor is Mr. Rolando Zapata Bello (PRI) appointed July 2, 2012.

Mérida, Yucatán: Culture

Italian- and French-style architecture is common in the city center.
Yucatec Maya architecture in America Park, Merida.

Mérida has been nicknamed "The White City" (La Ciudad Blanca), though the exact origin of this moniker is not clear. Some explanations include the common color of its old buildings painted and decorated with "cal" (though anyone visiting modern Mérida can see that buildings are not all white nowadays) or the fact that the residents keep the city particularly clean. Mérida was named after the Spanish town of the same name, originally (in Latin) Augústa Emérita (see Mérida, Spain). Mérida has served as the American Capital of Culture in the years 2000 and 2017.

As the state and regional capital, Mérida is a cultural center, featuring multiple museums, art galleries, restaurants, movie theatres, and shops. Mérida retains an abundance of beautiful colonial buildings and is a vibrant cultural center with music and dancing playing an important part in day-to-day life. At the same time it is a modern city boasting a comprehensive range of shopping malls, auto dealerships, top-quality hotels, restaurants, and leisure facilities. The famous avenue Paseo de Montejo is lined with original sculpture. Each year, the MACAY Museum in Mérida mounts a new sculpture installation, featuring works from Mexico and one other chosen country. Each exhibit remains for ten months of the year. In 2007, sculptures on Paseo de Montejo featured works by artists from Mexico and Japan.

Yucatán's Mayan Museum

Mérida and the state of Yucatán have traditionally been isolated from the rest of the country by geography, creating a unique culture. The conquistadors found the Mayan culture to be incredibly resilient, and their attempts to eradicate Mayan tradition, religion, and culture had only moderate success. The surviving remnants of the Mayan culture can be seen every day, in speech, dress, and in both written and oral histories. It is especially apparent in holidays like Hanal Pixan, a Mayan/Catholic Day of the Dead celebration. It falls on November 1 and 2 (one day for adults, and one for children) and is commemorated by elaborate altars dedicated to dead relatives. It is a compromise between the two religions with crucifixes mingled with skull decorations and food sacrifices/offerings. Múkbil pollo (pronounced/'mykβil pʰoʎoˀ/) is the Mayan tamal pie offered to the dead on All Saints' Day, traditionally accompanied by a cup of hot chocolate. Many Yucatecans enjoy eating this on and around the Day of the Dead. And, while complicated to make, they can be purchased and even shipped via air. (Muk-bil literally means "to put in the ground" or to cook in a pib, an underground oven).

For English speakers or would-be speakers, Mérida has the Mérida English Library, a lending library with an extensive collection of English books, videos, tapes, and children's books. The library is also the site for expatriate meetings, children's storytelling hours, and other cultural events.

Mérida is also home to the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra, which plays regular seasons at the Jose Peon Contreras Theatre on Calle 60 and features classical music, jazz, and opera.

Mérida, Yucatán: Food

Yucatan food is its own unique style and is very different from what most people consider "Mexican" food. It includes influences from the local Mayan culture, as well as Caribbean, Mexican, European and Middle Eastern cultures. Tropical fruit, such as coconut, pineapple, plums, tamarind and mamey are often used in Yucatan cuisine.

Papadzules, a Maya meal consisting of pumpkin seed-soaked corn tortillas filled with egg, spices and other seasonings, is an ancient dish of the Yucatan.

There are many regional dishes. Some of them are:

  • Poc Chuc, a Mayan/Yucateco version of boiled/grilled pork
  • Salbutes and Panuchos. Salbutes are soft, cooked tortillas with lettuce, tomato, turkey and avocado on top. Panuchos feature fried tortillas filled with black beans, and topped with turkey or chicken, lettuce, avocado and pickled onions. Habanero chiles accompany most dishes, either in solid or purée form, along with fresh limes and corn tortillas.
  • Queso Relleno is a "gourmet" dish featuring ground pork inside of a carved edam cheese ball served with tomato sauce
  • Pavo en Relleno Negro (also known locally as Chilmole) is turkey meat stew cooked with a black paste made from roasted chiles, a local version of the mole de guajalote found throughout Mexico. The meat soaked in the black soup is also served in tacos, sandwiches and even in panuchos or salbutes.
  • Sopa de Lima is a lime soup with a chicken broth base often accompanied by shredded chicken or turkey and crispy tortilla.
  • Papadzules. Egg "tacos" bathed with Pumpkin Seed sauce and tomatoes.
  • Cochinita pibil is a marinated pork dish, by far the most renowned from Yucatan, that is made with achiote. Achiote is a spice that gives a different flavor and also a reddish color also peppery smell, also known by Spanish (Recados) is seasoning paste.
  • Bul keken (Mayan for "beans and pork") is a traditional black bean and pork soup. The soup is served in the home on Mondays in most Yucatán towns. The soup is usually served with chopped onions, radishes, chilies, and tortillas. This dish is also commonly referred to as frijol con puerco.
  • Brazo de reina (Spanish for "The Queen's Arm") is a traditional tamal dish. A long, flat tamal is topped with ground pumpkin seeds and rolled up like a roll cake. The long roll is then cut into slices. The slices are topped with a tomato sauce and a pumpkin seed garnish.
  • Tamales colados is a traditional dish made with pork/chicken, banana leaf, fresh corn masa and achiote paste, seasoned with roasted tomato sauce.

Achiote a popular spice in the area. It is derived from the hard annatto seed found in the region. The whole seed is ground together with other spices and formed into a reddish seasoning paste, called recado rojo. The other ingredients in the paste include cinnamon, allspice berries, cloves, Mexican oregano, cumin seed, sea salt, mild black peppercorns, apple cider vinegar, and garlic.

Hot sauce in Mérida is usually made from the indigenous chiles in the area which include: Chile Xcatik, Chile Seco de Yucatán, and Chile Habanero.

Mérida, Yucatán: Language and accent

The Spanish spoken in the Yucatán is readily identifiable as different, even to non-native ears. It is heavily influenced by the Yucatec Maya language, which is spoken by a third of the population of the State of Yucatán. The Mayan language is melodic, filled with plosive consonants (p', k', and t') and "sh" sounds (represented by the letter "x" in the Mayan language).

Being enclosed by the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, and with poor land communication with the rest of Mexico, Yucatecan Spanish has also preserved many words that are no longer used in many other Spanish-speaking areas of the world. However, with the improvement in transportation and especially with the overwhelming presence of radio, internet, and TV, their isolation has eroded, and many elements of the culture and language of the rest of Mexico are now slowly but consistently permeating the culture.

Apart from the Mayan language, which is still the mother-tongue of many Yucatecans, students now choose to learn a foreign language like English, which is taught in most schools.

Mérida, Yucatán: Transportation

Mérida, Yucatán: Bus

City service is mostly provided by four local transportation companies: Unión de Camioneros de Yucatán (UCY), Alianza de Camioneros de Yucatán (ACY), Rápidos de Mérida, and Minis 2000. Bus transportation is at the same level or better than that of bigger cities like Guadalajara or Mexico City. Climate-controlled buses and micro-buses (smaller in size) are not uncommon.

The main bus terminal (CAME) offers first-class (ADO) and luxury services (ADO PLATINO, ADO GL) to most southern Mexico cities outside Yucatán with a fleet consisting of Mercedes Benz and Volvo buses. Shorter intrastate routes are serviced by many smaller terminals around the city, mainly in downtown.

Mérida, Yucatán: Taxis

Several groups and unions offer Taxi transportation: Frente Único de los Trabajadores del Volante (FUTV) (white taxis), Unión de Taxistas Independientes (UTI), and Radiotaxímetros de Yucatán, among others. Some of them offer metered service, but most work based on a flat rate depending on destination. Competition has made it of more common use than it was years ago.

Taxis can be either found at one of many predefined places around the city (Taxi de Sitio), waved off along the way or called in by Radio.

Unlike the sophisticated RF counterparts in the US, a Civil Band radio is used and is equally effective. Usually a taxi will respond and arrive within 5 minutes.

Another type of Taxi service is called "Colectivo". Colectivo taxis work like small buses on a predefined route and for a small fare. Usually accommodating 8 to 10 people.

Uber also offers services in Mérida.

Mérida, Yucatán: Air

Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport: a view of the check-in room

Mérida is serviced by Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport with daily non-stop services to major cities in Mexico (Mexico City, Monterrey, Villahermosa, Cancún, Guadalajara, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Toluca) and international (Miami, Houston, La Havana) and usually receiving charter flight services to and from Europe and Canada. Also there is a good amount of freight and cargo planes moving in and out. As of 2006 more than a million passengers were using this airport every year, (1.3 in 2007) and it is under ASUR administration.

Mérida, Yucatán: Train

There was passenger train service to the city. The Meridano train ran from Mexico City to Merida but does not run at this time.

Mérida, Yucatán: Roads

Main roads in and out of Mérida:

  • Mérida-Progreso (Federal 261), 33 kilometres (21 miles) long with 8 lanes. It joins the city with Yucatán's biggest port city, Progreso.
  • Mérida-Umán-Campeche (Federal 180), connects with the city of San Francisco de Campeche.
  • Mérida-Kantunil-Cancún (Federal 180), 4 lane road that becomes a Toll road at kantunil. It joins Mérida with Chichén Itzá, Valladolid and ultimately Cancún.
  • Mérida-Tizimín (Federal 176) connects Mérida with Tizimín (2nd. largest city in Yucatán).
  • Mérida-Teabo-Peto known as Mundo Maya Road Carretera del Mundo Maya, its utilized in both "convent route" Ruta de los Conventos, and linking the ancient maya city of Mayapán and Chetumal, state capitol of Quintana Roo

Mérida, Yucatán: Health

Entrance building of the Hospital Regional de Alta Especialidad.

Mérida has many regional hospitals and medical centers. All of them offer full services for the city and in case of the Regional Hospitals for the whole Yucatán peninsula and neighboring states.

The city has one of the most prestigious medical faculties in Mexico (UADY). Proximity to American cities like Houston allow local Doctors to crosstrain and practice in both countries making Mérida one of the best cities in Mexico in terms of health services availability.

Hospitals:

  • Public:
    • Hospital Regional del ISSSTE.
    • Hospital Ignacio García Téllez Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS).
    • Hospital Benito Juárez IMSS.
    • Hospital Agustin O'Horán.
    • Hospital Regional de Alta Especialidad.
  • Private:
    • Clínica de Mérida
    • Star Médica
    • Centro Médico de las Américas. (CMA)
    • Centro de Especialidades Médicas
    • Hospital Santelena.
    • Centro Médico Pensiones (CMP)

Mérida, Yucatán: Education

In 2000 the Mérida municipality had 244 preschool institutions, 395 elementary, 136 Jr. high school (2 years middle school, 1 high), 97 High Schools and 16 Universities/Higher Education schools. Merida has consistently held the status of having the best performing public schools in Mexico since 1996.

University of Yucatan-Merida

There are several state institutions offering higher education:

  • Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY)
  • Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana (UTM)
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Mérida (ITM)
  • Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatán (ESAY)
  • Universidad Pedagógica Nacional
  • Escuela Normal Superior de Yucatán (ENSY)
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

Among several private institutions:

  • Centro de Estudios Superiores CTM (CESCTM)
  • Colegio de Negocios Internacionales (CNI)
  • Universidad Anáhuac Mayab
  • Universidad Marista
  • Centro de Estudios Universitarios del Mayab (CEUM)
  • Universidad Modelo
  • Universidad Interamericana para el Desarrollo (UNID)
  • Centro Educativo Latino (CEL)
  • Universidad Interamericana del Norte
  • Centro Universitario Interamericano(Inter)
  • Universidad Mesoamericana de San Agustin (UMSA)
  • Centro de Estudios de las Américas, A.C. (CELA)
  • Universidad del Valle de Mexico (UVM)
  • Instituto de Ciencias Sociales de Merida (ICSMAC)
  • Universidad Popular Autónoma de Puebla, Plantel Mérida (UPAEP Mérida)

Mérida has several national research centers. Among them

  • Centro de Investigacíón Científica de Yucatán (CICY)
  • Centro de Investigaciones Regionales Dr. Hideyo Noguchi, dependent from the UADY, conducts biological and biomedical research.
  • Centro INAH Yucatán, dedicated to anthropological, archaeological and historic research.
  • Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados CINVESTAV/IPN

Mérida, Yucatán: Main sights

Mérida, Yucatán: Historic sites

House of Montejo
60 St. near Main Plaza
Merida Museum of Anthropology
  • Monumento à la Patria (1956)
  • Palacio de Gobierno (1892)
  • Catedral de San Ildefonso (1598), first in the continental Americas.
  • Barrio y Capilla de Santa Lucía (1575)
  • Barrio y Templo Parroquial del antiguo pueblo de Itzimná
  • Barrio y Templo Parroquial de San Cristóbal (1796)
  • Barrio y Templo Parroquial de San Sebastián (1706)
  • Barrio y Templo Parroquial de Santa Ana (1733)
  • Barrio y Templo Parroquial de Santa Lucía (1575)
  • Barrio y Templo Parroquial de Santiago (1637)
  • Capilla de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria (1706)
  • Capilla y parque de San Juan Bautista (1552)
  • Casa de Montejo (1549)
  • Antiguo convento de Nuestra Señora de la Consolación (Nuns)(1596)
  • Iglesia del Jesús o de la Tercera Orden (Third Order) (1618)
  • Templo de San Juan de Dios (1562)

Mérida, Yucatán: Cultural centers

  • Centro Cultural Andrés Quintana Roo, in Santa Ana, with galeries and artistic events.
  • Centro Cultural Olimpo. Next to the Municipal Palace in the Plaza Grande.
  • Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, the Casa de Artesanías (house of handcrafts) resides there. It's in downtown Mérida.
  • Centro Estatal de Bellas Artes (CEBA). Across the El Centenario, offers classes and education in painting, music, theater, ballet, jazz, folclore, spanish dance, among others.
  • Centro Cultural del Niño Yucateco (CECUNY) in Mejorada, in a 16th-century building, with classes and workshops specifically designed for kids.
  • Centro Cultural Dante a private center within one of the major bookstores in Mérida (Librería Dante).

Mérida, Yucatán: Museums

Yucatán's Mayan Museum (Great Museum of Mayan's World)
  • Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, Yucatán's Mayan Museum, offers a view of Yucatán's history and identity.
  • Museo de Antropología e Historia "Palacio Cantón", Yucatán's history and archaeology Museum.
  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Ateneo de Yucatán (MACAY), in the heart of the city right next to the Cathedral. Permanent and rotating pictorial expositions.
  • Museo de la Canción Yucateca Asociación Civil in Mejorada, honors the trova yucateca authors, Ricardo Palmerín, Guty Cárdenas, Juan Acereto, Pastor Cervera y Luis Espinosa Alcalá.
  • Museo de la Ciudad de Mérida, in the old Correos (post office) building since 2007 offers information about the city from the prehispanic times' Tho' or Ichcaanzihó to current days.
  • Museo de Historia Natural, natural history museum.
  • Museo de Arte Popular, popular art museum, offers a view of popular artistry and handcrafts among ethnic Mexican groups and cultures.
  • Museo Conmemorativo de la Inmigración Coreana a Yucatán.

Mérida, Yucatán: Major theaters with regular shows

  • Teatro José Peón Contreras
  • Teatro Daniel Ayala Pérez
  • Teatro Mérida (Now Teatro Armando Manzanero)
  • Teatro Colón
  • Teatro Universitario Felipe Carrillo Puerto
  • Teatro Héctor Herrera

Mérida, Yucatán: Sports

Several facilities can be found where to practice sports:

  • Estadio Salvador Alvarado in the center
  • Unidad Deportiva Kukulcán (with the major football Stadium Carlos Iturralde, Kukulcan BaseBall Park and Polifórum Zamná multipurpose arena)
  • Complejo deportivo La Inalambrica, in the west ( with archery facilities that held a world series championship )
  • Unidad deportiva Benito Juarez Garcia, in the northeast.
  • Gimnasio Polifuncional, where professional basketball team Mayas de Yucatán plays for the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional de México (LNBP) representing Yucatán.
Team Sport League Stadium
Leones de Yucatán Baseball Liga Mexicana de Beisbol Parque Kukulkán
F.C. Itzaes Football Segunda División de México Estadio Carlos Iturralde
Mérida F.C. Football Liga de Ascenso de México Estadio Carlos Iturralde
Mayas de Yucatán Basketball Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional Gimnasio Polifuncional

Mérida, Yucatán: International relations

Mérida, Yucatán: Twin towns – sister cities

Mural alluding to the conquest of Yucatan, painted by Fernando Castro Pacheco. History Hall of the Palace of Government of Yucatan.

Mérida, Yucatán is twinned with 13 cities:

  • United States Erie, United States (1973)
  • United States New Orleans, United States (June 9, 1990)
  • United States Panama City, United States (November 13, 2003)
  • United States Glendora, United States (1973)
  • United States Sarasota, United States (2010)
  • Spain Mérida, Spain (October 12, 1990)
  • South Korea Incheon, South Korea (October 15, 2007)
  • Mexico Texcoco, Mexico (May 22, 2001)
  • Cuba Camagüey, Cuba (February 6, 2000)
  • Venezuela Mérida, Venezuela (October 12, 1990)
  • Colombia Chiquinquirá, Colombia (March 26, 1999)
  • Colombia Pereira, Colombia (April 17, 2000)
  • Mexico Monterrey, Mexico (2014)

Mérida, Yucatán: References

  1. Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (2005). "Principales resultados por localidad (ITER)". Archived from the original on July 22, 2011.
  2. INEGI. "Archivo Histórico de Localidades. Mérida" (in Spanish). Retrieved August 18, 2010.
  3. Fodor's 2001 Cancún, Cozumel, Yucatán Peninsula p.167. Fodor's, 2000
  4. Dickerson, Marla (October 21, 2007). "Paradise for home remodelers – Los Angeles Times". Latimes.com. Retrieved 2009-05-05.
  5. Peel, M. C.; Finlayson, B. L.; McMahon, T. A. (2007). "Updated world map of the Köppen–Geiger climate classification" (PDF). Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 11: 1633–1644. ISSN 1027-5606. doi:10.5194/hess-11-1633-2007.
  6. "Estado de Yucatán-Estacion: Merida Centro". Normales Climatologicas 1951–2010 (in Spanish). Servicio Meteorologico Nacional. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  7. "NORMALES CLIMATOLÓGICAS 1981–2000" (PDF) (in Spanish). Servicio Meteorológico Nacional. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  8. "Merida Climate Normals 1961–1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  9. "Merida English Library". Merida English Library. Retrieved 2009-05-05.
  10. "The Yucatan Symphony Orchestra". Osy.org.mx. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
  11. City Hall of Mérida, Yucatán, México. Dirección de Cultura. Sister Cities department.
  12. "Mérida y Monterrey fortalecen lazos sociales y económicos - El Diario de Yucatán". yucatan.com.mx. Retrieved February 18, 2017.

Works cited

  • Murphy, Kate. "Mérida: Finding a Home (Cheerios Included) in Mexico". The New York Times. March 12, 2006.
  • Link to tables of population data from Census of 2005 INEGI: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática
  • Yucatán Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México

Mérida, Yucatán: Bibliography

See also: Bibliography of the history of Mérida, Mexico
  • City of Mérida Home page
  • Wikisource-logo.svg "Merida". The New Student's Reference Work. 1914.
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