Photo Credit: Stuart Wasserman Photography
Merida depicts much of the splendor of Colonial Mexico. The Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Montejo founded Merida in 1542 on the site of a former Mayan city he destroyed.
Cut off from the rest of Mexico for many years because of the difficulty in communicating by train and highway, the Yucatecans became somewhat independent, having more contact with European and US Gulf Coast cities and life-styles.
Splendid regional dishes and traditional music and dances local to this region are found in restaurants, theatres and shops housed in palatial mansions along Paseo de Montejo - a boulevard fashioned after Paris' Champs Elysée.
Progreso, Merida's port city, is only 30 kilometers north. Being centrally located, Merida is a practical hub to explore all of the splendors of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Named in the year 2000 by UNESCO as a Cultural Capital, Merida is celebrating by instituting traditional events on a regular basis in the downtown sector. La Vaqueria takes place on Mondays ... the famous Serenata de Santa Lucia on Thursdays ... and Corazon de Merida in the Centro Historico during the weekends with local musical bands.