By / 7th March, 2015 / Activities, Food, Merida, Shopping / Off

Merida, capital city of the Mexican state of Yucatán, is located in the northern part of the peninsula of the same name; of the three capital cities that make up the Yucatan peninsula, Merida is the one that has grown from one time to the date of substantial form, which makes it a city with all services for a full week, as it is located in a strategic location close to beaches, places of ecological reserve where you can see exotic flora and fauna and archaeological sites of the ancient Mayan culture.

It was founded on the ruins of the Mayan city of Ichcaanziho (five hills), at the arrival of the Spanish in 1542 after several failed attempts, had only native factions scattered. Some of the groups found that feature historical records are those in the neighborhoods of Santiago and San Sebastián, the chroniclers of the time (lopez Cogullodo) describes them as groups “pobrísimos no offense of rebellion,” they judged it suitable to zocalomeridaestablish the provincial capital city.

Currently the city of Mérida is formed in the following manner: in the central part is in an approximately ten blocks around the historic part of the city, in it you can find houses to street level and a height typical of the time, what distinguishes the current buildings. The date of its construction is located in the early nineteenth century, the only constructions that can be considered typical of the colonial era are the Cathedral which was built with stones carved a Mayan mound, and the house of Montejo that currently works as a bank and its facade can appreciate montejofigures representing the Spanish domination.

In the northern part of the city is located Paseo de Montejo, an avenue that represents the henequen boom, “green gold” which formed an elite rank. Among its peculiarities is the taste for everything “French” which characterizes this boulevard and has also been compared by measuring the proportions, with the Elysian Fields Paris, perhaps by the Frenchified architecture of its buildings. Now this tourist corridor is full of restaurants, banks and shops. More to the north of the city we can find the commercial part of the city of Mérida, with shopping malls, restaurants, cinemas and many other places of entertainment.

Merida is definitely a place to enjoy its charm admiring the streets on a buggy ride, try their very rich cuisine, traditional music in parks and squares of the historic center, wear a huipil or guayabera (traditional clothing) and participate in the many cultural activities that are ongoing in this city so full of life.