InterContinental Presidente Merida
Merida is known as the 'white city' for its safe and calm streets. A perfect morning can be spent tasting the exquisite and authentic Yucatecan gastronomic delights on sale in the small restaurants of Santa Ana park, you can enjoy a variety of regional food like the salbutes and a wide variety of tacos like the famous ones of cochinita pibil, among others. Then you can take a tour to Chichen Itza, the most important archaeological site in the state and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once a major Mayan city, it still has stone temples, palaces, markets, baths and ballcourts in various states of preservation, as well as a fine pyramid where astronomical phenomena can be observed at the spring and fall equinoxes.
When you arrive back from your tour of Chichen Itza, take a trip to the Paseo de Montejo, the city's main avenue, and look at the many beautiful ancient buildings and residences. You can do this either by going for a walk or by taking the Turibus. Look out for the Monumento a la Patria, one of the most important monuments in the country, which represents the history of Mexico in carved pink stone.
Every day the City of Merida presents a series of recreational and cultural activities designed to rescue, preserve and spread our customs and traditions. A perfect evening can be had at one of the events celebrating regional dance, Yucatecan music and serenades, national folklore, or mariachi and marimba music - all of which take place downtown. Once you've worked up an appetite and relaxed into the local rhythms, have a delicious Mexican dinner at La Parrillita, accompanied by yet more live music.
Perhaps the most typical Yucatecan dish is cochinita pibil, made with pork and the annato seed. There are several dishes that come from the precolombian time as the Papadzules, relleno negro, Sikilpack and the pipian.
Merida has the second largest historical centers in Mexico. This area has the 7 original neighborhoods that were created at the begining of the Colonial time. The Cathedral in Merida was the first one builded in the American Continent. In the towers you can find a carved stone serpent that the mayas of the time placed in it to remain them of their own believes.
Merida was founded in 1542 by Francisco de Montejo on the top of a Mayan city called Tho, the actual buildings in the down town were created with the stones of the Mayan pyramids of that city. Merida was chosen out of 30 cities from all over the American continent to be the first American Capital of Culture in 2000.
New Seven Wonders of the World
The Mayan site at Chichen Itza won as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - In July of 2007. Now we have a new Light and sound show from Tuesday to Sunday at night.
Yucatan is the paradaise for bird watchers, in the area you can find more than 543 bird spicies. Every year in December, there is a Bird Festival called Tho, that includes a Marathon of 48 hrs of bird watching.