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Merida is the capital city of the Mexican state of Yucatan and it largest city. It is located in the northwest part of the state, about 35 km (22 miles) from the Gulf of Mexico coast. Merida’s lineage dates back to January of 1542 during the MeridaSpanish explorations of Mexico. Spanish nobleman Don Francisco de Montejo founded the city on the site of the ancient Maya city of T'Ho. It has been known as the “Paris of the West” because of the many products once imported from France by Merida’s wealthy citizens, and because it was a center of culture and government. At one time is was also known as the “White City”. Theories abound about why it was named this vary from person to person. Merida is an inviting place to visit with tree lined streets and stately mansions. In the past, it has only been a stopover on the way to the magnificent Maya ruins. However, more and more people have discovered what a great treasure the city is. Merida is a city rich in Mayan folklore and colonial history; a city of contrasting sights, cultural blends, and a warm friendly people...
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Merida Attractions

Merida and the surrounding areas offer an archialogical paradise. Visit Chichen Itza, considered one of the most important capitals of Mayan culture with the largest ball court in Mesoamerican region. Explore other mayan ruins like Dzibilchaltun, Uxmal and Mayapan or just take a cultural tour of the city and visit the many mansions and haciendas...
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Merida celebrates an intense cultural life 365 days of the year, some of the more notable activities in this large Yucatan city golfing, fishing and scuba diving. The surrounding areas of Merida have many caves ans sinkholes called "cenotes" perfect for underwater exploration. Nearby you can enjoy amazing white sandy beaches...
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Food in Merida
Merida has an infinite number of restaurants where one can enjoy all kinds of food, from the most elemental and economic to the most sophisticated and elegant, as well as gourmet restaurants offering international cuisine along with local mayan specialties....
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Hotels in Merida
Merida has a slow, relaxing pace. This is especially true in what were once henequen haciendas or plantations, many of which, have been converted into luxury hotels and resorts. These refurbished haciendas located just a few minutes from the state capital offer an intimate and relaxing paradise...
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