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Mérida, Yucatan

Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.
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Mérida is located in the northwest of the Mexican state of Yucatan and is the capital and largest city of the state. Known as the "White City" because of the large use of white limestone and white paint, this traditional city depicts much of the splendor of Colonial Mexico. The Spaniard, Francisco de Montejo, founded the city in 1542 then proceeded to destroy all the pyramids of the original Mayan city know as T'ho, and used the huge stones as the foundation for the Cathedral of San Idelfonso (1556-1599), the oldest cathedral on the American continent.

Merida offers a good range of gay and gay-friendly hotels, inns, guesthouses and resort that range in price and in amenities offered to meet the needs of the most discerning gay and lesbian traveler.

Centrally located, Merida is a practical hub from which to explore numerous ruin sites and ecological wonders. Many charter planes fly into Merida or there is a four-hour bus ride from Cancun. There are also two highways connecting Cancun and Merida plus many roads winding their way through the jungle from Tulum.
For the gay and lesbian traveler, the good news is that Merida is fairly safe place to visit because it is a close knit community and there simply isn’t any place to run. It has the lowest crime rate in the whole of Mexico. Traffic is chaotic, particularly downtown and as most of the streets are one way, getting around by car is definitely challenging. The other thing to mention is the weather, particularly the temperature. The average high temperature is 91 degrees F (33 degrees C) and it gets hotter through the summer months, which is also the Mexican Monsoon season. And when it rains, it rains! Inland rainfall is not as bad as at the coast but you should think about this when planning a vacation here. The best month to visit is September. The kids are back at school, accommodation rates are lower and the weather is still hot but not unbearably so.

Merida is nothing like Cancun or Playa del Carmen. If you want to experience Mexican culture while staying relatively close to the Caribbean Sea then Merida is a great place to go. The city is a wonderful blend of a colonial city and a cosmopolitan destination. The central main plaza of Merida is a great base, from where you can visit cathedrals and churches, Mayan ruins, museums, haciendas and cenotes, shops and the local theaters. If you like things familiar you’ll even find a Sear's and a WalMart.

And there are plenty of things to do and to see. The outdoor market of Merida en Domingo is a mecca for local handcrafts and indigenous food vendors. In the evening, enjoy an outdoor concert of traditional Yacatecan costumed dancing at the Palacio Municipal on the main Plaza. A not to miss is the Mayan ruins at Chichen-Itza and the Caves of Balankanche and the Mayan ruins at Dzibilchantun whilst on your way to the beaches of Progreso, Chelem, Chicxulub. Go shopping at the local markets of Pasaje Picheta or the best in the city, Casa de las Artesanias on Calle 63, with handcrafts from Yucatan, made by Yucatecans, and with the best prices in the city.

Yucatecan food has 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. Some favorites are Poc Chuc, a Mayan/Yucateco version of barbecued pork, Salbutes, a soft, cooked tortillas with lettuce, tomato, turkey and avocado on top and Panuchos, a fried tortillas filled with black beans, and topped with turkey or chicken, lettuce, avocado and pickled onions. Queso Relleno is a "gourmet" dish featuring ground pork inside of a carved edam cheese ball served with tomato sauce and Sopa de Lima a turkey, lime and tortilla soup.

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