Last week I briefly described the history of the Yucatan Peninsula, since its discovery Hernandez de Cordoba, describing the impact of the Maya Maya in the region and stressing the importance of the Mayan people for the Mexican tourism industry. In addition, I described a geological & # 39; waking Yucatan, such as the absence of the above-ground rivers, abundant deposits of limestone and wonders tsenotav or deep pits filled with groundwater.
This week I'd like to talk about their experiences in Meryda. I rented a car and began the journey of Princess Riviera, located on the Mayan Riviera, moving in the direction of the city of Cancun on the main highway, which locals call the "federal". From princes to Riviera Cancun, I drove about 120 kilometers, contemplating the kinds of collecting road feel and the Mayan population.
The road is well-groomed, although it contains a lot of "los poems" or inequalities in the way that serves the government's strategy to reduce the speed in the more populated areas. Sometimes these annoying top so strongly marked (using yellow paint) that I almost ended up in the air in your car.
Cancun is located to the east of the "federal", so I turned to the west on the other highway (Federal 180), which connects Cancun with the big city Meryda.
To get to Merida (located approximately 320 kilometers from Cancun), I drove through the city Koskan, Himaks, Valladolid, Ditas, Tunkás Municipality, Izamal, to finally get to the Merida city center. Meryda has a fascinating history; This city was built primarily on the T & # 39 city ruins; ho (the old Mayan city). Beautiful Catholic cathedral was built with stones transported from the Maya pyramid. Maya Merydu cherish as a special place in their culture, thinking that it is the center of the universe, and the point where all the lines intersect (or energy center). Currently upgraded Meryda serves as a place of cultural and commercial meetings, a wide range of products freely exchanged. In Meryde there are a lot of parks that are inhabited by people of different cultures, heard loud music at night, dance and rejoice. Meryda bring foreign tourists who wander in search of colonial treasures.
The main center of the city, known as the Zocalo, fills a city block in the north is bordered by Calle 61 (in Spanish called street), Calle – 62 in the west, Calle – 63 in the south and Calle – 60 in the east. The best way to discover the city – to use a local map of the city and roam, never get lost, because the streets are numbered in such a way; even-numbered streets run north-south, the number increases to the west, and odd numbers – from east to west and increasing to the south. During his stay in Meryde I researched the following places: the Zocalo, the Municipal Palace, the Cathedral of St. Idelfonsa, Casa de Manteho, Regional Museum of Anthropology and History, Museum of Art and popular El Hidalgo Park (free concerts marimba).
Cathedral of St. Idelfonsa: This old (built in 1598) Cathedral over 400 years, making it the oldest cathedral in the Americas. Like most of the colonial buildings of the Yucatan Peninsula, the cathedral was built using stones stolen from the temples of the Maya T & # 39; ho. The main feature of the cathedral from the & # 39 is an impressive 20-meter-long wooden representation of the crucified Christ, who is considered one of the largest of the Crucifixion in the world.
Palacio del Gob & # 39; EPHA: built from 1883 to one thousand eight hundred ninety-two year, the palace was built using two architectural styles known as Tuscan (main floor) and Dorian (top floor).
In the palace contains the giant murals that tell about the Spanish rule over the Maya culture and history of the Yucatan Peninsula. Picture, met on the stairs, showing Maya belief that their ancestors were made from corn.
I participated in the performances Yarany known as "colonial Yukatatena dance", which is usually held on Monday night between 9 PM to 10 lm Meryda surrounded by many historic palaces, and on Sunday, which is a & # 39 is the busiest time of the week, I was treated to a folklore show in the open air near the front in the Zocalo Palatsyo.
Casa de Monteho: This structure shows the portico of the 16th century, which was built in 1549. This former residence of the founder of the town of Francisco de Monteho. Carved facade, the tradition Tolteka shows soldiers standing on the heads of their conquests.
There are a variety of inexpensive hotels where you can stay:
Hotel Trinidad Galeria (I stayed in this) – a colonial mansion, filled with works of art, some very questionable, but still interesting. The cost of stay was about $ 20 per night. Other hotels that seem to have lived: Casa Bowen, Hotel Montejo and the Hotel las Monjas. In order to be able to enjoy all of these cities of the Yucatan Peninsula, you need a lot of time. This situation can be easily overcome by investing in the owner of an apartment building, so you have an anchor in one part of the peninsula, and wandered in other areas, for example, Meryda. One possible solution to this dilemma – the possession of the apartment in the hotel's "Mexico", it is a good investment that practically pays for itself. You can rent a condo for a profit, as long as you are not in, and live in it yourself, studying the different parts of the Yucatan Peninsula, including Merydu.
Next week I'll look into your trip to Chichen Itza, one of the most important archaeological sites in Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula.