Visit the Biosphere Reserve Ria Celestún with an expert guide and admire a large number of birds, including colonies of beautiful pink flamingos. You will enjoy a boat ride through the mangroves.
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Mérida is the capital and the biggest city in the Mexican state of Yucatan. The city was founded in 1542 by Francisco de Montejo "el Mozo"and built on the sight of the ancient Mayan city T'ho, which means “city of the five hills”. It's interesting to remember that Mérida was built as a fortified city, which explains the fact that many of its gates remain completely intact.Another distinct aspect about Mérida is its historical center, the second biggest in Mexico, after the one in Mexico City. Mérida is also called “The White City”, due to predominance of the color of limestone used as a construction material.On your itinerary you can't miss a visit to the Cathedral of San Ildefonso, the oldest on the continent. It was built from 1561 to 1598 with stones from the ruins of Mayan pyramids and temples. You can admire the buildings of Plaza Grande and Cristo de las Ampollas (Christ of the Blisters), the most famous religious object in Mérida.
Mérida is a modern and cosmopolitan city, which offers tourists various museums, art galleries, restaurants, shops, and boutiques. All of this, without forgetting that it's one of the best places for learning about Mayan heritage.Thanks to its geographic position, a strong Spanish influence, and its isolation from the other parts of Mexico, the city developed its own cultural and political identity. In fact, in Mérida you will discover unique traditions, which show themselves in the local clothes, language, and way to celebrate festivals.Another aspect which distinguishes Mérida from the other Mexican cities is its cooking, which has been influenced by the local indigenous culture and flavors from the Caribbeans, Mexico, Europe, and the Middle East.