Merida is a city of contrasts. It has a charming mix of a colonial city with its old buildings from the 16th century, and also modernist infrastructure with elegant hotels and restaurants. Merida is the capital city of the state of Yucatan in the southeast of Mexico.
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This city has a very rich cultural life. Almost every night during summer there are free concerts and traditional festivals on the streets, which fill the city with color and joy, while people spend the early nights outdoors enjoying the nice weather.
All around Merida there are various caves, grottos and sinkholes which are ideal to explore, swim or dive. The cenotes (sinkholes) are popular for their crystalline water, and local people have different myths or explanations about their creation but the truth is still a mystery. Day trip tours depart from Merida everyday to visit all the tourist attractions. Not far from Merida is the Mexican Gulf coast with white sandy beaches and calm water, exotic vegetation and picturesque coastal communities; an ideal place to practice water sports and relax in a natural environment when you travel to Mexico.
Yucatan was the ancient Maya territory and the native people who live in Merida have kept alive some of the Mayan myths and traditions. There are various archaeological sites nearby Merida, enormous cities with huge constructions that reveal the complexity of the Mayan society. The most popular ones are Chichen Itza and Uxmal.
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