Merida Tourism And Culture

Merida, capital of Yucatan, also known as the White City and named American’s culture capital in 2000 was built on the ruins of the Mayan population so you can still find some vestiges of the past in different areas of the city life. The Centre is the area most visited by foreigners and locals because it found most of the ancient buildings and representative of the city; many of them converted into museums, art galleries and to hotels ranging from hostels that offer comfortable and colorful hammocks up to exclusive guests hotels boutique or type hacienda where perfectly combine luxury and comfort. It is also in the Center where the bases of many businesses in the capital are concentrated by what is a very frequented area every day. However, at night when the majority of the shops begin to close its doors, many cafes, restaurants and bars take their tables and chairs to the sidewalks or even the streets and you can see a more Bohemian atmosphere (the (streets surrounding the main Park do not allow the passage of vehicles on weekends so you can easily walk over them, enjoy a coffee, listen to a trio or a Yucatecan trova or even dance to the rhythm of one of the musical groups of any restaurant in the area that offer live music) A few blocks from the Park also called main Plaza Grande Lucas de Galvez where people gather is the famous market in lathe to the purchase and sale of all kinds of goods, is worth mentioning that in this market will also offer wide variety of sweets, above all in the celebrations of day of dead or Hanal Pixan (food of souls) since people tend to put them on their altars as an offering to their dead. If found in Merida for these dates not to be missed the exhibition and contest of altars in the main Park where you can see people dressed as La Catrina, character that symbolizes death in addition to the altars and which are present in many crafts since it is one distinctive the Mexican culture.


Winter activities having as protagonist snow are the most much enjoyed, especially by children and young people, who seem to feel very comfortable practicing any of winter extreme sports. Today, it is not only possible to ski in the snow. New activities make their way every year, to the delight of lovers of outdoor activities, like snowboarding. Is a highly widespread practice, which consists of descending on the slopes but instead of using traditional skis, are replaced by a table, similar to a skateboard. The expertise needed to maintain balance and achieve the pirouettes that his followers often make is much greater than that traditional skiing requires. The province of Mendoza has three major ski resorts: Vallecitos, Las Lenas and Los Penitentes.

Vallecitos is located just 80 kilometers from the city of Mendoza. It’s an area of 100 hectares with almost 4 and a half kilometers of skiable. The height at the base is 2900 meters above the sea level, while the Summit is they reach the 3350 meters. Their tracks are internationally renowned, and you can practice cross-country skiing, Alpine skiing and tobogganing. In the place there are four shelters and a guesthouse with restaurant. Los Penitentes is 165 km from the capital city.

The centre boasts 28 tracks, and the possibility of heli-skiing, i.e. skiing off-piste on Virgin snow. The heli-skiing owes its name to the athlete is just transferred in helicopter to areas outside the traditional tracks. It is only for more experienced athletes, as it requires the domain of an impeccable technique and an excellent physical condition to be able to be carried out. Las Lenas is a little further away from the city of Mendoza, about 421 kilometers. The topography of the place has formed a spectacular landscape with a natural Amphitheater, surrounded by stunning mountains that is snow much of the year. Centro has 27 tracks of ski with the greatest variety, for primary, intermediate and advanced. Also has the feature of having the longer in a single downhill track, over 7 km long.