|Tennis court rent (1 hour on weekend)||$11.50|
|Combo meal at McDonalds||$6.13|
|Local cheese (1kg)||$7.41|
|Monthly Pass (local transport)||$15.33|
|1 Pair of Jeans||$47.92|
|Cinema, international release, 1 seat||$4.79|
|Water bottle (0.33 liter)||$0.57|
|Water bottle (1.5 liter)||$0.96|
Come and visit the 'white city,' a gorgeous former Mayan city in the Yucatan, and an excellent cultural, historical, and artistic city within Yucatan, Mexico. Located only 198 miles from Cancun, it's an excellent vacation spot in and of itself or a perfect destination for someone wanting to better familiarize themselves with real Mexican culture. Merida has its own international airport, with flights to Merida readily available from a number of international locations.
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If it's history that you seek, why not start off with Merida's oldest building, the home of the town's founder, Francisco de Montejo, which was initially built in about 1543. Casa de Montejo is the perfect tip for those seeking to see Merida without breaking the bank; it's a free museum, with amazing old art, architecture, furniture, old books from the time period, which was faithfully restored. The building is in a beautiful plateresque architectural style, and is in and of itself worthy of praise. Come see how the Spanish Patrician class lived in the 16th century, and get a rich taste of the past.
Not far by Casa de Montejo is one of the oldest cathedral churches in all of North, South and Central America, the Merida Cathedral. The Cathedral was actually built on top of the former Mayana city of T'ho, using the stones of the ancient Mayan city. Inside of the church is a giant, 25 foot crucifix, symbolic of the unity between the Mayans and the church. Come and learn more about the sad, yet fascinating history of the church, with the Mayans forced by the Spanish to destroy their cities and religious sites in order the build this church.
Another cultural gem and perfect for exploring the city, is to take a stroll in the Paseo de Montejo. This is the perfect place to get a taste of the local city life, after nightfall it becomes a bustling center, perfect for grabbing a bite or a drink and great for just taking a stroll and admiring the ancient colonial architecture.
Another excellent tip for the tourist on a budget is to take a free one and a half hour tour of the city, from the Merida Tourism office. They specialize in providing information and assistance to all travelers, and are renowned for their excellent English and helpfulness. Whether you need last minute accommodations, or help planning your itinerary, this is the place to go. The free city tour is every Monday-Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. sharp. The tour covers all of the city's main sites, such as Merida's museum, city hall, the Central Square and Casa de Montejo. Merida truly prides itself on its rich cultural heritage and makes its city incredibly accessible for visitors.
If you're dying to sample an 'authentic' Yucatecan meal, then definitely eat a meal at the Hacienda Teya, an old 17th century plantation which specializes in providing its diners with a taste of Merida's ancient history, as well as rich ethnic cuisine, such as sopa de lima and poc chuc.
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