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Luz En Yucatan is located smack dab in the historical heart of La Ciudad Blanca, or The White City. In Merida, stone portals enclose lushly planted patios, a magnificent cathedral and myriad smaller churches dot the city, parks large and small are everywhere, and varied architectural styles of bygone eras are plentiful.


While the past is a key element in the city's charm and intrigue, Merida is also very much in the present. As the capital of the state of Yucatan, it is the hub of industry, tourism, crafts and all other aspects of the region's distinctive culture. Mexican, Mayan and European influences are to be found in the architecture, food, music, customs and language. Music is an especially vital part of the local culture; free concerts - of classical music, trovas (the Yucatecan ballad) and 'tipico' Mexican music are presented nightly. Most of these concerts, and many of the dance and theatre productions, are offered at no charge. 


Local craft specialties include hammocks, embroidered garments, "Panama" hats and woven bags and baskets. All of these can be found in shops in our neighborhood and at the booths which fill the streets on Sundays, when local traffic is stopped and music, food and fun take over the streets of El Centro.

Though decidedly urban, Merida is known throughout Mexico for it's tranquilidad. Nocturnal wanderings are delightful, safe and always entertaining. Merida is a city that comes alive at night: evening concerts outdoors, al fresco dining and streetside vendors abound.


When you stay at Luz En Yucatan, you are only three blocks from the main plaza, or zocalo. There you will find the oldest cathedral on the continent, the Governors Palace, the MACAY, Merida's modern art museum, and many colonial structures, as well as shops, cafes and restaurants. We are also a short walk to the city's other museums, it's universities and the Paseo de Montejo, Merida's Champs Elysees.

Merida is also the center of the Mayan archaeological zones. Chichen Itza, Uzmal, Edzna, Dzibilchaltun and many more are all within one to two hours drive.


A thirty minute drive brings you to the beach at Progreso and on to other beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. A ninety minute drive will take you to the beach at Celestun and the flamingo preserve.


A number of charming colonial cities, such as Izamal or Campeche, are nearby, as are numerous restored haciendas, like Temozon, Yaxcopoil, Sotuta de Peon and others. Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen are approximately four hours from Merida. A short flight and a small amount of money will even get you to Cuba. 

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2 bedroom vacation rental in Merida Mexico Yucatan Living, online magazine about living, working and traveling in the Yucatan and Merida