Merida, Mexico Named by UNESCO as a Cultural Capital

December 5, 2009

And if you come here you’ll see why. Merida is celebrating by instituting traditional events in the Centro Historico on a regular basis…

…And it’s all within a 4 block walking distance from Casa La Barenda.

On Mondays, La Vaqueria takes place, a Yucatecan fiesta and folk dance with many professional dancers in traditional dress. On Tuesday nights, you can dance to live big band music in Santiago Park just a block away from Casa La Barenda! Or on Thursdays, take part in the famous Serenata de Santa Lucia, live Yucatecan trova music (boleros, baladas) and dance are presented. And on the weekends, Corazón de Mérida (Heart of Merida). This is when Calle 60 is closed off to traffic from the Main Plaza up to Calle 55 from 9 pm to 2 am and the restaurants and bars put their tables and chairs in the street. This is literally an open-air fiesta as there are bands on every block and dancing in the streets.

Merida offers a rich history with many cultural and geological places of interest. On the Activities page, we brought together various links that provide a good example of the many discoveries you’ll find in and around Merida. http://www.casalabarenda.com/activities.html

*UNESCO.org is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. An organization whose worldwide mission is to safeguard world cultural heritage, rescue sites and monuments in danger. It is also an organization promote a culture of peace and tolerance through music and oral traditions, linguistic diversity, women’s rights and education; and protect and promote indigenous culture and the environment.

C’mon down…the weather is perfect this time of year and we would love to have you at Casa La Barenda…

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