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About Mexico and Merida
Mexico is a traveler's paradise, jammed with a variety of extreme identities: desert landscapes, snow-capped volcanoes, ancient ruins, booming industrialized cities, time-warped colonial towns, elegant resorts, desolate beaches and a cornucopia of flora and fauna. Situated in the southern part of Mexico lies the peninsula of Yucatan, the gateway to the Mayan world, where the charming city of Merida is located. Because of its tranquility and cleanliness, Merida is becoming a popular destination for study abroad programs. Unlike Mexico City, where crime, pollution and overcrowding are major challenges, the city of Merida with almost one million habitants is an ideal place to live. Crime is not tolerated in Merida, and it has the distinction of the city with the lowest crime rate per capita in Mexico. The Spaniard Francisco de Montejo founded Merida on January 6, 1542, and when the Spaniards arrived, Merida was a large Mayan city known as T'ho, situated on what is now the Main Plaza.
Merida is a fascinating mixture of colonial city and cosmopolitan destination. With Merida as a base, you can visit the awesome Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, Uxmal and many others, explore the breath taking cenotes or sink holes where you can swim in crystal clean water and admire stunning rock formations. Only a few hours away you can also visit the world re-known beaches of Cancun, Cozumel and Isla Mujeres on the Caribbean side.
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