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A paradise in and of itself, Canún is loaded with things to do. At first its the beach that draws us... But the Paradise doesn’t end there. Offering fine cuisine through a vast assortment of international restaurants, and also possessing many luxurious hotels, a thrilling nightlife, excellent shopping at the many duty-free malls, and artisan markets where bartering is the key to a cheap price, Cancun is the place to be. This city is also the jumping off point for exploring the ancient, mysterious world of the Mayans. For nature-lovers, there is the wonder of the world’s second largest barrier reef, and numerous freshwater cenotes provide incredible snorkeling and diving. Exciting, exotic, slow or fast, diverse and fun, Cancún has something to offer everyone.

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Cancún's hotels deliver the best of two worlds – the Caribbean and Yucatan. The hotels in Cancún are mainly located in the Hotel Zone, a 17 mile stretch of beach with the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea on one side and the ink blue waters of the Nichupte Lagoon on the other.

Wherever you stay in the Cancún Hotel Zone you will always have an ocean or lagoon view. There are over 32,000 Cancun hotel rooms catering for everyone from the couple looking for a romantic luxury hotel to the downtown hotels for the budget traveler. Cancún's hotels offer a choice of all-inclusive and European plans so you can choose what is best for you.

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Whether you want to dance the night away in one of Cancún's nightclubs or spend a relaxing evening with friends in one of the many bars, the nightlife in Cancún will never disappoint you. An eclectic selection of music fills the evening air and the Cancún's nightlife takes to the streets until the sun comes up.

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VISIT PARADISE.

VISIT CANCÚN.

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Mérida; Update 6

Today, we will be visiting the UNAY (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Yucatán) or National Autonomous University of Yucatan.

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"Ciudad Universitaria" (University City) is UNAY's main campus, located within the Paraiso borough in the northern part of Mérida. It was designed by Architects from Yucatan, Mexico and others, and it encloses the Estadio Olímpico Universitario, about 40 faculties and institutes, the Cultural Center, an ecological reserve, the Central Library (Above^), and a few museums. It was built during the 1960s on an ancient Mayan ruins from the city of T'hóo to replace the scattered buildings in downtown Mérida, where classes were given. It was completed in 1964, and is almost a separate region within Mérida, with its own regulations, councils, and police (to some extent), in a more fundamental way than most universities around the world.

In June 2002, its main campus, Ciudad Universitaria, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The Rector Tower.

The UNAY generates a number of different publications in diverse areas, such as mathematics, physics and history. It is also the only university in Yucatan with Nobel Prize laureates among its alumni: Emigdio Colón Villaverde (Peace), René Franco (Literature), and Melchor Curro Ibáñez (Chemistry).

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The Main Library.

Besides being one of the most recognized universities in Latin America, it is one of the largest and the most artistically detailed. Its main campus is a World Heritage site that was designed by some of Yucatan's best-known architects of the 20th century. Murals in the main campus were painted by some of the most recognized artists in Yucatec and Mexican history, such as Sebastián Chok and David Alfaro Siqueiros.

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I think it's time we get a vacation... Don't you guys think?

So That's Why, Next Update We Are Going To....

CANCÚN!

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Mérida; Update 5

Let's Start the day in the Zócalo, Yucatan... Also known as the Historic Quarter, the third largest in the world, just after Moscow and Mexico City.

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The SRE Towers, also known as the Ti'hó Towers, The Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores) they are the government department responsible for Yucatan's foreign affairs.

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As we continue, the climate got a bit worse, and it started to rain, luckily it was already late.

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The Rain stopped, and now we will be able to see how this towers blend the Modern Architecture with Old Colonial Architecture, a beautiful mix of history and culture.

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See you next time in Mérida! Mérida la Ciudad Blanca, donde la historia se mezcla con lo moderno.

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Mérida; Update 4

The First Complete Update!!!

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Mérida is a very special place for shoppers. Anything that is made in Mérida is available here along with countless imported designer items. Large modern malls and upscale neighborhoods, that seem like they were developed just for shopping complete with more traditional shops, sidewalk vendors and outdoor markets.

This city offers it's visitors one of the ultimate shopping experiences available anywhere in the world. For tourists that are seeking the upscale shops and malls, your choices are easy. Plan your days around visits to Polanco, especially the areas of Mokalabe, Centro Surbana and Zona Azul. Centro Perinorte and Perisur, which are both located in the southern part of the city, are also very popular.

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Mérida has one the most active nightlife scenes of America. You have an almost endless choice of options. The music scene boasts jazz clubs, loud all-night discos, Mariachi music, Flamenco, Cuban and salsa clubs, classical concerts, opera, philharmonic orchestras, romantic trios, chamber music and more.

Would you like to dance? This city has dance clubs, rock & roll bars and a lot of the upscale restaurants have their own dance floors. Broadway style theatre presentations, big name rock concerts, folkloric dinner shows, mariachi shows and Flamenco shows all vie for your attention at night.

Many of the larger hotels have adjoining discos or lobby bars with some surprisingly high quality live entertainment. The nightlife scene starts late, many clubs and discos don't open until after 10 PM and they go till the wee hours of the morning.

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And those are some pics of the newly remodeled Estadio Nacional, get ready for Yucatan 2013

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Mérida; Update 3

This is my last 1 pic update!!! be ready to be amazed in the next Update!!! jajaja jk...

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Mérida is one of the most important economic hubs in Latin America. The city proper (Federal District) produces 30.6% of the country's gross domestic product. According to a study conducted by The Yucatec Stock Exchange, Mérida had a GDP of $376 billion, ranking as the ninth richest city in the world after the greater areas of Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Paris, London and Osaka/Kobe, Mexico City and the second richest in the whole of Latin America, as measured by the GDP of the entire Metropolitan area. making Mérida alone the 32nd largest economy in the world. Mérida is the greatest contributor to the country's industrial GDP (13.8%) and also the greatest contributor to the country's GDP in the service sector (28.3%). Due to the limited non-urbanized space at the south—most of which is protected through environmental laws the contribution of the Federal District in agriculture is the smallest of all federal entities in the country. Mérida has one of the world's fastest-growing economies and its GDP is set to double by 2020.

The Historic center of Mérida (Centro Histórico) has been declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. Famous landmarks in the Historic Center include the Zócalo, the main central square with its time clashing Spanish-era Mérida Cathedral and National Palace.

In addition, there are several restored haciendas that are now restaurants, such as the San Ángel Inn, the Hacienda de Tlalpan and the Hacienda de los Morales, all of which are stunning remnants of Mexican and Yucatecan history and house some of the best food in the world.

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Mérida; Update 2

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Left in seclusion for many years because of the difficulty of traveling to Mérida the people of this region have cultivated a distinct contemporary society that is unique in the World.

Mérida is a safe place to visit and the people are warm and friendly. "I asked a friend once about crime in Mérida and he simply stated that there was no place to run there". Being such a close-knit society I took it to mean that violent acts of crime are simply not committed here that often because they are more or less one big family.

There is lots of traffic in Mérida, especially downtown. Taking the local bus can be tricky if you do not speak Spanish. The majority of streets are one-way and the bus routes wind all over the place and if you are not on top of things you can end walking more than you expected.

If you are in relatively good shape and don't mind the heat [it's hot in the summer] then you can walk to almost every attraction if you stay near the downtown main plaza. This is a great way to get to know the city and once you figure out the street [calle] numbering system, getting lost is unlikely.

Outstanding regional dishes and traditional music and dances local to this region can be found in restaurants, theatres and shops housed both near the main plaza and in palatial mansions along Paseo de Montejo - a boulevard fashioned after Paris' Champs Elysée.

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Once in Mérida, a great way to start is by settling into a Mérida hotel and treating yourself to savory papadzules, washed down with a refreshing horchata. Next, you may want to relax in one of the numerous small plazas and take in the historic architecture in the heart of the city. Many of these Colonial-era buildings are said to have been built using sacred stones from indigenous temples that formerly stood here. In the city streets, while you will notice women wearing brightly colored, embroidered traditional huipil blouses, a further look will show many men, even executives in modern dress, wearing the Caribbean guayabera shirt.

In the daytime, Mérida’s white facades glow under the tropical sun, making its nickname, the “White City,” well-deserved. On Sunday morning, see even more of the city by renting a Mérida bicycle and riding on Paseo Montejo and Calle 60, closed to automobile traffic at that time. At night, a ribbon of neon illuminates the shows and festivals, running from the central square to the Paseo Montejo boulevard. Cultural events organized by the city of Mérida take place year-round.

The history of the Mayan people is laid out for you to read at archeological sites, which preserve the majestic buildings that honored the great gods Chaac, Itzel, Itzamná, and Hunab Kú. The Puuc site, described as the second-greatest Mayan city, is one of the region's most important archeological sites.

Mérida, Yucatán, is one of Yucatan’s most appealing cities to visit, with its fascinating architecture, history, food, and friendly smiling people, who preserve their Mayan language and traditions.