Acording to Visit México, Merida is a quiet paradise. The peacefulness of the town and the beauty of its streets, make it a place of elegance and contrast amid its colonial houses, Mayan ruins, and architecture. Its food, layered with exquisite gastronomic heritage, will take over your taste buds. The Plaza Mayor is a vibrant meeting place where locals enjoy traditional drinks, such as champola or sorbet.
According to The Guardian, Merida has been named among the top places in the world to visit in 2017. Lonely Planet named Merida as the American capital of culture in 2017 for its lively music and cultural flamboyance.
Tianguis Turístico Mexico
If you have the chance to visit Yucatan, we strongly recommend to learn more about Tianguis Turístico Mexico. This is the most important event for the Mexican Tourism Industry and a Business Forum based on Pre-Scheduled Appointments between Buyers and Exhibitors.
The City of Merida, in the state of Yucatan, will host the 45th Tianguis Turistico edition, March 22-25th, 2020. Merida nicknamed “The white city” due the common color of its old buildings features multiple museums, art, galleries, incredible natural sites nearby and amazing culinary experience and moreover the hospitality of its people.
Come and Enjoy Merida!
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Visit Virtually Anakena, Eastern Island
Have your ever been in a paradise beach in the middle of the Pacific Ocean?
Enjoy the warm, calm and turquoise waters of this beach, with white coral sand and palm trees, set in the foreground of the two Ahus and their Moai. A unique landscape you can’t miss (Chile.travel).
Enjoy the sun and swim by the shore, as this is the only beach on the island officially open for bathing. Relax by the seaside kiosks, where you can try tuna empanadas and the traditional poe, a sweet pudding prepared with pumpkin and flour.
Anakena is also known as Haŋa rau o te ‘ariki (source: https://www.easterisland.travel), named after how the first Rapa Nui king Hotu Matu’a disembarked here a thousand years ago when the island was first populated. This was where king Hotu Matu’a built his first house, and forevermore Anakena remained the sacred land of the royal family.
Anakena has two ahu. One of them is Ahu Nau-Nau which has seven moai statues, two of which are broken. The other one is called Ahu Ature Huke and has only 1 moai statue. The moai of Ahu Ature Huke is the first moai statue ever to be restored and raised. This was done by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl in 1956. The moai was raised by using only rocks, logs and rope. The logs were used as levers to lift the statue and rocks were put underneath, raising the statue little by little.
Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl and his archaeological expedition team had their camp here in 1955-1956 and in 1986.
Interesting, no? What are you waiting to visit this amazing place?
Discover the City of Cusco in 360° video
Cusco, located around 3,400 m (11,200 ft) altitude, near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range in southeastern Peru, is the capital of the Cusco Region and of the Cusco Province. Its population was 428,450 in 2017.
Check the 360°video out! Move the video in any direction to watch how Cuzco looks like.
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Cusco has a subtropical highland climate, and it is usually dry and temperate, with two defined seasons. From April to September (winter) there is abundant sunshine and occasional nighttime freezes; July is the coolest month with an average temperature of 9.7 °C (49.5 °F) average. From October to March (summer), the weather turns cloudy and wet; November is the warmest month with 13.3 °C (55.9 °F) average. Temperatures range between −8.9 and 30 °C (16.0 and 86.0 °F).
In 2006 Cusco was found to be the spot with the highest average ultraviolet light level on Earth.
5 locations you have to visit
Plaza de Armas de Cusco: Known as the “Square of the warrior” in the Inca era, this plaza has been the scene of several important events, such as the proclamation by Francisco Pizarro in the conquest of Cuzco. Plaza de Armas was the scene of the death of Túpac Amaru II, considered the indigenous leader of the resistance.
Barrio de San Blas: A neighborhood of artisans, workshops and craft shops. It is one of the most picturesque sites in the city with steep and narrow streets and old houses built by the Spanish over important Inca foundations. It has an attractive square and the oldest church in Cusco, built in 1563.
Hatun Rumiyuq (“the one with the big stone”): This is the most visited street with the palace of Inca Roca (converted to the Archbishop’s residence), and the Stone of Twelve Angles (a marvel of ancient stonework) which is considered emblematic to the city’s history.
Convento e Iglesia de la Merced: Founded in 1536, destroyed by the earthquake in 1650, and rebuilt in 1675. It stands out for its Baroque Renaissance style cloisters, choir stalls, colonial paintings, wood carvings, and an elaborate monstrance made of gold and gemstones that weighs 22 kg (49 lb) and is 130 cm (51.18 in) in height.
Iglesia del Triunfo: Built in 1539, is the first cathedral built in Cusco on the foundations of the Palace of Viracocha Inca. Today, this church is an auxiliary chapel of the Cathedral. The main basilica cathedral of the city was built between 1560 and 1664.
Machu Picchu, enjoy it in 360°
Machu Picchu is located in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru, on a 7,970-feet mountain ridge. It is located in the Cusco Region, Province of Urubamba, in Machupicchu District, 50 miles northwest of Cuzco. The Urubamba River flows through this valley cutting towards the Cordillera creating a canyon with a tropical mountain climate.
Machu Picchu is open the whole year, and although peak season is July and August, you should always expect crowds, especially on Sundays.
Machu Picchu, built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls, is the most iconic archeological site of the Inca civilization. It was constructed as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472), but was abandoned at the time of the Spanish conquest.
Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historic Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll.
If you want to visit this amazing place, I will recommend you to check this Machu Picchu Hike And Routes – Complete Guide (With Video).
Believe me, don’t miss Machu Picchu. Otherwise, you will regret for your whole life.
Saint Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine is the second oldest city in United States territory after San Juan, Puerto Rico (founded in 1521), Even the first European known to have explored the coasts of Florida was the Spanish explorer and governor of Puerto Rico, Juan Ponce de León, the city was founded in 1565 by the admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Florida’s first governor.
Today the city of St. Augustine is a popular travel destination for those in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The city is a well-preserved example of Spanish-style buildings and 18th- and 19th-century architecture. St. Augustine is a very walkable city, with several oceanfront parks. The mild subtropical climate allows for a 12-month tourist season, and many tours operators are based in St. Augustine, offering walking and trolley tours..
One place to mention is the Castillo de San Marcos.The Castillo de San Marcos was a post of the Spanish Empire guarding St. Augustine, the first permanent European settlement in the continental United States.
During the 18th century, the Castillo went from Spanish control to British and back to the Spanish, all by treaty. The Spanish remained in power in Florida until the area was purchased by the United States in 1821. Called Fort Marion at this time, the Castillo was used by the U.S. army until 1899. The Castillo was made a national monument in 1924.
If you would like to visit virtually the castle, we invite you to enjoy the following video.