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El Palacio de Gobierno

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El Palacio de Gobierno

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Maximum of 8 travelers per vehicle.We will pick you up at the meeting point early, the goal is to get to Chichen Itza early, since it is the most visited, at that time we will find fewer people and we will take advantage of the morning that is cool and not so hot, Within the area we will explain the importance of this great Mayan city. Then we will continue to refresh ourselves in the cool and crystalline waters of a cenote that belongs to a Mayan community and that is surrounded by abundant vegetation, flowers and birds, the Mayan community also has a restaurant where they offer a great variety of typical regional food, as well. as well as vegetarian options. After lunch we will continue to the magical city of Izamal known as the city of the three cultures due to its pre-Hispanic, conquest and modern past. We will visit the Mayan temple of Kinich kak mo which we will be able to climb to the top, the convent and its beautiful streets. At the end we will return to the city of Merida
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Myo M wrote a review Feb 2021
Coquitlam, Canada19934 contributions742 helpful votes
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On my way up the staircase from the 1st to the 2nd level around the "inner courtyard" is an encounter with the big painting which is my "favorite scene" among all the ones seen here (the scene of a jaguar in the forest and the painting so nicely done as to "feel the power" or such in my opinion); and with that jaguar scene being just one of a number (not too many though), it's a place I would describe overall as one to learn the history of the Yucatan in about "3 historical periods" (Mayan, colonial & republic) from these great-sized paintings & murals along the corridors on the 2 levels (no rooms except for one in a "long rectangular" shape where actually seen was kind of a "gruesome depiction" of the execution of a Mayan leader which took place some centuries ago right on the plaza outside!). And among the "5 Palacio Nacionals" visited in Central America, this one not in a "museum setting" (unlike those in Managua & Tegucigalpa) and instead one mainly for a walk along corridors is one similar to those in Guatemala City & Mexico City (although with yes "less of a walk" compared to the walks inside those two which are also buildings quite a bit larger than this one). Located on the north side of the city's "main plaza" Plaza Grande (a plaza of a "pretty average" size but a pleasant one with like a mini-park right around its perimeter), right around the Plaza are also two other "great sites": Catedral Metropolitana on the Plaza's east side (with an interior of "no elaborateness" but where there's a "nicely marked" spot where Pope John Paul II prayed upon his visit to the Cathedral), and Museo Casa Montejo on the Plaza's south side (with some "ornate rooms" to go through in the house once lived by the family of the Conquistador Montejo actually for "some centuries").
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Date of experience: March 2020
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B1714D wrote a review Feb 2021
Belgrade, Serbia8865 contributions2693 helpful votes
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Merida is the capital of Yucatan state and the biggest city of the entire peninsula. This elegant green edifice is the area's government seat, standing on the main Plaza Grande square. In normal times you can enter it to admire great murals in the arched courtyard. They remind on Diego Rivera murals in Mexico city's City Hall, but here in Merida, Fernando Pacheco is responsible for them. Murals depict Spanish invasion of Yucatan and enslaving and destroying Mayan culture. However, due to Covid tourists cannot enter anymore. You can have a photo souvenir with policemen in front like my wife.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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301lisa33 wrote a review Jul 2020
Coventry, United Kingdom1350 contributions297 helpful votes
This old colonial building is now a beautiful art gallery. It houses huge paintings many of which depict the history of the area. It is a stupendous place. Some of the art is not to my taste
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Date of experience: November 2019
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55plustraveler2010 wrote a review Mar 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota142 contributions48 helpful votes
Giant murals by local artist, Fernando Castro Pacheco, completed in 1975 portray a symbolic history of the Mayan and their interaction with the Spaniards.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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GoGo2SlowGo wrote a review Mar 2020
Denton, Texas1522 contributions414 helpful votes
This is an art museum and not a palace. The art in this place is very impressive – both in the size of the pieces but also in the quality of the art. You walk into the “palace” through some impressive looking guards and inside there is a marble courtyard surrounded by art. There is an upstairs gallery as well and there is an overlook view for the independence plaza also called Plaza Grande. This is a hidden gem in Merida.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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