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“A Look Behind the Walls”

Merida English Library House & Garden Tours
Ranked #11 of 38 Tours in Merida
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Owner description: The El Centro House & Garden Tour, operated by the non-profit Merida English Library, offers an opportunity to explore the Soul of El Centro! See behind the closed doors! Merida's Historic Center is the 3rd. largest in the Western world, and has recently seen a renaissance in renovation. Tour both grand & modest houses, as well as those "in progress". Expert tour guides provide a 30-minute orientation regarding Merida architectural history before touring four (4) properties. Walking Tour leaves from The Merida English Library, EVERY TUESDAY, October thru April, and lasts until noon. Arrive between 9 - 9:30A.M. to enjoy complimentary coffee & pastries in the shaded Library patio. Cost is 200 pesos, and all proceeds benefit Merida English Library programs. Reservations unnecessary, but appreciated.
Merida
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“A Look Behind the Walls”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

One of the many library activities is a guided walking visit to area homes. It starts with coffee and pastries in the garden and a talk about how the climate, history, and geography of the area influences the architecture. Three finished, and one under renovation, houses were featured on my tour, though this varies by week. Homeowners gave personal histories of their homes and everyone was open to questions, from gardening to construction. Interesting for visitors and residents alike to see the magic that's been created behind some of those walls.

Visited November 2012
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English first
Mérida, Yucatán
1 review
“A great overview of Mérida”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

My experience of house tours is that they tend to either showboat homeowners' affluence, a la "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous", or demean and cheapen a place by reducing it to its available "inventory". Or both. Not so with this one, I am glad to report. The guides deftly illuminate the historical and cultural contexts of the houses that are visited, and go out of their way to introduce prospective expatriates to the place and the people, not merely the properties. Recommended for anyone interested in living in Centro, not just buying or investing here. This tour will give you skills to conduct your own house hunting, too, so that you have a better sense of what having a home here is like -- and how having a home here differs from having a home in the United States, Canada or Europe. If you are even vaguely interested in moving here, the MEL tour will go a long way to demystify Mérida. If you have already moved here, it is a great way to meet your neighbours and compare notes.

Visited November 2012
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Tampa, Florida
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“great tour!”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

Loved that we got to see houses that are already ready to move into and one that was just bought and is ready to get a much needed makeup.. Also loved the day of the dead bread..

Visited October 2012
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Evalynne E, General Manager at Merida English Library House & Garden Tours, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Thanks so much for your review! At the Merida English Library, we have had Tour participants comment that they want to see the "real deal". In response to these comments, we tour "grand houses", big houses, small houses, and those in "progress". This next Tour we are even going to visit a property that has been described as "scary" -- because it was recently purchased and had been totally taken over by the jungle!
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Merida, Mexico
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“Best way to learn about Mérida”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Getting inside these wonderful colonial homes, seeing and learning first hand what makes them the way they are; this is great! Better yet, the small donation paid helps the not-for-profit all volunteer library continue to serve the expat community in Mérida. Everyone, locals as well as visitors, will be happy they participated.

Visited October 2012
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Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico
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“A View of Merida”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Merida English Library offer home tours of some of the homes in Merida. There are a wide range of homes, some over the top and others just regular homes. They also go to homes where the work is in progress. This is a great way to see what is hidden behind the walls of Merida's homes. Take the time to go on a tour.

Visited October 2012
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Evalynne E, General Manager at Merida English Library House & Garden Tours, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Thanks for your review! MEL (Merida English Library) is committed to touring a wide variety of properties. That way, participants get a realistic view of "life behind the walls".
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