Social Program and Touristic Activities

Celestún

Celestún

Boats, big pink birds, and a swim in a mangrove spring all followed by a play on the beach.

 

Saturday, August 21, 2021

09:00 – 17:00 hours


Biciruta

Biciruta

Every Sunday from 8 am to 12:30 pm more than 5 kilometers of roads in Mérida are closed off to traffic, allowing cyclists to enjoy a morning of cycling in a family-oriented ambiance that is healthy and safe. Yucatan Today is proud to support Bici-ruta.

 

Sunday

August 22, 2021 | 08:00 – 12:00 hours

August 29, 2021 | 09:00 – 17:00 hours

September 5, 2021 | 08:00 – 12:00 hours


Musical Memories

Musical Memories

With a variety of rhythms to enjoy, from the “cumbia” to shake things up a little, to a smooth “bolero” to dance with your partner. That is exactly the attitude you will see among the attendees that enjoy a musical evening full of life…and memories…every Tuesday in Santiago park

 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

20:30 hours


Videomapping: Sacred Stones

Videomapping: Sacred Stones

Sacred Stones is a video mapping projected over the Cathedral of San Ildefonso. It mixes several techniques of 3D and 2D animation to deliver an historic recounting of its construction, performed with the stones of Thó, the Maya ancient city, and its special meaning to Mérida’s citizens. The visual journey is driven by a narrative of 12 verses written exclusively for the show, and the music is enriched by the members of the official chorus of Mérida and its sacred chants.

 

Friday, August 27, 2021

20:30 hours


Welcome

Welcome reception of the Conference & RILEM Week

 

Monday, August 30, 2021


Chaya Maya

Chaya Maya

Ask for suggested activity to Chaya Maya

 

Thursday, September 02, 2021


Mayapan and Mucuyche Cenotes

Mayapan and Mucuyche Cenotes

This newly opened site, known locally as Little Chichén Itzá, features a variety of structures and a pyramid you can climb.Float, swim and snorkel: Float along the underground river in an inner tube, marveling at the amazing stalactites and stalagmites; stop for a swim in crystal-clear waters or enjoy some unforgettable cave snorkeling (gear included).

 

Sunday, September 05, 2021

09:00 – 17:00 hours


Mexican Night

Mexican Night

Mérida is also Mexico. And in it, music and national folklore have top-level exponents who every week enrich the traditional celebration of the «Mexican Night», a celebration that summons music, voices, traditional dances from other entities and regions of the country, singers and composers.

 

Saturday

August 21 & 28, 2021

September 4, 2021

19:00 – 23:00 hours


Mérida en Domingo

Mérida en Domingo

Every Sunday, since 1980s, the historical downtown of Mérida closes its streets to vehicles and transforms itself into a big urban carnaval with a large offering of activities.

 

Sunday

August 22 & 29 | September 5, 2021

09:00 – 15:00 hours


Videomapping : Conqueror Dialogues

Videomapping : Conqueror Dialogues

The facade of Montejo’s House is a jewel of the plateresque art and it’s an allegory of the history of Francisco de Montejo’s family. The video mapping explains the elements sculpt on the facade, and the building is used as a stage for a dramatic dialogue between Francisco de Montejo a native leader, both protagonists of our foundation. The show ends with a folkloric ballet that clearly represents the fusion between the two cultures. The show is presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

20:30 hours


Uxmal Cenote and Haciendas

Uxmal Cenote And Haciendas

The haciendas have their origin with the parcels upon the arrival of the Spaniards, they extended to America during the process of colonial expansion.Uxmal, is located in an area of ​​hills called Puuc, which breaks the monotony of the Yucatecan plain. It is the most important city in the area because it reached 20,000 inhabitants in its splendor (600 – 900 AD). We will visit the Sambulá cenote in the small community of Peba; easily accessible for adults and children.

 

Saturday, August 28, 2021

09:00 – 17:00 hours


RILEM Banquet/Dinner

RILEM Banquet/Dinner (approx. 70 to 100 pax) at Temozon Hacienda.

 

Tuesday, August 31, 2021


Technical Day

Technical Day

See General Program

 

Friday, September 03, 2021


Izamal magic town

Izamal magic town

Izamal is sometimes known as the “City of Hills”, referring to the covered pyramids found by the Spanish past on their arrival and also as the “City of the Three Cultures”, for the prehispanic, Colonial traces of its past, as well as contemporary influences.

 

Sunday

August 22 | September 5, 2021

09:00 – 17:00 hours


Vaqueria ( Traditional Dance)

Vaqueria ( Traditional Dance)

 Two notable traditions of the Yucatecan people are the “jarana” and “vaquería”. They go inevitably hand in hand, making it impossible to think of one without the other. Today, the vaquería consists of three celebrations: it begins with a mass, then a bullfight, and it ends with the dance, during which, with their famous “jaranas”, the Yucatecans display their great ingenuity and joy. Currently there are events in the historic center of Mérida, displaying these and other traditions, in order to rescue and preserve them from the mutations they have experienced over time.

 

Monday, August 23, 2021

21:00 hours


Serenata

Serenata

 Yucatecan Traditional Dance since January 14, 1965, Santa Lucía plaza plays host to the most emblematic of all traditional events: the “Serenade of Santa Lucía.” This program was created to offer a permanent space to listen to the music of Yucatecan composers in an incomparable setting: the 17th Century arches of the park, where as well as the contemplation of the beautiful architecture, they make the most of the acoustic quality of the thick walls of the construction.

 

Thursday, August 26, 2021

21:00 hours


Chichen itza

Chichen itza

Archaeological zone that is approximately 1553 years old and is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. It is located just 120 km from the city of Merida. The name Chichen Itza comes from the Mayan language Chi – boca, Chen – pozo and Itzá – is the tribe that inhabited the area.

 

Sunday, August 29, 2021

09:00 – 17:00 hours


Conference Dinner

Conference Dinner at Picheta´s Restaurant

 

Wednesday, September 01, 2021


Sotuta de Peón

Sotuta de Peón

Hacienda Viva: is the restoration project of a historic monument located in the heart of the old henequen area of ​​the state of Yucatan.Here, you can witness each step of the Henequen transformation process, you can see the machinery ancient that has been rescued from the ravages of time and visit a typical Mayan House; In addition to the secret attraction, the Cenote

 

Saturday, September 04, 2021

09:00-16:00 | 12:00-18:30 hours


Travel tips

Prepare your light clothing, comfortable shoes, cap or hat. We recommend the use of sunscreen. Take mosquito repellent with you.

We recommend that you always carry water with you, drink fluids and stay hydrated.

Have your camera or phone close at hand to capture the best moments of your trip.

Mérida offers different types of tourism: ecological, health, convention, cultural and nature

Yucatán is characterized by the seasoning of its traditional food, if you are not familiar with this type of condiments, do not rush and ask the staff who provide service for recommendations.

To go to other destinations from Mérida use the bus lines.

Language

In the Capital of the State of Yucatan, Mérida, the predominant language is Spanish, however in rural communities the Mayan language is still preserved. Maya is an Amerindian language derived from the Mayan stock that is spoken mainly in the peninsular Mexican states of Yucatán, Campeche and Quintana Roo, as well as in Belize and some areas of Guatemala. It is widely used and taught, and there are even academies that are dedicated exclusively to its teaching and dissemination.

Currency

The Mexican peso is the official currency of Mexico