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The Yucatán peninsula is a vast limestone slab that juts into the Gulf of Mexico to the north and west, and into the Caribbean sea to the East. Low scrub and rocky soil, along with a rich, thick jungle canopy characterize the area. The collision of a giant meteorite over 65 million years ago created a mammoth crater that covers much of the peninsula and resulted in an incredible diversity of flora and fauna. To the east, in the region surrounding Cancun, are thousands of hectares of ecological reserves and eco-resorts. In addition, the Yucatán peninsula is home to more different species of tropical birds than in the entire rest of Mexico.
Besides the states of Yucatán and Quintana Roo (which is home to Cancun) there are three other incredibly interesting states that make up the Yucatán peninsula. Tabasco is the rich, tropical cradle of the chocolate world. Campeche, capitol of the state of Campeche, is a UNESCO world heritage site and a perfectly preserved colonial walled city perched on a hillside overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. And, bordering Guatemala, the mountainous coffee-growing state of Chiapas boasts the most well preserved indigenous culture of any state in Mexico.
Mérida the charming and culturally rich capital of the state of Yucatán is a swift four hours by modern superhighway from the most popular resort in the world Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
- A city of approximately 950,000 inhabitants.
- Located in the Yucatán Peninsula in the southeast portion of Mexico, directly south of New Orleans, southwest of Miami, 400 km (249 m) due west of Cancun, and on the same latitude as Honolulu.
- A land of Spanish speakers, with Mayan spoken regularly by many locals.
- A real Mexican city where foreign currency is accepted only in the most touristic establishments.
- A delightful place to call home, whether for an extended vacation or as a permanent residence.
- Mérida International Airport provides air service to the region with 500 weekly flights to major Mexican cities and the US.
- Modern technology has brought telecommunications throughout the Yucatán including digital and cellular service.
- An abundant supply of water fed by underground streams is unsurpassed in Mexico.
- Progreso, 30 km (19 mi) North of Mérida, is Yucatán¹s deepwater port. Here, many shipments into the Mexican mainland arrive, as well as cruise ships. It is also a main port-of-call for shipments of household goods for those moving to Mexico.
- The state of Yucatán has 8,958 km (5,566 m) of highways, including the Mérida-Progreso highway, a center for industrial and commercial development. Highway links to neighboring states provide access to the US, Canada, Belize and Guatemala.
- Construction of the new 485 megawatt Mérida III thermoelectric plant, increases the state¹s generation capacity to 1,049 megawatts, more than double the state¹s current requirement.