There are two main motivations which Americans and Canadians have for buying Yucatan real estate; one is the close connection it offers to a very rich history and culture, the other is the fact that cheap Mexico real estate of high quality can easily be found.
Recently there has been some good news for those interested in the first; a newly expanded program of self-guided "audio tours" of the capital city of Merida allows residents to gain in-depth knowledge of their favorite historic sites, making them a kind of expert to inform their own visitors when they arrive.
Tourists and residents alike can often find useful information in guided tours of buildings, monuments and other landmarks throughout the city, but many prefer to take their time and take the tour according to their own needs and tastes.
The newly improved and expanded audio-guide service allows just this, providing an audio device with headphones, where the user can choose a certain "historic route," choose there own language and choose which sites they wish to listen to, repeat or skip, moving their own personalized tour at their own pace and needs.
The "tours" included in the audio system cover the historic colonial center, the "Paseo de Montejo," the Lucas de Galvez market, and the area known as "La Ermita de Santa Isabel."
The residential nieghborhood known as Santiago is also included, which is a growing favorite for expats who buy Yucatan real estate. This route will allow expats who live here to become familiar with the historic significance of their own neighborhood, adding some special significance to living in a colonial city. The neighborhood offers a number of colonial fixer-upper projects at very accessible prices, in addition already restored homes, some with beautiful views of the Santiago park.
This city of Merida was founded in 1542 and today is one of the oldest and most symbolic cities of the Mexico.
The information in the audio service is divided into 6 different routes with recorded information for 56 buildings, monuments, museums, parks and streets, describing their significance in terms of history, architecture and culture, as well as connections to the specific customs, traditions and identity of Merida.
The languages to choose from are Spanish, English, French, Italian and Mayan, each of which includes detailed recorded descriptions.
While the newly expanded service is focused on attracting tourists to extend their stay, it is especially appealing to residents who don't want to repeat the same items every time, or be tied to a group in an area they are already getting to know well.
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