Workshops, Talks & Readings








USPiM Workshops will be held during the week of January 8-12, 2018.  Workshops will take place 9am-12pm at Escuela Superior de Artes de Yucatan (ESAY), located at the corner of calle 55 y 48 in centro. Talks and readings will take place at other convenient locations in centro.

Saturday, January 6th - Arrivals

Sunday, January 7th - 10:00am Merida Walkabout  - questions? directions, street layouts,  landmarks, restaurants
2pm Museo del Mundo Maya (2 hours)       7pm Introductions & Welcome Reception

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - Workshops 9am - 12pm

Wednesday, January 10 - Excursion to Celestun Biosphere Reserve (cost not included in tuition)

Monday thu Friday  @ 7pm each night FREE Public Readings - Faculty, Guest Reader & Participants


We encourage participants to stay at Hotel Caribe, but the following hotels are also suggested for their location, price and generally a nice stay in Merida. If this is your first visit to Mexico or Merida, you may want to stay at Hotel Caribe in order to be close to other participants. If not, then your choices are wide & varied.  A magnificent colonial home, a B&B, and room rentals are available at (Best to book a hotel within the following square blocks: calle 63 y 49 and calle 50 y 74).  Add the usual Mexican 16% tax to room cost. A USPiM assistant or our Director will be available to greet you, if necessary. If you have any questions whatsoever regarding lodging/location, please email  You will get the best price at A few hotel suggestions within close walking distance to our activities:

Hotel Caribe, calle 59 y 60. approximately $464usd/for Jan. 6-13, 2018; rooftop pool with a view of the cathedral, around the corner from the zocalo, large rooms, not the fanciest but very clean and itslocation is excellent.  Numerous restaurants and cafes are near this hotel, which is a 2 block walk to Santa Lucia park (corner of calle 55) where there are ample excellent restaurants, and from calle 55 a 5 block walk to ESAY, location of our workshops and readings.


Medio Mundo, calle 55 y 64, nearly booked, call asap if you want to stay here.  Medio Mundo has several guests who return year after year for extended winter stays. Approx. $461/for January 6-13.  One of the quietest retreats in Merida, a wonderful pool, courtyard and small cafe/juice bar and cafe. Rooms are a bit plain, but there is ample hot water, and beds are very comfortable.  Located on calle 55, a great location and a straight walk down to ESAY, location of our workshops, and just a couple of blocks to Santa Lucia park where there are several restaurants.


Beautiful Hotel Marionettas is located near the Santa Ana church, calle 49 (62y64), an expatriate neighborhood just a block off of calle 60 which is the main street though centro. Approx. $469 for Jan. 6-13, 2018. This B&B offers old world charm, decorative pasta tile floors, huge rooms with desks and is one of the many lovely newer lodging additions in Merida.



Hotel Flamingo is a newer option in Merida, halfway betweent he main plaza and our workshop location. Pool, lovely clean rooms. $242-$391 for Jan. 6-13, 2018 through Booking dot com. Great location/good price.




Gran Hotel, a rich history in this decadent old hotel next door to Hotel Caribe, around the corner from the zocalo. Rooms are colonial, humongous, and a little dated but awesome. Many famous people have stayed here over the years, from Mick Jagger to Fidel Castro. Yeah, its heyday has passed, but it is still a cool place to stay.  Vintage, classic Merida for sure. $240-464pesos/for 7 nights.



Hostal Zocalo Merida, right on the zocalo. Suggest a room with balcony & private bath $420-470pesos/night includes a huge breakfast. Could be a bit loud as it is directly on the zocalo, and it may be a hostal, but it gets rave reviews for being an economical, beautiful old building and great place to stay.




The best option is to fly directly to Merida Rejon International airport (MID). The airport is a 15 minute taxi ride to the center of town.  When exiting the baggage claim area, walk straight ahead through the exit to outside and cross one lane and on your LEFT side will be the airport taxi kiosk. Tell the clerk what hotel you are going to & purchase a taxi ticket (approx. $200 pesos).  If no taxis are available, then go to the ADO taxi kiosk on the right.

Often it is more economical to fly into Cancun (CUN) and after exiting the baggage claim area walk straight ahead and you will see an ADO kiosk. You can purchase a bus ticket there leaving directly to Merida-Fiesta Americana. You would arrive across the street from the Fiesta Americana hotel & then take a taxi to your hotel from the ADO station, approx. a 5 minute ride, $50pesos.   Approximate ADO departure times from Cancun airport to Merida-Fiesta Americana are 2pm, 5pm, 7:15pm. The trip is 4 hours and between $346pesos and $640 pesos one way.  You do not want Merida-Alta Brisa (that is a shopping mall to the north of centro and further away).  Ado bus online

Alternately, you can purchase a ticket there to go from the Cancun airport to the Cancun downtown bus station (very modern, well lit) and then have more frequent buses leaving for Merida in all classes.  The second class bus makes a ton of stops, so you will want ADO