USPiM Workshops will be held during the week of January 8-12, 2018. Both workshops & talks will take place at intervals between 10am and 5pm at a convenient centro location.
It would be best to arrive on Saturday, January 6. We tour the city center on Sunday, January 7 and our Welcome Reception Dinner will take place that evening.
FREE public readings will take place each night at 7pm, Monday, January 8 through Friday, January 12 at Fundacion de Artistas, calle 55, No. 520 (calle 62 y 64), centro.
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 Airbnb.com (we will generally be in centro in the area between the following square blocks: calle 63 y 43 and calle 50 y 74). Add the usual Mexican 16% tax to room cost. Secure your reservation through Booking.com. A USPiM assistant or our Director will be available to greet you wherever you stay. Just email us if you need hand-holding! Questions: email@example.com. A few hotel suggestions within very close walking distance to our activities are:
Hotel Caribe, approximately $464usd/for 7 nights; rooftop pool with a view of the cathedral, around the corner from the zocalo, large rooms, not the fanciest but a good bang for your buck, excellent location.
Medio Mundo, where you may not be able to reserve until later this year, ie. August for January 6-13. $61-$72usd/night. One of the quietest retreats in Merida, a wonderful pool, courtyard and small cafe/juice bar.*
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.
Luz en Yucatan $49/night, an affordable favorite with guests that return annually. Book early, ground floor, nice pool, across the street from a great little cafe, great location (calle 55 y 60, at Santa Lucia park and a few steps from several of the best restaurants in town).
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