Whether you are a visitor or a resident, you are likely to benefit from several of the various services available in this city. And like any modern city anywhere, they range from high-tech to low-tech…but all are designed to make life easier! Here is a summary of a few:

Mérida has joined cities worldwide offering free wireless Internet in its city parks. In fact. Mérida is one of the 7 cities in mexico, and 25 in Hispanoamerica, designated “most digital”. In Mérida, the selection of parks is based on their proximity to schools, homes, and places where visitors go. Each park has a module where you can not only recharge your battery, but a telephone help line if you need technical assistance. (Note: because these parks are open to the public, access is blocked to websites with adult content and violence.) Here is a partial list of the 19 (soon 10 more will be added) parks in the program: San Juan, Calle 69 x 64 Col. Centro; Plaza Grande, Centro, Calles 60, 61, 62 and 63; Parque de las Américas, Av. Colón x 20 y 22 Col. García Ginerés; Parque Zoológico Del Centenario, Av. Itzáes x 59; and La Ermita De Santa Isabel, Calle 66 x 77 y 77 A.

While we are on the subject of parks, there will soon be a new way for garbage to be deposited and collected in 10 city parks. An underground space contains a large container (5 cubic meters) out of sight. Above that, on ground level, is a not-so-ordinary-looking garbage can, with a loop at the top. Solid materials like paper, plastic, and glass are deposited in this can, and it falls through the bottomless end directly into the underground container, which is emptied three times daily by city crews with a hydraulic crane. The first one was recently installed in Parque San Juan, and others will be ready by late October: Parque de la Madre, Santa Lucía, Santa Ana, Mejorada, Eulogio Rosado, Las Américas, and Colonias Madero, Bojórquez, and La Paz.

The Ayuntamiento has 4 booths where tourist information is available (including Yucatan Today magazine):

Palacio Municipal
Calle 62 x 61 y 63 Centro
Entry to Palacio Municipal
Tel. (999) 942 00 00 ext. 80119
Every day 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Paseo de Montejo
Avenida Paseo Montejo (calle 56 A) por Avenida Colón (33 A)
Tel. (999) 920 40 44
Every day 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

ADO 2nd class bus terminal “TAME”
Calle 69 x 68 y 70 No. 554 Col. Centro
Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sat. Sun. 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Dirección de Turismo
Calle 56 A número 242 x calle 56 B y calle 60
Colonia Alcalá Martín
Tel. (999) 925 51 86 and 925 15 43
Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. –  3:00 p.m.

Another service offered by the Ayuntamiento of Mérida is collection of items you cannot place in the garbage, such as broken flower pots, old tires, and even dead animals from the street or your garden. Call them at 924 4000; their service is prompt, polite, and efficient. You can also report potholes at this number.

For more information on these programs, and to see what city services can be processed and paid for online, consult the Ayuntamiento website: www.merida.gob.mx


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