The conference will take place at the Fiesta Americana Hotel in Merida, Yucatan. The hotel is appropriate both for conventions and pleasure trips. It is conveniently located at the intersection of two major avenues, close to the city centre, restaurants and shopping facilities.

Merida, the capital of the state of Yucatan, is a warm, friendly and peaceful city of about one million inhabitants. Located on the western side of the Yucatan peninsula, it is a popular destination for international and domestic tourists. Merida is more culturally oriented than the tourist hot spot Cancun, located around 300 km to the east.

Merida was founded in 1542 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco de Montejo on the site of a city previously established by the local Mayan population. The city combines the old with the new, and most of the tourism is focused on the downtown area, where one can visit the House of Montejo, the Cathedral, the city Hall, the Peon Contreras Theatre, the old Building of the University of Yucatan, and many other interesting sites. There are also many tours to locations that are less than one hour drive from the city, like the old Mayan city of Uxmal, the old Haciendas Temozon and Sotuta de Peon, the Dzibilchaltun Mayan Museum, pyramid and cenote (cenotes are deep natural pools or sinkholes) and the natural park of Celestun, where one can take a boat ride in a shallow river that is home to numerous species of birds as well as flamingos. One of the most famous archeological sites of Mexico, Chichen Itza, is about 2 hours drive from Merida.

Because of its geographical isolation from the rest of Mexico, Merida retains some unique characteristics that are different from the rest of the country. Its regional cuisine is famous and includes dishes like Poc-Chuc (grilled pork), Queso Relleno (seasoned pork meat cooked inside a carved out ball of Edam cheese), Panuchos and Salbutes (deep fried tortillas with vegetables, turkey and beans), Cochinita Pibil (marinated slow cooked pork), to mention just a few.

Climate in Merida is very hot for about 7 or 8 months of the year. April and May are usually the hottest and driest months with high temperatures sometimes reaching 40 C (104 F) or more. The rainy season lasts from June to September and the temperature drops to about 35 C (95 F) but with higher humidity.

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