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Life Long Learning – Merida Day Trips 2012

If you cannot join us for the Veracruz & Puebla culture-adventure tour in 2012… maybe you’d like to come along on one of the three local day trips we have planned?

The three feature a variety of attractions and you’ll meet lots of new friends.


Life Long Learning – Mérida is offering three local field trips. The trips are an excellent way to see the attractions surrounding Merida and to meet new friends. All trips include round trip bus transportation, entrance to the sites and a meal. You should wear comfortable clothing and for the February and March trips, bring a swim suit and towel. Also, bring your camera and a note pad and pen!

Payments:  Please note that the price of the workshops are in Mexican pesos. Payment can ONLY be made in this currency, in person at:

Tecnología Turística Total: Calle 57 No. 492 Entre 56 & 58, Centro, Mérida.

Life Long Learning – Merida reserves the right to cancel a workshop if there are not enough participants.  Those who have prepaid will receive a full refund.

For further information contact Larry or Reg:          Email:

TRADITIONAL MAYAN COOKING IN TAHMEC                                                                                              

Saturday January 21st

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

500 pesos per person

This is a unique opportunity to visit a village family home, help prepare the meal, watch as it is lowered onto white-hot coals and cooked underground (pibil style) While you wait for your lunch, we will visit the village and the nearby archaeological site of Aké. You’ll be able to try your hand at making tortillas before watching your steaming pot of supper rise from the earth – ready to be enjoyed by all.


Saturday February 18th

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

600 pesos per person

The coastal area of Yucatan is the winter home to a large number of northern seabirds. As well, it plays host to huge colonies of pink flamingos. From small boats, we’ll be able to observe and photograph them, as well as other interesting water life. We will then head to the beach for lunch and a swim before returning to Merida.

UXMAL AND SANTA ELENA                                                                                                                                 

Saturday March 24th

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

600 pesos per person

On this trip we’ll visit Uxmal, one of the Yucatan’s most splendid Mayan archaeological sites. The Temple of the Magician is just one of the unique Puuc style buildings. Afterwards, we’ll drive 10 k further, to Santa Elena where a delicious meal and refreshing swim await us at “The Pickled Onion Restaurant”


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Life Long Learning – Merida Workshops 2012

During the winter season 2012, Life Long Learning Merida will offer a series of workshops. Attending these local workshops is a great way to meet new friends and to enrich your time in Yucatan.  Some of the workshops will be held at our college, and others will be at different venues around the city.  The program will run from Monday January 16th  through Friday March 30th. It is not necessary to commit to a whole series, you can take one, or as many as you like  – each workshop is independent. No pre-registration is necessary, but doing so reserves your place. Most of the workshops can only accommodate a limited number of partricipants.


(All workshops are open to men and women. Delivery is in English and Spanish)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:                                                        

Larry & Reg:

Life Long Learning – Merida:



1:00 pm – 4:00 pm                                                                                                                                       

100 pesos per session, per person

Maximum participants: 15

You will need to bring a pad of drawing paper, pencils, a sharpener and an eraser. We will supply a board to lean your pad on. Each workshop will feature live drawing on site. Beginners and experienced artists alike will enjoy the opportunity to see and draw Mérida through the eyes of local artists.

Jan. 16: TTT (the college)

Jan. 23: Plaza Grande

Jan. 30: TTT

Feb. 06: Santa Lucia                                                                                                                                                    

Feb. 13: Mejorada

Feb. 27: Remate de Paseo de Montejo

Mar. 05: La Hermita

Mar. 12: TTT

Mar. 19: TTT

Mar. 26: Parque de Las Américas



1:00 pm – 4:00 pm                                                                                                                                           

100  pesos per session, per person

Maximum participants: 15

You will need to bring a notebook and pen, and a Spanish English dictionary. Handouts will be provided. Each workshop is completely independent and does not require that you take previous or subsequent sessions. You’ll learn how to use the language in everyday situations.

Level: Beginner

Jan. 17: Saludando sus vecinos                                                                                                                                       

Jan.24: Hablando con  los trabajadores

Jan. 31: Yendo de compras

Feb. 07: Vamos de viaje

Feb. 14: Las noticias

Feb. 28: La salud

Mar. 06: Las comidas

Mar. 13: Trámites (migración, pagos, etc)

Mar. 20: La naturaleza

Mar. 27: Eventos sociales




1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

100 pesos, per workshop, per person

This series of lectures / field trips / workshops will be held at TTT and some weeks the group will visit a museum as well. When an outing to a museum is planned, you will need to bring approx.  80 pesos for admission. You will also need to bring a notebook and pen.

Jan. 18: Folk Art Art Museum                                                                                                                                      

Jan. 25: The Prehispanic Era

Feb. 01: Museum of Anthropology

Feb. 08: Colonial Era in Mexico

Feb. 15: Festivals of Mexico

Feb. 29: Modern Art Museum

Mar. 07: The Mexican Revolution

Mar. 14: Contemporary Mexican Politics

Mar. 21: Music of SE Mexico

Mar. 28: Museum of the City



1:00 pm – 4:00 pm                                                                                                                                                

200 pesos per workshop, per person

Maximum participants: 15

Level: Beginner

You will need to bring a notebook and pen, and an apron.

Different chefs and home cooks will show you how to prepare some of the diverse foods of Mexico. After assisting in the preparation, you will enjoy a meal with the group.

Jan. 19: Corn

Jan. 26: Yucatecan Cuisine                                                                                             

Feb. 02: Chiles

Feb. 09: Oaxacan Cuisine

Feb. 23: Mexico City Cuisine

Mar. 01: Cuisine of Puebla

Mar. 08: Cuisine of Veracruz

Mar. 15: Vegetarian Cuisine

Mar. 22: New Style Mexican Cuisine

Mar. 29: Desserts

Maximum participants: 20



1:00 PM – 4:00 pm                                                                                                                                                

100 pesos per session, per person

Maximum participants: 20

You will need to come dressed in loose pants and bring a mat or thick towel on the Yoga days. You will need to wear shoes that give good support on the days we dance.  You’ll enjoy this “taste” of various dances and Yoga styles

You will need to come dressed in loose pants and bring a mat or thick towel on the Yoga days. You will need to wear shoes that give good support on the days we dance.  You’ll enjoy this “taste” of various dances and Yoga styles

Level: Beginner

Jan. 20: Danzón

Jan. 27: Yoga                                                                                                                    

Feb. 03: Salsa

Feb. 10: Tango

Feb. 24: Salsa

Mar. 02: Jarana

Mar. 09: Yoga

Mar. 16: Belly Dancing

Mar. 23: Tango

Mar. 30: Danzón


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Santa Elena revisited…

Today I revisited Santa Elena, a town that lies in Yucatan’s Puuc Valley. Home to approximately 5,000 citizens of mostly Maya heritage, it is located between the archaeological sites of Uxmal and Kabah.  All the infrastructure to support tourism is to be found: inns, restaurants, shops, hiking and birding trails, phone and internet service – all the amenities of home in a delightful setting. Just 90 kilometers south of Merida, it makes a fine destination for a day trip. I certainly recommend “The Pickled Onion” as a great place for lunch. If you can, stay over in one of the small casitas. You’ll fall asleep to the sound of the crickets and wake to birdsong.

Although I have visited Santa Elena many, many times, today – for the first time, I found the church doors open.

But, “a picture paints a thousand words, right? Here are some of the shots I took today.                                                            

Built by the Franciscan order in 1779, the imposing colonial church looks as though it is sitting on top of a hill, but actually the elevated platform once formed the foundation of a Maya ceremonial building.

The stones from the earlier structure were used to build the Catholic place of worship


Mother Mary is an important figure. These are three represetations of  her. And below you’ll see two wooden altarpieces decorated by Maya craftsmen during the late colonial period

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