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Mérida gets own ‘Camino de Santiago’

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Mérida, Yucatán — Forty neighborhood restaurants, historic buildings, cultural centers and gathering spots are being promoted as a whole under a “Camino de Santiago” project that will be launched on Saturday.

That is when the Tapanco Cultural Center will officially present an information campaign with a promotional video and collectible maps to guide tourists through the galleries, eateries and shops that have enhanced the neighborhood

The name of the project invokes a famous pilgrimage route to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. But here, visitors are invited to explore Yucatán’s historic Santiago barrio by bicycle, on foot and car.

In fewer than five years, the area has welcomed La Galería Estudio Bavio, Centro Cultural la Bodega, Galería la Eskalera, Le Cirque Galería, Horno Grafico and Agustín Galería. The Escuela de Fotografía F2 Estación Visual, Bunker Mérida, Tampanco Cultural Centre and La 68 Cultural Center “Elena Poniatowska,” which also includes a café.

An article published recently in Milenio Novedades credited the influence of foreigners and new residents from other states for invigorating the neighborhood.

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