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Mérida, the capital of Yucatán, is nicknamed The White City, in part because of its cleanliness and in part because of its many white, colonial-era structures, magnificent buildings funded by the fortunes of sisal plantation owners. Despite the Old World feel, the city has plenty of modern services. Visitors interested in authentic cultural experiences won't be disappointed; Mérida offers free musical and dance performances practically every night of the week.