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North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 20th 2020

Week five and its Merida a busy bustling colonial city. This is the culture part of the trip and we chose Merida as it gives access to two big Mayan sites, Chitzen Itza and Uxmal. After much research I decided that the latter was the better option, mainly because Chitzen Itza is in easy reach of holiday heaven Cancun and the cruise ship crowds. The temperatures in Merida were 10 °more than Nayarit but because of the buildings in the city it was still high 30 in the evenings. It definitely slowed us down but thank heavens for air conditioning and the pool. Our first day was all about getting our bearings but the city was laid out in a simple block system, even numbers north to South and odd numbers East to west. Thankfully we ... read more
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Chris at Uxmal
The rain God

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 13th 2020

Okay folks week four and we are now in Yucatan in the colonial city of Merida. But back to last week and Santa Maria del Oro ( SAMAO)or Laguna Santa Maria del Oro to be precise. We drove from Guadalajara airport and it was raining and the road through the city was rubbish. We realised on Tuesday evening that we had lost a hubcap and dinked the tyre rim. We had popped into to see a lovely lady called Isabel who was landlady to our friend Michael. Next morning we went up to SAMAO to talk to Jose in the garage, he said we would have to buy 4 VW hubcaps at megabucks. We also dropped our laundry and originally she said it couldn't be done till Friday or Saturday but then relented! SAMAO now has ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida January 29th 2020

Auf dem Weg nach Merida halten wir auf der wunderschönen Hacienda San Lorenzo Oxman, nur 10 Auto-Minuten und eine Schotterpiste von Valladolid entfernt. Die ehemalige Farm ist heute ein exklusives Hotel mit Pool aber auch Gästen von außerhalb ist es erlaubt gegen Gebühr das Cenote auf dem Gelände der Hacienda zu benutzen. Marlene ist wieder erstaunlich fit und möchte gerne mitgehen in das „große Schwimmbad“, kneift dann aber doch als wir an dem riesigen Wasserloch ankommen, in dem tief unten das leuchtend blaue Wasser wartet. Da wir schon morgens um neun da sind, ist außer uns zunächst nur ein Mann im Wasser, der kurz darauf auch wieder hochsteigt und wir haben das Cenote ganz für uns alleine. Über mehrere Treppen gelangt man hinunter in die „Höhle“ und dann über eine wackelige Holztreppe ins Wasser. Es kostet ... read more
Izamal
Nonnen am Kloster San Antonio de Padua
Kloster San Antonio de Padua

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida November 2nd 2019

In Mexico the 2nd November is a huge celebration known as ‘El Dia de los Muertos’ which literally translates as ‘The Day of the Dead.’ It’s a time when families come together to celebrate, honour and remember those who have passed but instead of this being a day of sadness and grief, Mexicans use it as an opportunity to celebrate the thin veil between life and death with music, song and dance, offerings of food and flowers and coming together as a family. As the tradition grows and develops, so do the celebrations. For example, we weren’t expecting to see any Halloween type things but on the 31st October while we were in Isla Mujeres, the main square was full of kids trick or treating, dressed up in Halloween costumes and oddly Disney costumes as well(the ... read more
Colourful cemetery
A walk through the cemetery
Pan de Muerto - Bread of the Dead

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida November 1st 2019

After the quiet encounter with the barracuda, we grabbed a yummy juice from the sweet old man at the market, packed our luggage and made our way to the pier to get the boat, then the bus (bone shaker) and then finally a first class ADO bus for 4 hours to finally arrive the main city of Yucatan called Merida. It was even hotter here than Isla Mujeres and without the sea breeze this town felt boiling hot. We tried to walk to our airbnb but just half block down we stopped a taxi that took us in front of the door of what would be our house for the next three days. Calle 68 Number 465. The house was pretty and very nicely decorated with Mexican features all around, extra shabby chic pieces of furniture, ... read more
Mega Mayflower Road
El Pozole de Caty!
The gorgeous Caty

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida September 25th 2019

We have been told that it is best to arrive at Chichen Itza early to avoid the crowds and the heat. Our driver Alberto picks us up at 7 and we are at Chichen Itza by 8.30. There is hardly anyone here we buy our tickets. Our guide, Omar, checks that we have both tickets. In fact you need to buy a ticket at each window and then give one ticket to one ticket collector and the other to the other ticket collector (follow?). Chichen Itza is the archeological site in Mexico. Catherine is relieved because you can’t climb anything and the site is close to sea level also there are no tunnels. As we arrive the souvenir sellers are setting up. It must take them hours carefully laying out everything. I’m thinking 2 hour set ... read more
Second rate cenote per favor
Catherine nails the hotel again

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida September 24th 2019

This morning we fly out of Oaxaca to Merida in the Yucatan for Spring Break. It's exciting as Erik, not Erik the viking on the front desk, but Erik the boss is driving us to the airport. As we load the bag I notice that a substantial amount of the rear wheel is in the boot. Whilst it is exciting it is also a sad day as Louise is leaving us for New York. But on a positive note she was starting to get the flu and given both Wilko and I have the squirts the last thing we needed was the flu. Given Becs and I only have one case we have had to do aittle bit of bag shuffling to get it under 25kg (Wilko made us fly economy). At check in the bag ... read more
The square

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida November 23rd 2018

Today is earmarked for exploring Mérida (it looks as if it will take all of 5 minutes) and sussing out where everything is for exploring the region over the next few days. We get up quite late (around 9am) and go out for breakfast. We both have fried eggs on a bed of fried potatoes, mushrooms and peppers with grated cheese. It’s really yummy. Then we set off to explore. When the Spanish conquered the Mayan town on this site, they found a settlement of lime-mortared stone structures that reminded them of the Roman town of Mérida in Spain, so this place was named after it. We walk down Calle 60 which is supposed to be the street where everything is happening. Actually there is not much happening but it does take us to the main ... read more
Cathedral, Mérida
Palacio de Gobierno
Mérida Theatre Jose Peon Contreras

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida November 22nd 2018

Today we travel to Mérida. There are no passing taxis outside our hotel so our host summons one. We say our goodbyes and arrive at the ADO bus terminal in good time. Today they check in the luggage but don’t bother to weigh it. We pick up some sandwiches, a bottle of water and, joy, a cup of vanilla coffee! The cash machine has been fixed so we make a withdrawal, then settle ourselves by the big fan that we discovered yesterday. Our bus has arrived and we make a prompt departure at 8am. Always a good start. We are due to arrive at 4.30pm. I booked the second row of seats as the front ones offer less legroom and I’m pleased to see we have a Dutch couple in front of us - they are ... read more
On the way to Mérida
Mexican Gulf from the road
Dinner!

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida November 6th 2018

Mon 5-Tues 6 November - Day 10 to 11 - Mérida We were now off to Merida after a full day on bus from Palenque to Merida. After a short walk to the bus terminal after breakfast at Palenque, we boarded a first class bus and the journey took the whole day. It was very comfortable. Capital of the Yucatan province, the 'white city' of Mérida is a pleasant mixture of colonial buildings, churches and plazas. There were several wide French-style avenues, particularly Calle 60. This was lined with beautiful old buildings, some run down and some beautifully restored. The markets simply overflow with beautiful weavings, hammocks and batiks, making this a great place to buy handmade crafts and souvenirs if one wanted to. At night the city comes alive with live theatre and concerts. On ... read more
Gobiero Palac Merida Mexico (12)
Second Cenotes we swam in near Merida Mexico (43)
Third Cenotes we swam in near Merida Mexico (51)




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