Thursday, March 11, 2010

Merida, Mexico Vacation

It's official, ladies and gentlemen. Kurt and I will be visiting Merida for the last two weeks of April. According to a good friend, here is a top-ten list of  must-see locations:

1. Chichen Itza: a full day excursion to the most famous Mayan
archaeological zone is a must do.
2. Uxmal: the second most famous Mayan zone, and we think the most beautiful.
3. Merida Mercado: you haven’t immersed until you’ve been here.
4. Hacienda Temozon: go early, have breakfast, learn about the history
of the haciendas in Yucatan.
5. Izamal: the yellow city built on Mayan ruins and home to the
important Mayan prophet Itzam’na.
6. Celestun: biological reserve on the Gulf of Mexico, with a boat
ride through mangroves to see the flamingos. End the day with a plate
of ceviche.
7. Castro Pacheco murals: in the Governor’s Palace on the main plaza.
8. Merida House and Garden Tour: you’ll be amazed at what you find
inside these old colonial homes.
9. Weekend in Tulum: our favorite piece of Caribbean paradise and the
location of the third most important Mayan archaeological zone.
10: Gran Plaza: just a big shopping mall, but a good way to see hip
Yucatecos behaving like Norte Americanos. It helps you ease back into
the modern world before your return to the States. Buy a t-shirt at
Mayan Xic and drop crumbs on it at Kukis.

Nos vemos pronto, Joyce


  1. A friend of mine stayed in Merida and really liked it. Have fun! and are we ehow friends? If not I'm user: Elainek

  2. My wife and I spent three weeks in Merida, Dec-Jan. We loved it. (Regarding your list, I would see Uxmal before Chichen Itza, as there are almost no hawkers at Uxmal.) Actually, skip Chichen Itza, and have lunch at CHICKEN Itza on Reforma (Calle 72, near the bull ring). It's sorta Yucatecan McDonalds, only better.

    Check out the photos on my travelblog, especially the visit to Uxmal.

    ~eric. Alden NY