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  • Day6

    Merida madness

    January 4, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    When we arrived here Wednesday afternoon we found our very central hotel tucked into the corner of a pedestrian square! Anyway the Bellboy (70+!) rushed out to unpack the car and then jumped in to direct me to a car park a block away. The hotel is a bit of an oasis in the middle of this bustling, crowded city but there is plenty going on in the evenings so the city has grown on us.
    First night here we watched the free sound and light show about the history of the town and last night caught the end of a big band concert after a meal outside with live music as well. This evening we caught the end of an organ recital in the cathedral and hope to find more music around the streets when we go out.
    We certainly did! Ended up in an old market converted to a food/drink/music space that was VERY popular with locals and a few tourists like ourselves. Met two couples from opposite ends of the scale - a middle class American couple about our age and then a Columbian/Mexican couple about 40 years younger than us. Both very good company and very incite full re the current politics etc.
    So to sum up, Merida is a burgeoning city with a vibrant night life and we have enjoyed our three days here.
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  • Day5

    More old rocks plus chocolate!

    January 3, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Getting out of Merida was easier as we sort of understood the one way systems by now (and we had google maps to help!) so we were soon cruising at 90+ down the Mex281 highway to the 2nd most important Mayan site after C I. , Uxmal.
    In many ways a more pleasurabltrtexperience than C I. As their were fewer people and the site is far more open allowing you to wander everywhere (also no hawkers lining every path as in C. I. ).
    We then continued South a few clicks to another very small site, Kabah. Interesting as it is run as a cooperative by the local Mayan villagers albeit an official Mexican site. After a lunch of a couple of local baked biscuits we headed back to Merida but took in the chocolate museum on the way ( well why not!). We thought this would be a bit of a tourist trap and take 10 to 15 mins. at the most but it turned out to be very interesting AND they gave you a hot chocolate drink as well. Combine this with a mini rescue zoo with spider monkeys and leopards and you get an hour and a half visit!
    Therefore we were quite late back to our hotel but after showering we hit the town for another good evening out (see Merida Madness)
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  • Day4

    Piles of old rock!

    January 2, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    We made an early start into Chichen Itza to beat the tour groups. Hired a guide for an hour and then wandered around the site for a couple more. It was getting very busy by then so we walked back to the hotel, freshened up and checked out.
    We drove to the lovely town of Izamal which is dominated by an impressive monastery but also has a Mayan pyramid you can climb!
    After grabbing a late lunch in the town square we headed for Merida, our home for the next three nights.
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  • Day3

    A day of firsts!

    January 1, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    We arrived in Cancun about 5pm local on the 31st which meant 10pm 'our' time after a 10 hour flight. Needless to say we were pretty spaced out by about 8pm so didn't make it to midnight! Wandered around from the hotel to a small park with lots of food stalls that we would have loved to sample if we hadn't been well fed on the plane so some churros was all we managed! We did wash it done with beer and wine mind you! Later we went to a bar and had a few more drinks and a small plate of spicy wings. Packed it in at 10ish and slept soundly till morning.
    After a good breakfast we headed to the Zona Hotels to find the archeological museum. An eclectic mix of Mayan artefacts and our first 'site' complete with small pyramid. After finding a much needed ATM we set off for Chitchen Itza. The drive was a bit boring as the road is very straight, flat and between high trees the whole way! It was fast though! On arrival at our hotel we set off for our first Cenote. A small quiet one in a village just West of C. I. Settling down now in the hotels garden with a beer and a glass of wine. Can't be bad!
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