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  • Day592

    Merida

    December 19, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

    We drove back to Merida as a base for our visit to Uxmal, a site of more recent (mid-800’s) Mayan ruins just an hour's drive out of the city.
    This UNESCO site was refreshingly empty and the ruins were distinct in that the pyramids and structures were more rounded and you were allowed to climb to the top of some of them, offering fantastic views over the old city and surrounding jungle. Some of the architectural details were maybe more interesting and better preserved than Chichen-Itza. John remarked that it seems crazy that the Star Wars filmmakers had trekked to Tikal, in the middle of a civil war, to film one short scene instead of coming here.Read more

  • Day591

    Piste

    December 18, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ☁️ 81 °F

    We’d rented a car so we could overnight near Chichen-Itza and arrive at opening time as the crowds coming in from Cancun and cruise ships are overwhelming by mid-morning.
    On our way to Piste we visited Yokdzonot Cenote - basically a beautiful sinkhole in the jungle where people go to swim. We really enjoyed this experience – the water was pleasant, there were cute tiny fish, not too many mosquitos and even fewer visitors.
    The Mayan ruins of Chichen-Itza, dating from the 600’s, are exactly what you might imagine and are truly iconic in scale and detail. The pyramids are similar to Tikal in Guatemala, but the two sites are very distinct and impressive. What struck us most about Chichen-Itza were the very well preserved carvings visible on many of the structures. It was also easy to imagine what it had looked like when it was a functioning city. We were so happy we had arrived before opening time. When we first pulled up to the site we were complaining to each other that there were 20 or so cars in front of us waiting to get into the parking lot. By the time we left, the large parking lot was completely full, the tour bus parking area was completely full and visitors had to park a 20 minute walk away to get to the gates in the increasing heat and humidity.
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  • Day584

    Merida

    December 11, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

    Took a comfortable bus from Tulum to Merida.
    Merida is a large, colonial city that’s home to around 900,000 people. It was once very wealthy and the center for agave twine that was exported around the world in the early 1900’s. The massive scale of the many crumbling (and some restored) mansions lining the main boulevard, hint at the former affluence. In the center of the city, many buildings have been restored to charming homes, cafes, and shops and it felt a safe and pleasant place to walk around. The people were friendly and the food was good, though we’re really looking forward to Mexico City for a more vibrant food scene.Read more

  • Day3

    A day of firsts!

    January 1 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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  • Day6

    Merida madness

    January 4 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 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 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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  • Day6

    Shades of Cyprus

    January 4 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Today we headed due West to the Coast (gulf of Mexico). After a little bit of route finding difficulty ( Google sometimes gets it wrong!) we arrived in Celestun, a laid back resort famous for sea food and flamingos! Hence the Shades of Cyprus title to this footprint!
    We took the obligatory boat trip into the biosphere reserve and saw an amazing number of flamingos as well as many other birds. We were lucky to have a bit of a bird expert as our skipper as he spotted many tiny species that we would have missed without his help.
    Next to the beach area and lunch. Stuffed fillet of fish, delicious! Next a swim in the Gulf then back to Merida and our last evening in this vibrant city ( see Merida Madness!)
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  • Day7

    Villadolid, you pronounce it!

    January 5 in Mexico ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    An easy day today! After a leisurely breakfast we packed and headed out of town back in the direction on Chichen Itza. Driving here is so easy with very little traffic except in Merida and generally good roads. The only worry are topes, these are vicious little speed bumps that protect every town and village from vehicles doing more than 10 kph and if you miss one the results are quite dramatic!
    We stopped for coffee in C. I. and then found our hotel in Valladolid We wandered around the centre and then checked out the town's cenote. It looked very inviting so we grabbed our swimmers and forked out the 30 pesos (1.25€) for a dip.
    To Chris's delight we found a tea shop just on 4pm before taking a break back in our room.
    We treated ourselves to dinner in the hotel as they specialised in Yucatun cooking and then went out for a nightcap of hot Mayan chocolate!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Estado de Yucatán, Estado de Yucatan, Yucatán, YUC, Estat de Yucatán, Jukatanio, Yucatan, یوکاتان, ユカタン州, Yucatania, Jukatan, Iucatã, 尤卡坦州

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