Back from Cancun and Merida

Jul 16th, 2015, 01:36 PM
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Merida Day 4 (last day and night)

We were pretty tired after our late night so we slept in until around 10. Then eventually dragged ourselves to breakfast at the hotel. We weren't in the mood to do a lot of driving or sightseeing and told our friend as much. So he picked us up at around noon and we got in the car without knowing the plan. Despite our earlier protestations about touring today, we found ourselves driving for almost an hour, eventually ending up in Izamal. It's called the Yellow city because all of the buildings in the main square are painted yellow. It's a quaint town, with cobblestone streets and horse drawn carriages. There is a Franciscan convent that was built over a Mayan pyramid. Pope John Paul visited Izamal in 1993 and peformed a mass in the large courtyard of the convent. After walking around the convent, we headed to the main square where there were some artisans selling crafts. We ended up talking to one of the artisans for almost an hour. He makes different jewelry from semi-precious stones that he finds in the surrounding area. He was an interesting guy and we ended up buying a few items from him. After walking around the town, we got in the car and went to a local restaurant called Kinich El Sabor de Izamal. The restaurant is set in a lush courtyard and offers a variety of Mexican and Yucatan foods. I had the pollo asada and it was delicious. Funny incident - when we sat down they bring over tortillas with a couple of different salsas. I went to the bathroom and missed the discussion at the table regarding one of the salsas - with our friend saying that we should not eat that one. When I got back to the table, without thinking, I scooped a generous helping of one of the salsas and ate it. OMG. It was the hottest thing I've ever tasted. It slowly started heating my mouth and it kept getting hotter and hotter. It would not dissipate, even with drinking lots of coca cola and eating more tortilla chips. Everyone got a good laugh over it. My friend told me to put salt on my tongue. The water or coke wouldn't wash it away because it was the oil from the pepper that was on my tongue. So apparently, the coarseness of the salt or sugar helps to remove the oil.

After our late lunch, we drove to one of the local pyramids. It's an unrestored one and we were free to walk up it. Getting to the top gives you unobstructed views of the entire city.

After that, we were all pretty tired, it was getting late and so we headed back to Merida. We were glad that our friend ignored our stated desire for not much sightseeing that day as it was well worth it. It turned into a great day. We had to leave for Cancun at 9:00 the next morning, so we called it a night, said our good-byes and thanks to our friend who was an excellent host for the four days, and relaxed in our room. The next morning we went to the bus station, which is literally across the street from our hotel. We boarded the luxury bus that runs between Merida and the Cancun Airport and four hours later, we were at the airport and on our way home.
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Jul 16th, 2015, 04:29 PM
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Thanks for sharing your trip with us, Tom. Really enjoyed following along.
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Jul 16th, 2015, 05:43 PM
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I'm currently planning a trip to Mexico and have decided on Oaxaca this time. Maybe Merida next and I appreciate your report.
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Jul 17th, 2015, 06:09 AM
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Glad you enjoyed it tripplanner. MmePerdu, we really liked Merida - and there is so much to see and do in the surrounding area. We didn't have enough time to see everything there is to see.
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Jul 17th, 2015, 08:44 AM
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Sounds like a nice relaxing trip. I take it you missed the weekend festivities in Merida?
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Jul 18th, 2015, 07:25 AM
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Thank you for a reminder of one of my favorite destinations.
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Jul 20th, 2015, 09:45 AM
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I'm happy that you enjoyed your stay in my city (Merida). You must come back and experience the weekend festivities that Fra mentioned.
As for seeing Chichen Itza - It's tragic that the vendors are allowed to ruin the experience.You're right in that it's a mystical place when they're not there. The trick is to be at the gates when they open first thing in the am. This is before the vendors and the eveer present buses start to arrive.
Another must when you return is to hit a few of the other beaches and cenotes on your next trip. I guess I'm assuming that you'll be back.You may also think about seeing the ruins in Uxmal - like them more than Chichen.
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Aug 10th, 2015, 05:53 PM
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Cybor, is it you that has airbnb in Merida? My husband and I are planning to be ther for a week in Early March and looking for a place.
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I currently only have my guest room up on Flipkey. I'll be putting the apartment and the guest room up on VBRO, Airbnb and Flipkey by the end of the week. I've been waiting for the last pieces of furniture to be made before taking the last photos to put up. He seems to get a mysterious illness every time there's a
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