A SMART WAY TO TRAVEL
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Merry Merida, Mexico tis merry indeed. Just a hop, skip and short-bus ride away from Mexico’s main tourist regions of Cancun and the Riviera Maya, Merida captures the tried-and-true Mexican spirit of colonialism, extremely warm and welcoming people, a thriving culture and regional cuisine that can easily be found on one of many of the city’s street corners.
Merida is not for travelers seeking a beach-resort getaway. To travel to Merida and stay indoors would be an absolute shame. There are just too many beautiful sites to see! From the city’s heart and soul, ‘el zocalo’, walk in any direction to take in the brightly colored-colonial architecture, stop in an antique shop, have a coffee in one of many boutique cafes or restaurants or simply sit and watch as Merida’s culturally-enriched society goes about its day. Fortunately, Merida is located close enough to the Mexico Caribbean that those vacationing there can plan Merida as an overnight trip. So what is there to do in a day in Merida? Lots
1) Have a seat in one of the cafes that line ‘el zocalo’ and have a traditional tea, hibiscus tea, or as its known in Latin America tea de Jamaica. It’s a great way to take in the local flavor while observing the city surroundings.
2) Brush up on Mexican history and visit the top floor of the municipal building. There is no need to know Spanish; here Mexico’s major historical events are depicted in paintings.
3) Go to an antique store. Mexico’s history dates long before the existence of the United States and Canada. Imagine the historical significance of some of the country’s antiques.
4) Support sustainability and buy a jipijapa (pronounced Hippy Hoppa) hat directly from Mayan vendors. If jipijapa isn’t your thing, there are many other purchasing options such as jewelry and hammocks.
5) Just walk or hop on a bike…you’re bound to find something that sparks your interest and people that will help you find your way.
Some of the things you’ll see
Have you been to Merida? What do you like most of the “White City”? Please share your thoughts below!
About the Author
Kristin McCollum is a travel writer that has spent the past year traveling and working throughout Europe and Mexico. Now settled on the Yucatan Peninsula, she finds inspiration in every person she meets and in the natural beauty which surrounds her.