The "white" colonial town with charm

Trip Start Jun 29, 2009
Trip End Jul 06, 2009

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Flag of Mexico  , Yucatan Peninsula,
Wednesday, July 1, 2009

On the Day 3 of our trip in Yucatan. We left Valladolid at 8AM in the morning and after visiting Chichen Itza and Ek Balm, we arrived to Merida.   This time we drove on the toll highway and avoided all the small villages - and their topes - along the way -MUCH FASTER!- and definitely save time (time is money especially for the short-time-travelors).  Even I felt comfortable driving nicely paved highway road until we reached the center circular road.   There was lots of traffic and people drive much faster like they were in Cancun. We pulled over and let Fredrik switch to drive when we are in town.

Once we got into the center of Merida, we tried to visit Museum of Mayan History but it was already closed.

Then, we drove around the hotels while reading the guide book and decided to stay Hotel Maison Lafitte.  I immediately fell in love with the petit hotel with French and European taste! It has got a pool and fountain in the small cortyard surrounded by tropical plants and trees. The room is nice and clean and we both loved the five shower head jets in the shower.

For our dinner, Fredrik has already studied and picked the best restaurant serving yucatan cuisine.  The problem was that we had to walk almost 20 mintes till we arrived to Los Almendro.  It was worth it as foods there are phenomenal!  We had a papadzules as appetiser.... My beer Leon was crispy and cold. I had a Lomitos de Valladoid! A Pork dish with flavorful tomato sauce. Fredrik had Poc Chuc. yum....

Merida is a safe place to visit and the people are warm and "SUPER" friendly.  After checking in our hotel, we walked around the neighborhood and there was a man approached us and he began talking really friendly.  By then, we have exposed so many "personal tour guides",soilicitor or vendors who keep calling us like "My Fren My Fren!" "Amiga!" "Come Take a Look" throughout our visit at Chichen Itza, I was beginning to think this friendly guy was also trying to either sell us something or ask for tip afterward.  On the contrary, he was just friendly to tell us that there was some kind of events in the zocalo (center square) and we could see some traditional mayan folk dancing and some other performance tomorrow night.  After talking to us for about 10 min. he said "good bye" and walked away.  Here is another example. On the following morning, when we were trying to find our way to get out of the center of Merida to Uxmal, there was a small pick up truck keep tail gating or try to drive our side (on the one lane road).  I was so afraid that they would complain how we were driving, (because we were driving like tourist, stopping each intersection even though we had a right of way) they asked us where we were heading and after we told that we were trying to head for Uxmal, they immediately said "follow us!" and sped their car to be in front of us. They guided us then, by using some short cuts and till we get to the center circular road with lots of sign.
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