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Feb 9, 2010 - Merida via Labna, Xlapak, Sayil, Kabah, & Uxmal - pics need labels

Today we went out w/ packs to the highway in front of The Pickled Onion (where we stayed) and flagged down 'The Ruta' tour bus which passes by at 9:30! For 50p ($4 US) the bus goes to Labna, Xlapak, Sayil, Kabah, & Uxmal...a speedy package out of Merida! See pics. Labna Info Xlapak Info Sayil Info Kabah Info Uxmal Info We originally thought that 30 min. each site would be fine and 2 hours at Uxmal might be short which would mean catching a later bus into Merida. As it turned out we could have used more time in Kabah because it's so spread...

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Jan 23, 2010 - Chichen Itza, You And I Know...

Merdia is a pear: by this, I mean that it doesn’t have the energy, goodness or damn right superiority of a banana, not does it have the juicy succulence of a peach, or even the “fill a hole” mentality of an apple or an orange. It’s just a pear, which is certainly not an insult, but, other than being a hilarious line that I use on Georgie when she’s in the vicinity of a fruit bowl “oh what a lovely pair”, a pear is a perfectly tasty piece of fruit but will never make it into the premier league of fruit, or be the only thing one remembers...

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Trip Journal

Operation Badger

Dec 26, 2009 - Around Merida

Today we decided to tool around Merida. Our first stop was the municipal market, where I had read that you could get the best cochinita pibil, which had become my new food obsession since we tried it at Hacienda Ochil. The market was congested, fragrant, and cacophonous; even the sidewalks on the way there were difficult to navigate. We hunted down some cochinita pibil – although the method was unconventional. We went to a stand that seemed to have it piled up and had a sign that read “cochinita pibil.” The woman running it asked “tortas?...

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Dec 25, 2009 - Christmas Day - Merida and Hacienda Ochil

After a leisurely breakfast with the other hotel guests at Casa Ana, we headed off to the second class bus station in hopes of going to Uxmal. The walk there was our best walking experience yet in this town, as the streets were utterly abandoned and peaceful. The only vehicles that went racing past us were buses. We ambled along, taking photos as we went , stopped for a coffee and a plate of chilaquiles at the 24-hour Café Habana, and finally arrived at the bus station only to find that we were too late to get a bus to Uxmal. After...

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Dec 23, 2009 - days two and three - Merida

Dec. 23rd – on to Merida We got up a bit late today. I sat on the patio and watched the street below, seeing more roadwork, more dogs, some cats, and a hippy, who carried a basenji puppy in his arms until he dropped him on the street to trot along beside him. When I went down for a coffee, I met the hotel’s older manager who was happy that the night had been tranquil, without the “escandalizo” which I said must be because of the lack of teen-agers in the hotel. He agreed, and we went on to discuss Merida, the next stop on our trip. “Oh!...

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Dec 23, 2009 - Merida

Hoi hoi iedereen, Vandaag in de namiddag in Merida aangekomen. Het is een koloniale stad, dit wil zeggen dat de Spanjaarden hier het grootste aantal gebouwen hebben doen oprijzen, waaronder veel kerken (de Mayas moesten uiteraard allemaal bekeerd worden..) We hebben het stadje wat verkend en ons gezellig op de Zocalo (Grote Markt) gezet en genoten van de gezellige drukte. Nog wat in de straatjes geslenterd en uiteraard een hangmat gekocht! Deze keer logeren we in een jeugdherberg, wel nog een blits ding, zelfs met zwembad en veel...

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Dec 23, 2009 - Mérida

I switched our default map from Mexico to Yucatán. If ever you want some different map, you can choose one from the available ones below the map on the main page. FA Mérida We went to the city of Mérida on the 23 and the 30 Dec. It is only about one half hour away from Progreso. The most striking thing about the city is it’s obvious wealth. You don’t see too many Porsche dealerships in Mexico, but they are here. Mérida was founded in 1542 by Don Francisco de Montejo. The main drag, Paseo de Montejo is lined with Colonial mansions. One of...

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Jul 28, 2009 - Merida

Jul 28 Merida town tour Jul 29 Snorkel in the 3 cenotes horse drawn cart on rail line. Climb down ricketty wooden ladder about 30 ft. Bike (rickshaw like) ride back from rail station drop off to town then bus back. Train cuts through baggage and clothing :-(

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Jun 28, 2009 - Merida

I thought Merida was a nice traditional Mexican town. nice plaza in the middle. cheap food and drinks and dancing and music in the plaza on a sunday. the place was clean and historical. not alot of partying going on so we decided we had seen it all and headed for Tulum back on the East coast of Mexico and stay there for a days.

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Mar 25, 2009 - Mexico: Merida to Cancun

About a week ago we left Palenque and headed to Merida, an inland colonial town that was built over the five pyramids that the mayans built. Quite fascinating - it seemed from the history that each new mayor drastically changed what was in the town (buildings etc), with the last pyramid being pulled down as late as around 1950. During our time in Merida we went snorkelling in two cenotes which are underground caves filled with crystal clear freshwater, stalactites and limestone formations. The Yucatan has no mountains or rivers, only...

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Mar 1, 2009 - Chichen Itza to Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

I had felt a chest cold coming for a few days and this morning it hit full force. What a miserable thing to have in this heat. A couple from Northern California, Jim & Susan, who we met a dinner last night provided some cold medicine which did help with the symptoms. Rather than hang around here for an extra day hoping it will get better, we decided to head to Merida as planned. It is only about 150 km including a slight detour to Izamal to take a look at a church we understood to be quite outstanding. Once again we stuck to the libre road...

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Feb 22, 2009 - Markets & Flamingos

Departure time - 0830 Returned to coaches at 1630 Still staying at - Rainbow Trailer Park It’s Carnaval time here in Mexico and the festivities associated with this event have caused us a few problems along the way ( Think Mardi Gras but celebrated in every town and village no matter how big or small) . Carnaval takes place during the two weeks before Lent. Today‘s original plan was to take a city bus tour of Merida. The tour was cancelled due to the streets, historic district and Zocalo being closed due to the aforementioned Carnaval. Our...

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