Merida, City of Wonder

18 Feb

Merida is the capital of the state of Yucatan, and a colonial city of over two million people. The Spanish influence can be seen everywhere as can the Mayan people who inhabit the city. 


Mayan flower vendor in traditional dress.

The tropical climate, endless cultural events, and low cost of living make it attractive to expatriates from all over the world. Within a few hours drive you can visit several magical cities, flamingo nesting sites, and Mayan pyramids.


The ancient Mayan city of Mayapan.

And then there’s the pristine beaches. It is no wonder that Merida is one of the fastest growing cities in Mexico.


Isla Holbox sunset. Not far from Merida.



Renovated Hacienda Santa Cruz, come for dinner or a luxury stay. Painting by Teresa Bland.

There are many wonderful museums.


Elegant Mayan woman.


Campesino-Mayan Farmer 

Whether coming for a visit or to renovate and create your own Mexican home away, Merida is a gem.


My friend’s courtyard art.

A busy place with Uber to help you navigate. Do let us know if you’re visiting. Bacalar is a four hour drive in a first class bus. We just might join you.




6 Responses to “Merida, City of Wonder”

  1. LJones February 18, 2018 at 11:00 am #

    Another great post, Alex – wish I were there right now! Love to you and family – L

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 February 18, 2018 at 11:55 am #

      Your time will come my dear.


  2. Lois Leahy February 18, 2018 at 11:08 am #

    Roberta, Mary, and I enjoyed Merida very much. We also went to see the flamingo estuary in Celestún and did one whole day of swimming in the cenote’s


    • afish25 February 18, 2018 at 11:57 am #

      Celestun and Rio Legartos both have wonderful opportunities to see the flamingos. So worth it.


  3. Karen February 18, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

    It’s a beautiful city. It was part of the “two day tour of the Yucatan in the back of a VW bus” that I arranged for Rick’s 50th birthday. Best $500 I ever spent and loved our guide, Carlos. I should dig out some of the pictures we took of the paintings in the governor’s palace.

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 February 18, 2018 at 3:44 pm #

      The governor’s palace is amazing. The murals are mesmerizing. A 2014 blog.


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