Merida, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

11 Oct

067In January 2016 we will be headed to Merida, a city of over one million people on the Yucatan Peninsula in southern Mexico.

The Yucatan Peninsula lies between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea near the Tropic of Cancer. Cuba is only about 950 kilometers across the water.

Clickable interactive map of Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico: Cancun, Merida, Chetumal, Cozumel

In a break from our Mediterranean travels, Merida has a tropical wet and dry climate. When we will be there, January, February and March 2016 temperatures will slowly climb from an 87 to 93 degree average with humidity of about 80 percent. These are the coolest months of the year in the city.

We have rented a house in the Ermita district of Merida with a “plunge pool.” The idea is to go to market and visit sites early in the day, then return home for lunch and a siesta. In the late afternoon we’ll take a dip in the unheated plunge pool to cool down before venturing out later in the evening for strolling then return for a late dinner. At least, this is the plan now. But plans have a way of changing once we are immersed in the culture.

We also plan on taking Spanish classes for “residents” two days a week. (We qualify as residents due to our three-month stay.) Our hope is to meet some folks who live in Merida and might tell us of some “hidden delights.”

Once again, we will not be renting a car but rather taking buses, trains and walking, walking and walking. And unlike some of our previous small houses, this one is not on a hill relieving us of carrying groceries up some 100 steps in the heat.

We will arrive on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the beginning of 2016 and are looking forward to having you along for this new adventure.

 

12 Responses to “Merida, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico”

  1. ellengregor October 12, 2015 at 11:45 pm #

    Looking forward to it, Jill!

  2. neil freer October 11, 2015 at 7:47 pm #

    Here from various sources that there is a lot of drug war activity that area……need flack jackets?

    • Jill October 11, 2015 at 7:53 pm #

      Not Merida Neil. Safest city in Mexico. Yes.

      • neil freer October 11, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

        Highly recommend reading Zecharia Sitchin’s book The Lost Realms before you go, has the best history of the Olmecs’ development of Mesoamerica in general as the earliest people (originally from the Gold Coast of Africa). They were gold miners and they are the ones that left those 8 ft. tall sculpted stone faces/heads that are so famous there.

  3. Eleni Cahn October 11, 2015 at 7:26 pm #

    Jill, I used to go to Merida when we lived in Miami. It was only 2 hours away. It was a delightful colonial city with amazing archeological sites nearby.

    What a good choice for your continuing adventures. We look forward to reading your Journal again.

    Fondly,

    Leni

    • Jill October 11, 2015 at 7:52 pm #

      So glad you will share our travels.

  4. Barbara and Ernie from Colorado October 11, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

    Buen viaje! I’m trying to learn to speak my message into my phone and it does not like foreign languages so what I really want to say is have a great trip to meriida. We enjoy your blog and want to hear all about MER IDA. Bernie spent time there 25 years ago and visited my sites in the near Merida. We enjoyed lunch with you in Santa Fe and we hope to keep in touch so goodbye for now Addio’s

    • Jill October 11, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

      Your voice recognition did pretty well. Just a few problems with Spanish words. Amazing. Nice to have you on the online trip.

  5. Richard Thurston October 11, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

    Bring sunscreen. And plenty of it.

    • Jill October 11, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

      Hi Richard, And mosquito netting?

  6. Paul Mabarrack October 11, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

    I can’t wait! You two have a style that draws my quiet admiration.

    • Jill October 11, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

      So good to hear from you Paul and thank you.

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