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Still enjoying your report and photos very much! Now I want to go to Merida....
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Day 11, Saturday, May 26th, 2012...part 1
Awoke early to meet our driver, Saul, out front of Luz en Yucatan at 8 a.m. We had booked a tour with William Lawsons back in January as soon as we knew we were heading to Mérida. The company came highly recommended and the fact they only do private customized tours was exactly what we wanted. After a few e-mails back and forth with the owner, Ralf (a Canadian ex-pat who's been living in Mexico for over 20 years) we finally settled on a day trip on the Ruta Puuc. We knew we wouldn't be able to see everything we wanted (one day is barely enough to scratch the surface), so Ralf helped us pick out the highlights based on the list of things we narrowed down.

Saul picked us up in a sedan, not a van or a bus. It was more like touring with your friend. He was well-versed in all the history, and geography and politics of the area, having been a guide for over 20 years. (He said he even took chef Rick Bayless and his team on a tour a few years ago).

Our first stop was in Uman at the morning market across from the big church. We bought fresh fruit, peanuts in the shell, salted pumpkin seeds, etc. We walked around a bit, taking it all in. You can buy just about anything here. Lots of fruits, veggies, leather goods, shoes, huipiles, guayaberas, etc. There are vendors set up inside and outside, and no one is pushy. It's there for the locals, not the tourists. You can also get tacos and tortas and everything in between...even for breakfast!




We decided to wait to get photos of the church until we passed through on our way home as the lighting would be better later in the day and we wanted to get to Uxmal as early as possible. We drove straight to Uxmal and arrived mid-morning. The parking lot was empty, there was no line up to get in, the places was virtually deserted save four other people! Yes, we had this amazing site to ourselves! I'm hoping it was just because it's low season, because this is a site that is not to be missed. Personally I was more impressed by the architecture here than what I saw at Chichen Itza, Coba or Tulum. The Puuc style is so ornate and this is a large site with lots to explore...and you can still climb a few of the pyramids!(except for the main one, sadly).

My first sight as we walked the short path from the visitor centre was the gorgeous Pyramid of the Magician. It is so amazing.








We spent a few hours exploring as many buildings and structures as possible, all the while with Saul explaining the history and importance of the site. (He's a certified guide so we didn't have to get another guide when we were there). There's some spectacular buildings here, with the Pyramid of the Magician, Nunnery Quadrangle, and Governors Palace being the main ones. There is also a ball court, and many smaller structure, most not even excavated yet!

















We headed over to the large pyramid you can still climb, I believe it was called La Grande Piramide (?). It's much larger and steeper than you think until you're standing at the base looking up...or at the top looking down. From the top you can see out over the surrounding jungle, with various pyramids, walls, "hills" (unexcavated pyramids possibly)...spectacular. It took me a while to get up there as it is quite steep with narrow steps, and there is nothing to hang on to...and I'm waaaayyyy outta shape! lol


















After finding the nerve to attempt the climb down, lol, we took a path at the back of the site in the shade to get back to the entrance. We passed many unexcavated structures before coming upon a bunch of stone...penises! lol Yup, a whole collection of fertility statues.






Along the way we also came across this little guy...so beautiful. I think it was called a Mot-mot (?).








Back at the visitors centre we grabbed some icy cold frozen juices which we promptly slurped down, brain freeze and all! By now it was around the noon hour and it was getting HOT, even with overcast skies. We jumped back in the car, cranked the a/c and hit the road again. Saul asked if we still wanted to stop at Kabbah, and Labna, and the other sites nearby on the Ruta Puuc, but we were too damn hot, hungry and tired! lol We instead decided to make a quick pit-stop at the Eco-museo del Cacao (chocolate plantation/museum), but as luck would have it Kabbah is literally right on the highway so we could see a few of the structures right from the car without even going into the site. Next time we'll spend some time there, though.

At the chocolate plantation we did a self-guided tour through a series of huts (replica Mayan huts) that have various photos, artifacts, videos, etc. which depict the history of cacao, the growing process, the products, etc. We also walked the trail which passes by the cacao plants, as well as many other local flora. At the end before you enter one of the last huts there is a few pens of local fauna (deer, iguana, snake, various birds, etc.). In the main hut we were joined by a young man & woman who showed us how the cacao is dried, ground/milled, and then brewed into hot chocolate, which we got to sample. It was pretty neat, but the hot chocolate is not what we're used to...very bitter, but not bad. I guess we're so used to sugar and milk and marshmallows! lol











After the "show" we walked up to the giftshop/café where we got some cold chocolate drinks, Cokes, and I purchased some chocolate bars, cocoa powder, chocolate shampoo & conditioner, as well as soap. Back in the car we headed to Santa Elena to have a late lunch at The Pickled Onion, owned by Valerie Pickles, a lady who've I've followed on her blog. I've heard such great things about her place, and Ralf also recommended it, so we had made sure it would be a stop on our tour. Scott was mostly interested because he read that Patrick Stewert (yes, Captain Jean-Luc Piccard himself) ate here last year!






We had an awesome meal, and a great chat with Saul. We asked him about his life, family, etc...it honestly was like talking to an old friend. We shared pollo pibil, poc chuc, guacamole (yes), and a few other things. All very tasty and cheap! Unfortunately, Valerie was on holiday back in Canada at that time so we didn't get to meet her, but we enjoyed ourselves all the same. Well worth the drive. She also has a few rooms for rent on her property and we might stay a few nights on the next trip.

Next, we visit Hérnan & his wife at their home, then on to Hacienda Yaxcopoil, and finally we experience a torrential downpour on the way back to Mérida. That'll be in part 2 when I get a chance, maybe tomorrow. Lot's more photos!
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What a great job you're doing. Too bad you did not get paid by a travel mag to do this. Very impresive.
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Day 11, Saturday, May 26th, 2012...part 2
After a late lunch at The Pickled Onion we drove just a minutes away to the home of Hérnan and his wife (sorry, don't remember her name). He owns a plot of land right in the middle of the town of Santa Elena and lives much like his family has for years: in a thatched-roofed house, growing his own fruits and vegetables, raising animals, and in his younger days worked the sisal fields nearby.

When we pulled up outside on the street he came out to greet us. He invited us inside the first building, a thatched-roof "hut" that acts as the bedroom and living room. Inside there is a hammock strung across the room (this is where they sleep), an armoire decorated with photos that tourists have taken and sent back, a TV & DVD player (very modern, lol), and an alter full of both Christian and Mayan figurines. Even though he spoke no English, Saul translated as he told us about the history of the house. He also described what each of the religious figurines represented, paying special attention to one of Chaac and one of the dwarf magician (we learned of this at Uxmal). He was very proud of his history & culture and wanted to tell us everything. Before we headed outside he told us to look up to the high thatched ceiling and said that the wooden beams were actually over 50 years old and they re-thatch the roof every 10-15 years as is necessary.













Outside we walked a short distance to the next building in which we found his wife making fresh tortillas over an open fire. This was the kitchen. She was sitting on a stool, making one tortilla after another, slapping them onto a flat iron pan over the fire and gently lifting the edges so they wouldn't stick on or burn. She offered us samples and Scott dug in. Scott asked her how many a day she makes, and she said for the entire family (so, about 12 people including her kids and grandkids who live in a building on the same property) she makes about 150 tortillas a day. Wow, that's a lot. I really liked her huipile dress and asked if she made it - she said her daughter makes them and they sell for about 120 to 150 pesos, but she had none to sell at that time or I would've bought up a few.










Heading back outside, Hérnan showed us all his fruit trees & vegetables: sweet orange & sour orange grafted onto the same tree, limes, papaya, banana, achiote, onions, peppers, etc. He also showed us his goats and pigs they raise for food. He showed me that the pigs love having their bellies rubbed, so I got to try my hand at it and they rolled right over like dogs. He really cares a lot about his animals, they're not just food for his family. I believe they even had names! lol From there he brought us over to the area where he scrapes the leaves of henequin and dries the fibres to make sisal rope. He used to work in the fields for years to support his family. It was very interesting to watch and listen for sure.











All in all it was a very informative visit and he made us feel like we were part of the family. He was very gracious in letting us take lots of photos, and at the end we offered him a small token of our appreciation (I had asked Saul what woud be appropriate, and he suggested 100 pesos or whatever we wanted).

Back in the car we headed towards Muña where we were going to visit a pottery shop. This is a hilly part of the Yucatan, and one of the stops was meant to be at a lookout high up on a hill overlooking the valley below. When we arrived we found the shop closed, so we had a quick look at the view, and headed down into town. Ralf from William Lawsons had suggested stopping for ice cream nearby so Saul found the place, located in the parking lot of a gas station in town. It sold dozens of different flavours of ice cream as well as frozen fruit treats. I chose a coconut ice cream, and I forgot what Scott had, but Saul had mamey flavoured ice cream so he let us try. It was ok, but not my favourite, lol. It cost less than a dollar I think and was so refreshing after the hot day on the go.

Our next stop was Hacienda Yaxcopoil. It was a large hacienda for hundreds of years and is located just outside of Mérida. The hacienda is mostly in ruins now, and it has been made into a museum. We opted not to take the tour, but rather walked around outside taking a few photos. We were getting very tired by this point, but I regret not exploring more. It really shows how rich these haciendas were, totally opulent mansions. This hacienda even had its own school, church, store, everything. Right in the middle of the property is a baseball field. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.




























The skies were getting pretty dark and ominous at this point and we could hear a rumbling of thunder in the near distance so we jumped back in the car just as the skies opened up and it started to pour. And pour it did. Driving back onto the highway toward Mérida we were forced to pull over at one point because the rain was torrential and we could not see the road. It was intense. As we started driving again we had to crawl at less than 50 km/h. Cars were pulled over on both sides of the road waiting it out. Trees were down across the road in one place and we had to swerve around it. By the time we got into Uman again the streets were flooded. People were taking shelter wherever they could, shops closed up, and we watched people squeegeeing the water off the floor inside their house! The water on the street was higher than the sidewalk and geysers erupted from the storm drains. All this in such a short period of time. We managed to snap a few photos but they do not begin to describe how crazy and wet it was.




Due to the nasty weather we did not stop to take photos of the beautiful church in Uman as was planned, deciding to head back to Mérida instead. The rain seemed to follow us along our journey. The city was drenched, but as we pulled up to Luz en Yucatan the rain stopped and the sun came back out. It was so hot and humid, steamy even. We thanked Saul for an amazing day, gave him a tip, and took a siesta in our air-conditioned room.

When we awoke it was almost 8, so we freshened up and decided to head out for a Saturday night in Mérida. We checked out the Fiesta Mexicana entertainment going on by the Paseo Montejo around Calle 47, about five or six blocks form the hotel. There was singing, dancing, vendors selling lots of stuff, loads of food stalls. We found the taco stand with the longest line (this must mean they're the best, lol), and ordered a variety of different types: beef, pork, chicken, shrimp, all with different toppings of corn, cheese, salsas, cactus, beans, etc. Sooooo yummy, and only 13 pesos each! For dessert we decided to try marquesitas for the first time. I can only describe it as a cross between a crepe and a waffel. We chose ones with Nutella inside. Made to order right there. The same cart also sold corn cob on a stick and various other local delicacies. I bought a wooden mortar & pestle and some other souvenirs and after a couple hours taking it all in we leisurely walked back to the hotel for an awesome sleep.




















Tomorrow we walk around centro Mérida, buy a hammock & guayabera, take in the Sunday show in the park, dancing in the park, etc. Stay tuned!

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Day 12, Sunday, May 27th, 2012
After a good sleep in we decided to get up and get on the go by around 9:30. It was a super hot day already (35+ degrees Celcius, without a breeze of wind), so I regretted sleeping in as much as we did (earlier start means cooler temps). If I remember correctly, the breakfast place across the street from Luz was closed on Sundays, so we walked down a few blocks to Café Peon Contreras which is near Parque Hidalgo, I believe. We bought the Gringo breakfast special: eggs, hashbrowns, toast, juice & coffee for a whopping $10US...yes, we were starving and lazy and just wanting something familiar, lol. Our server was nice at least, lol. I actually really liked the location right on the park, with our table under the trees and a view of the church and lots of people watching.




We spent a little time walking around this area, and found a place to buy a hammock and get Scott a guayabera & Panama hat. We paid more than we had wanted, at $80 for the hammock (matrimonial-size, natural fibres, locally made), and that was after bargaining for a while. He did throw in the hat and a book called ''Hamaca Maya', which he called the Hammock Sutra, lol. I can't remember how much we paid for the guayabera, but it was really nice so I don't really care. I think he said it had pineapple fibre for the stripes...I'm not sure if that's true or not. Best advice for shopping for these kinds of things: do your research.
















I love just walking around centro Mérida and looking at all the colonial buildings...they're just so colourful and beautiful. I, of course, especially love the pink buildings...and there are a lot of them! There seems to be little parks every so many blocks, too, and it's nice to see all the locals sitting in the shade, chatting or playing dominos. There's also lots of people selling just about everything under the sun!












After a couple hours of walking around we were hungry (really, us? lol) so we headed over to La Chaya Maya, which I had read about before and was recommended. When we got there it was packed, but they found us a small table. The menu is very basic and offers only Yucatecan specialities. The paper placemat was the menu in Spanish, and we were given an English menu as well.

We started with...you guessed it, guacamole! I'm pretty sure I had the cochinita pibil and Scott went with some sort of turkey soup dish (no idea what it was called, but it was good). The food was delicious and cheap, not to mention hot and fast! They also have a few ladies making fresh tortillas right there in the restaurant. We also had some sort of rice pudding for dessert. I stuck with Coca-Cola, but I think Scott had horchata (sp?) or Jamaica. Definitely worth a visit when you're in town.




After a great late lunch we started walking around again and passed by the theatre where there was a crowd cued for a show all the way down the street. Just outside there were dozens of horse & buggies so we were easily persuaded into a horse-drawn carriage ride of centro and Paseo Montejo. I think we paid $15 or $20 for about an hour ride...did we overpay? Maybe, but it was nice. Our buggy/carriage was kinda old and creeky, but the horse looked healthy enough (no ribs showing). It was a nice way to see this part of the city, and was a nice break from all the walking...especially now since it was crazy hot mid-day. I loved Paseo Montejo...the mansions are sooooo beautiful!























After our ride we walked back to the square to see the local folkloric dancing, which was really nice. They are really good, and the music is fun. All set against a beautiful backdrop of buildings. Entire generations of families came out and sang along.












I also have video of the dancing, but I'm not sure how to paste it here, so that may come later in the report, lol. We walked around the park a little, taking in the Casa de Montejo, the beautiful cathedral de San Ildefonso (I think), and this hilarious guy playing a saw...yes, a handsaw! He was quite entertaining, and the kids loved him!












Finally we were totally wiped & sweaty, so we headed back for our daily siesta at Luz. See what I mean about the small signage for Luz en Yucatan?






Anyways, after a good snooze and a dip in the pool I don't remember what we did that night and there appears to be no photos. I think we took another walk but called it an early night...sorry, boring! lol

More to follow...
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Day 13, Monday, May 28th, 2012
This was our last full day in Mérida. We were pretty tired from an entire vacation on the go, but still wanting to see as much as we could. I think we had breakfast across the street from Luz, but I can't remember 100%. I desperately needed laundry done, so on the advice of the front desk staff at Luz we walked about four blocks away with our garbage bags full of laundry and dropped it off. I don't remember the name of the place, but this little old lady came out from behind a curtain (she had been snoozing in the back of the shop on her hammock, lol), and took our clothes, weighing it first so we could pay by the kg. I think it cost around $12 for the two large garbage bags of clothes. The power was out at the time, so she said to come back after 5 and it should be done. Alrighty then. About a block away we found a café selling frozen coffee and chocolate drinks so we grabbed one to cool down (it was only 9 a.m.!).

We walked around a bit more, stopping by Parque Santa Lucia (which is near the hotel). I had read about the gua-gua bus ride around town so we popped in to the Carnavalito office across the street to check it out and see when the next one was leaving. We were in luck as there was one leaving shortly, so we paid (just a few bucks if I recall), and waited in the cool of the office.

There was only four other people on the bus that day, so it was nice. I will say, though, that the seating is wooden planks and very hard...not comfortable at all! Now I know why the guide brought his own pillow/cushion to sit on! lol The 'windows' are open (gua-gua style) and large so you can get a good view, and their is a roof so you have some protection from the searing heat. It leaves from Santa Lucia Park multiple times a day and tours around centro for about two hours I think. We enjoyed it as we got to see a few areas of town we hadn't seen before that were a little further away. At the half-way point it stops for 15 to 20 minutes at the Fiesta Americana hotel for a bathroom break/cold drink break...and shopping if you want. Inside the hotel lobby there is a small shopping area with about a dozen stores, restaurants & cafés.












The tour also takes you down Paseo Montejo and around the Monumento a la Patria, which is a beautiful monument right in the middle of the Paseo showing the history of the area in 360 degrees.




































After our day of touring, you guessed it...we headed back for our siesta. We actually slept for about four hours! Awake and freshened up, we decided this was our last chance to try Hennessey's Irish Pub. We had heard great things about this place and thought it was kinda neat to go to an Irish pub in Mexico, so off we went. The pub is located on the Paseo, so it was just a few short blocks walk from the hotel. It's a beautiful buildings, and they have seating both inside and out. We opted for inside as it was still so damn hot and I needed a/c! lol

The staff was great and seated us right away. Scott immediately ordered a Guinness, and I got a daiquiri. We were starving by this point so we started with mussels, french onion soup and a salad with panko-coated deep-friend brie. For our mains (as if there was room) I had a burger & fries and Scott went with the Sheppards Pie. It was all amazing! Soooo good. I was so stuffed (I literally think I gained 10 pounds!). You must go here when in Mérida. Yes, it was one of our more expensive meals in Mexico, but worth it.
















We took a nice leisurely walk back to the hotel in the dark, taking in the last sights & sounds of Mérida at night. This is such a cool city and I really recommend venturing over to that side if you've never been. It's an easy bus ride from Playa and deserves at least four or five days (more, if you can spare it). We really felt at home there, not just like tourists. It's got a relaxed pace, and feels like an old soul. We both said to each other that this is the place to retire. All the history we could want within 100 km, lots of modern amenities & shops, within a few hours either way to the beach...perfect! The prices here are so affordable for everything: food, accommodation, activities...great for every budget. I still love Playa, but I gotta say I fell a little in love with Mérida too.

Tomorrow we spend our last few hours in Mérida buying a few more souvenirs (Mom wanted a hammock) before boarding our ADO Platino bus (yes, we upgraded) to Cancun for a day. One more day of trip report and possibly some videos if I can figure out how to put them on here....
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Wow... great pictures!
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This is such a great trip report. I am going to be sad to see it end.
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I loved this report!! Make me excited for my trip... especially since we'll be staying at Club Yebo also.

We may copy you guys on a few of your food spots.
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Again, thanks everyone for the great comments...you are much too kind!

So, here goes...our last days in Mexico...

Day 14, Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
We got up early to make sure we made the most out of the last few hours in Mérida. I had to make sure I bought my parents a hammock (which I had forgot to do the day before, lol), so we headed out to find one as close as possible. First, though, we packed up our bags and headed down to the office to check out. They let us store our bags while we were out so we didn't have to drag them around until we were ready to go. We stumbled into a shop a few blocks away, and after bargaining for what seemed like hours, we managed to get what we thought was a fair deal for a matrimonial hammock.

Hunger pangs were setting in, haha, so we saw a place located right on the Parque Hidalgo (I believe), but I don't remember the name (it was in a hotel, if I recall correctly). It was definitely meant for tourists, but we were hungry and I didn't want to walk any further, lol. Anyways, nothing to write home about...typical breakfast stuffs.

Shopping done and bellies stuffed, we headed back to Luz en Yucatan to grab our bags and get a taxi to the ADO station. We had not bought tickets in advance, so when Scott lined up to purchase the ADO Platino (first-class) tickets he was told that they could not confirm if there were any seats available at that time since it was only one hour before the departure time, so we would have to wait until the bus arrived or we could buy a regular ADO ticket. I wanted the Platino ticket since the ride was almost five hours to Cancun and I knew it would be even more comfortable. I spent the next hour wondering if we'd be able to get on, and as luck would have it there were seats for us. Part of the Platino upgrade is free bottled water, ear-bud headphones, individual TV screens with various movies in Spanish (some English I think too), dozens of radio stations, foot rests, etc. There are two seats on one side of the bus, and on the other just a single row...so lots of room. The seats also recline quite a bit. It is way comfier than the normal buses (which are still pretty good anyways), and for a minimal price difference well worth the upgrade.

The ride into Cancun was fairly uneventful, taking the toll highway. We both napped off and on, arriving in Cancun mid-afternoon. At the station we grabbed a taxi to take us to the B&B we had booked through airbnb.com, owned by Carmen Laranga (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/202108) It was one of the top-rated on the site and was a perfect price ($55) for our one-night in Cancun. She was awesome to deal with from start to finish, and she made sure we had detailed information to give to the taxi driver to make sure we found the place. Her condo is located on Calle Pescador which I believe is around KM 4 of the hotel zone.

The condo was located right on one of the canals and while near all the hotels in the hotel zone, is set back enough that we had no issue with noise from traffic, etc. Carmen and her family lived upstairs, and she has a couple rooms which she rents out as a B&B. Guests have access to most areas of the house, from the reading room, living room, dining room, kitchen, shared pool in the condo area, and gazebo over the canal. She also provides breakfast, and laundry service is available. She has a live-in maid as well.

The rooms are beautiful. We had the room with king bed, private bath, walk-in closet, and sitting area. There is also a small patio accessed through the bathroom. We had a TV, DVD player, CD player with iPod dock, small fridge, ceiling fan, a/c, and she had a basket full of bottled water & granola bars for us. The entire condo was spotlessly clean & comfortable, and we always felt like this was home. The bed was soooooo comfy...one of the best I've ever slept in...seriously. Great sheets too!




















We spent a little time down at the gazebo over the water, but we never had a chance to use the pool. While walking down to the canal we passed by a couple iguanas lounging by the pool, lol. We could easily see lots of little fishies swimming about in the canal. I only wish we had more time, and a boat to explore!


















We decided to head to over to Plaza las Americas (I know, tourists, lol). I was hungry and wanted to find a few more souvenirs. We decided to grab a bite to eat at Chili's and then just walked around, checking out a few stores. I bought a few more souvenirs from the Jellyfish lamp store that's located in there, grabbed some icecream, and then headed back to Carmen's. We spent the rest of the night re-packing our bags and making plans for the next week of our vacation in Toronto & Hamilton, Ontario, where we'd be joining friends for their wedding (that's a whole different trip report, lol).

Day 15, Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
We slept in, and it was great! After we showered, we headed downstairs to the dining room where breakfast was waiting. We had prearranged our preferred time to eat and we were served cheese quesadillas, some sort of scrambled eggs, toast, yogurt, fresh fruit, juice, and coffee...all included! It was really good.

Our flight wasn't leaving until just afternoon, so we still had a little time to wait before heading to the airport, so I pulled our bags out of the room so they could get it ready for the guests that were arriving in a few hours, and Carmen let us hang out until we were ready to leave for the airport. She was sooo nice (so was her family), and I will definitely be staying here again if we ever stay in Cancun. It was awesome! We grabbed a taxi back to the airport (apparently there is a standard rate of $30US from the hotel zone), and check-in was pretty quick...but I did have to pay $50 for my bags being overweight! Our flight left more or less on time and we were on our way back to Canada, but dreaming of our next trip to Mexico! (which, we're hoping will be in March or April, taking in Playa, Mérida, Campeche and who knows where else! lol Anyone wanna join us???)




I want to thank everyone again for their awesome comments and for following our journey. This part of Mexico has become one of most favourite places on Earth, and we were so glad to share it with our friends who have now fallen in love with the place themselves (they want to come back with us next year!). Playa is always going to be our main destination, but we have loved exploring more of what Mexico has to offer. This place is just so diverse and full of life...nothing like what the media tries to portray. We will keep coming back as long as we have the money and vacation time, period.
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Awesome trip report!!! You just made me even more determined to spend some time in Merida one of these trips.
As a FYI I discovered this year (with Westjet anyway) it's $50.00 for an overweight bag, but only $20.00 for an extra bag Luckily I had one of those duffle bags that folds up small with me
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Thank you so much for posting the highlights of your trip and your great pictures! Great job! Every time I saw your pictures of food, my mouth would water.


The other day my friend told me about airb&b. I could not believe the deals that you can find on this website!
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