Day 356: Yucateca song and dance

Lucky for us, there is something interesting going on every night of the week in Mérida for visitors.  From live bands and dancing in the street to a traditional folkloric song and dance performance, the city likes to flex it’s cultural heritage muscles.  The jarana is the typical dance of the Yucatán Peninsula that embodies…

Day 355: The White City

Mérida is the cultural capital of the Yucatan peninsula and blends a modern mix of traditional and cosmopolitan characteristics.  Steeped in colonial history, the narrow streets, broad central plazas and the region’s best museums make it an ideal setting to spend a few days and explore.  The beautifully tree-lined avenue Paseo de Montejo is the…

Day 354: Beware of the Iguana

In the Yucatan Peninsula it’s normal to see them crossing the street, frolicking in the grass, sunbathing on rocks, and even guarding ancient Maya ruins.  Our first encounter with the spiny-tailed iguana was at the port just after crossing over from Belize.  Waiting at immigration control for over an hour caused the little brother and…

Day 353: No quiero Taco Bell

The Mexican influence on international cuisine has made tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, tostadas, gorditas, and tamales commonplace around the world.  We admit the “Tex-Mex” take on the real thing is a decent Americanized imitation, but the original is hard to match.  Refreshingly, the food is fresh, simple, frequently locally grown, and most often hand-made to order…

Day 352: Place of the dawning sun

The elegant setting of sheer limestone cliffs overlooking the crystalline turquoise Caribbean make the Maya ruins at Tulum some of the most remarkable we’ve come across.  The only Mayan city built on the coast, it was an important seaport and one of the few cities protected by a fortified wall.  Built for elites in the…