Day 360: ¡Viva Mexico!

We can enthusiastically say that our visit to Mexico exceeded our expectations and changed our perception of our Southern neighbors. The people are some of the friendliest we met and were always willing to strike up a conversation or help us on the street. The foods, although almost always more than just “a little bit…

Day 359: The Mexican tricitaxi

As the distant cousin of the Filipino pedicab and tricycle, the Indonesian becak, and the Indian rickshaw, the Mexican take on the popular and convenient form of local transportation is the tricitaxi.  The modified small engine motorcycles utilize horsepower instead of manpower to move people around so they zip passengers about with ease.  With capacity…

Day 358: A cenote tour in Homún

After hearing about neighboring communities squabbling over the rights to popular cenotes in the area, we decided to go a little further to visit the lesser known village of Homún.  Our “collective” van dropped us off in the middle of town where a few “guides” were waiting to offer their tritaxi services around to multiple…

Day 357: Built three times

The ancient city of Uxmal was the last stop on our unofficial tour of the Maya ruins.  It’s about 50 miles outside of Mérida and acknowledged as the most important representative of the Puuch architectural style from AD 600-900.  It’s one of the best restored and maintained ruins in the Yucatan and the beautiful architecture…

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…