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Quick Trip to Merida

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A June 2008 trip to Merida by Travelny2

Hotel Casa Lucia Photo, Merida, Mexico More Photos
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Quick Trip to Merida

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Overview

Town Square in Merida Photo, Merida, Mexico
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Merida is not your typical Mexican tourist destination by any means. It is much more of a local/cultural experience than many of the stereotypes commonly associated with Mexico. In Merida you won't find hordes of Americans, clubs full of kids on spring break or chain attractions like Senor Frogs. Merida is a city of close to a million people. The economy is not based on tourism so Merida is an opportunity to go to Mexico and sort of observe the natural culture and traditions of the Mexican people of the Yucatan. Given that my experience of Mexican vacations had essentially consisted of Cabo, Cancun etc I found it very interesting to see the other side of the coin. Here people go about their business a...Read More

Hotel Casa Lucia

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Hotel

Hotel Casa Lucia Photo, Merida, Mexico
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Hotel Casa Lucia is a very nice and quaint boutique hotel localed in the heart of Merida. It is on Calle 60 in between Calle 53 and Calle 53. (Note that in Merida all the even street are parallel with all the odd streets perpendicular forming a grid....very easy navigation) On weekend evenings Calle 60 is cordoned off and the street is filled with vendors and outdoor dining. The hotel is also located directly across from Santa Lucia Park and Santa Lucia Church. In the morning on the weekend the park turns into a crafts market with local vendors selling all different types of wares. It should be noted that "Hotel Santa Lucia" and "Hostel Santa Lucia" are also in the area immediately surrounding this sq...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 16, 2008

Hotel Casa Lucia
Calle 60 No. 474-A entre 55 y 53
Merida Yucatan Mexico 97000
(999) 928-0740

Nectar

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Restaurant | "Nectar Restaurant"

Nectar Photo, Merida, Mexico
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Nectar is supposedly one of the finest dining experiences in Merida...not including a spattering of American chain restaurants that leave something to be desired as far as a cultural/local experience. The restaurant is a little bit hard to find and about a 7 or 8 minute taxi ride from downtown. As I remember it is in a more expensive part of the city as I recall passing a Porsche dealership and a large American style shopping mall a couple of minutes before we arrided. Specifically, the restaurant is located at 412 Avenida 21, which I believe was a one way street so the restaurant is located on the right hand side. I highly recommend arriving by taxi as it seemed fairly confusing to get to...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 16, 2008

Nectar
Avenida 21, #412
Merida

Restaurante Bar Amaro

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Restaurant | "Amaro Restaurant"

Restaurante Bar Amaro Photo, Merida, Mexico
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Amaro is located close to the city center of Merida. The restaurant is just a couple of blocks from Park Santa Lucia. It is located on Calle 59 just about a block off of Calle 60 which is the main drag running through the center of the city. If you are staying anywhere in the center of the city it will be within easy walking distance of your hotel and there would be no need to get in a taxi. All of the streets in downtown Merida are on a grid system with even numbers going one way and odd numbers the other. There is a fairly large sign for the restaurant hanging over the door so it shouldn't be too difficult to find. The interior of the restaurant is very welcoming and nicely laid out. The...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 16, 2008

Restaurante Bar Amaro
Calle 59 #507
Merida, Mexico
(999) 928-2451

Uxmal Mayan Ruins

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Attraction | "Day Trip to Uxmal Ruins"

Uxmal Mayan Ruins Photo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
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The ruins of Uxmal are one of the most famous Mayan archaeological sites in the Yucatan. With the exception of Chichen Itza, which is midway between Cancun and Merida, the is probably the largest ruin complex in this part of Mexico. The ruins are about an hour and a half drive from Merida. We rented a car and the drive was quite simple and well marked along major highways. You can also take a tourist bus but with such an easy drive I don't know why you wouldn't just get your own car. When you get to Uxmal you will have to pay a few dollars to park. Adjacent to the parking lot is a complex of shops selling souvenirs, cold drinks and ice cream, and local wares. There is also a restaurant. Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 16, 2008

Uxmal Mayan Ruins
62 km south of Mérida
Uxmal, Mexico