Buen Viaje

Summer weather has definitely arrived in Mérida. (Did it ever leave?) Easter being late this year, the recent long weekend, Mothers Day and other breaks from the regular routine make May a rather festive  month. This is also the time when most families start planning the summer holiday. Where to go? What to do?

Some will leave the country to visit with family and friends, get business taken care of and enjoy cooler temperatures up north. For those who will be staying in México, there are lots of destinations to choose from. The Visit Mexico website has a page that lists every major travel destination in the county. Links to information are right there.

If you want to travel, feel nervous about driving but don’t want to pay expensive local airfares… you’re in good company. Fortunately México has very extensive and reliable bus service to (I bet every single town in the country). The Ticket Bus website gives the names of bus lines, schedules, costs and will reserve your seat for you. We use this site a lot when planning trips to other Mexican cities. The website is in Spanish and I don’t see a translator button.

However, there is another site: Wayak – Explore Mexico…the site features extensive information about bus travel and more.

Hotels are easy to find. Even if you don’t pre-book, the bus terminal of the city you arrive at will have information, as will taxi drivers, porters and… probably, the guy who sat beside you on the bus!

Do you want some suggestions?

The local beaches: Progreso, Chicxulub, Chelem, Telchac, Sisal and Celestun… easy access,  good accommodation and plentiful restaurants (along with sandy, sunny beaches of course!)

The Mexican Caribbean: Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Mahahual and so on. An internet search will provide you with a wealth of information… a look through the local paper will inform you of many great deals to be had (and right now there are lots of them!)

Beaches not too close and not too far away: Try Bacalar  or Holbox for a non-Caribbean, but lovely-as Caribbean experience.

Not a beach person? There are many local towns that offer cultural, artisan and archaeological attractions along with good hotels and other services. Some of these are: Izamal, Valladolid, Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Santa Elena…

Campeche, our neighboring state’s capital is just a two hour drive away. It is a delightful city right on the Gulf of Mexico… this city gets a very strong recommendation from “Yours truly” We often go for the weekend.

The Yucatan Today website and magazine feature quite detailed information about all the aforementioned tourism destinations

Yucatan Living also has feature articles and links to many of them.

Another good tip: do a search: “blogs from ___________” ;  you’ll surely find a friendly site or two or more, with local information.

Looking to go further… then you’ll need to travel through the entire peninsula. The first really interesting place is Palenque; City of Kings. To read about this other-worldly Mayan city, click on the Writing tab (underneath the header) There’s a story there for you.

Villahermosa lies further and from there, the country is your oyster.  Some of the destinations I adore are San Cristobal de las Casas, Puebla, Morelia, Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Guadalajara and Mexico City.

Travel on your own in Mexico is easy, safe and inexpensive. Just follow the sensible Rules of the Road… (no travel at night, Stay in tourism designated areas… etc.)  If your Spanish skills are lacking, you’ll almost always find someone who speaks English… Tip; ask a young kid; they are friendly and love to practice the language.

¡Buen Viaje!

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  1. And for those of us unable to travel much, may I recommend the magazine, ARTES DE MEXICO. Actually, it’s one of those collectable book-type creations. It even contains an English translation at the back. The latest issue features the textiles of the Mazahuas, an indigenous group of central Mexico. Imagine being able to read about the “Maza-hua-Cholo-Skato-Punk” and see great photos of them!
    The magazine costs 200 pesos, and is available at Sanborns, Amate Books here in Merida, and probably Liverpool. This link shows its variety.

    http://artesdemexico.com/adm/09/index.php/revista/categories/C31/

    • Alinde, thank you for that great suggestion. Armchair travel gets a bum rap… I think it’s wonderful and indulge in it quite frequently. It is much enhanced by a great companion like Artes de México. We have collected this magazine for years.

  2. Cathie Tulk

    I visited Merida with UNB in 2002. You and your husband were wonderful hosts and teachers. I fell in love with Merida and the Yucatan, and will be returning for the third time this week. I am very happy to have found your blog and look forward to your continued insights into this wonderful part of the world.

    • Cathie, how great to hear from you… Your professor and I had such fun with those UNB groups. I hope we can meet when you come to Merida. Safe travels!

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