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4 Days in Merida, Mexico

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A perfect 4 days in a new destination means finding culture, great food and authentic experiences. Merida, and its picturesque surroundings with ancient archeological sites, delivered way beyond my expectations. There's so much beauty there, and there's so much more to be discovered that I can't wait to come back. This place is still off the beaten path and selfishly I hope it stays that way a little longer...
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On Thursday nights, there's one place to be in Merida: the Plaza Parque Santa Lucía with a free weekly performance of music, dancing, and poetry, all emceed in rapid fire Spanish to much laughter and some hackling by the locals. Apoala Restaurant...
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Calle 60 343, Centro, 97000 Centro, Yuc., Mexico
Painted in sweet sky-blue shades and garnished with white trimming, this 19th-century home opens onto interiors as delectable as its charming facade. Inside, a colonnaded patio wraps around a courtyard garden, while the elegant furnishings and...
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Pok-Ta–Pok is an ancient Mayan ball game, that was played thousands of years ago as part of a sacred, sacrificial ceremony, pitting good against evil. The general belief is that the ball, five pounds of solid rubber, could only be hit with...
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Carretera Federal 261 Kilómetro 220, 97391 Yaxcopoil, Yuc., Mexico
Magic happens when you're traveling with your eyes and heart wide open. Hacienda Yaxcopoil wasn't on our list of explorations–but when we passed it on the way to Uxmal, our heads simultaneously just spun around. What we had glimpsed in just a...
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Calle 60 293, Alcalá Martín, 97050 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Merida has a handful of restaurants that focus on authentic, old-school Yucatean food; cooking that is influenced by Mayan, Caribbean, Spanish, African, and Middle Eastern cultures. I was lucky to eat at one of the best: Chef David Cetina's 'La...
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Calle 56 & Calle 47, Jardines de Pensiones, 97219 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Café Latte | Quattro Sette is a great find if you're in need for caffeine, tea, or a snack. It's a fairly new addition to Merida, frequented by tons of expats, natives, and the occasional traveler. The coffee is delicious and strong, and the...
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Por la 54 y 56, Calle 47, #471, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
It's hard to believe that not long ago, Casa Lecanda was a structure so neglected, that the current owners weren't quite sure that they could even save it. Still, they met with architects and local craftsmen, and in 2009 began to restore the grand...
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por 65 y 67, Mercado Lucas De Galvéz, Calle 56 Local 15, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Merida's main market, Lucas de Galvez, covers 156,000 square feet and has over 2000 vendors that sell fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, seasonings, pots, baskets, animals, shoes, clothes...the list goes on and on. Roughly 100,000 visitors flock to...
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Antigua Carretera Campeche Km. 78, Uxmal, Yuc., Mexico
Choco–Story is located just 5 mins from the archeological site of Uxmal, so we decided to check it out on our way back to Merida. It looks a bit touristy (disney-ish) from the outside, but it turned out to be a well-executed, interactive museum,...
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Calle 47 & Esquina con 54 S/N, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
It's a little strange to find yourself in an Italian restaurant in Merida, when your focus should be the local Yucatean cuisine. But when a young, and talented chef like Stefano Marcelletti decides to cook for you at his brand new restaurant, it's...