Oh boy. It’s hot here, here being Mérida, the largest city & capital of the steamy Yucatán Peninsula, the Mexican state occupying the northern part of the Yucatan, the Central American peninsula extending into the Gulf of Mexico between the Bay of Campeche and the Caribbean Sea. Arriving here from a much cooler Mexico City, which I did two days ago now, has added tropical heat & Mayan ruins to the colonial architecture mix. I’ll adapt no doubt but right now this Irish boy is struggling. And melting.
— davidMbyrne.com (@ByrneDavidM) May 1, 2013
Tonight is my third and final night in Mérida, the beating heart of the Yucatan & another beautiful colonial town with the usual Mexican colonial town suspects – a fine array of buildings around its central plaza or square, the Zócalo, itself one of the nicest in Mexico. This is one Mexican city the Spanish didn’t need to rebuild, but only because they founded it in 1540 at the end of a 13 year struggle with the indigenous Mayan tribes who were inhabiting this stiflingly hot & arid part of the world. There’s not much to do here except sweat, walk the charming streets admiring the colonial architecture, & use the city as a base to explore the awesome nearby Mayan ruin at Uxmal, all of which I have done over the past few days.
– Lonely Planet, Mexico, 11th Edition
Video || Happening Mérida
Maybe I just picked a good time to visit but to me Mérida seems like a pretty happening place. On most evenings there seems to something going. The streets around the Zócalo are always busy with locals out for a stroll to see and be seen. Various parks around the city host events, like the one I captured tonight, a Thursday night, in Parque Santa Lucia just around the corner from my hostel.