Day 9: Mérida

After a short flight from Mexico City, we arrived in the Yucatán capital of Mérida around 10 a.m. and immediately went to our hostel, Art ApArt, where we got a pretty good deal on a private room with a king-sized bed for two nights. The hostel is in the middle of downtown Mérida, so it’s close to all of the best restaurants, bars and parks.

Once we settled in and took a nap, Elliott and I went out and explored Mérida. We strolled by Parque Santa Lucía, Plaza Grande, Catedral de Mérida and Palacio Municipal. Then we checked out a bunch of the markets, with vendors selling everything from lingerie to electronics.

We headed back to the hostel for a swim in the pool after spending a couple of hours walking around in the hot sun. But before sunset, we walked along Paseo Mantejo, a street that’s lined with a bunch of old mansions that have since been converted into museums and businesses.

When we started to get hungry, we headed to La Chaya Maya, one of the city’s most popular restaurants, which serves authentic food from the Yucatán. Elliott got pollo pibil, a half chicken marinated in achiote, sweet pepper, tomato and onion, and wrapped in banana leaves, and I got sopa de lima. On our way back to the hostel, we caught a music and dance performance in Parque Santa Lucía.

– Brie

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