20 Top Pros and Cons of Living in Merida, Mexico – Fifty Plus Nomad

We hope you enjoy this interesting article we found.

https://fiftyplusnomad.com/pros-and-cons-of-living-in-merida/

Wakanda Forever

While I had some problems with the Black vs Brown violence in the movie, this article is very interesting.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-mesoamerican-influences-behind-namor-from-black-panther-wakanda-forever-180981106/

And it was wonderful seeing the movie with almost 150 Black ex-pats, visitors and friends.

Hanal Pixan: A Mayan Sacred Tradition

Hanal Pixan is the name for the festivities which take place in the Yucatan which are similar to the Day of the Dead celebrations throughout Mexico. However, there are some Maya additions to the 3-day holiday which are specific to the peninsula and reflect the history and culture of the Maya people.

https://traveltomerida.com/hanal-pixan/

We were able to attend the Paseo de las Animas which is one part of this fascinating and beautiful holiday. You can read more about it in the article linked about. We hope you enjoy our pictures and videos.

BOLT’s Top 5 Things To Do When Visiting Merida

We’ve been blessed with lots of visitors lately and were so proud to show them our beautiful city. So, it’s time for a top 5 list of what we suggest you see when visiting Merida.

El Zócalo

1. El Zócalo

Also known as la Plaza Grande or Grand Plaza el zócalo is a must visit site. It’s a great spot for picture taking, it’s surrounded by historic colonial buildings and an ancient cathedral. There are lots of art galleries and street vendors in the area. At night el zócalo comes alive with music, light shows and a variety of activities.

Musica en el Zócalo!
El Museo del Mundo Maya

2. El Museo del Mundo Maya

The Maya World Museum is a striking, modern Mayan cultural museum with many exhibits of art, handicrafts & history. It’s a great place to spend a cool air conditioned afternoon on a hot Merida day.

Maya Museum Exhibit

3. Biciruta on Sunday Morning!

Rent a bike and enjoy a ride down historic Paseo Montejo. The street is closed to car traffic on Sunday mornings and full of bikers, skaters, folks walking their dogs, babies in strollers and more. It’s a lovely way to take in Merida’s main street with beautiful old mansions and monuments.

Monumento de la Patria
Look for the pink umbrella!

4. Free Walking Tour

Every day at 10 am there is a great walking tour which starts at Parque Santa Lucia. You will tour central Merida, see lots of historic buildings and thoroughly enjoy a brief history lesson.

Cathedral de Merida

5. Take a Day Trip

With so much to see and do you may not want to leave Merida. However, at least one trip out of town shouldn’t be missed. You can visit the closest beach town or Progresso, spend a day at one of the many cenotes or visit the pyramids at the World Heritage Sites of Chichen Itza or Uxmal.

Yucatan Cenote
Uxmal

If you are planning a visit to Merida, please let us know. We’ll be proud and honored to show you our beautiful home city.

Beauty is…Merida! I love how our city has opened up and that there is something for everyone! We have teen groups, 50+ groups, Saturday Morning Walk and Skate, groups for young children and their moms and so much more! There is classical music, jazz, traditional Mexican music and dance and even Guns and Roses were here! This past weekend there was Carnival and coming up is Noche Blanca. I love Merida and all the ways I can #findbeautyeveryday ! www.bolttraveling.com

A Morning in Uxmal

Uxmal is an ancient Maya city of the classical period located in present-day Mexico. It is considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Maya culture, along with Palenque, Chichen Itza and Calakmul in Mexico, Caracol and Xunantunich in Belize, and Tikal in Guatemala.

Uxmal is about one and a half hours drive from Merida. Today, cool and cloudy, was the perfect day for a visit.

I found Uxmal to be much less touristy than Chichen Itza, it’s also much smaller. Be prepared for walking and climbing some fairly challenging steps.

Uxmal is a beautiful place and a great uncomplicated way to spend a morning in the Yucatán. Thank you for reading our blog. Please reach out to us with any questions at boltraveling@gmail.com

!!!Vamos Leones!!!

In an exciting 7 game series Los Leones de Yucatán are the champions of the Mexican League.!!! It’s been an exciting year for Los Leones and Kathy and I are very grateful to have attended several games.

When we aren’t enjoying the game at Kukulcan Stadium we watch the games from home. The Leones have a special place in our hearts especially because first baseman, Art Charles, is from our birthplace of California. Art is an amazing player and a great young man. He broke a world record this season, hitting the longest recorded home run. He also was responsible for getting us some great seats!

Muchas Gracias y Felicidades a Los Leones de Yucatán!

Feliz Día de Independencia!

Today, September 16 (not May 5) is Mexican Independence Day. The celebrations began yesterday evening all over Mexico (and with Mexicans all over the world). We are so grateful to be in this beautiful country! For more information about the holiday, here’s a great article.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/article/mexico-independence-day-confusion-cinco-de-mayo

Foods of the Yucatán

Being from California, I thought I knew Mexican food. I love my spicy cheesy enchiladas, crispy tacos with cheese and soft savory tamales. Foods in the Yucatán are very different than what I grew up with and it took some getting used to. However, while I still miss my Cali-Mex favorites, I’ve come to love the foods of the Yucatán. Here are my personal favorites.

Panuchos (these crispy, bean stuffed tortillas are perfect for vegetarians)
Papazules (the closest I can get to an enchilada)
Huevos con Chaya (my favorite breakfast)

Have you tried Yucatecan food? Do you have a favorite? Here’s a great article with some tasty suggestions. We’d love to hear from you at boltraveling@gmail.com