This is a pretty good article about visiting Merida. Living here means we can take our time and visit ALL the things.
So far we have taken the walking tour which was great. We really enjoyed Pok Ta Pok and I wrote a short blog about it.
We have visited and biked Paseo Montejo as well as several of the plazas.
We’ve enjoyed several day trips, most memorably Chichén Itza and the Santa Barbara Cenotes.
Everything else on the list we are still looking forward to. We will proceed with caution as COVID is still s very real and present danger!
We have really come to love this city! A year passed by really quickly! Lots of good adventures, wonderful new friends made and just another wonderful year for Black Old Lesbians Traveling!
There are so many helpful videos on YouTube about traveling! This is a good one about travel to Merida. For this week’s post I thought I’d just share it.
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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 forearms and thighs. The goal of the game was to maneuver the ball through a stone hoop extending from a wall. It is said that the winner of the game was sacrificed, supposedly a high honor.
Pok-Ta-Pok ball courts can still be found at Mayan archeological sites, such as Chichen Itza, and Uxmal.
You can now experience this ancient game right here in Merida.
The show is held Wednesdays at 8 p.m, in front of the Merida Cathedral in Centro.
Entrance is free but assigned seating is limited. We had a great, safe time!
While Covid infections are on the rise here in Merida it is important to find outdoor, socially distanced and masked events to attend. We’d love to hear your suggestions.
This is the second pandemic Christmas for our world. Merida, like most cities, has suffered a lot. I’m feeling a lot of hope and joy with the beautiful decorations and holiday spirit here.
A glorieta is simply a roundabout. There are many of these in Merida. Some have statues or fountains. But during Christmas the glorietas are transformed into magical holiday delights. One of our great community members here, Monte, made a great video of the glorietas. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZrFmzVcXUY&feature=youtu.be
His YouTube channel is actual a wonderful font of information on life in Merida.
If you are in Merida here is a link to a map of many of the glorietas. If you are not here please enjoy and like Monte’s video.
Las Caravanas de Navidenas!
Las Caravanas are especially wonderful tradition of the Merida holiday seasons. Floats, full of musicians, decorations, holiday characters and of course Santa, visit all the different neighborhoods.
We we so excited when they visited our neighborhood of Emiliano Zapata Oriente!
Of course, the season is not complete without at least on holiday party! We had a great time at the Peppermint Soiree.
Most importantly, Christmas is a season of giving! I’m so grateful to have participated Amurt-Amurtel and their wonderful Christmas party for the underserved communities of Merida. Thank you to everyone who helped me collect toys for the children there. It was truly the best part of the season.
Wishing everyone a Feliz Navidad!
Amurt-Amurtel and Las Mamás de Amurt-Amurtel are a wonderful organization here in Merida. I have found so much joy and satisfaction working with them.
Each week they collect donated fruits and vegetables from the market vendors here in Merida. Then they cook delicious vegetarian meals and distribute them to the underserved communities of Merida.
Currently they are also collecting new and used toys clothes and blankets to enrich the holidays of these communities.
You can read more about this about their good works in their bulletin here: https://issuu.com/babanamkevalam/docs/bulletin_apr_jun_eng_2021
If you’d like to help please let me know.