We started off the day pan de muerto for breakfast. I still cannot stop eating this bread!
We walked around the streets of Centro. Merida is not to be missed if you are visiting the Riviera Maya. Two days in the city is mandatory. If you have longer, there are plenty of day trips to take. For example: Chichen Itza, Progresso for seafood, or see the flamingos.
For lunch, we went to La Pigua. It’s a seafood restaurant that’s worth every peso. We ordered a ceviche salad that was probably the best ceviche I’ve ever had. I also had hogfish as my main plate. I had never heard of this fish, but it tasted so good (not too fishy). A slice of lemon pie was the perfect desert.
After dinner, we took the TuriBus around the city. I’m a big advocate of these excursion buses. I usually ride these early on during my trips to get a feel for a city. The Turibus was only an hour long, but I saw parts of the city I would not have seen otherwise. The highlight was driving down Paseo de Monteja. It’s a wealthy street with beautiful mansions, shops and restaurants.
We came to Merida for a wedding and decided to stay 3 extra days to see the city. While the rest of Sr. Elizondo’s family stayed in newer hotels, we opted to stay in the centro. It was the right decision. The Gran Merida Hotel is a hacienda dating back to 1901 with traditionally styled rooms. I felt transported.
It is located in a lively area. Musicians, restaurants, people surround the hotel. Noise could be an issue for some people. For me, it just added to the experience.
After settling into our hotel, we made our way to La Chaya Maya. Super bien.
Next up, we visited a couple of churches.
Including the Cathedral of Merida. It’s one of the oldest cathedrals in North America dating back to the mid 1500’s.
Plaza Grande is the main hub of the centro. It’s a gathering place for locals and tourists, food carts, and vendors. It’s also surrounded by historic buildings, most of which are free to walk through.
In the evening, we ate trompo at La Parilla. Sr. Elizondo thought it was good. I thought it was just okay.