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.
Selfies in sombreros never gets old!