A Weekend Arrival in Merida
We arrived in Merida, the largest city in Yucatan, on a Sunday. The city was buzzing with crowds enjoying entertainment on the plaza and perusing the numerous craft stalls. After a wander around, we had lunch at a small plaza close to where we were staying. We ate pizza and enjoyed the sounds of a great Cuban band who were playing nearby. Both locals and tourists were dancing and the atmosphere was festive.
Music is an integral part of life in Merida. While we were there, we had a great night out at a popular local bar called La Negrita. Tucked away behind the swing doors of the entrance, there was a huge courtyard. At 6.00 pm it was already packed, but we managed to find a table at the back just as the band were starting up. A shot of mezcal got the evening underway, followed by margaritas, beer and wine. Furthermore, we didn’t have far to roll home afterwards as we were staying just around the corner!
There are live performances throughout the city every night of the week, many of them being free. The city also feels very safe to walk around in, which is something that you appreciate if you have spent time in some of Mexico’s larger cities.
Apart from the bountiful music, another highlight of Merida was Paseo de Montejo, a wide avenue lined with colourful colonial buildings. The Museum of Anthropology and History can also be found there. On Saturday nights, live music and dance takes place. On Sundays the avenue closes to traffic so that pedestrians, cyclists and skaters can enjoy the area.