Visiting One other Facet of Mexico: The Yucatan Peninsula

There's Mexico and there's the Mexican state of Yucatan. The previous will get a number of unfavourable (and infrequently irrefutable) press and the latter more durable will get talked about (not like the resorts of next-door state Quintana Roo, Cancun and the Riviera Maya). Being inquisitive slow-travelers preferring the "uncommon," we did a number of analysis and found the essence of a captivating vacation spot.

Why the Yucatan Peninsula?

The Mayan Tradition

The Yucatan Peninsula has a mystical vibe because of the historic Mayan civilization that was based right here about 2600 BC. These ingenious folks developed astronomy, calendrical methods, hieroglyphic writing and constructed monumental ceremonial structure.

The Mexican State of Yucatan Promotes dozens of well-maintained Mayan temples / pyramids with palaces surrounded by intact historic villages which have been carved out of the harmful jungles ... picturesque and dramatic vistas in each course.

The Gastronomical Oasis

As slow-travelers at all times trying to find culinary adventures we discovered that this a part of Mexico has a singular epicurean historical past ... it's not "Mexican" it's "Yucatan" (yucateco) cooking.

We uncoached a hands-on cooking class being supplied by the renovated chef David Sterling. His "Los Dos" college, which is positioned in Merida, tilted the scales in favor of taking this journey.

Attending to Merida

We flew into the trendy Cancun airport and had been greeted by the conventional hoard of gross sales varieties selling "free" time shares, resort and villa leases as we walked by way of the "welcoming space". As we stepped out of the terminal space we had been rewarded by a heat, lush, tropical environment aromatic with flowers and palm bushes.

We booked the Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas and Spa and organized beforehand for his or her transport service. Our luck was to be met by Rafael who proved to be an ideal "Ambassador of Goodwill" together with his welcoming character, attraction, nationwide satisfaction and easily being an endearing individual.

We had been greeted on the Westin by an environment friendly and nice desk workers and had been quickly settled into our spacious room overlooking the immaculately maintained grounds, bordered by a vivid, white sandy seashore that fades into a number of shades of azure ocean water ...

Our day on the seashore left an indelible reminiscence. Envision heat sugar granules of beige and white sand that encounters every squeaky footstep as you stroll into the 80+ diploma opaque, electrical blue water ... tranquility.

Dinner Suggestions

Now prepared for an excellent meal, we headed to the entrance desk for eating strategies. The concierge produced a number of vacationer menus that supplied Americanized Mexican "fare identical to we are able to get again residence.

We had one thing totally different in thoughts and requested for the native favorites and the place she would take her household or associates ... a brand new set of males appeared providing actual Yucatan eating and we chosen the "La Habichuela Sundown" restaurant for our first night time in Cancun .

The climate was good and we had been housed at an out of doors, secluded and candle lit desk overlooking the lagoon ... the delicacies was distinctive with tastes that we by no means had earlier than. A good way to get launched to the Yucatan meals scene. with Tender Shell Crab Taco Appetizer, adopted by Seafood Empanxonostle which is fish fillet, shrimp and sea scallops ready with fragrant herbs and greens and wrapped / cooked in aluminum foil. Then ending off the meal with a singular native beverage generally known as Xtabentun (made from fermented honey from the flowers of the Xtabentun plant).

Cancun to Merida Choice Time - Fly ... Bus ... Rental Automotive

What's one of the best ways to get there?

Possibility A - The flight from Cancun to the regional airport in Merida was lower than an hour however price significantly greater than the flight from Los Angeles to Cancun.

Possibility B - There's a bus system with an honest schedule providing native and specific journey with totally different lessons of service.

Possibility C - Hire a automotive from Hertz ... a jeep could be acceptable in case we needed to go off-road for any motive.

We made our determination and with a little bit of trepidation, combined with a way of journey and a powerful need to discover this distinctive a part of our world, we booked the automotive.

The Drive to Merida

The drive was 196 miles and took about three hours with a relaxation cease on the toll sales space on the midway level. The amenities had been immaculate and so they supplied a meals service with contemporary, fairly priced choices and loads of selection.

The toll was 355 pesos (about $ 30 USD) and we had been glad we had pesos since bank cards weren't accepted.

After all of the unfavourable hype in regards to the "unhealthy guys", the one assault that we skilled was from a swarm of lovely blue butterflies that cropped up a number of occasions throughout our nice drive ... a lot for media drama.

Arrival in Merida

Casa del Balam (The Home of the Jaguar)

We chosen a small, outdated world resort that was as soon as a colonial mansion and is positioned within the historic city middle. The administration maintained the attraction and have erected a number of the authentic furnishings within the rooms and the open foyer space.

Such a welcoming oasis after the drive.

The lengthy day was topped off with a scrumptious meal of native favorites. We started with conventional guacamole with contemporary made chips, then on to Sopa de Lima (lime soup) and completed off with a big and scrumptious Yucatan Pattern Platter consisting of Cochinita Pibil, Tamales Colados and for dessert Flan.

Tomorrow we'll discover town and unaware the hidden gems that await the adventurous traveler.


Our first impressions of the Yucatan have been glorious and reassuring. The entire unfavourable hype supplied to only that ... hype. The individuals are superb and the fantastic thing about this area is exceptional.

We're trying ahead to exploring Merida and the encircling space ... However most of all Los Dos cooking college which is why we're right here within the first place.

Please observe our journey into the fantastic world the Yucatan Peninsula.

In spite of everything, what's the hurry ... be impressed.

© 2016 Impressed Journey Itineraries with Bob and Janice Kollar

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