Merida has many beautiful colonial style buildings. As well there are many for sale or rent, some needing upgrading.
The main cathedral located in a large plaza that is always busy with lots of street food, entertainment, etc.
I was fortunate to be there during the Mayan Festival, with many free cultural events in the many theatres there – art, dance, music, theatre, I enjoyed seeing the Mexican National Ballet presentation,
One of the highlights of my stay was the wonderful swimming pool at my hostel, Nomadas, centrally located – a great deal for ten bucks a night.
Our pool was just as nice as the $100/night hotel next door. The garden in the hostel was beautiful as well…a sanctuary for iguanas and gods…
The hostel offered a variety of activities…salsa lessons, yoga, trova music in the evening and a wonderful cooking class providing a dinner for only $1.50. I learned how to make a delicious pumpkin sauce from Daniel, our chef instructor who studied cooking in Toronto.
Even while travelling, I still have to do laundry, usually by hand…
and to keep the costs down, grocery shopping which offers new things to try…
I took a side trip to Sisal, a sleepy beach town on the coast about an hour from Merida. I went to check out a beach house for rent.
Somehow it felt alittle too sleepy….but cheaper than the Mayan Rivera.