Our next stop was Merida. Where we stayed in the Grand Hotel. It was very grand and had a chandelier in the bathroom. It wasn’t particularly expensive but it was highly atmospheric and full of interesting antiques.
Merida is a lively city and there is always something to do. We booked ourselves onto a guided tour to Uxmal because it is quite difficult to reach independently. We nearly didn’t go – we had been before and it was not on our ‘essentials’ list. The site, however, is one of the most spectacular in Mexico. There were a lot more tourists there than we saw last time we visited (when we had the place pretty much to ourselves) but the reliefs are amazing. And we saw a great many iguanas. Oh, and just look at that ball court!
The trip to Uxmal included a stop at a nearby site, Kabah, which was quieter (apart from a local school group) and interesting.
We experimented further with Margaritas, finding those in Merida much more to our taste and we were fortunate in that our trip coincided with some kind of festival which included a demonstration of Poc ta Poc – the modern incarnation of the Mayan ball game. There was commentary and explanation in Spanish and English. And, for some parts of the demonstration, they set the ball on fire.
All in all we were glad to have had time to revisit Merida.