The night bus was actually not too bad. It certainly had more legroom and comfier seats than the Megabus. We arrived at about 7am, too early to check-in, although to be fair to the hotel they were ready for 10 o’clock, providing plenty of time for snoozing and then relaxing by the pool in this scorchio climate, as they may or not say around here.

This baking heat somewhat curtailed the walk around town but as with all the places so far in Mexico, Merida is nice. It follows a similar pattern as the other cities, containing a big main zocalo square with a cathedral, an old town colonial area with cobbled streets, brightly painted buildings, markets and lots of churches. Each place has its own slant on this setup. Limestone is used lot in the local buildings and I noticed some decent Art Deco structures. Merida is renowned for producing great hammocks and Panama hats (apparently only made here and in Ecuador, with the name deriving from the hats worn by the canal construction workers).

We’re now in (or maybe on) the Yucatan Peninsula, one of the top tourism destination in Mexico. Lots more English is used by tourists and staff in local businesses. Inevitably prices are a bit higher than the previous areas of Mexico we’ve seen. A nice, well cooked meal (ordered via an English menu) now typically costs around £6, instead of £4. That’s hardly cause for complaint!

Green colonial building
A bit of Merida Art Deco