Mérida, Yucatán, México

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Mérida is the capital of Yucatán, in itself twice an independent country (together with QR and Campeche). It’s somehow called the “white city”, despite the Maya majority, so probably had nothing to do with race.

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It’s hot with an enormous amount of mosquitoes. It’s a nice enough place to be, but it’s mostly used just as a base for day trips to the Maya sites.

Mayapan, Yucatán, México

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Mayapan is a small walled Maya town in Yucatán.

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It’s not very well known, and the bus there was infrequent. I went as it ranked up high on TripAdvisor, and I understood why people liked it.

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Even though it was nice, the structures were beautiful and you got the sense that you had the whole place to yourself.

Chichen Itza / Valladolid, Yucatán, México

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Chichen Itza was a great Maya city that is today one of the top tourist attractions in the country.

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The principal pyramid, El Castillo, has been listed one of the world’s new wonders. It’s amazingly photogenic (á la Machu Picchu) even when the weather wasn’t exactly great.

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The old observatory.

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The site was filled with tourists and vendors blowing the thing that produce the dinosaur monkey sound. Scary.

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There are many, many cenotes in the region which are signs of the creator of the massive meteor that allegedly killed all the dinosaurs. People swim in them but I didn’t.

Valladolid is a city near it that’s a typical Mexican town with a cenote. Not that special.