Are you looking for the ultimate getaway? Are you thinking about spending a major holiday abroad or are you considering making a move to find a piece of paradise to call your own? Whatever your reasons, we think there is a spot in Mexico that has it all. The Yucatan peninsula is a region in Mexico that seems to be hidden away from the rest of Mexico. It is so unbelievably different from the rest of the country that you will think you are on a different planet entirely.
One of the best places to begin your visit to the Yucatan is the capital city of Merida. With so many things to do in and around Merida, you will never run out of fun and you will never want to go home! There are so many things to do in Merida. The people of Merida are fun loving people centered on their culture and living life to the fullest. We’ve written before about fun places to go and things to do while you are here. There is always a party going on somewhere and we are going to tell you about a few events coming up that you don’t want to miss.
Corazon de Merida Street Festival
The streets come alive when traffic is cut off on Calle 60 from the Main Plaza to Calle 53. The city runs Corazon de Merida three times a week (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). There is live music from three bands and mariachis, plus craft and food vendors and sidewalk dining from the area restaurants.
Slow Food Yucatan Market
With all kinds of foods for sale, this open-air market in Merida is open every Saturday. Its purpose is to promote organic production and regional culinary traditions. In addition, it’s a weekly social scene for everyone.
Mexico’s Independence Day!
Mexico has an independence day too and it’s every September 16th! There are sure to be parties all over Merida so be sure to check with the locals on what’s going on near you this year!
Pok Ta Pok Mayan Ball Game at the Cathedral
Pok ta Pok, a kind of Maya football, was played with great ceremony in Merida for centuries. The game gets its name from the sound made by the rubber ball when it is hit and originated during the Maya dynasty. The game ends when the ball makes it through a stone hoop. The game is steeped in mysticism. Only the best warriors were selected for the game. Watch reenactments of this ancient tradition with costumed players at the Cathedral every Saturday.
If biking is your thing, every Sunday, selected Merida streets are closed to cars and trucks, giving way to bicycles. It’s the city’s way of encouraging healthy habits, and the citizens have embraced it as something to do as a family. Even if you don’t bike, it’s a sight to behold for pedestrians taking a Sunday stroll along the Paseo de Montejo.
Whatever your reasoning for visiting Merida, there is always an event going on that will make you want to participate and enjoy Yucatan living.