16. – 20. July 2019
I arrived in Mérida in the evening since I had spent the first half of the day swimming in the cenote again… Thus, I started to explore the city at night and continued the next day. Together with Cesar – a local who kindly showed me around – I discovered some nice parks, colorful houses, pretty churches, and colonial style buildings. Oh, and for shopping-lovers maaaany shops! I stayed in Hostal La Ermita which is quite nice equipped with a pool, a kitchen, small dorm rooms, and a delicious breakfast BUFFET (Love it! 🙂 ). And don’t forget to visit the cemetery while there (even more spectacular at night and with a free concert!).
From Merida, it is possible to go by Collectivo to Homun – a tiny village and home of hundreds of cenotes (underground waterholes which were used by the Maya as places to sacrifice to mother earth and their gods) but which are not all accessible of course. So I went with some people from the hostel to the cenote Tza Ujun Kat – a really nice one with a hole in the middle in which plants such as papaya tree grow. Afterwards, we went to the cenote Santa Maria where you enter a cave system – if you are adventurous, you squeeze yourself through, get soaked in mud and water a couple of times, and get some scratches – and end up in a very nice lagoon all by yourself. This one was the best cenote I’ve been to!
Back to Merida, I had some Tacos al Pastor (with a kind of Kebap-meat), chilled at the hostel, and then took the night bus to Bacalar where I arrived at 4 in the morning. I went to the stunning Lake of the Seven Colors and stayed there until the early afternoon. What a chilled day in a beautiful place:
From Bacalar, I took a Collectivo to Chetumal where I spent the night in the Downtown Hostel – very recommendable with a great chillout-social-area, a nice rooftop overlooking the city, and a breakfast buffet! 🙂 There is not too much to see in Chetumal other than the ocean promenade… Thus, I left the next morning for the border in order to cross over to Belize.