Hear about travel to Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula as the Amateur Traveler talks to Tommo & Megsy from foodfuntravel.com about their recent home base.
About the Yucatan, they say: “We have been hanging out here for about a year. It’s been a really amazing experience. The main reason [travel to the Yucatan] will come to mind is Mayan history. This was the real Mayan heartland. That ancient culture, before Spanish colonization, left a huge influence on this region. A lot of the food here is still more Mayan than Mexican. The old ancient ruins at places like Chichen Itza, one of the wonders of the world, is right here in the Yucatan. We are currently living in the city of Merida, which is the capital of the Yucatan, and that’s been the Latin American Capital of Culture twice, most recently in 2017. It really is a cultural wonderland. There are events on all the time. People get dressed up in their traditional Mayan dress. There’s music everywhere. There are street parties.”
Tommo & Megsy give us an itinerary that uses Merida as a home base. We explore the food, arts, and history of that city that got rich on the export of henequén which was used in the production of rope.
We explore some of the Mayan ruins from the well known like Chichen Itza to the lesser-known like Coba, Uxmal and the Ruta Puuc. We talk about when to go and where you can still climb a Mayan pyramid.
They take us out to the shore of the Gulf of Mexico at Clesetun where there is a biosphere reserve with thousands of flamingos.
We talk about some of the thousands of cenotes (sinkholes) where you can swim and one cave with 10,000-year-old cave art.
We talk about food. Tommo & Megsy focus a lot on food in their blog so they give us some tips on what we should order and where we should go for great Yucatecan food.
Come hear why the Yucatan has great places to see, great things to do and great things to taste.
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