Travel to Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico – Episode 602

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Travel to Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico (Podcast)

Hear about travel to Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula as the Amateur Traveler talks to Tommo & Megsy from 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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Show Notes
Travel to the Island of Cebu in the Philippines – Episode 457
Mérida, Yucatán
Travel to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico – Episode 163
Playa del Carmen
Yucatan Food & Mayan Food Mega Guide: 50+ Unmissable dishes
Merida Mexico: Ultimate Merida Travel Guide (Yucatan)
Free Walking Tour of Merida
Chicharroneria La Lupita
Manjar blanco
Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Chichen Itza
8 Day Trips from Cancun in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula
Valladolid, Yucatán
Hacienda Lorenzo Oxman
Suytun Cenote
Kinich El Sabor de Izamal
Luz En Yucatan Hotel Merida
The Diplomat Boutique Hotel
The Lodge at Uxmal
Driving the Ruta Puuc in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula
24 Best Cenotes in Yucatan State


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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

6 Responses to “Travel to Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico – Episode 602”



I’ve just started the audio podcast on the Yucatan. Within the first few minutes there was a major inaccuracy; the Yucatán Peninsula consists of three states, not two: Yucatan, Quintana Roo AND Campeche. I think the citizens of Campeche would be highly offended by this omission. Then one of the reporters mispronounced Quintana Roo; Roo is pronounced as two “o”s, not roo as in kangaroo. And thirdly, still very early into the podcast, one of the reporters states that the MEL (Merida English Library) house tour is on Wednesdays; the house tours are on Tuesday mornings (and have been for years). Perhaps the remainder of their program is accurate and worthwhile; but, as a part-time resident of Merida, I’m turned off by these early mistakes.



Rebecca, sorry to disappoint you



Rebecca, you are most welcome.



Great show on the Yucatan! I loved Merida and second doing the house tours – it’s a great way to see how folks (mostly expats) live here and the houses are amazing. I’d also add that there is a wonderful craft museum in Izamal – definitely worth visiting. There is still snow outside my window and now I want to book a flight to go back to Merida!



Hi! Great podcast! What is the name of the song in the beginning?



That song was written just for the podcast. It is the “Amateur Traveler theme song”.

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