We stayed here for 3 days. I have to say straight away that we didn’t do much sightseeing. We mostly relaxed at our hostel. Hostal La Casa del Tio Rafa (The house of uncle Rafa) is run by Barry, a Canadian who moved to Merida 11 years ago. We enjoyed that place tremendously, thanks to Barry mainly. The place owned by Barry along with his Mexican partner Rafa. Barry’s almost 60 years old. He´s full of life and has very charming personality. He’s got plenty of stories to tell and he’s a great listener, too. We spent a lot of time talking to him. The fact that he’s not an employee at the hostel makes a huge difference. He keeps it very clean and cozy. We highly recommend this place if you ever come to Merida.

First two nights we spent in a private room for the price of a dorm and the last two in the dorm but for a discount price of 75 pesos instead of 90 per person per night.

Merida is the capital of Yucatan state and the biggest city in the south of Mexico with its 800 000 inhabitants. It’s fulll of life. The fact that we didn’t do any tourist sightseeing doesn’t mean that we didn’t explore the city. There had been quite a few things on our agenda. We needed to buy a new headlamp, white gas for our stove, new shorts and a cap for me since the old one stayed at Tumbem Kuxtal. We also wanted to ship our hammocks back to Russia and get some decent maps of Campeche and Chiapas states, where we’re heading next. To accomplish all those things we had to go to different parts of town. Instead of cycling, we walked a lot and I can say that this is by far the most beautiful city we’ve seen so far. It has loads of huge haciendas, mansions that are sights on their own. The city is also full of tourists which contributes to its cosmopolitan atmosphere.

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