Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Sitting in the Plaza Grande eating homemade coconut ice cream...
We´ve been in Merida for three days now, and we love it. A very beautiful city, with narrow streets and even narrower sidewalks, but somehow the claustrophobia is charming and even comforting somehow. There seems to be quite a community of American expats living here, and I can see why.
The biggest reason people come here though is to see the flamingoes. They were bright pink clustered in groups all through the area. We couldn´t get close enough to get very good photos, but it was amazing to see so many. And this wasn´t even high season, which begins in March. We also saw lots of egrets and herons and hawks.
We are taking it easy in Merida today, and tomorrow plan to visit some cenotes, which are areas where the ground has caved in over huge wells of water. You can climb around in the caves and go swimming and stuff. The next day we will go to another Mayan ruin at Uxmal.
We´ve changed our route from that point about a dozen times in the last few days, but at this point I think we´ve decided to go down to Palenque, and then head west into Chiapas (to San Cristobal de las Casas), and go down into Guatemala from there. There are ruins we want to see in every direction, and we just can´t see them all, and we are itching to start our language lessons. We are getting by, but once we can speak a little more of the language it will greatly enrich the experience we are having. We will save Tikal for later on in the trip, which will also be good to give it some space, I don´t want to be suffering from temple fatigue when we get there (although at this point there is no signs of that happening, I am loving all of these places.)