Merida is fabulous! The city is very old and beautiful and the people were SO friendly. Several times during our visit there, locals would stop us to chat about sights we should see, places to shop and even just to find out more about us. At first, we were taken aback by this especially since our experience in Cancun made us very wary of the locals so it was a pleasant surprise to find out that they just wanted to share info.
We checked out a couple of museums and one that was really cool was the Museo de Antropologia which housed a ton of Mayan artifacts. The craziest thing in there was an exhibit showing the deformed skulls of Mayan children. Apparently, the Maya used to squish the skulls of their children to make them longer and appear more beautiful.
We also found a few very old churches in our wanderings.
We got our first taste of the torrential downpours that Mexico has. Having come from Vancouver, we thought we knew everything about heavy rains but this was simply outrageous.
No wonder the Maya used to pray to Chac Mool (Rain God). It must have been for mercy from all this water!
The city has fairs every weekend and we discovered a raging street party a few blocks from our hostel on a Sunday evening. There was a live band playing classic Mexican tunes and the main street near the Zocalo (aka Parc Central - every town in Mexico has one) was blocked off for dancing. There must have been a few hundred folks shakin' it and so we had to join in. We really stood out though but not because of our fairness but because of our height (all Mexicans seem not to exceed a height of more that 5 1/2 feet).
Merida left us feeling very happy and ready to head on to Palenque.