Campeche, Campeche to Merida, Yucatan, Mexico December 5, 2023
I had a leisurely morning then caught a bus at 10:40 to Merida-
It was a nice bus and I had the seats to myself. It was a 2.5 hour trip and just outside Campeche they were working on the Tren Maya-
was a 10 minute walk from the bus depot. I have a weird apartment with an eating area-
kitchen and bathroom-
After getting settled I went walking. There are a lot of people milling around and it’s just a Tuesday. I tried this cannoli which is deep fried sweet crust with a custard filling. It was very good-
Merida was founded by the Spanish in 1542 on the old Maya city called T’Hó.
The heart of a city is the zocalo-
which is one of the oldest cathedrals in the Americas was completed in 1598-
looking back at the pipe organ-
Next to the church is a covered walkway called Pasajede de la Revolucion which was completed in 2001. It’s a walkway connecting the main square to the street behind the cathedral. Apparently there is art inside but it’s hidden behind plywood walls at the moment-
The Casa de Montejo is in plateresque style which appeared between late Gothic and early Renaissance styles in the late 15th century. It includes ornate decorative façades covered with floral designs, fantastic creatures and all sorts of configurations. This casa was built in 1540, covered a whole block and this facade is all that remains. Two soldiers are standing on Maya heads and they are obviously horrified and suffering-
Inside are replica rooms including a bedroom-
and dining room-
with a great ceiling-
Unfortunately the only authentic part is the façade.
There’s also a display of Miguel Peraza’s work. He uses copper, wood and brass to make his boats-
His work is very detailed.
It’s red shirt day-