things to do in Merida Mexico

Things to Do in Merida Mexico – And a Few Things to Eat Too!

Merida is the largest city in the Mexican state of Yucatán, a former Maya stronghold turned colonial settlement that’s long been the political and economic centre of southern Mexico. Compared to its nearby coastal neighbour of Cancun, Merida sees just a fraction of the number of tourists. Before I travelled to the city, most of what I’d read had led …

Ek Balam

The Maya Ruins of Ek Balam

On a good day, from the top of the ruins of Ek Balam, you can see El Castillo, the central temple of Chichen Itza rising above the trees in the distance. It’s just 50 kilometres away, across dense swathes of jungle, but compared to the restored and well-known temples of Chichen Itza, Ek Balam is overgrown and quiet. The Maya …

Izamal Yucatan

Izamal. The Yellow City of Yucatan.

It was all yellow. The city, it was completely yellow. This was Izamel, a Spanish colonial town built on top of an ancient Mayan settlement that had been conquered and colonised in the 16th century by the Conquistadors on their way through the Yucatan, in what is now southern Mexico. Before the Spanish arrived, this was a thriving Mayan stronghold, …

Sergio Castro The Healer

The Medicine Man of Chiapas

When I enter the house of Sergio Castro in San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico, a young child is having his burns treated in the large, open-air courtyard by a man in a tattered, checked shirt and jeans, who has a white bandana wrapped over his head. The sign above the doorway I just walked through says ‘Museo’, …

Chichen Itza

Photos From the Road: The Mayan Ruins of Mexico

Ahh, Mexico. The promised land of tacos, cold corona and endlessly colourful towns and cities. I’ve been exploring southern Mexico for the past few weeks, enjoying the diversity, the colonial Spanish architecture and the indigenous traditions and history, and before I head off into Guatemala I thought I’d give you a little snippet of the lost Mayan cities that are …

Reasons to Visit Mexico

Here’s Why I’d I Love To Visit Mexico!

Here’s Why I’d I Love To Visit Mexico! There are many reasons why I’d love to visit Mexico, and it’s not just for the tequila and tacos. No, I’m interested in the history, from the Aztec and Mayan ruins to the Spanish colonial cities. I want to see what this nation of contrasts is really like, from the tropical beaches …