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GlobalCitizen57
7/29/2020 10:47 EST

I have been planning to spend six months in Mexico for some time. I was looking at Cancun but let someone convince me to go to Merida. Now I'm about to go next week and my rental apartment host sends me some great links to government websites, one especially regarding Covid. Looking at a map of the Yucatan, I see that Cancun is nearly free of Covid whereas my destination is not doing very well. I'm considering changing some of my plans, which could get expensive, and moving to Cancun, maybe by bus. Any advice?

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BlackForestgal
7/31/2020 17:24 EST

Check out Tangarine Travels on YouTube. They live in Merida and report on the situation frequently.

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Jubilacion
7/31/2020 18:06 EST

Actually Tangerine Travels live in Puerto Morelos, Qroo but close enough, and they report on visits to Mérida. Good info.

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bluewater1
8/9/2020 13:27 EST

Cancun is actually a hot spot...
But hope you are enjoying Mérida! Beautiful old town with the cathedrals...

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kikipt
8/9/2020 17:07 EST

There is only one cathedral in Mérida, and it is the oldest on the American continent. A cathedral is the seat of a Bishop, not just a big church, as so many seem to think. There are several other churches worth seeing there as well, particularly the Third Order (Jesuit) church on Calle 60, probably the best preserved in the city. Mayan glyphs are still visible in some of the stones of the building.

The Mérida cathedral, like the Jesuit church, is built from the stones of destroyed buildings from the pre-conquest city of T'ho. It was heavily damaged during the revolution, and restored in a much more modern, though more severe style. The baroque altars (visible in pre-revolution photos) were never replaced. The church has amazing acoustics, and the organ, from Germany, though still played, is not in good condition.

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bluewater1
8/10/2020 10:15 EST

Thanks for correcting me, kikipt. The Cathedral and the churches are indeed an amazing sight. The massive crucifix behind the altar of the Cathedral is impressive, and the architecture and history of the other churches Is very interesting. Plaza Grand and nearby parquet and monuments make for a very nice walk...

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