On July 31, 2014, we made the trip to Barra de Navidad, Mexico, in order to house sit. We got here by flying from Los Angeles to Mexico City, connecting to Manzanillo airport which is about 30 minutes south of Barra. The homeowner met us at the airport and drove us back to his house.
We thought it would be fun to review some of our favorite street foods we encountered in our recent trip to Mexico. You have to start with the ubiquitous fruit and juice carts. They will generally have a variety of cut fruits like mango, watermelon, papaya, pineapple, jicama and sometimes cucumber. Of course, you can have a little salt and chili powder sprinkled on top with a good squeeze of lime. The cart in the photo was located just outside of the main market in Guadalajara. It’s a daily treat.
We chose to end our trip to Mexico in Cancun (photos) and to take a little vacation there. Now, I know some of you are thinking, “Vacation? I thought you were already on a vacation.” We think of this as a vacation since it is so different from our regular type of travel. And, Cancun itself is very different from most of the rest of Mexico. Some people would say that it is not the “real” Mexico. But it is a very beautiful place with terrific places built for tourists to enjoy.
Chichen Itza (photos), pronounced chee–chen eat-sah, is the best known and arguably best restored of the Yucatan Maya sites. Since it was included in the list of the new seven wonders of the world, everybody wants to have a look and busloads of tourists are brought in daily. We chose to book a room in the small town of Piste which is just to the west of the entrance to Chichen Itza. This allowed us to walk the mile or so to and from the site.
Merida (photos) is the capital of the Yucatan state of Mexico and is the center of the Mayan culture for the Yucatan peninsula. The Mayan settlement that once stood where Merida now stands came under Spanish rule in 1542. The Spanish conquistadors proceeded to build Merida into the regional capital, dismantling the Maya pyramids using the material to build the cathedral and other important structures, a familiar theme. The cathedral, Catedral de San Ildefonso is said to be the oldest church in Mexico and North America.