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The Plaza Grande in Merida.

My Mexico Trip, Part 8: Mérida, Yucatán, The Montejos and an excellent Mezcal.

Continued from My Mexico Trip, Part 7: Uxmal.

Mérida, capital of the state of Yucatán, is an old and beautiful city. Founded in the 1540s, it prospered by trading throughout the entire peninsula. The new wealth found expression in lavish villas along the newly formed Paseo de Montejo which was designed to rival the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Many of these villas and estates still exist, transformed into boutique hotels which allow a small glimpse into the laid-back life of the wealthy in those times. After the busy morning at Uxmal, we drove into Mérida to see the city.

Villa along the Paseo de Montejo, Merida.
Lush gardens surrounding an arched villa on the Paseo de Montejo, Mérida.
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