Running Through the Yucatán

We continued our global half marathon expansion with Rock 'n' Roll's first annual run in Mérida. The Yucatán capital boasts Mayan, Spanish, French, British and Dutch influence, as well as the highest percentage of indigenous population of any large Mexican city.

Mérida pool

While the alleged safest city in Mexico offers numerous hotels, we opted to book an Airbnb. Mérida's colonial architecture is adorned with Mayan interior touches. I was charmed by all the rental options and finally decided on this gem in a quiet, residential nook in the city a 10 minute walk from the Zócalo (the town's main square).

Mérida house

Our Mérida home was generously sized, suitable for a small wedding! We spent our days lazing by the pool.

Mérida grounds

Running through a city is one of my favorite ways to get to know it, and our trek to the starting point was lined with many (surprisingly) vacant buildings.

Vacant homes of Mérida

I spent my last afternoon prior to flying to DF walking through Zócalo's streets. I had passed a charming bar during the run and was determined to return to La Negrita to properly enjoy it.

La Negrita

La Negrita, a cantina just a 10 minute walk from the main square, offers huge margaritas and generous complimentary snacks. The decor was cheerful and welcoming. I did NOT want to leave here to go to the airport.

About DF - Polanco

I was determined to make the most of my 22 hour layover in Mexico City. I stayed in DF's ritzy Polanco neighborhood, where I figured I could safely roam on my own. Avenida Presidente Masaryk is akin to LA's Beverly and Rodeo, with shopping from Zara to Prada. I treated myself to a "casual" solo lunch at Dulce Patria, where it was too easy to feel under-dressed as I was surrounded by fashionable power lunchers.

About DF

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Stay. Mérida: I would repeat our Airbnb strategy. We loved having a home base in which we could cook and post up by the pool with beers. If you prefer hotels, Casa Lecanda of Hotel Hacienda for boutique lovers. InterConti or the Wyndham for those who crave the tried & true. DF: I highly recommend W Mexico City. Its location is prime, and the service is exceptional. My room overlooked the city through a full length window placed in the bathroom. The surrounding area is primarily residential, with Parque Lincoln just down the road and prime shopping just minutes away.

Shop. Piel Canela for beautifully crafted leather goods. Stendhal for a combination of hip designers you'd find at Kitson and locally crafted designer goods.

Savor. We primarily cooked at home in Mérida. There was a night we ordered in late from Los Trompos. DF: Dulce Patria, Quintonil, and Pujol. Relish the pomegranate-filled guac all over DF. Mmm.