The Yucatan peninsula was full of fascinating beauty people and culture. A lot of places had that tourist vibe but once you fought through to the soul it was gorgeous. This subculure for lack of a better word created a feeling of unrest as a spirit of despair no subservience no contempt subversiveness filled the Maya. They held the lowliest jobs, their living conditions were reflected ……but nothing about them were in the least bit pitiable. We had a really good time intermingling with these family centered bright faced people. Interestingly enough they found us very interesting too. People wanted to touch Apryl’s hair and take pictures with us. Others were clamoring to take their creeper shots of us as we walked down city streets. I didn’t feel targeted or like an animal is a zoo, it felt like it came from a genuine place of admiration and innocent interest. Our travels in the Yucatan were spicy, tumultuous (we had to leave one of our airbnbs after one night) and rewarding. Here are the stats:
Cancun: Condo Downtown Cancun
Nomadic Airbnb Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Airbnb cost: $66/ night
Airbnb Description: a large spacious apartment in the heart of downtown Cancun. It was clean, well maintained and very central to everything that we wanted access to.
Internet: Reliable strong signal 20 mbps
Perks: The owner (Carlos) gave us some deep discount coupons to his restaurant (located next door) and they serve up some good grub. Other perks are to food stalls around the area and the other restaurants. This location is terrific for people who want to live like a local…. but not really. You are around where the locals live. There is access to all types of public transportation buses, combis (small vans going to particular destinations), stores and parks. We loved this location mainly because it was well outside of Zona Hotelera (the tourist zone). But you could grab a cab if you felt desperate enough to need some familiarity.
Cons: The immediate surrounds of the hotel held nothing to look at. Away from tourist area and beaches. This is not for the beach bums. We were going deeper into the Yucatan and wanted the local’ish experience. You will be among the people with some good, clean, well kept accommodations. You have to walk 2 blocks over to get to the downtown action.
Merida: Orange Bedroom
Nomadic Airbnb Review: ⭐⭐⭐
Airbnb Cost: $44/ night
Internet: basic -we used our phones w/ not problem but we did not do any speed tests
Description: This was a shared home w/ a private bath. The owner (Isabella) was a good host. She gave us some very good dining tips and excursion tips and stayed out of our way. Her native tongue is English so there was not gap in communication. Again this was a very local accommodation and we enjoyed it but we could have done a lot better for the price.
Perks: Apryl got to lounge in a hammock which is heaven for her.
Con: It is in a residential area and we had to walk about 6 blocks to the city square (where all of the action is) everyday which was not a bad walk for us. The price was not in alignment with other listings but it was New Years so we paid.
When we arrived to Merida we noticed stark differences between the native indigenous people and the mainstream populace. This other group was poorer, worked in the janitorial type positions…they were the Maya but proud of who they were and their heritage. We turned heads everywhere we went because of, what I believe was a sincere curiosity. They are not used to Black Folk and as ambassadors of Faith and my people we were cognizant of our hosts and it was cool to be the stars for a while. It was interesting because we went out of our way to stay away from gringos. I felt a connection with the people there but I also have an active imagination. The more that I learned about their story, their heritage, and their history, the more fascinated I became. The Mayan Museum in Merida is worth a visit to anyone interested in their story.
The family centered fun-loving and humble people of the Yucatan treated Us well. As long as you have a magnanimous attitude toward the tourist attacks, it is a wonderful place to visit. Of the tree cities that we spent the most time in Cancun was candy canes, and now-n-laters by far the most predatory. But we stayed in the hood not to be confused with the slums. I feel like the word slum really paints a graphic picture of despair. I find it interesting to begin to understand