MÉRIDA AIRPORT. If you arrive in
Merida airport change
money to get the taxi; change $20 to get 240+ pesos. The Taxi ride should
not be more than 180 pesos to get to the center of town. The public bus would
be 4 pesos (you may have to wait 20-30 for the public bus, but entails
significant savings). In Mérida there are casas de cambio on
59 entre [between] 60 and 61. These are easy access, good rates, and
quick. The best exchange rates in town are at one of two stalls in the
Hotel Fiesta Americana. Sometimes the AmEx is superior rate, sometimes
not, but AmEx has limited hours and lines whereas the others are almost
always rapid service and open till 9pm. CANCUN AIRPORT AND BUSES. If you
are not loaded with luggage and can walk easily then we suggest trying
to find the local bus transportation. Ask a police officer for this
information or someone who works in a bar, restaurant etc. Anyone else
walking around, like taxi drivers!, will tell you that there is no bus
and you have to take a shuttle or taxi. Do not hesitate to ask several
different persons. When you step out of the airport you walk past the
throng of taxi and shuttle drivers and luggage men, walk to the road.
Turn right, walk to next building (10 seconds). This is the building
for departures. Walk the length of it to the other side -- if too hot
you might walk inside the lobby. At the far, end the airport circle
drive turns away and back out. Along this edge is the local bus stop.
Ask around near here as well to verify info.
In addition to those listed, there are two youth hostels in Mérida
and many other hotels that are in the 200-300 peso a night range. Check
several different tourist guidebooks for details.
The Mérida Street System
Most of the streets are numbered with the exception of big avenues and
boulevards All streets are one way except the avenues and boulevards.
Even numbered streets are North-South
Odd numbered streets are East-West
The CENTER of town is a square formed by Calles 60 and 62 and 61 and
Calle 60 is on the EAST side of the Square. 62 on the WEST
Calle 60 goes north, Calle 62 goes south.
Calle 61 is on the NORTH side of the square. 63 is on the SOUTH
Calle 61 goes west and Calle 63 goes east.
The center of a town or town square is called zocalo
in Spanish, kiwik in Maya.
Mérida is divided into colonias and fraccionamentos.
Each neighborhood has streets with the same numbers and addresses.
An address with just house and street name could be anywhere in the
Some colonias have the same name and are differentiated as I, II, III.
Colonias and fraccionamientos can also have the same name:
For example there is Colonia Miraflores and Frac. Miraflores.
Thus, remember the name of colonia and fraccionamento to avoid getting