Mexico City - 1,200 miles from San Diego. It's our first stop during our Xmas vacation.
Ciudad del Carmen - Located on the Gulf of Mexico off the Yucatan peninsula.
Merida - Merida is the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan.
Chichén Itzá - The famous Mayan pyramids of Chichén-Itzá are over 1500 years old and are located only 75 miles from Mérida.

 

Vacation I Files
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It getting close to the end of the year and Maricarmen and I still have several weeks of vacation to burn up. What do you do?

Oscar, MC's younger brother lives in Ciudad del Carmen. It's small island (15 miles by 30) in the state of Campache. Several other family members are heading there for Christmas so we decided to head off to Mexico City and then Ciudad del Carmen for the holidays.

 

 

 
 

The Cities and Maps

 
 

The links here takes you to maps of each leg of our vacation.

Mexico City is our first stop. Elevation 7,200 feet about sea level with approximately 24 million people. Claimed to be the world's largest city and is the capital of México. It is also the financial, political and cultural center of México, the nightlife capital of México, one of the worlds great cities, huge, one of the world's most difficult cities to drive in, filled with exciting things to see and do, sinking, an energetic metropolis or just an incredible place to visit.

 

Ciudad del Carmen is our next stop Located on the Gulf of Mexico off the Yucatan peninsula, lies the remote island-city called Ciudad del Carmen. This is a city for workers of the oil industry and not a real tourist place. This former fishing village was transformed in the mid-1970s when the Mexican oil company, PEMEX, discovered a wealthy supply of petroleum just off the Yucatan coast. Ciudad del Carmen's early history is laden with tales of pirates seeking harbor. In pre-Columbian times, it was a maritime center for trade between the Mayas and the Aztecs. Since the early 1800's, it has belonged to several states including Yucatan, Tabasco and Puebla. It was annexed to the state of Campeche in 1863.

 

Meriad - Merida is the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan. The city & the state are on a landmass in southern Mexico known as The Yucatan Peninsula. The Caribbean is on the SE side of the peninsula & the Gulf of Mexico on the NW. Merida is a fascinating & festive city with weekend fiestas where the streets are blocked off in the downtown area & there are professional folk dancers as well as many bands so that the people of Merida can listen to or dance to whatever music they like. With a population of about 800,000, Merida is a busy city; it also is very safe & the people are kind and courteous

 

Chichén Itzá - Chichén Itzá, the ancient city whose name means "in the mouth at the Itzáe's Well", was, in its time of grandeur (between 800 and 1200 A.D.), the centre of political, religious and military power in Yucatán, if not all of South-eastern Meso America.The famous Mayan pyramids of Chichén-Itzá are over 1500 years old and are located only 75 miles from Mérida.

 
 

The highlights

 
 

One short staement about each city....

  • Mexico City and it's vast culture
  • Ciudad del Carmen - Everywhere it's a sign of oil oil oil
  • Meriad - Great shopping deals
  • Chichén Itzá - Many ancient ruins
 
 

 
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