here takes you to maps of each leg of our vacation.
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.
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.
- 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
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.