How To Get Around During A Pandemic: Making Moves In Merida In These Covid Streets

Updated: Apr 9, 2021


When we moved to Merida, we had no intention of owning a car here. Uber is so ubiquitous, inexpensive, and we could simply hail a ride and 2-3 minutes later be on our way. There was also the added benefit of not learning how to drive in this foreign land of crazy roundabouts. Also, even cheaper than Ubers are the 9 peso bus rides that would take you to wherever you wanted to go if you could figure out which one to catch.

Now fast forward to the era of the pandemic. Ubers have been severely restricted in the service that they can offer. For instance, you can only have one passenger per car, and both you and the Uber driver need to wear masks. The passenger must also ride in the back seat to prevent the spread of Covid-19. From a safety perspective, it is just risky to take ride-sharing services and public transportation in the era of a pandemic.

Therefore, when I returned to Mexico on June 23rd, I decided to purchase a car. I had received a referral for a guy who could assist me with this process. His name came up 4 times from different sources. I connected with him about a week before arriving. He told me about two different cars that he had on consignment. One was a fully loaded Mazda 6, and the other was a Nissan X-Trail mid-sized SUV.

Well, after hearing about these two cars, I immediately went down the Youtube rabbit hole of looking at every detail of both models and compari