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I Took A Day Trip on the Maya Train From Merida and Discovered This…

Day Trip on the Maya Train from Merida to Izamal: A Journey Through Time and Culture

What's good, Mexit planners? Today, I'm embarking on an exciting day trip from Merida to the enchanting city of Izamal, traveling on the Maya Train. Join me as I explore the rich history, vibrant culture, and scenic beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Starting the Journey: Merida to Teya Station

After a quick 20-minute ride from my house, I arrived at Parque La Plancha, Merida's IE-Tram Station. From here, I caught the Va y Ven shuttle to Teya Station, a convenient and efficient way to reach the Maya Train. The cost was a mere 60 pesos, making it an affordable start to the adventure. The streets were eerily quiet, reminiscent of a Sunday morning, as it was Good Friday, a significant holiday for many.

Teya Station: A Bustling Hub

At Teya Station, the scene was bustling with activity despite recent hiccups with the train schedule. The train leaves at 9:00 AM, and today, it was packed with travelers, possibly due to the holiday. This station is well-organized, capable of accommodating multiple trains simultaneously, ensuring smooth operations.

Boarding the Maya Train: A Comfortable Ride

I boarded the train at 9:10 AM and found myself in the tourist class section for the first time. The seats were comfortable, with amenities like USB ports and a power plug, making the 55-minute ride to Izamal pleasant. Despite a brief delay and a track switch at Tishka Cob, the journey was smooth and enjoyable.

Arriving in Izamal: The Yellow City

We arrived in Izamal at 10:32 AM, slightly behind schedule but ready to explore. The first thing that struck me was the bright yellow paint adorning the train station, reflecting the city's moniker, "The Yellow City." This vibrant hue adds to the town's charm and historical significance.

Exploring Izamal: History and Culture

Izamal, known for its historic significance and beautiful architecture, did not disappoint. I started by figuring out transportation to the city center, which was easy with the help of the information desk at the station. A 100-peso cab ride later, I found myself at the bustling market, ready to immerse myself in the local culture.

Culinary Delights: Breakfast and Market Exploration

After a hearty breakfast at Hotel San Arcangel, where I enjoyed scrambled eggs, bacon, and hot cakes, I explored the market. Although the market offered authentic food options, I opted for a more familiar setting to avoid any stomach issues while exploring.

Historical Sites: Convent and Ruins

The Convent of San Antonio de Padua, a significant landmark in Izamal, was a highlight of the trip. This massive structure, with its rich history and beautiful architecture, is a must-visit. The city is also famous for its Mayan ruins, which provide a glimpse into the ancient civilization that once thrived here.

Lunch at Kinich: A Culinary Experience

For lunch, I headed to Kinich, a renowned restaurant in Izamal. The ambience, with its traditional Palapa structure and cooling fans, was inviting. I enjoyed dishes like the lemonada habanero and soapa de Lima, which were delicious and refreshing, making the dining experience memorable.

Kenich Kak Moo: Climbing the Ancient Pyramids

After lunch, I visited the Kenich Kak Moo Historic Site. The climb to the top of the pyramids offered breathtaking views and a sense of connection to the ancient past. However, the climb was challenging, and I decided to descend after considering the difficulty of the terrain in my sandals.

Shopping and Relaxation: Souvenirs and Coffee

The day continued with some shopping and relaxation. The local shops offered unique handmade items, perfect for souvenirs. I found a cozy coffee shop, ZaGuan Cafe, where I could unwind and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere, complete with hidden Mayan ruins in the backdrop.

Returning to Merida: Reflections on the Journey

As the day came to an end, I returned to the Izamal Maya Train Station to catch the 6:30 PM train back to Merida. The station, though still under construction, provided a comfortable waiting area. Despite a slight delay, the return trip was smooth, and I reflected on the day's experiences.

Final Thoughts: The Promise of the Maya Train

This trip on the Maya Train was not just a journey through scenic landscapes but a deep dive into the rich history and culture of the Yucatan Peninsula. The train project, despite its critics, has immense potential to boost local economies and promote tourism. It offers an accessible way to explore hidden gems like Izamal, enhancing the travel experience for both locals and tourists.

If you've enjoyed this journey, please share your thoughts and experiences with the Maya Train. Whether you agree or disagree with the project, your insights are valuable. Let's continue exploring and supporting sustainable travel initiatives that bring us closer to the heart of Mexico's heritage.

Until next time, happy travels, and stay curious!



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