July 9, 2018
Exploring any city with locals, means having the best tour guides in town! Thankfully, I happened to be doing just that whilst visiting Merida. As a spur-of-the-moment decision, my friends decided to take me to Izamal for a day trip on Saturday. I’d never heard of it before and boy was I in for a treat!
After a 45 minute drive outside of Merida, we entered an all-yellow town of dreams.
I was hooked from the moment we got out of the car.
We spent most of the afternoon exploring Convento de San Antonio de Padua which was an old convent.
As you can see, the weather got gloomy quickly, so thankfully we had plenty of places to hide once the skies opened up on us.
Oh yeah, and ice creams were necessary for beating the heat!
My Reformation dress was perfect for this very hot and humid day in Izamal. It was incredibly light weight which allowed it to breathe nicely with any occasional breeze – plus it’s cute to boot.
Straw Hat (similar here)
Straw Bag (similar here)
Outfit photos by Ivan Loeza
We then walked around this quiet little town, in search of a famous boutique hotel.
This boutique hotel only has 1 room to it! It’s called Coqui Coqui Casa de los Santos and it was another mini picture of paradise.
These are my lovely friends (aka the best tour guides in Merida!).
Famished after the heat, humidity, and thunderstorms, we popped over to a must-see restaurant in Izamal called Kinich which served the most authentic and typical Yucatan food.
My friend, Rogelio, took me inside one of the tortilla making huts they had inside the restaurant to show me how the ancient tradition was being upheld in this restaurant. The workers were so wonderful and it was marvelous to watch something so near and dear to the people of Yucatan being appreciated by tourists and locals alike.
They tasted like no other tortilla I’ve ever had! Scrumptious!
Again, we were transported to another world inside Kinich.
Food arrived, and boy did we feast. My friends ordered pretty much one of everything off of the menu just so I could get a taste of everything!
By far my favourite dish from the entirety of my stay (I’ve since recreated a vegan version at home!) is called sopa de lima and it is the most wonderful citrus soup you’ll ever have. The green drink you see is called agua de chaya!
With full bellies and happy hearts, we left Izamal and headed back to Merida where we’d part ways and I’d leave for LA the next morning. Mexico, you hold a special place in my heart.