Annemarie Young: Shopping in Progreso and a Merida
Annemarie Young We figured it would be best to just go into the port and see what there is to do from there. Michelle had already been to Chicen Itza, and I had visited the Teotihuacan Pyramids near Mexico City so we had no desire to do this popular excursion. The port at Progresso is so long that you are actually bused into the small city. From there, you can drive to Merida – a much larger city. We toured around the small market place that the bus dropped us off at. We made friends with two sisters from Colorado and were talking about possibly sharing a cab to Merida. There was also a city tour offered to us for $25 USD each (the cab would have cost $80.00 round trip). The city tour guide offered his tour for $20 USD if all four of us went and so we did. It was well worth the $20. We got to ride around in modern a/c bus that delivered us directly to the ship afterwards. Merida is a very modern city with low crime rates. It has a population of 900,000 people which accounts for nearly 60% of the Yucutan peninsula’s population. There were two scheduled stops; one at a Mayan monument as well as at a popular marketplace for about an hour of shopping/free time. We arrived at the ship with a half hour to spare and were sad that Progresso was our final stop.