Life is a beautiful ride: Mérida’s ‘Bici Ruta’
La Bici Ruta. The bicycle route is a Sunday family tradition in Mérida. Feeling the breeze as husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, kids, aunts, uncles, girlfriends, boyfriends, friends, mothers, fathers… (you get the idea!), pedal down the street of Paseo de Montejo. The weekly Sunday morning event brings people by foot and bike to experience fun and laughter amidst the majestic historic mansions of the tree-lined avenue.
For several hours on Sunday morning (8:00 am-12:30 pm), one side of Paseo de Montejo is closed off to traffic to make way for bicyclists, runners, dog walkers, and more. Live bands often adorn the street, my favorite is the jazz on the patio at Rosas & Xocolate.
It’s a special feeling to take in the combination of historic roots and families living in the moment. It’s a reminder of the Yucatán’s core values: respect, pride, and people… and also a reminder that text messages have not taken over the world. You can’t help but smile at parents teaching their children to ride a bike for the first time.
Cycling through Mérida is the perfect way to see the centro (the downtown historic area). Bicycle rentals are easy to come by all along Paseo. A morning through Centro should include a stop at the Mérida Cathedral (dating back to 1542), located in the main town square, or zocalo in Spanish. The park is filled with street vendors, offering food, hammocks, and local Mayan flare. It’s the perfect blend of heritage and fun. I recommend getting some churros, they are amazing!
Parque Santiago (Santiago park) is a beautiful stop, and a park you want to remember when planning your Tuesday evenings. Traditional Yucatecan dance entertains, and you can learn to dance with a local expert.
End your bicycle excursion at Santa Lucia Park. It’s the perfect location for lunch with the family, friends, or a significant other. Take a photo in the unique lover’s chairs, what I like to refer to as kissing chairs. With the Ki’Xocotl boutique and several restaurants, including my favorite for local, fresh food — Rosa Sur 32°, and pizza margherita at La Tratto, it’s a perfect refresh after a morning of sightseeing and pedaling!
Life is a beautiful ride, enjoy it at La Bici Ruta in Mérida.
By Miranda Allfrey for TYT
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