VIDEO – What is walking distance to a market in Mérida? Due to the heat, intense sun, and seasonal rains, walking distance is subjective. It depends upon the individual’s tolerance for all of these tropical climate attributes. Watch this video to learn more.
When I was searching for my first Airbnb in Mérida back in 2019 (boy, that seems like a long time ago), my goal was to be within walking distance to a market in Mérida. What I didn’t realize at the time is that my definition of walking distance and a local’s definition of walking distance were two completely different things.
Arriving bright eyed and bushy tailed at my first long term Airbnb (two month stay), I looked around the neighborhood. I saw long blocks of houses and nothing else. Just to the south was a commercial area with retail buildings and a couple of car dealerships. And then…nothing.
The owner stated I was within a few blocks of a local market. But, where was it? After looking, perusing, and walking for (what seemed like) an eternity, I could NOT find any market. Exhausted, I returned to the Airbnb and asked the owner the exact location of the market. She told me it was actually about 10 blocks or a 20 minute walk.
THIS was definitely NOT my definition of walking distance BUT it was hers . . . and, as she is the local expert, she was right!