Motul

Motul, or as the ancient maya called it “Zacmutul” is among other things, the birthplace of both Felipe Carrillo Puerto,
AND huevos motuleños.

Tom and I and friends recently went to Motul for breakfast. 

At about 40km from Merida it’s a short drive, about an hour, in which time you get a little conversation going as the sights are typically a bit uninteresting – traffic is light, and the highway is good.  Since we have a car we drive, but you can easily choose to get there by bus/combi, which leave from calle 67×52 in Merida Centro; they make the trip with some degree of regularity and drop you right in Motul Centro at the main square.

We had our huevos motuleños, which were quite tasty and did a little walking around.  I always enjoy the little museum dedicated to Felipe Carrillo Puerto which is just next to the municipal market.  We went to the church, unfortunately it was closed.   There is also a lovely cenote there, lamentably we each had other plans that day and needed to return to Merida so didn’t even attempt that sidetrip.  There’s always tomorrow!.
The square is lovely – and clean – and look at these fabulous benches –
Motul is a lovely town quite large and rambling.  Quite low key. My cause for posting this breakfast trip is simply to comment a bit on some curiosities…
The other day, here in Merida, as I was attempting to cross a street on a pedestrian crosswalk, which is both elevated and painted bright yellow, a driver nearly ran over my foot, he came that close in his attempt to get by me without respecting either me or the crosswalk.  In Motul, as we crossed on crosswalks, heck even without crossing at a crosswalk, the drivers would slow, motion us across, or stop completely.  Imagine our shock, I mean walking here in Merida, although safe from most human threat, is a deathwish once confronted by drivers behind the wheels of a car which is coming in your direction.
So WHY do the drivers of Merida have neither respect, care, nor caution about pedestrians and drivers in other communities do?   What is up with drivers here?   Can anyone offer a plausible explanation?

Another curiosity upon which we each remarked was the cleanliness of Motul.   Merida is grimy and dirty.  There was a recent article in the Winnipeg FreePress,  where Merida is likened to “…an old, vain Hollywood movie star, best seen in the softer, kinder light of evening.”    Oh, I love this phrase!

 The sheer volume of vehicles, their abysmal state of repair which contributes to oil and gas in the streets as well as the plumes of toxic fumes which contribute to the oil and grease all wash up on to the sides of buildings with every rain. Is it just the volume of vehicles????  Aided of course by the canyons created by the tall buildings facing both sides of most streets with no escape for rain water???

Does Motul, for example use some sort of de-greaser????   I remember once, In New Orleans, quite late at night, well it was more like quite early in the morning, returning to our hotel and coming upon huge trucks washing down the streets with a degreaser/clorine bleach combo.  FABULOUS!  By commuter time the streets were clean, and smelled good.

Now there’s an idea – Merida has huge trucks that are used to water medians and streetside planted areas; these same trucks could pull double duty – and clean the streets by night while watering the verge during the day.

Just a thought!   It’s a curiosity, how much I love Merida, yet how often I wonder about these little oddities.
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About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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4 Responses to Motul

  1. Anonymous says:

    Merida has three times the number of vehicles now than it had 10 years ago, per government data. Imagine how easy it was to get around back then!

    Why so many autos? Credit. One of the crowning glories of the Fox presidency was the establishment of quasi-government/private partnerships that sponsored EASY credit for autos and casas for anyone with a “paycheck” type of job.

    This helped the government significantly -> 1/3 of Federal government revenues consists of profits from PEMEX. More cars = more revenue. And more autos allowed inhabitants to be more independent.

    As you noticed, not all drivers are watchful, considerate or even aware of traffic rules. Easy to understand when you realize that 2/3s of the cars on the road are being driven by people who have never had a driver in their family – ever in their lives. And the drivers' experience is likely a few short years without any training. All this adds up to danger. Congestion.

    On the plus side, life is much easier for many more people. But the explosion of traffic has overwhelmed the city. Of around 500,000 vehicles in all of Yucatan, nearly 400,000 are in Merida, where nearly all of the “paycheck-type” jobs are located.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Debi, your comments about the traffic in Merida are on the money. If one goes to Campeche, the difference is notable and appreciated. Maybe someday they will restrict the Centro from buses and that would help. Maybe some sort of a trolley would get people out of their cars for visits to Centro too. Kathe

  3. Steve Cotton says:

    Neat idea. I will give it a try. Of course, I will now need to buy some of those non-seal sandwich bags.

  4. Deb says:

    Although I have never been to Motul, I LOVE huevos motulenos and order them frequently when I visit the Yucatan because you can't get them in the United States. In fact, I have made them myself at home and they actually turned out pretty good! I am in Merida as I write this…my first time here and am loving it. What a beautiful, friendly city! Maybe someday I will call it home.

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