Claudette Elizondo's top suggestions for a girlfriend's weekend in the Yucatan
There is nothing like visiting a new place when you have a friend that knows the destination well. Claudette Elizondo of MexicaChica Getaways is that friend. She runs and operates a group travel company that caters exclusively to women and is based out of the Yucatan region of Mexico. The capital city of Merida has become an increasingly popular destination for women travelers and for good reason.
Mérida is the cultural center of the Yucatan state in Mexico, renowned as the most peaceful city in Mexico, Mérida contains a sophisticated and cosmopolitan blend with theaters, concerts, museums, parks and numerous cultural events occurring throughout the city each week. Mérida's convenient location in the Gulf state of the Yucatan enhances its appeal: only thirty minutes to the Gulf Coast beaches, Mérida is regularly served by flights on Continental Airlines that connect to major cities in the United States. Merida is a short, three hour drive from the beaches of the Riviera Maya, and within an easy drive of major Mayan ruins, including Chichen Itza, recently named one of the Seven Wonders of the World.