Photo: Punto Medio

Normally hot and bustling, downtown Merida was cold and quiet for Christmas morning.

Meridanos tend to wake up late after a night of Christmas Eve parties. Getting out of bed was even more difficult with morning temperatures around 14 degrees Celsius / 57 Fahrenheit.

In the Centro, many businesses stay closed, although some opened after 11 a.m. On the sidewalks, it was mainly tourists who were seen roaming around by 9 a.m.

A few of the faithful attended 10 a.m. Christmas mass at the Cathedral while handful of American tourists were given a tour of the historic site. The archbishop officiated while a tourist guide, in a low voice, explained the history of the city’s most prominent attractions.

The only businesses that did open early were the downtown restaurants, as well as the stalls selling marquesitas and hot dogs. Some 24-hour convenience marts were also in business.

Many tourists took pictures with the giant, life-size manger that was installed in the center of the Plaza Grande.

But despite the relative calm, two cars managed to collide on Calle 66 and 67. Diario de Yucatan reported the “semaforazo” barely disturbed the feeling of peace downtown.