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 67x52 in Merida Centro; they make the trip with some degree of regularity and drop you right in Motul Centro at the main square.
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.