If you get the urge to get some exercise, or to watch a game, you will have to do a little searching, but you will find that Mérida has a lot to offer.

Campo Deportivo Salvador Alvarado, a huge sports field, was built in 1939 and is still a vital part of the community today. Here you will find two baseball fields, a soccer field, two and a half basketball courts, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a dirt walking/jogging track around the outside, a squash/handball court, three asphalt tennis courts and a track field, complete with an impressive grandstand.

If you go here early any morning, you can join many of Mérida’s residents as they walk, run or jog around the perimeter. You might also be able to join in a basketball game, or shoot your own on the half court. Some mornings at 8:00 am, there is a half-hour outdoor salsa aerobics class in the northwest corner of the field.

If you would rather work out alone, you can make use of the sixties-era exercise equipment scattered around the field, including bars and rings, and even an ancient-looking Nautilus machine.

After your exercise, treat yourself to a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice right outside the main gate. Delicious!

Campo Deportivo Salvador Alvarado is located between Calle 60 and Calle 62 at Calle 19. To get there from the Fiesta Americana, for example, go north on Paseo de Montejo. Take the diagonal left just past the traffic circle with the monument to the Flag. After you turn left, continue on the beautifully tree-lined street to the end. The Campo Deportivo will be in front of you.

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