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The Parque Morelos, now mainly known as Parque de la Madre - mother’s park, shelters a replica of Charles Lenoir’s sculpture “Maternite.” 
Yucatán's state government has announced that restaurants will now be allowed to remain for one hour longer, until 11 pm.
Event organizers have been quick to point out that they will be following all sanitary protocols, to protect vendors and patrons from COVID-19. 

People of Homún awarded Lion Heart award for their fight against pig farms

The recognition comes as Homún continues to fight against pig farms which locals say produce dangerous levels of pollutants that seep into their groundwater. 

New archaeological discovery sheds light on a centuries-old conflict

Archaeologists in Piste, Yucatán, have discovered the foundations of two structures dating to the Caste War.

Yucatán’s COVID vaccination program reaches younger residents

Yucatán begins inoculating residents as young...

A plea to end Mérida’s days of unchecked growth

A new report titled "the costs of urban expansion in Mexico" has found that Mérida's strategy for growth is alarmingly deficient.

20 deaths in 1 day, but also some hopeful COVID data as well

Valladolid residents in their 30s were...

Fundamental Arquitectura and the art of taking it slow

Zaida and Orlando have been creating narrative-heavy spaces in Mérida since 2015. With an important emphasis on public spaces, they have recycled iconic spaces of the city into new forms of living.

New ‘micro wedding’ trend keeping romance alive in Yucatán

Weddings in Yucatán have historically been rather large affairs, with receptions hosting under 200 attendees usually being considered small. But the COVID-19 pandemic has changed all of that.

Progreso has welcomed its first cruise in over 16 months

Although only approximately 300 passengers disembarked from the ship, local and state authorities hailed the arrival of the Breeze as a victory and sign that Yucatán’s cruising industry is finally beginning to recover.

Mérida will replace its airport with a new one, governor confirms

The Mérida International Airport in 2020...

Looking to buy ceramics? Look no further than Ticul

When entering the town on the road from the nearby town of Muna, you will notice a string of several shops ceiling ceramic crafts, plates, ornaments, and pots. 

Building in Mérida: Permits and contracts for the historic center

In Mérida, construction permits are different depending on the area in which you’re building. As the Centro Histórico is one of the most popular neighborhoods for newcomers, there are some technical — and legal considerations to keep in mind.

Bonampak: Mérida’s newest bar is a feast for the eyes

Mérida’s most Instagram-worthy bar has opened its doors after filling its walls with color.

On the market

Browse Yucatán's most beautiful homes and the properties with the most potential.

Yucatán at Home

Fundamental Arquitectura and the art of taking it slow

Zaida and Orlando have been creating narrative-heavy spaces in Mérida since 2015. With an important emphasis on public spaces, they have recycled iconic spaces of the city into new forms of living.

Entertaining at home: Simple and festive Yucatán-inspired tablescapes

Here are some nearby shops to make your tabletop pop.

Which house plant for which room? Advice from a local garden center

Many of us gravitate toward beginner-friendly plants and often remain on that level. But if you’re looking to embark into a leafier, more colorful world, it may be time you moved on to ‘level two.’

Food & Drink

Bonampak: Mérida’s newest bar is a feast for the eyes

Mérida’s most Instagram-worthy bar has opened its doors after filling its walls with color.

Snack time: The best of Yucatán’s botanitas

While some of the snacks on offer in Yucatán are easily recognizable to newcomers, others may seem a little more exotic.

Recipe: Yucatán’s Kaaxil Sikil just happens to be vegan

Addi María Ay Ché represented Yucatán in a national cooking contest...

Here are the hard-to-find comfort foods gringos crave

We may love Mérida, but we foreign residents still occasionally crave comfort foods that are not easily available.

Wildlife

The amazing birds of Yucatán

The Yucatan peninsula is home to some of Mexico’s most beautiful and exuberants birds, 565 of them to be exact.

Spiders and howlers: Yucatán’s charming species of New World monkeys

Other than human beings, Yucatán is home to two species of primates, these being howler and spider monkeys.

Yet more amazing birds in Yucatán, from red-winged blackbirds to macaws

Birding can be a great activity to help fight stress, as it encourages serval of the same practices as meditation.

Wellbeing

Enjoying Yucatecan foods in a Whole30 diet

A "Chopped" champion chef adapted the best of Yucatán's flavors to the growing Whole 30 diet.

Sleep is better in a hammock, scientific study confirms

Mayan people have traditionally preferred to hang hammocks rather than make beds. Swiss researchers have found this preference to be justified.

Mamey on the menu: All about Yucatán’s healthy fruit

For access to a fruit that's delicious and full of healthy properties, you're in the right place. Yucatán happens to be the country's largest producer of mamey.

5 healthy reasons to drink tequila

A magazine that promotes healthy lifestyles reports that tequila shots can be part of that regimen.

The Environment

Beach erosion now creeping in on 100% of Yucatán beach homes

"We need a new set of standards to address the problem, as honestly efforts so far have not only been unsuccessful but have actually made the problem worse," said Pedro Castro Borges, of the CInsvestav research institute.

New measures needed to protect Yucatán’s beaches from pollution

Worrying levels of pollution have been detected at four of Yucatán's beaches.

Rare baby Lora turtles seen in Yucatán for the first time

Ecologists hope to learn more about this species, as well as what brought it to Yucatán in the first place.

Pemex downplays ‘eye of fire’ in the Gulf of Mexico

The accident is said to have been caused by a faulty duct that released and ignited highly combustible gas in the Gulf.

New wave of sargassum hits Quintana Roo with a vengeance

The most affected areas include beaches on the state’s southern coast, but large patches of seaweed have extended all the way north to the tourist mecca of Cancun.

Popular

New Xcaret theme park to open in Yucatán by December

Xibalba park will feature a circuit of eight cenotes connected by an artificial flowing river.

Comalcalco, the oddball of the Maya world

Archaeology Monday provides historical background, photos and practical information about these ancient marvels and how to get out and enjoy them for yourself. This week we travel far afield to western Tabasco to explore the unique ancient city of Comalcalco.

Tourist held after she illegally climbs Chichén Itzá pyramid

Kukulkán Pyramid, before regulations prohibited tourists from climbing the famous structure....

The skyrocketing value of colonial homes in downtown Mérida

During the last decade, the value of colonial homes in Mérida's historic center has risen by as much as 300%.

The amazing birds of Yucatán

The Yucatan peninsula is home to some of Mexico’s most beautiful and exuberants birds, 565 of them to be exact.

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Exploring Mexico's ancient past

Xelha, where fresh water springs life anew

Despite being on the Caribbean coast where hurricanes and powerful storms are common, many of Xelha's murals have survived the ravages...

A new way of looking at Yucatán’s famed Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá has gone from being thought of as simply one of many Mayan cities to nearly synonymous with Maya civilization itself.

Xcaret, Mayan archaeology in a Disneyland setting

The tallest structure at the site is a step pyramid borrowing elements of Teotihuacan architecture.