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Mérida has kicked off an international Pok ta Pok tournament, also known as the "Mayan ball game" World Cup. 
For the second year in a row, Yucatan's Catholic archdiocese is urging its faithful to not assist to large events commemorating the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe on Dec. 12. 
A 14-year-old boy was attacked by a shark while swimming in the Caribbean sea off Mahahual in southern Quintana Roo. 
A campaign to further boost the state’s economy has paid off. Yucatán has been granted membership in the elite World Tourism Organization.
“The importance of the language can be observed from the perspective of its psycho-emotional value or potential", says Cocom Bolio. “Language also creates a sense of identity and belonging; and, at the same time, a tradition or way of life.”
Yucatán’s congress has passed a bill making Internet access a human right. 
The US ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, joined the governors of Mexico's southeastern states for an official bilateral summit in Mérida.
Unofficial reports claim that Mexican authorities helped 19 people to disembark the badly damaged ship.
The protestors set up camp outside of the facility and took to laying on mats and pieces of cardboard to demonstrate their commitment to settling the issue without violence.
Property taxes across Mérida are about to see a considerable increase. 
The new bus route known as the “va y ven,” which translates to “come and go,” began operation on Saturday along the entirety of Mérida’s Periferico circuit.
Restricting travel or closing borders is of little use in response to the emergence of the new...
Large CFE facility on Mérida’s Periferico. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht The...
Feminist protestors unveiled a monument in Mérida’s Remate at the foot of the Paseo de Montejo to protest ongoing violence against women. 
Mérida's international tango festival is set to return for a full calendar week starting Nov. 25.
Once again, a clandestine visitor has broken the rules at Chichén Itzá by climbing Kukulcán’s famed pyramid. 

We got a robot artist to paint Yucatán, here are the results

One could be forgiven for brushing off AI art as a fad, but sometimes these technologies deliver some very interesting results.

New York artist finds an unlikely muse in rural Yucatán

Lohin's artistic subject matter ranges from portraits to landscapes and renderings of her favorite model — a donkey named Camila.

International TlaquepArte handicrafts show returns to Mérida

Expo TlaquepArte returns to Mérida on Friday. Photo: Courtesy With the 200 exhibitors...

On the market

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

Casa Alta Blanca: Easy, peaceful beach living

Casa Alta in Telchac Puerta is...

A private paradise at your Yucatán country estate

A private country estate is all...

Ermita retreat: Historic charm and modern amenities

This charming retreat has every feature that...

What to find in a Yucatecan Christmas market

Located right in front of the high school Centro Universitario Montejo, the market hosts slow-food vendors on the weekends and maintains its crafts and decor market all throughout the week.

Ermita Park– The start of the original road to Campeche

Its yellow church, French cobblestone streets, and botanical garden are testimony of the passing of time throughout the capital.

Colonia Mexico: A modernist survivor in the world of Yucatán architecture

A neighborhood of great importance in the city, it emerged in the late 1940s, under the government of Ernesto Novelo Torres, but did not become relevant until the following decade. 

Nochebuenas: Mexico’s Christmas gift is a bright red plant

Nochebuenas, otherwise known as poinsettias, are the iconic Christmas season plant. They are the most widely sold potted plant in the world, and, a fact widely ignored outside the country, they are actually native to southeastern Mexico. 

Why expats like to play ‘Name That House!’

It’s not a quiz show — it’s a phenomenon that occurs a lot in Mérida, and perhaps other cities in Latin America as well, where expats have fixed up their dream retirement home and as the final touch on their restoration place a plaque on the wall next to the entryway that says “Casa Flores” or some such thing.

La Casa Azul — The bright blue icon behind Paseo de Montejo

Built in the 19h century, the now boutique hotel was declared a Historic Monument in 1982, and to this day preserves its original French-style architecture. It has become one of the most iconic buildings in Paseo Montejo.

FMT Estudio: La Casita showcases the potential of small Centro properties

In today’s Centro, people are looking for properties that maintain the original essence of what there was, whilst becoming functional and enjoyable. FMT faced this challenge in 2018, with a project they dubbed “La Casita”. 

Pavo pibil: Yucatán-style roast turkey is full of flavor

Pavo pibil is full of flavor. Photo: Carlos van der Gracht...

Wine tasting and street-food tapas tempt us at MEL

Raise a glass to the Merida English Library for surviving lockdown. Its gradual reopening is afoot and Thursday's MEL Wine Tasting is evidence of just that.

Yucatán Magazine’s 2021 Thanksgiving Dining Guide

Here we are again with a list of turkey-and-trimmings options for anyone in Yucatan craving a taste of home.

Canada’s favorite indulgence makes its way to the land of the panucho

Cue the poutine! As much as everyone in Mérida loves tacos, panuchos, and salbutes, the amount of international options for snacking and dining in the city continues to grow. 

Angels: What makes Adele Aguirre’s new art exhibit at SoHo Galleries so moving

Adele Aguirre's "Angels" exhibit at SoHo Galleries responds to a personal crisis, but will be cathartic to everyone suffering loss. ...

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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

Tabasco’s hidden mangrove forest is ‘trapped in time’

The aquatic life of the San Pedro Mártir River in Tabasco...

Sargassum and the Sahara dust phenomenon — are they connected?

A look at where the Saharan Air Layer (SAL) was moving...

Scientists explore reefs in Yucatán to document damage from tourists

Scientists will document the effects of illegal fishing and tourism in the reefs of Alacranes and Bajos del Norte in the Yucatán Peninsula.

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.

Yucatán has lost over half of its jungle

Aside from Mérida, the worst affected municipalities include Tizimín, Tecax, and Tzucacab, all of which are known for ranching and agriculture.

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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.

55 years ago an aircraft mysteriously crashed in Yucatán. Now a team of adventurers seeks answers

It is uncertain if the adventurers will be able to make it to the crash site, but claim that the expedition is as much about the journey as the destination.

Its port quiet for over a year, Progreso will welcome Carnival Breeze in July

Progreso will be a rare port of call for Carnival in July.

The most beautiful Mayan words in the Spanish language

Mayaisms add poetry to everyday conversation

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%.

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Exploring Mexico's ancient past

Teotihuacán, the enigmatic city at the center of the universe

The grandeur of Teotihuacán is hard to overstate. It is easy to understand why their cultural descendants, the famed Aztecs, thought the great city lay at the center of the universe itself.

Cacaxtla and the mystery of its spectacular Maya murals

The Cacaxtla-Xochitécatl archaeological site is one of the most interesting and unique in all of Mexico. Aside from its massive structures and breathtakingly beautiful vistas, this ancient city in Central Mexico boasts a rather out-of-place feature — Maya murals. 

Copán, the great dynastic Macaw capital of the eastern Maya

Copán is also one of Honduras's most important tourist attractions and one of its few restored archaeological sites.