But unlike Espita or Tekax, which are a little over two hours from Mérida (in different directions), Motul lay less than an hour from Centro.
Also, unlike Espita or Tekax, Motul is a good deal larger, and though it is by no means a large city, it certainly has a hustle and bustle to it.
Among Yucatecos, Motul is best known for one thing, Huevos Motuleños, or Motul-style eggs. This breakfast staple is made by bathing fried eggs set atop fried (or baked) tortillas in a thick tomato sauce, with ham, cheese, and peas — with a side of fried plantains and a chile habanero, of course.
The most famous place to eat Huevos Motuleños is in a restaurant in Motul’s main market called Doña Evelia.
Motul’s market is also worth visiting in its own right, as it has plenty of shops where you can find foodstuff most often unavailable in places like Mérida.
Aside from food and shopping, Motul’s market also often has musical groups or soloists busking for tips.
Motul is also known nationwide for its most famous son, former revolutionary, journalist, and governor Felipe Carrillo Puerto.
In 1909, Carrillo Puerto joined the Mexican Revolution, fighting on the side of the Constitutionalists. He quickly rose through the ranks, becoming governor of Yucatán in 1922. As governor, he implemented a number of progressive reforms, including land reform, women’s suffrage, and the establishment of schools and hospitals for the Maya people.
Carillo Puerto’s short-lived romance with the American journalist Alma Reed has oddly enough become the stuff of legend in Yucatán (despite the fact that he was already married) and even inspired one of the region best known trova compositions, Peregrina.
Given its proximity to Mérida as well as several attractions, including archaeological sites and cenotes, Motul makes for a great hub to explore the Peninsula while avoiding the hubbub of its capital city.
If you go
To spend the night in Motul, there are several hotels with a wide range of prices. For example, a night at Hacienda San Jose will cost you roughly 3,500 pesos per night, while more basic accommodations can be found at around the 600 peso mark.