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"Puebleando" por Yucatán

14 june 2016
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Tekal de Venegas RojoLet the adventurous spirit guide you along new routes to discover Yucatan. One of them can be “towning”, that is, passing through the towns from Mérida to Izamal instead of going along the main road. You will discover unique places located in the heart of this henequera area, so get ready to discover, take photographs and have a pleasant time in each place.


Cenotes, haciendas, nature and colonial magic! Take the main road that takes you to Tixkokob, then visit Tixpéhual, Cacalchén, Bokobá and Tekal de Venegas until you reach Izamal. On the way back, use the main road from Izamal to Mérida.




In Tixpéhual make the first stop, in this small town it is worth visiting the temple of San Martín Obispo, built in colonial times. Look closely at the tips of the church that resemble flames. In the main park you will also find a sculpture by Enrique Gottdiener Soto dedicated to motherhood.




Back on the main road continue towards Cacalchén. There, take a tour of the Municipal Palace and the Temple of San Pedro and San Pablo, which dates back to the 16th century. During the last week of June, from the 20th to the 29th, the annual festival is held in honor of both patron saints of the municipality, in which the entire community participates. During Holy Week, the inhabitants of Cacalchén usually go to the Christ of Aké, a nearby town, and take a tour through the streets carrying the image, in gratitude for the miracles and blessings granted.

Walking through Cacalchén you will be able to appreciate the albarradas (very characteristic walls in the towns made with stones) and bougainvilleas of various colors greeting you as you pass. Ask about the cenotes open to the public and suitable for taking a dip, such as “Ayin” which is located in the town within a semi-open grotto where you can cool off. To enter there is a charge of $20 pesos.




Following approximately 6 km along the road is Bokobá, a town that will offer you unexpected surprises such as the Temple and former Convent of the Virgin of the Assumption from the 17th century, as well as benches made of granite in the main park, wooden doors painted in different colors and of course bicycles, the main means of transportation, cannot be missing.



Tekal de Venegas

The last town on this route is Tekal de Venegas, about 30 km from Cacalchén and 14 km from Izamal. The temples of San Román and San Pedro stand out, painted with the characteristic yellow color and main staircases. You can also carry out eco-archaeological activities in Ox Watz, which has buildings from an old henequen hacienda, three aguadas (Tzatz, Kanab and Ox Watz), the X'Batún archaeological zone, the Azul cenote and Kukulá, as well as cycling and observation activities. of birds and trees. Quite an experience.

Finally, arrive at the magical town of Izamal, the final destination of this day of adventures.



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Violeta H. Cantarell

Author: Violeta H. Cantarell

“Meridana,” traveler, animal lover, passionate reader, commentator, and enthusiastic promoter of the natural and human beauty of Yucatán.

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