A visit to Espita means a chance to admire colonial buildings with photo-worthy architectural beauty. Each one holds memories of a cultural event or a historical episode. Not only that, but the delicious Yucatecan food in its market is not to be missed. Espita is a town with charm and history.
Located 165 km from Mérida, its proximity to Valladolid (49 km) and Tizimín (27 km) places it on a touristic, cultural, and nature route in the east part of the state that attracts more and more visitors.
Why is Espita so important?
The town played a leading role in several chapters of Yucatán’s history, such as the time when 15 locals defended the population during the Caste War (honored with an obelisk-like monument); a glorious past of haciendas dedicated to corn and sugarcane plantations; the arrival of the railroad; having a printing press and a weekly newspaper; as well as visits and important moments during the Revolution. Espita is known as an outstanding cultural and economic center.
Main Attractions in Espita
The best way to discover Espita is by walking, so get ready to visit the surroundings of the main square and admire masonry houses (a technique used to make walls with stones, very common in Yucatán) with double height ceilings, façades in bright colors with pasta floors in unique designs, details on the arches and balconies as well as unusual stairs on the sidewalks. Today they house schools, government offices and art centers. Visit the Municipal Palace, the House of Culture, the headquarters of the Progreso and Recreation Society, and the old railway station, to name a few.
Another attraction is the church of San José, a Franciscan temple built in the 17th century considered Cultural Architectural Heritage of Yucatan. In December, it is home to the festivities of the Baby Jesus, patron of the town. On its façade, notice the unusual reliefs of lions and the stucco stars.
The municipal market “Juan José Méndez” deserves special mention. Opened in 1906, it has a high roof that stands out like a castle tower in red. Its wrought iron balconies next to the fountain at the entrance in front of the church, are also an ideal spot to photograph. You can find Yucatecan appetizers like salbutes and panuchos for breakfast, as well as a dish that has made Espita famous, “mondongo” (tripe).
Hacienda Kankabá is 7 kilometers from Espita, has an old farm, a cenote, and a remodeled main house for lodging, as well as permaculture services.
Espita is a colonial town just waiting to be your next destination!
Editorial by Violeta H. Cantarell
Photography by Violeta H. Cantarell and Hacienda Kankabá
Accommodation and permaculture
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