“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” Michael J. Fox


People from Yucatán are known for many good qualities. But in this southeastern Mexican society, a fundamental value is placed on family. Oftentimes, households are made up of members from several different generations, and as children, we are taught to love, respect, and take care of our elders. Sometimes the ties that bind aren’t of blood, but something even stronger. Adopted Tías & Tíos (aunts and uncles) as well as Primos (cousins) are considered part of the immediate family. Indeed, family is the glue that holds us together.


Over the next month two superstar family members have days dedicated to them: Children’s Day (April 30) and Mother’s Day (May 10). And we have a few editorials to help with the festivities.


If your loved ones are like 90% of people I know, I’m assuming they love chocolate. On page 17, read about Ki’Xocolatl, a local company that’s completely dedicated to this confection. On page 13, Cassie writes about three different afternoon outings for the whole family that will give you a taste of the world, even though you leave your passport at home.


On page 5, Ralf takes you for a walk around the block and Violeta’s description of land-cruising the coast begins on page 7. To learn about the importance of the Maya calendar, take a look at Carlos’ commentary on page 9. And if you’re looking to add a new furry friend to your family, on page 11, Olivia tells you about the amazing work of AFAD, an animal defense group. Greta has been a busy bee as usual, and on page 35, she shares her list of fun and fabulous places to go for a much-deserved drink.


Whether you’re with the family you were given at birth, or the one you have chosen, we hope you’ll enjoy the adventures we’ve selected for you this month, and that you’ll share them with those closest to you. 



Maggie Rosado
Editor of Yucatan Today. Maggie is passionate about tourism, writing, and languages and holds a Master’s degree in Translation.



Photography by Richie Yau, Olivia Camarena, and Virro y Lola for use in Yucatán Today.


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