“There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed. — Kate Douglas Wiggin.
I am truly delighted to be welcoming you to this special edition of Yucatán Today, devoted to the region surrounding the Sierrita de Ticul (Ticul hills), also known as the Puuc region. This micro-mountain range (rising a whopping 210 m or roughly 690 ft above sea level) runs almost parallel to our border with the neighboring state of Campeche, beginning at the municipality of Maxcanú and all the way down to Tekax and part of Tzucacab.
This relief, despite its minuscule elevation, literally stands out in a land as flat as Yucatán; still, it isn’t the only factor that makes this region special. Its impressive underground cave formations, breathtaking vegetation, its people, its connection to its Maya past and present… there’s plenty of elements to choose from when trying to explain why this area is perfect for a deeper exploration of Yucatán, and everything in it.
Throughout this issue you’ll discover several aspects of what the southwest region of our state has to offer, including, of course, the Puuc route (that is, a string of deeply ornate Maya archaeological sites), but also one of Yucatán’s brand new Magical Towns: Tekax. On behalf of everyone in the Yucatán Today team, we truly hope we’ve managed to convey everything we experienced while researching this issue, and that this edition inspires you to plan an adventure of your own. So there you have it: it’s time to run for the hills!
By Alicia Navarrete
Communicologist born circumstantially in México City, but who says “uay” since 1985. Life has allowed me to see the world, which in turn has allowed me to discover how much I love the place where I live
Photography by Renée Morales, and Carlos Rosado for use in Yucatán Today.
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