“An upcoming vacation gives us something to eagerly anticipate.” – Jaime Kurtz


It’s officially summer vacations in Yucatán, and despite the mosquitos, rain, and humidity, our state is looking even more stunning than usual. I’m visiting after an extended absence and was immediately blown away by how green everything is, and the happy birds chirping in the trees after an afternoon rain. While driving through rush hour traffic with many fussed motorists, I was more focused on how many butterflies were fluttering about. Indeed, vacations give us the opportunity to appreciate the little things.


Last year’s storms were particularly devastating for many local communities that are still recovering, and our roads really take a beating once the season begins. However, staying true to our traditions, we Yucatecos remain optimistic that our weather will be kinder this year.


Ready for some summer fun in our state? Ralf takes you to explore some of Mérida’s hidden corners on page 4, followed by Natalie’s nod to the early photographer of Chichén Itzá, Laura Gilpin. Olivia retells a full day of adventure in Maní on page 7, and shares the details on three cultural venues on page 8. Then, read Carlos’ article on Maya surnames and dynasties on page 9, followed by Cassie’s social-distancing weekend at the Mayaland Hotel and Bungalows on page 10.


Also in this edition, Violeta tells you about Tenango embroidery and amber jewelry on page 11, and about five local restaurants that have captivated generations of Yucatecans on page 35.


Grab an umbrella before heading out, slather on some insect repellent after your sunscreen, and of course, don’t forget your copy of Yucatán Today. Have a wonderful summer!


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



Photography by Joanna van der Gracht for use in Yucatán Today.



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