Think of that moment when you first board a plane and are consumed with anticipation, or when you finally arrive at your destination and are overwhelmed by the smells, sights, and sensations that are new, yet somehow familiar. The beginning of every journey brings a sense of excitement, but when that trip is something more – a pilgrimage, or a homecoming – it truly holds an even deeper meaning.
Phil Cousineau said, “pilgrimage is a powerful metaphor for any journey with the purpose of finding something that matters deeply to the traveler.” This can signify any number of things, maybe you’re looking to be at one with nature, history, or your faith. For me, as I prepare to take my first trip to Yucatán in over a year, this occasion is all about reuniting with my family. It’s also about eating all the Panuchos.
Yucatán is full of places for pilgrimage that are ideal for contemplation and connection. This month, visit Uxmal with Olivia on page 7, it’s one of the state’s most energy-charged sites. Then, flip to page 9, and read Jan’s report on how Milperos in Ek Balam are finding new ways to strengthen their identity through tourism. On page 10, find out what Cassie and her family got up to in the Muna area; and check out the beach scene with Greta, on page 35.
Also in this issue, Violeta speaks of refreshing Aguas Frescas, and Cassie shares her tips to survive bugs in Yucatán. If you’re looking to support our local creators, go to page 9 to read about SoHo’s Art Week, and consult the guide on how to choose your next handcraft on page 11.
Whether your pilgrimage takes you near or far, the meaning behind a journey is entirely up to us. Grab your copy of Yucatán Today, and get discovering.
Editor of Yucatan Today. Maggie is passionate about tourism, writing, and languages and holds a Master’s degree in Translation.
Photography by Melissa Trejo for use in Yucatán Today.
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