1. Watch the sun align with ancient architecture during the spring equinox in Chichén Itzá (it all happens between 3 pm and 5 pm) or Dzibilchaltún (arrive by 5 am) on March 20. Expect crowds, but it’s totally worth it!
2. Observe the traditional Catholic “Living Crucifixion” re-enactments in pueblos throughout the state. Visit Acanceh from 10 am – 3 pm on Good Friday, where the dramatic procession moves from the modern municipal palace to the ancient pyramids.
3. Go kitesurfing in El Cuyo, the last frontier of Yucatecan beaches. Kayak through the mangroves or mingle with flamingos on a boat tour of the “ría.”
4. Spoil yourself with an elevated shopping experience in the magical Casa T’hó, where you’ll find products made in México in nearly a dozen different boutiques.
5. Travel to the restaurant El Príncipe Tutul Xiu in Maní and eat “Poc Chuc,” a traditional Yucatecan recipe of grilled pork marinated in freshly-squeezed orange and lime juices.
6. Peak your adrenaline levels on the “adventure” tour of the caves in Calcehtok. Squeeze your body tight as the underworld engulfs you, revealing ancient Maya artifacts, loads of quartz crystals, and complete darkness.
8. If you are a young partygoer, head to Chicxulub Puerto during this time of year. About 10 clubs open their beachside locations, resulting in all-night-long dancing.
9. The menu at “El Convento” in the Hotel La Misión de Fray Diego features Spanish dishes with Maya flair. Ask for a table in the garden, where intimacy meets tropical paradise.
10. Get your shoes shined by jovial José in Mérida’s Plaza Grande, or “Zócalo.” Swoon in the shady, luscious gardens and practice your Spanish with José, as he transforms your leather footwear into new again.
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