“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” – Leo Tolstoy
Spring has sprung and it’s a favorite time of year for Yucatecans. Children look forward to their Easter break and increased temperatures mean beaches are packed, or at least they were in pre-Covid times. Also, archaeological sites are a favorite place for locals and visitors to explore, especially when it comes to witnessing the descent of Kukulkán during the equinox in Chichén Itzá.
Of course, so much is different in 2021. Many of us are commemorating a full year of being on lockdown, and Chichén Itzá will be closed on what is usually its busiest day of the year. But a lot remains the same: kids will rejoice during Semana Santa, the spring sun will ripen mangos and help Flamboyán trees bloom. We will hopefully continue to escape the heat by hitting the beach, and if not possible soaking in swimming pools or running through a sprinkler.
In this edition, Olivia uses page 5 to introduce us to one of Centro’s favorite neighbors, Donia Way. Ralf takes us to see Yucatán’s “magical towns” on page 7, and Violeta teaches us some common Maya greetings on page 9. We receive some insight into the world of kitesurfing in El Cuyo, by Ceci on page 11. Meanwhile, on page 13, Cassie tells us all about her family’s stay at one of the coolest eco lodges in the state, Genesis Eco-Oasis.
Looking for refreshing experiences in the city? On page 8, find out about the delicious varieties of local honey with a tasting at Miel Nativa Kaban. Or, you can stop by Casa Chica for a drink or a game of chess on page 17, and then join Greta sleuthing out some of the hidden treasures of Mérida’s culinary scene on page 35.
Slather on some sunscreen, gather your hair under a favorite hat, don some dark glasses and of course your face mask. Then tuck this month’s edition of Yucatán Today into your tote, and follow Mr. Tolstoy’s adage as you use this season to plan for your next adventure further afield.
Editor of Yucatán Today
Photography by Richie Yau and Marco Saénz for use in Yucatán Today.
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