When the heat starts to ramp up in Yucatán, it’s considered poor form to start complaining before May. But now that the hot weather has “officially” begun, we see plenty of evidence pointing out that this is the sweatiest time of year.
All around the state, you’ll see how people have acclimated to the high temperature and humidity. Joggers go running in the parks before sunrise or after dark. At lunchtime, many Yucatecan businesses close down for an hour or so; this allows for family time and a siesta, which is considered a necessity by many. Around sunset, rocking chairs are dragged onto porches so that neighbors can chat and enjoy the balmy evening breeze. Of course weekend fun usually involves either a pool gathering and popsicles, or hanging out somewhere with really powerful A/C.
Yes, Yucatecans have mastered the art of staying cool, and while you continue discovering your own go-to strategies, we have some yummy reads to help you not just survive the heat, but thrive in it.
Take a walk around the block with Ralf on page 4, and on the next page, number 5, check out Carlos’ tips on how to enjoy Mérida’s emerging bike culture (yes, in May!). On pages 7 and 10, Violeta and Cassie offer up ideas for enjoying life in Celestún and Dzilam de Bravo. After reading the beach gals’ sunny day ideas, find page 8, and check out what Jan from Co’ox Mayab has to say about community-run cooperatives. Want a glimpse into the art scene? Turn to page 12 for Yeyé’s latest about CAV. Also in this issue, on page 35, Olivia explores some of the city’s terraces so you can spend time out in the open with tasty treats.
Stay cool, my friends!
Editor of Yucatan Today. Maggie is passionate about tourism, writing, and languages and holds a Master’s degree in Translation.
Photography by Joe Santana for use in Yucatán Today.
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