Yucatán, USA? It could have happened

Today, Scotland votes on its independence, something that Mexico celebrated earlier this week. Which brings to mind the topic of Yucatán’s independence.

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A store in Tishkokob, near Merida, displays hammocks for sale. Photo: Getty

Yucatan’s iconic hammocks hanging in there

Manufacturers and sellers of hammocks are in a struggle to stay in business, threatening the future of an iconic symbol of Yucatecan living.

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Cancun is teeming with a lot more people this year.

Report: Beach visitors up by over 1.4M

Visitors are showing a strong preference for the beach, but success is not spread out evenly among the peninsula’s tourist destinations.

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Homes: Making mid-century modern blend in colonial Mérida

Robert Holtby and Emile Romain let their strong preference for clean, crisp design follow them from Vancouver to Mérida. We asked Robert 5 questions.

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National Ballet of Cuba returns for fall fest

Mérida, Yucatán — The much vaunted National Ballet of Cuba brings their distinct style of dance to Yucatán during the fall season of the annual Cultural Festival of the Arts. They perform Sept. 22-23 at the Teatro Armando Manzanero. The company will perform "Coppelia," with the leading roles played by Viengsay Valdes, Amaya Rodríguez, Víctor Estévez, Adrian Molina, Felix Rodriguez and … [Read More...]

A previous Grito celebration on the Plaza Grande of Mérida. Photo: Flickr

50,000 people cry ‘Viva!’ on the Plaza Grande

Mérida, Yucatán — Over 50,000 people packed the Plaza Grande last night, defying the afternoon rain to celebrate the Grito de Independencia, a patriotic festival of fireworks and music. Heavy security safeguarded the plaza as officers, assisted by police dogs, patrolled the roofs and roamed the streets on foot and in trucks. Prior to the traditional ceremony, the Secretary General of … [Read More...]


High-speed transpeninsular train appears stalled

The plan to build the transpeninsular high-speed train from Merida to Punta Venado, on the Mayan Riviera — which was to start construction in October and begin operation 2017 — is virtually paralyzed, reports Diario de Yucatán. The project's absence from a 2015 budget proposal, an official request to suspend a key environmental impact study, and the lack of a cost-benefit analysis are cited as … [Read More...]

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Chen Bech market unveils its makeover

Six months of renovation work has concluded, and the dust at Chen Bech market has settled down. The neighborhood mercado re-opened today to the public, revealing airy, brightly lit facilities for its freshly painted stalls. Visitors appeared surprised by the newness of the popular marketplace. Chen Bech is on the eastern edge of the Centro, past La Mejorada at calles 42 and 57, a … [Read More...]

From left, Julie Glandt, representing a North Carolina adoption agency; Sarita Blancarte de Zapata, president of the welfare agency, and Limber Sosa Lara of DIF, greet a child during a press conference at the Mundo Maya Museum in Merida. Photo: Contributed

Yucatan pioneers international adoptions

Merida, Yucatan — Infants and adolescents in Yucatan who are up for adoption and have serious health problems and physical or cognitive disabilities, have a brighter outlook thanks to the collaboration between the state's System for Integral Family Development (DIF) and the North Carolina-based agency Carolina Adoption Services. In a ceremony held at the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, DIF … [Read More...]

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Merida dog park on the drawing board

Merida, Yucatan — A park exclusively for dogs is coming to the Paseo Verde, said Pablo Gamboa Miner, the director general of the Metropolitan Coordination of Planning (Comey). In a press conference, Gamboa Miner announced that before the end of  2014, the Linear Park in Merida's west side will have set aside ​​1,500 square meters specially dedicated to pets. As a result of a series … [Read More...]

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