Estado de Yucatán Local Customs

  • Our guide Manuel in Chichen Itza
    Our guide Manuel in Chichen Itza
    by Jefie
  • Sylvain during our excursion to Celestun
    Sylvain during our excursion to Celestun
    by Jefie
  • Our guide Raul in Uxmal
    Our guide Raul in Uxmal
    by Jefie

Estado de Yucatán Local Customs

  • Tour operators for Yucatan excursions

    Here's a tip I really would have liked to find as I was planning my trip to Yucatan. Since Sylvain didn't feel like driving during our holidays, we decided to book some excursions online before leaving. There are plenty of tour operators based in Mérida, and here is my review of three of them.Mayan Ecotours (;...

  • ¿ Habla Español?

    In Mexico, with the exception of border towns, no one speaks English. Spanish is spoken widely, as well as some other indigenous tribal languages. Be sure you either know Spanish, or go with someone who does.

  • Free roaming jewlrey

    We found a couple of places in Merida that sell gold plated beatles as jewlrey. You can't pin this broach on or it will die. Just put it on your shirt and you will be the talk of the town. Some of them had fake gems glued on as well with a gold chain for a leash.

  • Harrasment while you shop

    If you are in an Yucatan/Quintana Roo town expect to be hassled in the shopping areas--especially in street markets. And these, usually guys, do not take "no" for an answer even though it translates fine into Spanish!!! If you happen to be a woman, expect twice as much trouble from these guys. Do not mind if you need to be adamant and repetitious...


    Mexicans don't experience death as a sad thing. They believe that life in the hereafter is full of happiness. Mexicans think that every year on November 1, dead people visit the graveyards to be fed. So, tradition says that the family has to leave some food on the graves for their dead families.


    Dance and music is an important part of Mexico. They are mainly peformed to honour Christian saints, but in many cases they have pre-Hispanic roots and retain traces of ancient ritual.


    Voladeros is an ancient ritual. Four men 'fly' (with ropes attached to one leg) from the top of a 20-metre-high pole in re-enactment of an old fertilitiy rite.

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