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By Working Gringos

Merida is a city of a million people… and hundreds of different neighborhoods. Where to live? Where to buy? We can’t possibly talk about all of them, but maybe this will help. Now updated as of August 2014!


By Byron D. Augustin

In this third and final part of our series on visiting Cuba, writer Byron Augustin talks about religion, politics, music, sports and cigars…

By Byron D. Augustin

In Part II of our three part series on Cuba, our guest writer Byron Augustin talks about classic cars, street commerce, traveling around Cuba and some hidden treasures that he was fortunate to see…

By Byron D. Augustin

One of our favorite guest writers went on a trip to Cuba, and all we got (which is a lot…) is this first of three articles about traveling to and through that nearby island paradise…


By Scott Wallace

Guest writer Scott Wallace takes us along the recent Lake Bacalar Paddle Marathon for a moment-to-moment account of what it was like to participate in this race…

By Working Gringos

Looking for a place to visit outside of Merida? So many times we overlook something special that is right in front of us. Uman is just outside of Merida and it is one of those special places…

By Scott Wallace

Our guest writer Scott Wallace takes a trip into the deep jungle of the lower Yucatan Peninsula between Lake Bacalar and Chetumal Bay, just like the Spanish and Maya travelers before him…


By Scott Wallace

Laguna Bacalar is becoming a popular getaway destination for expatriates living in Merida. Here is our guest writer, Scott Wallace, on the history of this area and a bit about the special blue waters…

By Working Gringos

Merida is lucky to be the home of Mexico’s second largest railway museum and full of historic treasures. Ivan Godfrey, a railway preservation expert from England, is now living here in Merida and spearheading the museum’s restoration efforts…

By Kimberly A. Edwards

A new writer and first-time visitor to Isla Holbox reports on her experience on this lovely, peaceful island off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Peace and quiet was what she sought and what she found…


By Working Gringos

We recently visited Puerto Morelos, a seaside village along the Riviera Maya that doesn’t get a lot of press but impressed us anyway…

By Byron D. Augustin

Sunrises and sunsets… a beautiful part of any day in the Yucatan. We all have memories and photos of our favorites. In this article, Byron Augustin tells us where to see the best ones on Isla Mujeres…

By Working Gringos

Are you noticing that there is a growing incidence of torn-up streets in the downtown area? This is just the latest phase of a renovation project that has been going on for years, but is said to be almost complete…

By Michael Lewis

Ever wonder what its like living on an island in a tourist town? Photographer Michael Lewis gives us his insight into what life is like living on Cozumel…

By Working Gringos

If you are looking for a place to escape the Merida heat this spring, consider a short trip to the nearby state of Oaxaca. Alvin Starkman gives us an up-close-and-personal account of a cooking class there…

By Dr. Steven Fry

Thinking about driving from the USA or Canada to Merida? This article will help you decide where to cross the border and how to get to Merida the safest and quickest way possible…

By Byron D. Augustin

A museum in a former church with a lot of fascinating local history documented and displayed… yet another attraction in the colonial city of Valladolid…

By Alvin Starkman

One of the best parts about living in Yucatan is getting to travel easily to other wonderful parts of Mexico. Since so many of you are interested in Oaxaca, we invited an expat from Oaxaca to give us his advice on what to see over a long weekend…

By Working Gringos

Yes, there are shopping malls in Merida, more now than ever before. In Merida and in Mexico in general, malls have come to provide the modern social equivalent of plazas in years past…

By Working Gringos

The three cenotes of Cuzama have become a very popular tour… but did you know that the same tour is available from the village of Chunkanan? Here’s why you should know about it and what to do once you know…

By Working Gringos

In nine years as residents of Yucatan, we had never stayed in a bonafide all-inclusive on the Riviera Maya. We had a chance to do that recently, and we went for it…

By Working Gringos

On a sunny Yucatan day, we were picked up in a private van and escorted to some very special places outside of Merida. We’re not usually tour people, but we were pleasantly surprised…

By Dr. Steven Fry

Governor Ivonne Ortega has big plans for Chichen Itza and the surrounding area. One of Yucatan Living’s intrepid reporters attended the meeting and tells us all about it…

By Working Gringos

Campeche is both different from and similar to Merida, and is another interesting and increasingly popular option as a place to live and retire on the Yucatan Peninsula…

By Heather Rath

If sleeping with a legend is something you’ve always wanted to do then Genesis Retreat, an eco-oasis near the Mayan archaeological zone of Ek Balam, just may be your cup of herbal tea…

By Catharine Lyons King

It’s not quite an octopus’s garden, but researchers at the Sisal campus of Mexico’s national university, working closely with local residents, may be about to establish the world’s first commercial octopus farm…

By Working Gringos

Merida will soon have both a zoo and an animal park called Animaya, which is about to be opened in honor of Mexico’s Bicentennial. We were lucky to go along on a preview tour…

By Kim Romans

A drive to the Puuc hills in search of reproductions of ancient Mayan art unearths the craftsmanship and passion of local artisans…

By Working Gringos

You never know what you might find around the next bend. On the way from Valladolid to Tulum, it was La Casa de Las Mariposas that caught our eye…

By Working Gringos

Have a free weekend? Planning a trip here? Want to know what is going on out in the countryside? Here’s a list of all the fiestas of the year…

By Working Gringos

One of the biggest ecological preserves on the peninsula was the site recently of a unique survey designed to map and understand the flow of fresh water underground. Scott Wallace reports from Laguna Bacalar…

By Working Gringos

Wondering what to do for Christmas and New Year’s Eve? Here’s our annual rundown of what’s going on… Happy Holidays from Yucatan Living!

By Working Gringos

Valladolid is a town famous for many things most of us have never heard about. For so long, it has been stuck halfway between two important cities (Merida and Cancun). Now that fact may become its claim to a well-deserved fame…

By Working Gringos

It used to be hard to find an accurate map of many places in Mexico, especially the hinterlands of the Yucatan Peninsula. Nowadays, the Internet has changed all that. There are accurate maps of most of the inhabited places in Mexico, and a few fun things to do with maps as well…

By Working Gringos

Getting ready to drive to the Yucatan? In the past, it was difficult to find an accurate map of almost anywhere in Mexico, especially the Yucatan Peninsula. The good news is that the Internet has finally changed all that! Now there are all kinds of maps at your fingertips…

By Michele Kinnon

A friend and fellow writer from Playa del Carmen recently visited the Jungle Place, a place where fellow extranjeros provide shelter and a new home for abused and neglected spider monkeys…

By Christine Fram

Take a tour of the local factory, set in a beautiful hacienda, that makes the delicious Xtabentun liqueur which is only made in the Yucatan…

By Working Gringos

On a quiet weekday during Easter week, the staff at Yucatan Living tried to eat lunch at Hacienda Temozon, but ended up at Hacienda Ochil, a sleepy little hacienda restaurant… or so we thought! See how Hacienda Ochil has grown…

By Working Gringos

Deep in the Yucatan jungle but close to the Mayan Riviera lies a magical place, the Mayan ruins of Coba. Coba may not be one of the New Wonders of the World, but you can still climb the pyramid there…

By Christine Fram

Mérida is a great city; life here is more relaxed and slow-paced, but once the sun goes down, one thing is for sure: Yucatecans know how to party, and they’re good at it…

By Working Gringos

La vida tranquila is a wonderful thing, but once in awhile, we need to experience big city life. When Merida was filling up with holiday visitors, the Working Gringos traveled to Mexico City…

By Working Gringos

Like a modern-day Stephens and Catherwood, the Working Gringos set out to explore the seemingly sudden and quite welcome appearance of spas in the Yucatan…

By Working Gringos

Have you been to the new Merida City Museum? Take a tour with us while we take a tour at the center of Merida’s history. Then take our Merida history pop quiz…

By Working Gringos

You’ll probably notice it if you’ve been here more than a week or two: stone is used in almost every house in Yucatan. We visit the popular stone carving town north of Merida to see why…

By Working Gringos

Before there were shopping malls and video games, Merida’s children always had a special place to go for fun, the Parque Zoologico del Centenario, also known as the Merida Zoo…

By Working Gringos

Generations of adventurers have been discovering Yucatan since the first European set foot here. Now and then, we get to think we’re making a “discovery” ourselves…

By Working Gringos

One of our favorite things to do with guests on a day trip is to take a tour of some of the local haciendas. Just one more thing we love about living in Yucatan…

By Working Gringos

A modern Mexican beach princess, with a cell phone in one hand, a shopping bag in the other and soft white Caribbean sand between her painted toes…

By Working Gringos

What can we say about Cancun that hasn’t been said a brazillion times already? Plenty…

By Working Gringos

The quintessential Yucatan eating experience is attained somewhere outdoors. The view isn’t great. The tablecloth (if there is one) is oilcloth atop a cheap plastic or metal table donated to the restaurant by Coca Cola. The food is dripping with sauce, hot and tasty…

By Working Gringos

An ode (or is it an aria?) to the best little opera house on the Yucatan Peninsula: the Teatro Jose Peon Contreras

By Working Gringos

The Nest Hostel is no longer in business. But there are plenty of good choices for budget accommodations…

By Working Gringos

The Working Gringos were working in Cozumel today. Yes, we really were. This week, we are researching Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Tulum to update a travel guide for this area…

By Working Gringos

If you’re leaving from Valladolid and heading for the coast, or looking for the fastest way to Tulum from Merida, this is your route…

By Working Gringos

After the devastation of Hurricane Wilma, there’s no lack of activity or money pouring into the Mayan Riviera…

By Working Gringos

Okay, this article is not strictly about the Yucatan, but when you finally see the big mountain that’s always been there, you take a picture…

By Working Gringos

Yesterday we played host to a few friends from the States, one of whom is thinking of writing about Merida…

By Working Gringos

During our recent working tour of the Mayan Riveria, we were lucky enough to “discover” Hemingways…

By Working Gringos

Remember the old days when people used rope? Remember that it was called “sisal rope”? Well, it’s called that because back in the heyday of the Yucatan, the rope that was made from henequen was shipped out of a port on the Gulf of Mexico called Sisal…

By Working Gringos

Working Gringa was lucky enough to be invited out to Hacienda Yunku yesterday for lunch…