03 December, 2020

Yucatán Diary

Why does Yucatán capital Mérida has an ice-cream shop named Colón? Get a peek into ancient Mexican state...

Yucatán Diary
White City Dance

Mérida, the capital of Yucatán, also called la Ciudad Blanca, or White City, was founded on the remains of the Mayan city Ichkaan­shihó. I love walking along its main street, where you can see old colonial houses from the early 1900s and enjoy the best coconut ice cream at the Colón ice cream shop (nothing anatomical, ‘Cristóbal Colón’, with that all-important tilde on the ‘o’, is Spanish for Christopher Columbus)! You mustn’t guess the general topography from the street’s name, Paseo Montejo (Little Mountain Walk), for Yucatán is ecologically rich but pretty flat. The highs come from the thick, ambient culture. Every night, the folkloric ballet of the state of Yucatán dances the Jarana Yucateca. Women in traditional white dresses, with beautiful and detailed flower embroidery, and men in all-white guayaberas (cotton or linen shirt), pants...



To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.

In this article:

Latest Magazine

December 07, 2020

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section