MAGIC PUEBLOS & COLORS
A STORY OF COLORS. About magical places and historic pueblos, everything right in the heart of the Yucatan peninsula, in Mexico. To feel all the latent intensity of this culture being told in every little street we walked was something so strong, it seemed surreal.
A fusion of the mayan world, spanish colonial history, cenotes, blue sea and the best relaxing vibe of all the riviera. Yes, this is YUCATAN!
And in this first post of the series "Mexico" I will tell you about the 3 colonial cities full of colors that have conquered our hearts.
> THE HISTORIC CITY OF MÉRIDA
The largest city on the peninsula was our first stop. We took a flight from Brazil to Cancún, and as soon as we got there we rented a car and drove all the way to Mérida. Sound on playin' the reggaeton classics (yes, we are those kind of people LOL) marked this first part of the trip with that contagious latin vibe.
And what to say about Mérida? Oooohhh, a big city with all the coziness of a historic village. It won us as soon as we step in the historic center and all those colonial buildings stole the scene. Here we have developed a new addiction: facades!
Waaat? Facades? :) Yep! The architecture of this region deserves special highlight. A new addiction and everything started in Mérida.
1542 is the year. Now imagine the evolution of all of this over the centuries, with mayan and spanish influence in a historical whirlwind with french, english, dutch and even lebanese. All this resulted in an unrivaled architectural convergence, in a city that transmits present, past and future in every single detail.
The city that received the title of "American Capital of Culture" (twice!!!!!!!) makes the most of every explosion of sensations that we had in this immersion in the Yucatecan world. A region with its own identity, from the cuisine to the dynamism of the urban routine ❤
And you know what? I really like to summarize in keywords all the reasons we fell in love with this place, only for you (reading this) to take this rain of ideas and be able to understand how we truly felt :)
— Historical center, cafes, facades, cool breezes, marquesitas, colonial architecture, Mayan civilization, squares, benches, cacao, palaces, cathedrals, montejo, beers, poc chuc & city-museum
Can you imagine? :)
> IZAMAL: THE MAGIC YELLOW CITY
The magical Izamal is literally taken from a dream! Do you know magic realism?! Is hard even to explain all the feelings that passed through our eyes. So full of energy!! Can not put into words this city that since the pre-columbian era was already a place that kept one of the largest spiritual mayan complexes...
Yes, the city is the place of one of the largest cradles of Mayan culture and that later became one of the great landmarks of the Spanish colonial era. Today it is also called the "city of three cultures" for keeping alive this combination of the different eras of the past and the present in such a unique way.
And all in this perfect golden yellow 💛
With a passionate bucolic climate, I tell you that it is IMPOSSIBLE not to be involved by the city. We arrived at it in a fiesta mood and were greeted only with smiles. But there is something else here that creates an unparalleled connection.
Officially one of Mexico's "Magic Towns", the Yellow City earned its golden-yellow colors during a visit of Pope John Paul II, in 1993. Its historical legacy and this inexplicable contagious energy were one of our FAVORITE things from all the mex- trip.
(let me now just make a dramatic break for the iconic Convent of San Antonio de Padua)
Let's continue with this yellow fever... 'Magical Colors' indeed S2
> VALLADOLID: IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MAYAN VORTEX
The town is almost at the epicenter of the Mayan world and is one of the bases for the route between archaeological zones, iconic cenotes, and also still holds a cultural patrimony of the colonial era in a feeling of a TRADITIONALLY IUCATECAN city.
(note: to locate yourself, the city is 30 minutes away from Chichén Itzá)
I swear that I'll write a post just about our "Mayan Route". But in the meantime, see the following photos to understand why this fusion that happens in the Magic Towns of Yucatán is something special, lost in the translation of pastel colors and vibrant tones.
And one detail... We stayed in a traditional Mexican hacienda, such a peaceful ground surrounded by nature on the outskirts of Valladolid.
It was simply impossible to resist the addiction with the facades here. I dare to say that about 70% of all our photos involved them! lol
Colors & Architecture & Pueblos! S2
Pueblos and Magic Towns! With all the colors that took over the scene on the architecture that told many stories, and completed with this captive way of the Mexican people to receive. It was a synergy so strong, bigger than we ever imagined!
I still feel that everything I've written has not been enough to put out so many feelings we shared. But I have to say: most of all, these places tell stories in bright colors. And in magic!
Something special happens here, and it is felt by the sight.