Destiny

A showcase for the cultural identity of the Mexican Caribbean

DESTINO1Located in the heart of the state of Quintana Roo, the Mayan Region is mostly formed by agricultural communities inhabited by descendants of the Mayan “cruzoob” rebels that took part in the Guerra de Castas (Mayan Caste War). Its territory includes the municipalities of Felipe Carrillo Puerto and José María Morelos, which represent the cultural identity of the Mexican Caribbean and are important historical sites as they were part of the Mayan Caste War in 1847. The communities of the Mayan Region witnessed, for more than 50 years, the most important battles of the Mayan people against the government of their time. Nowadays, they conscientiously protect their traditions, the Mayan language and the ways of living that are over 200 years old: the legacy of the ancient Mayan culture.

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Traditions

DESTINO2Throughout the year, the Mayan villages honor their saints through traditional celebrations, the most important of which are the Fiesta de los Tres Reyes (the Three Wise Men Celebration), the Feria de la Primavera y de Las Tres Cruces (the Three Crosses and Spring Celebration). All kinds of activities take place, such as peregrinations, gremios (religious parades organized by work guilds), prayers, offerings, bullfighting and the planting of “Yax-che” or Tree of Life. Of course, native cuisine dishes like Relleno Negro (turkey in charred chili sauce) or the “Pi’ibil waaj” –a delicious tamale that is cooked underground– are typical of these festivities. Our people, proud of their roots, offer every visitor a warm and unique experience: the heritage of the Mayan culture.

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