The Yucatan village of Oxkutzcab is located on the Puuc route, one of the most fertile areas of this difficult land to till. Its November 20 market is the center of distribution of fruits and vegetables to the rest of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Oxkutzcab is on the road to Puuc Route and is part of the call Route of the Convents, where the colonizers settled mainly during the conquest. In this Yucatecan area of ​​towns of Mayan origin, it is where we find more population and Catholic churches. For me it is one of the most beautiful areas to populate. If you like to people, Oxkutzcab is worth knowing to experience the local environment and its market.

The market of Oxkutzcab It is the great distributor of fruits, citrus and vegetables in much of the peninsula. Such is the importance of the field in this area that its Fair is based on citrus. In early December they do the Oxkutzcab Orange Fair.

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Oxkutzcab market

What to do in the town of Oxkutzcab

Like many of the Yucatecan populations in this area, Oxkutzcab has its pre-Hispanic history. Many current towns were built taking advantage of the stones of the Mayan settlements, habitual human practice in the conquests. Cities like Mérida, Izamal or Motul are founded on Mayan vestiges.

In Oxkutzcab you find several places to visit such as the San Francisco de Asís church (the facade is from 1699), the Hermitage, the old train station or nearby nooks such as Hacienda Tabi. Reminiscences of the time of the Haciendas, when the train that linked the south of the Yucatan Peninsula with Mérida, passing through Oxkutzcab. This made the economy of this helpless south recover a little.

Saint Francis of Assisi Church Oxkutzcab
San Francisco de Asís Church
Old photo Oxkutzcab Jesus Bacab Chulim
Photo of Jesus Bacab Chulim

Oxkutzcab Market November 20

The big gem of Oxkutzcab is its November 20 market, that's why they call it state garden. Oxkutzcab (three times fertile earth in Yucatan Mayan) is the commercial link with the eastern peninsula, from here the famous citrus fruits of this land such as oranges, lemons or grapefruits and fruits such as mamey, avocado, mango, bananas, guava, chicozapote, mondragon or papaya are distributed.

Who likes local markets, here is one of the most interesting. Our recommendation is that you always visit the local markets of the populations, it is a very close and cultural way of knowing the gastronomy of a country.

In Oxkutzcab they are very proud of their market and the great mural that the Mayan artist named Baas painted.

Oxkutzcab market mural
Oxkutzcab Market Mural
Oxkutzcab Yucatan market

In markets It is customary to have breakfast, so you will find stalls where you can have your coffee, your Motuleño eggs, your cake, salbute, chicharrón. Mexican breakfasts can be very copious, so sit back and enjoy.

The markets are a good place to know the manners and talk to the locals. It is already known how the gossip is going in the markets, which begins by talking about the little rain to end up slashing the price of corn and husband. In the markets you get soaked in everyday life.

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In Oxkutzcab the traditions and hypiles of women are part of everyday life. Being able to peek into these towns and explore them calmly gives you a different knowledge of the places. Definitely Oxkutzcab It is a good stop, the best place to buy and taste the flavors of the Yucatan countryside.

 If you are going to stay sleep in Oxkutzcab I recommend the Hotel Puuc: a cheap, clean and comfortable hotel that perfectly solves your stay in Oxkutzcab. Central, with pool and breakfast service.

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LOCATION: Oxkutzcab is located on the Ruta de los Conventos 110 km southeast of Mérida and 8 km from the Grutas de Loltún. This road takes you along the Puuc Route.

HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? From Mérida it leaves truck (bus in Mexican) and collective (vans) until the populations of the South from the Park of San Juan, in the 64 street between the 67 and 69.

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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