Published On: Tue, Jul 22nd, 2014

13th “Feria Tunich” starts Friday in Dzitya

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DZITYÁ, YUCATÁN – This Friday, July 25, the 13th edition of the “Feria Artesanal Tunich” will open in Dzityá, a small town on the northern edge of the city of Mérida.

It’s a great opportunity to visit the pueblo of Dzityá, and to browse the handcrafted artisan products which will be on display and available for purchase. And of course it’s not only merchants; as with any event like this in Mexico, there will of course also be food and drink for sale, and entertainment to enjoy.

There will be a large selection of regional handmade products, using materials such as wood, stone, and fabric, both from Yucatán and other places such as the municipality of Corregidora, Querétaro, which is this year’s special guest. The 2nd national artisan pavilion will feature exhibitors from the states of Puebla, Michoacán and Veracruz.

Feria Tunich 2014

Feria Tunich 2014

The town of Dzityá itself is famous for its artisans, with generations of local families working with wood and stone to produce many of the items you find for sale in Mérida and further afield.

Feria Tunich 2013 (photo credit

Feria Tunich 2013 (photo credit

The hours for the fair are from 10am to 10pm, from Friday August 25, until Sunday August 3rd. While the merchants will be on site all the time, the entertainment is mainly in the evenings, which of course is also the coolest and most interesting time to visit. There is a full program on the city’s “Feria Tunich” website; it’s in Spanish, but easily understandable even if you don’t speak it well:

Audience waiting for a show to begin - Feria Tunich 2013 (photo credit

Audience waiting for a show to begin – Feria Tunich 2013 (photo credit

It’s simple to get to Dzityá by car – just take the highway towards Progreso, and take the first exit after the periferico. You can also get there easily using public transport – there is a limited free bus service from the Plaza Grande in Mérida, departing at 3pm, 5pm, and 7pm from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, the free service will depart from Parque Santa Lucía; the hours will be the same, with the addition of a 10am departure. Three public bus lines also run from centro in Mérida to Dzityá; departure points are listed on the fair’s website here:

Artisan china for sale at 2013 Feria Tunich (photo credit Stewart Mandy)

Artisan china for sale at 2013 Feria Tunich (photo credit Stewart Mandy)

So come along and enjoy the 13th annual Feria Tunich! More information (in Spanish) can be found on the fair website:

By Stewart Mandy

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Stewart Mandy

Stewart Mandy

Born in Europe, raised in the Middle East, and a long-time resident in the Americas, Stewart has been based in Mérida, Yucatan since 2010, and has lived and worked worldwide in the media, travel, tourism and transportation industries for well over 20 years. His local contacts and global knowledge provide him with unmatched access to the stories ‘behind the stories’ and he likes to take you to the places that others don’t or won’t go. From the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego, from Moscow to Melbourne, from Bergen to Buenos Aires, Stewart has been there. Chances are, wherever you are heading, he knows the score.

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