Published On: Wed, Dec 24th, 2014

Christmas Shopping in Ticul and Lunch in Maní, Yucatán

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TICUL, YUCATAN – The town of Ticul, in the southern part of Yucatan state is always bustling, and in the lead up to Christmas, even more than normal. Known as “La Perla del Sur” (the pearl of the south), the town boasts vast numbers of shoe stores, selling locally produced footwear at bargain prices, and visitors travel from around the region to buy in bulk.


Fleets of scooters and mopeds buzz around town like flies, and, along with ‘triciclo’ taxis, are the preferred method of getting around in Ticul.


Visiting on Sunday, we found the town heaving with people, and the central market to be alive with activity. As always, the colorful vegetables caught our attention, especially the shiny pink radishes and brightly colored Habanero peppers.


Later, we drove out to lunch at the famous El Príncipe Tutul-Xiu, in Maní. A Yucatán institution since 1973, the restaurant serves up some of the best Poc-Chuc to be found anywhere, as well as other local staples such as Sopa de Lima, Queso Relleno, and Escabeche, in a wonderfully atmospheric palapa. Main dishes are priced at $90 pesos, so it’s an affordable treat. Highly recommended if you are in the area, or indeed fancy a trip out from Mérida.

By Stewart Mandy

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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.


In addition to The Yucatan Times, Stewart contributes (or has contributed) to “The Examiner” (, “Business Briefings”, “Cruise & Ferry Magazine” and “The Apollo Magazine”. He is a former editor of “rolling pin CRUISE” magazine.


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