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Muna, Yucatán: A Small Town with a Big History

by Yucatan Times
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Muna is a small town in the south of Yucatan, Mexico, with a population of about 12,000 people. Its name means “place of soft or tender water” in the Mayan language. Muna has a rich history and culture, as well as a stunning natural scenery.

Muna was part of the Tutul Xiu kingdom in the pre-Hispanic era, and later became an encomienda under the Spanish colonial rule. It was visited by several explorers, such as John Lloyd Stephens in 1841, who wrote about the nearby ruins of Uxmal.

It was also the place where Empress Carlota stayed overnight in 1865, on her way to Uxmal. Muna suffered from the War of the Castes in 1848, when it was burned and its wells were poisoned by rebel forces. It recovered its status as a villa in 1875, but lost it again in 1921, when it became an “Ejido”.

Muna’s main economic activities are agriculture and livestock. It produces corn, beans, watermelon, citrus fruits and vegetables. It also has some tourism and commerce, thanks to its proximity to Uxmal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Muna is also known for its handicrafts made of clay and carved wood.

One of the attractions of Muna is the Mirador de Muna, a lookout point located on the highest hill of the town. From there, one can enjoy a breathtaking view of the lowland jungle and the Pyramid of the Magician of Uxmal. There are also caves and trails to explore in the area. Another attraction is the ex-convent and church dedicated to the Virgin of the Assumption, built in the 18th century. It has a reddish facade and a beautiful architecture. Muna also has six colonial chapels dedicated to different saints.

Muna is a place where one can experience the beauty and diversity of Yucatan’s culture, nature and history.

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