In the heart of the state sits Maní, one of its oldest towns; its name in Maya means “place where everything happened.” To walk through its streets is to discover a living community that murmurs in its native language and proudly wears the colors and designs that display its identity.
Things to do
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What Makes It Magical
Right in the heart of the state lies Maní, one of its oldest towns. Its name means “the place where everything happened,” in Maya. Walking down its streets means discovering a living community that still converses in its mother tongue and proudly wears the colors and designs that set it apart. It means watching women embroider and cook, children zip around on bicycle, and the elderly relax in the shade of the trees. This is the starting point for rediscovering the Maya.
Why You Should Go
History and Living Mayan Culture
- When the Spanish arrived, Maní was one of the three most important pre-Hispanic capitals in the region.
- The Convento de San Miguel Arcángel with its open chapel and indigenous school became one of the most preeminent convent complexes on the Yucatan Peninsula.
- Poc chuc pork–considered the state’s most delicious–is prepared here.
- Its embroidery artisans still practice X’manikté, the oldest embroidery technique in the Yucatan and in danger of disappearing.
At the Very Least
Enjoy a delectable portion of poc chuc, the area’s Yucatecan specialty.
- Stroll through the streets of Maní and the Convento de San Miguel Arcángel.
- Visit its artisan workshops.
- Explore Xcabachén cenote pool.
- Harvest honey with local beekeepers.