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This Small Destination Near Cancun Is One Of Mexico’s Newest Magical Towns

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The ever-expanding roster of Mexico’s enchanting “magical towns” continues to grow. Magical Towns, or Pueblos Magicos, are destinations celebrated for their captivating qualities, encompassing natural marvels, folklore, and historical significance.

In the latest addition to this esteemed list, the idyllic island of Cozumel has found its place, and now, it welcomes a new member: Motul.

Motul sign in downtown

At first glance, Motul may appear as an unassuming and obscure town, leading one to suspect that the Mexican Secretary of Tourism might be adding towns to the list for the sake of it. 

However, appearances can be deceiving!

Located in the heart of Yucatan state, Motul boasts a wealth of compelling historical landmarks, surrounded by a tapestry of natural wonders and enigmatic archaeological sites.

Moreover, it’s the birthplace of the beloved Mexican breakfast dish, “Huevos Motuleños.”

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If you want to discover why Motul is undeniably deserving of its coveted magical town status, explore its prominent visitor attractions, and learn about the secret behind these renowned “Huevos Motuleños,” keep reading!

Unique Historical & Natural Attractions

As you step foot into the charming town of Motul, a warm welcome awaits you at the heart of the city’s central plaza. The magnificent San Juan Bautista de Motul Church, dating back to 1567, stands tall, adorned with vibrant Spanish frescoes and a striking red facade.

To delve deeper into Motul’s fascinating past, a visit to the Felipe Carrillo Puerto Museum is a must. Housed within the very walls of the former home of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, a prominent figure in Yucatan’s history, the museum is a tribute to his legacy. 

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Motul Downtown

Carrillo Puerto, a journalist and politician born in Motul, was a tireless advocate for the rights of the Mayan people and a proponent of progressive policies. 

Through a captivating display of his personal belongings and memorabilia, the museum offers a glimpse into his remarkable life, from his significant contributions to Yucatan during his administration to the tragic event of his assassination in 1924.

Motul Dowtown

Continue your historical exploration at the Mayan archeological site of Xcambó. Located just about a 35 min drive away from Motul, these enigmatic ruins possess a distinctive architectural style that sets them apart from other archeological sites in the region.

Don’t miss out on visiting Laguna Rosada, the legendary pink lake near Xcambó. There, you can take that perfect Instagram shot, learn about traditional Mayan salt harvesting practices that have endured through the ages, and, if you’re a foodie, take home some of that delectable Mayan salt.

Young couple looking at las coloradas lake in mexico

For those seeking a taste of adventure, the Zadmá Hacienda awaits with thrilling horseback riding tours amidst breathtaking natural scenery. 

Finally, no visit to Motul would be complete without a refreshing dip in the pristine waters of the Sambula cenote.

Located in downtown Motul, this stunning underground cenote beckons with its crystal-clear turquoise waters, inviting you to take a moment of tranquility and embrace the natural splendor that surrounds you.

cenote in quintana roo

Motul’s Legendary Signature Dish

So, what’s all the fuss about Huevos Motuleños?

With a delightful combination of crispy tortilla, savory beans, a sunny-side-up egg, red sauce, and crispy fried plantains, locals and visitors alike appraise this dish as a flavor-packed masterpiece.

Moreover, this humble breakfast dish carries a fascinating history that is as intriguing as the town from which it originates. 

dish of food

According to local legends, Yucatan chef Jorge Siqueff created the gastronomic masterpiece in response to a special request from the governor of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, who sought to impress his distinguished guests, including prominent figures like painter Diego Rivera and poet Carlos Pellicer.

Huevos Motuleños has since become a beloved staple of Yucatecan cuisine, capturing the hearts and taste buds of locals and visitors alike.

To get a taste of authentic Huevos Motuleños, Doña Evelia is the place to go. This restaurant, known for exclusively serving this renowned dish, has become a staple of Motul. In fact, it’s not uncommon to find people traveling all the way from Merida just to savor Huevos Motuleños at this exceptional eatery!

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