Monday, January 18, 2010

Tecoh is a Charmer!


Driving friends and relatives around the Yucatan, I am often struck by the difference in 'feel' from town to Yucatecan town; Mani, while famous for its' convent and history and of course the Tutul Xiu restaurant always gave me a neutral impression. Some people are very friendly, like the lady who embroiders dresses in front of the unfortunately closed-during-a-large-part-of-the-day convent; others outright sullen and hostile. In Uayalceh, there are many suspicious looks and a kind of hardness in faces that is difficult to describe but perceptible.

Yesterdays excursion through the so-called 'Convent Route' had a similar result. While the people in the tiny villages of Telchaquillo and Mama were indifferent and the towns themselves lackluster bordering on decrepit in spite of their attractions.

Tecoh was a different story altogether. Maybe it was because it was Sunday, everyone was dressed up, in church and feeling celebratory or maybe it was the impression you get from the moment you leave the highway and approach the town, noticing that there are trees and flowers planted along the way to welcome you. As what seemed to be the entire population of the town exited the church upon the conclusion of Sunday mass, Yours Truly and company got plenty of stares and a giggle or three from the kids but also many a Buenos Dias and a smile. Friendliness seemed to ooze from the pores of everyone we came into contact with.

The thought came to my neurotic foreigners mind that this might be one of those places that Yucatans reputation for friendly people, peaceful provincial life, comes from. It even crossed my mind that this might be a good place to retire.

3 comments:

yucatan said...

Tecoh has a wonderful cocina economica on the road across from the church. We have eaten there twice and had delicious stuffed poblanos once and meatballs on another occasion. The ambiance is a little rough and might not be suitable for squeamish visitors but it has improved from the first time we tried it. The woman who cooks is one fine cook and both times we ate there we really enjoyed the meal.

William Lawson said...

Meatballs! Yum. Since I am definitely going back to Tecoh one of these days, I will look up this cocina economica! Is it directly across from the main door to the church?

Theresa in Mèrida said...

We really liked Tecoh, it's big enough so we can buy most staples of life. The town is lovely and the traffic is light. We toyed with the idea of moving there, like we always do with places that we like. Then the power went out....LOL...
Did you go inside the government building on the square? You get an excellent view of the surrounding countryside.