The market no one calls by its real name

Many tourists are attracted to Mexico because of its folklore, colors, flavors, and history.

Our country is rich in these aspects and each year millions of tourists enjoy the cuisine, historic sites, and handicrafts we have to offer; whether it is by visiting a colonial town, eating at a traditional market, or acquiring a piece of regional earthenware. These attributes help make Mexico one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.

Cancun, a young city

Cancun is the youngest city in Mexico. At only 40 years of age, the city cannot compete with the history of other areas that have strong colonial or pre-Columbian roots (despite boasting several Mayan archaeological sites). These places have, over time, acquired their own history, cuisine, and folklore. Cancun, on the other hand, has a very new eclectic mix of cultures brought by those who have recently arrived in the city. Its markets offer an insight into this mix of influences; these magical places show that this beautiful destination of ours is much more than just a hotel zone.

No one calls it by its real name

Among Cancun’s several markets one stands out in particular, though it is not known by its official name, instead it is better known as ‘Mercado 28’ or Market 28 after the district it is located in. It is the oldest market in Cancun city center, located in the heart of the city in what is perhaps its most Mexican quarter. The market acts as a historical landmark, a cultural center, and a great starting point for those staying in the hotel zone who want to get a true taste of Cancun.

Artículo 115

The market’s official name is ‘Artículo 115’, although if you ask a local for directions using that name you will most likely get a face of uncertainty. Nevertheless it definitely deserves a visit when you come to Cancun, particularly if you are arriving from abroad, as it is the perfect place
to take a piece of our culture with you. Our country is rich in many things and perhaps no more so than in its history and traditions. The practices of our Spanish ancestors which also bring a mix of Arabic influences make for an immensely rich culture.                  We therefore invite you to come and learn more about us, our history, and our cuisine, by visiting ‘Mercado 28’, which you now know is really called ‘Articulo 115’… just don’t ask for directions using that name.


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