Laniakea Social Enterprise

Where we work

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WE ARE BASED IN  MÉRIDA, YUCATÁN, KNOWN AS THE CITY WITH THE BEST QUALITY oF life AND THE SAFEST IN MeXICO; IT IS VERY COMMITTED WITH SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND WELL KNOWN FOR IT’S CULTURAL RICHNESS, NATURAL BEAUTY AND GASTRONOMY.

Culture, History and Knowledge

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Home of the Mayan culture, Yucatan is in the southeast of Mexico, in the Yucatan Peninsula, which is formed also by the states of Campeche and Quintana Roo.

Merida, the Yucatan capital, arose from the merger of three major cultures: Mayan, Spanish and Lebanese, that together conferred it with a unique personality palpable in its architecture, cuisine and people. In this magical city, tradition and modernity go hand by hand. Impressive archaeological sites, colonial and modern buildings coexist in harmony.

One of the most advanced indigenous cultures of the ancient Americas, the Mayans began as hunter gatherers and migrated into the Yucatán around 2500 B.C. Between 300 and 900, the Mayans built several cities in the Yucatán region, two of the most spectacular being Chichén Itzá and Uxmal which are actually just less than 2 hours away from CASA LAN.

When the post-classic Mayan period ended around 1250, most of these big cities were abandoned. Those that remained continued to engage in inter-city military conflicts. The disappearance of these great Mayan civilizations remains a mystery; had the Spanish not destroyed most of the Mayan codices and other writings, the Mayan’s fate might be known today.

In 1527, the Spanish try to conquer Yucatán but was routed by the natives, and tried again 3 year later but again failed. Finally, a third attempt in 1537 was successful the and Mérida was founded in 1542.

Until the mid-1900s, Yucatán’s only contact with the outside world was by sea. As a result, Yucatán’s trade with the United States, Europe and Caribbean islands was far more lucrative than that of all other Mexican states. Yucatán was linked to the rest of Mexico by railway in the 1950s and by highway a decade later. Today, Yucatán’s culture remains unique from that of other Mexican states.

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Tourisim in yucAtan

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Yucatán is known for its many attractions and receives a great number of tourists every year. It has everything and for any kind of interests. So, it doesn’t matter if you like natural landscapes, archeological sites, adventure trips in one of the thousand cenotes and caves, or just a fun (or relax) day at the Caribbean Beaches, we are sure you will find something. And guess what, everything is very close to CASA LAN!

It would be endless if we list everything you can do in Yucatán, but we’ll disclosure our very own favorites:

  • Chichen Itza – Nothing less than one of the seven wonders of the world, this archeological site will blown your mind once you know its magic. Be sure to visit bye day and during the night show.

  • Puuc Route - This route runs through the Mayan archaeological sites of Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil, Xlapak, Labna and the Loltún caves, where you can see the Puuc style characterized by the intricate decoration facades of the Mayan temples and palaces

  • Cenotes and Caves – Cenote come from the mayan word “dzonot”, that means “abyss” as the mayans believe they were the entrance to the underworld, but don’t worry this nature wonders will only lead you to a great experience once you dive into their clean and fresh water. And guess what, there are hundreds of them to explore.

  • Celestun Biosphere Reserve - Lose yourself amongst the wildlife by climbing onboard a boat and enjoying the spectacular flight of thousands of birds that live in the calm waters of the mangrove and along the soft beaches. Here is one of the main wintering zone of the American Flamingo.

  • Beaches – Progreso Beach is just 25 minutes far from Casa Lan, a beautiful white sand beach with restaurants and bars to amuse yourself. If you prefer solitude, 20 minutes from there you’ll find beautiful places to enjoy the sun and the sea.


 Gastronomy

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Yucatan is a place where the combination of culture, people and their roots melt in time and join in the history of mixed races. Food in this State is distinguished for its history, landscape, legends and magic.

Yucatecan cuisine is based on a mixture of ingredients and technics used by the ancient Mayans, which incorporate flavors brought from Spain with later contributions from the Caribbean and Middle East. It is recognized in Mexico and the world.

Some of the most characteristic ingredients of this fusion are achiote, red onion, pepper, habanero peppers and squash seeds. All of them cultivated in the Yucatan Peninsula since Pre-hispanic times.

A very important inheritance from the Maya culinary culture into the Yucatecan gastronomy is the cooking system known as píib. It consists of an oven dug on the ground filled with red hot stones previously warmed on firewood, covering everything with leaves and soil and leaving the food to cook with the warmth of the stones.

Be sure to try the cochinita pibil (pork) in píib at least once!

Just for mentioning some dishes there is lime soup: exquisite shredded chicken in broth, lime juice and tostadas. Huevos motuleños are fried eggs seasoned with tomato sauce, ham, peas and cheese, served with slices of fried bananas. Po-chuc is thin slices of roasted pork, marinated with orange juice, sauce and onion. Papadzules are tacos of chopped boiled eggs with pumpkin seed sauce. Beans with pork is served with rice and covered in tomato sauce, dressed with radishes, cilantro and onion.

We could go on describing an endless number of exquisite dishes from such and extensive and delicious cuisine and continue marveling at its variety and flavor, the pride of a diverse and exciting country that shares it with the rest of the world.